About Catherine Thorburn

Executive Coach, HR Professional and Career Strategist, who works with employees at all levels of an organization. Those who want to be: more effective in their work, change their careers or re-enter the workforce. Known for the ability to assess people and situations, and help executives, leaders and individual contributors get clear about who they are and what they want to do. From there, action plans are created to help them get to where they want to go.

Do You Have Leadership Courage?  If Not, Learn How

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” Frank Baum,The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Harper, Mulcair & Trudeau Competencies

Recently, the Executive Coaches Group team has been helping a large municipal government define key leadership competencies for their leaders. This work got us thinking about the current federal election. Whether you prefer Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair or Justin Trudeau likely depends in part on which leadership competencies you value most in a Prime Minister.

2018-07-22T22:27:13-04:00By |Leadership Development|Comments Off on Harper, Mulcair & Trudeau Competencies

Four Successful People with Executive Coaches

Executive Coaching: The 1200-Year Old Profession There’s a famous Zen koan that asks “Why can’t the person of great strength lift his leg?”. In ancient China, about 1200 years ago: emperors, governors, business and military leaders would often visit and work with Zen masters. The interesting thing, is, that these people were all very accomplished [...]

2016-10-16T12:25:52-04:00By |Executive Coaching|Comments Off on Four Successful People with Executive Coaches

How Companies Get It So Wrong at Times

Recently I heard a story told to me by a client that made me cringe as it was yet another example of how companies can get things so wrong at times. Let me start by sharing some information about my client. Adding Insult to Excellence She is super smart and quick as a whip based [...]

2016-10-16T12:25:52-04:00By |Recognition|Comments Off on How Companies Get It So Wrong at Times