Coaching & Consulting

We’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you to support you in getting through the challenges facing our world today – whether as an individual or a leader of an organization.

For over 25 years, we have been providing consultation and coaching on the importance of creating career satisfaction, leading with psychological safety, and creating cultures of leadership and engagement.

Whether you have the title of leader or are passionate about leading a purpose-filled life, we’ll encourage, support, and teach you how to be a leader in your world. There has never been a more important time to bring the best you have to offer to your family, your career, and your community.

All of our coaching and consulting is currently being offered via Zoom Pro to ensure social safety, and to be available to you and your company wherever you’re working. We may be working remotely, but we’re still just a phone call or email away!

Your coaches and allies in success,

Linda, Stephanie, and Heather

Accountability

Take action on your own behalf.

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One of the things that many of us have been taught is that when we are struggling to stay focused and on task, it’s our lack of discipline and willpower that are getting in the way.

As we learn more about the human brain, we’ve come to understand that attention and focus use a lot of brain energy. So, the more demands we have, the harder it is to focus where we need to, to feel successful. 

In our work as accountability partners, we understand that your energy and attention are precious commodities. We’ll partner with you to help you get clear about your priorities, your behavioral patterns that distract you, and your unacknowledged assumptions that challenge your focus and impede your success. 

If you’re overwhelmed and having trouble prioritizing and balancing everything that’s coming at you from work, to family, friends, pets, commitments, and life, we can help.

You’ll learn how to take action on your own behalf by
PAUSING (yes, this really works!) to clarify your goals,
REFLECTING on your priorities,
and TAKING ACTION with bite-sized goals that will help you stay on track.

We’ll coach you through:

  • Creating healthy boundaries (learning to say “no”!)
  • Prioritizing
  • Planning
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Learning urgent vs important
  • Taking action
  • Delegating
  • Getting more of the right things done!

Life can be demanding, overwhelming, and messy. Learn how to stay accountable to your highest priorities and your most important goals.

Interested?

If you’re feeling like it would be supportive to have an accountability partner to discuss competing demands, creating a better work/life balance, and help you clarify what healthy boundaries look like for you, contact us today.

To ensure the best fit between our skills and your needs, we offer a free half-hour initial consultation. We’ll meet to identify your hopes, goals, and needs, and to teach you what our work together could look like.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Career

Do more of what you love.

For most of us, work is a central aspect of our lives. If it’s not in alignment with the priorities we have for ourselves and our life, we can be miserable.

In working together with you on your Career Strategy, we’ll start by exploring your life priorities and the values that shape who you are before identifying your unique gifts and talents, the environment in which you thrive, and the details of your work and workplace that are important to you.  

We live in a funny world where part of our culture is the belief that getting the job is “the prize” whether we actually want that particular job.

Our goal is to support you in determining the work and the workplace that are aligned with who you are, what you need in your life at this point, and how to understand and manage the competing demands that we face in our lives and our work lives

With greater clarity about who you are,
the skills you want to offer,
and what you value in an environment,
we’ll explore the work opportunities
that will fit best with you, your life, and your world.

We’ve created a process to guide you through all of these competing aspects of your life so that you can get clear about what really matters to you.

We’ll coach you through:

  • Identifying your passion, purpose, and core criteria for work.
  • Navigating the obstacles and challenges.
  • Taking action, grabbing the opportunities, and staying on track.

Together, we can help you to listen more deeply to yourself, honor and identify your values, clarify the skills you want to offer and the environment where you’ll thrive, and discuss possibilities to move forward and create meaning and satisfaction in your life.

Interested?

If you’re feeling like it would be supportive to have a thought partner to discuss possibilities, brainstorm, and help you clarify how you talk about yourself to the world, contact us today.

To ensure the best fit between our skills and your needs, we offer a free half-hour initial consultation. We’ll meet to identify your hopes, goals, and needs, and to teach you what our work together could look like.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Executive & Leadership

Lead with passion and compassion.

executive coaching

In working with you, we’ll get to know your skills, your hopes, and your passions.

We’ll learn about your organization: the goals, the culture, the norms, and the mindset and behaviors that are needed to create success.

And we will roll up our sleeves to help you understand your impact, the things that get in the way of your success and satisfaction, and coach you on the small steps you can take immediately to start to get traction on your goals.

At Carpenter Smith Consulting, we believe that leadership is the willingness to influence your world and be influenced by your world regardless of your role or title.

Leadership is a way of living in the world where you have the skills to decrease your reactivity and respond like a leader. It’s when you know the questions to ask to better understand yourself and the people you’re trying to lead, and you understand the actions that inspirational leaders take to move into the future.  

