About Debbie Hoke

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Executive Coaching Business

Coaching Philosophy:  Today’s world demands successful multi-tasking.  What can get lost in this is intentional thinking.  At different stages of our lives, for different reasons, we need to give parts of our lives singular focus in order to create significant positive change.  This change could be a result of increasing responsibilities, learning to delegate, coping with a downsize or merger, improving work/life balance, etc.  Coaching puts structure and attention on what matters most now so it doesn’t get lost in the day-to-day demands.  With this kind of attention long term vision and goals are achieved – faster than they would be working solo or without a “wingman”- your coach – your silent partner.

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Debbie’s Story:

Debbie Hoke executive coachingTime and place and desire create opportunity. I had the good fortune to begin my career at an extraordinary company opening a new operation on the East Coast.  By getting in early I was able to develop my own management style and philosophy while helping the business grow almost tenfold. With each promotion I learned more and more about how to motivate people and myself.  But this learning was not enough and so I expanded my options with more formal education.  My MBA track got off course with the advent of a statistics class, a husband and two kids.  I was frustrated by not being able to do all I wanted to do and so my focus turned to creative solutions for work/life balance.  I was unwilling to shortchange my career aspirations and equally unwilling to compromise time with my family and so along the way I created new ways of making it all work.

Time and place and desire brought another opportunity.  September 11, 2001 brought deeper thinking about what I wanted next. I knew I needed a change.  So back to school I went – thinking Psychology was going to be my new found field.  And through some random (???) events I discovered Coaching.  I instantly knew this would be my next career step so I completed a series of trainings and began my own business.  After more than 25 years in the corporate world I took the leap to become a full-time coach and entrepreneur – and never looked back.

Along the way, my kids grew up, my husband supported my every quirky choice, and I finally finished a Masters in Business and Professional Communication (including that darn statistics class!). I enjoy teaching Public Speaking at the University Level, delivering my own presentations to women’s groups, learning to love life on a lake, and all the opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurship brings.