Lee Chaix McDonough is a coach, therapist, and founder of Caravel Coaching. After over a decade as a licensed clinical social worker and public health professional, Lee entered the coaching field to help therapists, coaches, and creative entrepreneurs grow successful businesses and fulfilling lives.
Lee is a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Social Work, and Master of Science in Public Health degrees. Prior to starting her own business, she worked in a variety of professional settings, including hospitals, local governments, non-profit organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as a civilian for the United States Air Force.
Lee is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the International Coach Federation. She holds the ICF Associate Certified Coach credential and is also an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.
Her coaching philosophy fuses the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Energy Leadership, and mindfulness in order to help her clients excel at entrepreneurship and transform their lives.
Let’s dig into the highlights:
Lee’s background story to business coaching [2.20]
Under the layers of external desires like having systems that work, there is an undercurrent of unworthiness and mindset that needs to be addressed [8.00]
It takes courage to reach out for support [13.30]
Coaching is about personal development and we are always developing [13.48]
The role of the client and the coach. The client dictates the agenda and the coach is to ask the right questions, share the right observations and synthesize the responses to help their perspective [15.35]
It’s important that the session goals of coaching sessions align with the bigger picture of the coaching journey for the client [17.00]
The three M’s
Meaning: Knowing what matters most to you and how to allow that to inform your actions [18.45]
Mindset: Understanding the role that our thoughts and emotions have and how we gain regain the choice of how they affect our life [18.55]
Mindfulness: Showing up in the present moment with openness, curiosity and full awareness [19.10]
If you aren’t willing to do the inner work then you are always going to be blocking yourself from future growth [21.28]
We have the ability to cultivate a growth mindset within ourselves and our clients [23.30]
Advice to help you grow and have a quick win today: re-frame your emotions and do a mini life review [26.29]
About Lee’s book [29.10]