"Beth is one of the most talented leaders and team coaches that I know. She is able to manage extremely large projects while, at the same time, attending to the individual needs of the participants. Beth knows how to bring out the very best in people and is an extraordinary champion as she helps them go beyond what they thought possible. Her business acumen helps to connect the dots between behavioral changes and the impact on the bottom line. I would recommend Beth's services to all clients who want to create powerful results.
Kathryn Kemp, Owner
Team Resource, Inc.
"Etta was highly effective in helping me chart a new course through a career change. She quickly helped me clarify my strengths, goals, values, and work style so that together we could identify a wide range of possibilities. Equally important, she helped me overcome a fear of change. Her insights and perceptions have opened new doors, putting me in a place where I now have several viable, realistic options, and I can move forward with optimism and enthusiasm."
Dawn, Writer and Book Editor
"Organizationally we're heading into some pretty tough times, tougher than we've had to face before. The fact that we have been able to define ourselves as a system, our roles in that system, and how we can best work together, is going to help bring us through these challenges in the next few years far better than if we had not embarked on this. We've put a lot of time into this and it's paying off. It keeps me hopeful and optimistic."
Tracey Gearlds, Director
UCSF Campus Life Services
“'Who do I want to be when I grow up?' That was the conundrum I faced in my career path and I realized I needed assistance to focus, define and find the answer.
Etta has been pivotal in helping me find that answer. The tools and objectivity she brings have greatly honed my focus and thought process. More importantly, I feel like I am moving forward again towards a goal that I am energized and happy with; rather than treading water in the same spot wondering in which direction to swim.
Etta has been an invaluable resource for me. Whether you want to move up in your career or perform better on the path you are on, I would highly recommend Etta."
Mike, Creative Director
"I would not have had the courage to take on such challenges and succeed had I not had your guidance and absolute faith in my abilities and possibilities—had I not felt empowered to try something totally new. And the learning and growth didn't stop when the coaching sessions did!"
Jaana Myllyluoma, Owner
“Etta was great at giving lots of feedback in a positive and constructive way. A lot of what she did, was validate what I already knew, which gave me the confidence to move forward with action steps I would have otherwise been tentative about executing. I learned that 360 degree evaluations have a lot of value, a self-care plan is just as important as a work plan, and that my emotions have a huge impact on my colleagues and employees."
Jenny, Non-profit Director
"It is a real joy to have you as team coaching supervisor. The tone in your voice, your expertise, your unwavering awareness of the learner mind, the rigor. I feel like I've had not just a nourishing multi-course meal, but fine cuisine, after our supervisions with you."
CRR ORSC Team Coaching Supervisee
"I was stuck, so unsure of what to do to change my situation, and Etta helped immensely. By leading me through a set of visual and mental exercises, Etta helped me identify the exact problem, and worked with me to develop tools to deal with it. Since then, I've found a renewed sense of purpose and strength to make changes for the better."
Alex, Project Manager
"We've actually been using our team tools in quite a number of situations OUTSIDE our team. When we interact with others in the organization and with clients, it's been great to have ways to move beyond conflict and confusion and move directly on to what we want to get done."
Joseph Errante, Vice President, Dental Blue
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
“Thank you so much for that aha. It is so important to keep reminding ourselves that we are the driving force in our lives. It is so easy (incredibly) to fall into victimhood. As a coach, It is so easy to spend all your time and energy on other people’s careers that you forget about your own.
I appreciate how inspired I feel after speaking with Etta – although I have been coaching for a while and fall into traps a lot, Etta’s enthusiasm is contagious!
Etta has a special magic for sure!"
Diane, Leadership Coach
Greater Boston Area
"Our planning process has matured significantly as a result of the coaching. We're clearer and more focused on what is important. We've been talking about alignment for many years, but now we're figuring out what it really means. We are saving a lot of time and energy in our strategic efforts—and being more successful."
Steve Leonoudakis, Strategy Leader, Campus Life Services
University of California at San Francisco
"My friend gave me Etta as a contact because I was in a difficult place in my work and personal life. Etta helped me become aware of the "noise" that was around me which helped me clear the way to a better path. She listens intently, asked the right questions with no judgement. When I would pose a question back to her, she would answer in a way that would make me think about my question which helped me think more about what I wanted for myself. I am very grateful to have been able to work with Etta and have her coach me. If in the future I need assistance again, she will be the first person I call. I would recommend Etta to anyone who needs an objective perspective that is not judgmental but has a lot of experience to offer. "
Joyce, Operations Manager of Business Analysts
"We can speak more frankly together now, which means we can cut through a lot of potential confusion and find better solutions. We have more flexibility to deal with whatever is coming. It's like we've created a more flexible, responsive structure."
Darleen Yee, Business and Finance Manager
USCF Campus LIfe Services
"Since we began working with Beth, we are making more effective, efficient decisions. We look at the situation, consider the factors, decide and move forward. We're also being taken more seriously in the organization and we have more influence. We're able to get done what we know needs to be done rather than always reacting to what other people think needs to get done."
Steve Siskin, General Manager
“I am who I am today, thanks to Etta Jacobs. I reported directly to her, and had never managed people before. It was Etta’s coaching that influenced how I manage today. She not only guided me (and other managers) through challenging situations, but she always highlighted the important lessons.
She was very courageous. This was not something that came easily for me, as I was a bit more timid. Public speaking for example, was not my forte, and Etta was key to my becoming more confident in making presentations. She helped me break through my fears!
Etta was a strong advocate for design. I learned from Etta, to speak up in a way that is not overpowering or insulting, but respectful and clear—to not give up, but find creative ways to push things forward. Here is the quote from Etta that I’ll never forget: “It’s when times are hardest, that we need to be kindest to one another”.
At some challenging points in my life, Etta brought clarity, when I could not see what was right in front of my face. I love the advice Etta gives, because it always comes with a story. She can be very humorous, which makes you feel even more comfortable. In Etta’s eyes, there is always a bright side. She was always the first person I would want to talk to when I had an issue. Her compassion and her attention to our needs was something that I am not sure everyone experiences with their bosses. I couldn’t be more grateful for all she did for us."
Christina, Design Manager
I was lucky to have Etta as a mentor for many years, to model how to navigate successfully in a work environment that was constantly changing, full of challenging personalities, and often unclear direction.
Work is messy and difficult sometimes, and having Etta as a resource for me to talk through my thinking and approach to daily challenges was a real treasure for me.