All posts by Melinda Fouts

Prior to her current role in executive coaching and leadership development, Melinda has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for almost 20 years. She leverages her strengths and insights from her psychology background to help leaders and managers in transition through increased self-awareness. She is the owner and founder of Success Starts with You, which is based upon the premise that you are already successful. She shows how increasing self-awareness to increase emotional intelligence and unlocking blind spots are paramount to continued success. Melinda uses assessment to help bring more awareness. Whether you are a leader or manager in transition, need a thought partner, or need to improve your professional presence, Melinda has developed unique and innovative techniques from her background to help you reach higher heights. Global coaching has broadened the range of coaching through the phone and Skype. Melinda is assessable wherever you reside. Melinda received her Ph.D. in Jungian Psychology from Saybrook University and her Masters in Psychology from Pacifica University. Melinda has worked as a consultant with executives and businesses for over 20 years. As a result of her experience and studies, she has developed a unique craft to fine-tune leadership development for peak performance. She lives in Colorado with her big, beautiful dog, Stryder.

“Advice Hiding In ‘Plane’ Sight”—About Enthusiastic Leadership…

“Enthusiasm is the greatest asset you can possess,
for it can take you further than money, power, or influence.”

Dada Vaswani

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Flying and business transitions…

Every summer, I try to make a trip across the pond. Last month, I was fortunate to return to Switzerland and hike the Engadine Valley. I love to travel, although I have to admit there are three stages of flying that I am not particularly fond of — take-offs, turbulence, and landings.

Over the years, I’ve likened these three stages of flying to transitions within an organization. For example—

  • Taking off is the stage when a newcomer to the organization comes on board to lead a team—or when a new product is introduced.
  • Turbulence represents the rockiness an organization experiences that comes with transitions and change, like the first 90 days.
  • Landing represents a moment of truth when the organization has to face whether or not it has any staying power—or whether another change may be needed.


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