Great leaders understand that it’s the people who make organizations successful and that growing their ability to lead can transform their success in life, work, and in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or you’re just starting out, executive coaching is a powerful way to deepen your ability to inspire, enhance your skills, and drive day-to-day results.

An Economic Times research study of Fortune 100 executives reported that
coaching resulted in an ROI of almost six times the program cost,
77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork,
61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.

Our executive clients include leaders who:

  • Want to be more powerful, more effective, and more inspirational
  • Are making a difference in their companies, communities, and families
  • Have been leading for years and are ready to expand their leadership impact
  • Have stepped into a new role and recognize the importance of great leadership

If you’re looking for a coach with expertise in helping you bring purpose into your leadership, respect for people into your impact, and an understanding of effective action into driving results, you’ve come to the right place.

Interested?

If you’d like to know more about how working with us can benefit you, contact us today.

To ensure the best fit between our skills and your needs, we offer a free half-hour initial consultation. Our goal is to support you in creating success, sustainability and satisfaction aligned with who you are.  

We look forward to connecting with you!

Team & Culture

Create inspired organizations.

right people on your team

One of the biggest frustrations we hear from strong, seasoned leaders is how challenging it can be to create an engaged and cohesive team with a culture of psychological safety, high standards, and consistent results. 

We’re unique in the approach that we take to team and culture because we work at the intersection of psychology and business. We understand that people make the business, and culture sets the tone for how successfully that business gets done

The literature is clear that a culture of psychological safety in teams and in the workplace is key to high performance and sustained success.

We’ll partner with you to:

  • Assess the current state of your teams and identify possibilities to move forward
  • Develop regular and effective communication so that your leaders and staff are informed and committed to creating success
  • Help leaders navigate change individually, as a member of a team, and throughout the organization 
  • Clarify structure, group dynamics, team and dyadic functioning, and individual responsibilities
  • Facilitate strategic planning, department visioning, dyadic planning
  • Develop leaders and create a shared language of accountability
  • Navigate succession planning processes

We bring expertise in helping individuals, teams, and organizations create fundamental change in their leadership, communication, engagement, and approach to conflict, commitment, and accountability.

Our clients include leaders who want to:

  • Create cultures of psychological safety where people feel they belong
  • Craft a vision and engage stakeholders in that vision
  • Change the way decisions are made and communicated
  • Build collaborative, motivated, and cohesive teams
  • Identify the systems and behaviors needed to communicate that every member of your staff matters to the success of the organization  

We have more than 20 years of experience working with corporations, non-profits, small companies, family-owned businesses, start-ups, education, health care, and government.

Interested?

If you’d like to know more about how working with us can benefit you, your team, and your culture, contact us today.

To ensure the best fit between our skills and your needs, we’ll meet with your key leaders and stakeholders to assess your needs, develop a proposal for action, and identify a budget.

We look forward to connecting with you!

"Heather empowered me to look inside and see what it was I truly wanted out of work and life. We set out my priorities, my criteria for my next job, and I learned about the strengths I had as a person, not just a list of software acumen!"

Zöe Flanagan, Research Assistant @ Pacific Research & Evaluation, Portland, OR

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2020-03-05T11:21:53-08:00

Zöe Flanagan, Research Assistant @ Pacific Research & Evaluation, Portland, OR

"Heather empowered me to look inside and see what it was I truly wanted out of work and life. We set out my priorities, my criteria for my next job, and I learned about the strengths I had as a person, not just a list of software acumen!"

"Stephanie is masterful at bringing clarity to things and helps me look at the big picture. She was instrumental in my decision to leave a long time job and open my own firm—the best career of my life."

Angie Galimanis, Owner/President @ Lawrence PR, Portland, OR

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2016-06-08T11:10:27-07:00

Angie Galimanis, Owner/President @ Lawrence PR, Portland, OR

"Stephanie is masterful at bringing clarity to things and helps me look at the big picture. She was instrumental in my decision to leave a long time job and open my own firm—the best career of my life."
Jeff Fuchs 222x222"Linda’s Executive Coaching has helped me become a better leader. She coached me to not avoid difficult discussions, but to approach them in a non aggressive way. I feel like much more of a natural leader, and I’m having a lot more fun now."

Jeff Fuchs, City Engineer for the City of Tualatin, OR

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2016-06-13T08:35:25-07:00

Jeff Fuchs, City Engineer for the City of Tualatin, OR

"Linda’s Executive Coaching has helped me become a better leader. She coached me to not avoid difficult discussions, but to approach them in a non aggressive way. I feel like much more of a natural leader, and I’m having a lot more fun now."

