As the great Yogi Berra once said – “You can observe a lot by watching”. Shelly was my active watcher; constantly observing, discovering, describing and getting me to finally see the behaviors I was previously unaware of and that were working against both the business and my own success. Shelly was not deterred by the fact that my first problem was that I didn’t really understand the role of a coach. She worked with me, adapting her own considerable skills to my personal style. In the end, she delivered the perfect coaching blend of persuasion, cajoling, and sometimes just downright persistence to get me to simplify and clarify my communication style, connect my actions to the company’s top business priorities and succeed in a complex client facing role.
Not only is Shelly Priebe very good at what she does, but she’s a good person as well. In Shelly’s line of work, these are not separate things, but rather the two come together for the benefit of her clients. Coaches must not only be good listeners, but they must also be good guides. Shelly is an expert at both, fully understanding when and how to tactfully get her clients back on track by turning negative circumstances into positive action. She is a highly ethical individual with a strong heart for serving others, both of which help her see beyond herself to truly focus on putting the client’s needs first.
Shelly has very keen intuition. Her very specific words of encouragement strengthened me while her words of challenge inspired me. She was a very good and credible sounding board for my business plan and next-steps. She drew from her experience to challenge me on obstacles I had put up for myself. Finally, she is a very natural and gifted coach (and cheerleader). I am honored to work with her and to share with her the adventure of launching a company that is so readily attracting the attention of investors and enterprise clients.
Shelly has helped me in my career development by being a reliable, honest and trusted sounding board. Shelly is an experienced, intelligent, compassionate, energetic and wise executive coach. She is unique as she draws from her own hands-on executive experience. She has a deep understanding of the ongoing challenges facing executives in various phases of their careers. She is street-smart and cuts through all the layers going to the heart of what matters most to make you successful. Plus she is super fun to work with! I highly recommend her.”
As a retained advisor to Venga Shelly worked both strategically and tactically to advance Venga’s initiatives. Her contributions helped Venga focus activities, which resulted in increased revenue and new clients. Shelly helped Venga set ambitious goals for new levels of market penetration and visibility.
Although LSPs battle every day in a war of commoditization, working with Shelly’s helped distill the “Venga story” with a message of real differentiators. This came at precisely the time that Venga was updating web content, expanding marketing, and setting up business development staffing and systems.
For me, one of the most important part of what Shelly offered Venga was her ability to function as a sounding board to an executive level manager or founder/owner. To have someone with industry experience and an extensive network of contacts come in to review your business and to ask “why” several times, helped us focus our work and to move much faster than if we had not have Shelly’s help. If appropriate, she does not hesitate to roll up her sleeves and get very tactical and to pull in the best people from her network.
Shelly excels at organizational design, sales/marketing strategy, and building brand. She was instrumental in crafting the Venga message and getting it in front of localization decision makers via creative marketing approaches and basic business development tactics.”
Shelly Priebe was the first executive coach I have ever worked with. I had mixed feelings about working with a coach but even from our first meeting I realized that Shelly was a cut above the rest. Shelly mixes broad technical and technological knowledge with deep intelligence and extensive professional experience to provide a first rate executive coaching service.
Coaching is no easy task as it requires the ability to assimilate and respond to large amounts of information very rapidly, the ability to think strategically outside the box and to be able to respond quickly to developments, and the need to be friendly and supportive while also being prepared to say things as they are even if it makes the person being coached uncomfortable. Shelly has all these skills in abundance.
As a startup CEO and company Founder I had some very difficult issues and decisions to make during the course of our coaching and Shelly proved an invaluable resource that really helped me. I would recommend her and SolidExecutive wholeheartedly.
When it comes to your career and your professional growth, Shelly is a terrific guide. She provides expertise and advice that is specific to your situation. She is an intent listener, making sure she understands your motivations and golas. And she tells it like it is without sugar-coating her advice. But the best part about having Shelly coach you is when you actually put her advice into practice–it truly works. I can recommend Shelly highly as a coach, consultant and strategist.”
The time invested with Shelly was some of the most productive work I have done up to this point in my career and leadership development. Shelly’s approach and in-depth understanding of the challenges executives face has helped me balance my faith, family, and career. I am a more productive Sr Sales Leader for having worked with Shelly.
To this day, I will call Shelly and ask her advice when I am facing a challenge, a new situation, or to get her view on something as it relates to business and she will give me great guidance. I appreciate her very much and recommend her to any Executive no matter where they are in their career life cycle.”
Shelly was an exceptional career coach for me. She helped me transition careers for only the second time in my 30+ year career. I successfully executed a focused search, found a superb match, and completed the interview process with an offer. I am now supremely happy in my new role. Shelly came alongside of me and was quickly able to assess my strengths and the areas where she could directly help. She didn’t waste time in covering items I was already doing well in. But rather she was able to see the gaps in my approach and recommend creative directions for me to move in. That was remarkable as I was already networking and studying extensively on my own. Yet, she found innovations consistently for me nonetheless.
She also did a great job in general encouragement. I always walked away from sessions with her with one or two new ideas and a motivated, excited mindset. Again, the end result was a a job that I really wanted and where they really wanted me – the best measure of a career coach’s work. When you add to that the integrity and genuine caring Shelly has for her clients, you have a coach that I can highly recommend to anyone.
Shelly is a delight to work with. She has a highly strategic and analytical mind which lends itself to overcoming the most complex of challenges. Shelly has a very natural approach with people which I would describe as gentle and straightforward. I have had the privilege of observing Shelly work with the ISI team. While she is adept at achieving results, Shelly is equally conscientious of the group dynamic and the process as a whole. Shelly quite simply gets things done while simultaneously inspiring people to do and be their best. I look forward to continue to work with Shelly in years to come. I recommend her without hesitation.