"Working with Heather changed my life in ways I didn't know were possible. This year I launched a business that has gone from nothing to flourishing in so many ways. I'm so grateful to Heather for her personal, heartfelt, and out-of-the-box style. I'm so grateful for all you do!"

Meghan French, Licensed OR Broker, Scout Realty, Portland, OR

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2021-02-03T10:35:32-08:00

Meghan French, Licensed OR Broker, Scout Realty, Portland, OR

"Working with Heather changed my life in ways I didn't know were possible. This year I launched a business that has gone from nothing to flourishing in so many ways. I'm so grateful to Heather for her personal, heartfelt, and out-of-the-box style. I'm so grateful for all you do!"
"Linda unlocked some doors inside me with some ready understanding of concerns that face me as a leader, a parent, and a partner with some very simple solutions and practices. Linda's been an integral part of my successful leadership role at work and home."

Katy Patricelli, Former Sr VP @ Wells Fargo

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2015-11-24T13:50:14-08:00

Katy Patricelli, Former Sr VP @ Wells Fargo

"Linda unlocked some doors inside me with some ready understanding of concerns that face me as a leader, a parent, and a partner with some very simple solutions and practices. Linda's been an integral part of my successful leadership role at work and home."

"Stephanie has been an invaluable sounding board. My coaching sessions with Stephanie have provided me with a case study-like approach to work through current business challenges, a constructive unbiased listening center which provides immediate stress relief, and an actionable and useful “nugget” to put into immediate action from each session."

Kathryn Loescher, MBA, Sr. Director of Compensation, The Standard

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2017-12-04T13:57:38-08:00

Kathryn Loescher, MBA, Sr. Director of Compensation, The Standard

"Stephanie has been an invaluable sounding board. My coaching sessions with Stephanie have provided me with a case study-like approach to work through current business challenges, a constructive unbiased listening center which provides immediate stress relief, and an actionable and useful “nugget” to put into immediate action from each session."

"Heather brought order to my chaos and helped me pursue my goals in a more purposeful, fulfilling way. Now I feel less stressed, more in control and able to enjoy taking some big steps that I’ve been working towards for a long time."

Carolyn Cosgriff, Owner/Artist/Designer @ HissBuzzHum, Portland, OR

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2016-10-19T09:53:56-07:00

Carolyn Cosgriff, Owner/Artist/Designer @ HissBuzzHum, Portland, OR

"Heather brought order to my chaos and helped me pursue my goals in a more purposeful, fulfilling way. Now I feel less stressed, more in control and able to enjoy taking some big steps that I’ve been working towards for a long time."
Sharon Crowell 222x222"In my work, I found myself challenged to engage the physician leaders across the organization. With Carpenter Smith Consulting, we learned strategies that resulted in a dramatic growth in provider satisfaction from the 11th percentile to the 73rd percentile!"

Sharon Crowell M.D. @ The Vancouver Clinic, Vancouver, WA

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2015-12-01T13:36:55-08:00

Sharon Crowell M.D. @ The Vancouver Clinic, Vancouver, WA

"In my work, I found myself challenged to engage the physician leaders across the organization. With Carpenter Smith Consulting, we learned strategies that resulted in a dramatic growth in provider satisfaction from the 11th percentile to the 73rd percentile!"
"I found my sessions with Heather to be very insightful, practical, and useful, and focused on elements of employee behaviors which we normally don't pay attention to. Our discussions helped me grow in my new role at work as well as out of work."

Kunal Dugal, QA Manager @ Logitech, Camas, WA

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2021-02-03T11:01:27-08:00

Kunal Dugal, QA Manager @ Logitech, Camas, WA

"I found my sessions with Heather to be very insightful, practical, and useful, and focused on elements of employee behaviors which we normally don't pay attention to. Our discussions helped me grow in my new role at work as well as out of work."
Katherine Durham 222x222"Linda is a great listener and powerful observer. I rely on her wisdom and pragmatic advice around team dynamics, culture and leadership. Simply put, Linda makes me better."

Katherine Durham, VP Individual Disability Insurance and Corporate Marketing & Communications @ The Standard, Portland, OR

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2015-11-24T13:48:24-08:00

Katherine Durham, VP Individual Disability Insurance and Corporate Marketing & Communications @ The Standard, Portland, OR

"Linda is a great listener and powerful observer. I rely on her wisdom and pragmatic advice around team dynamics, culture and leadership. Simply put, Linda makes me better."
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