have become, hands down,
one of my most valuable resources.
Chief Executive Officer,
Schedule a complimentary
Executive Coaching Session.
Leading agencies is hard work. A CompassPoint study found
this in a median executive-director tenure
is only four
years or fewer and that 65 percent
of agency leaders are “once-is-enough” first-timers in the job. According to the study,
executive directors “enjoy their jobs as a means of addressing important
community needs (mission) but don’t want to do it again because of the high
stress involved (burnout).”
Though many experts bemoan the state of the field, there is
much to celebrate when it comes to leading nonprofits. The CompassPoint study
found that most executives take the job because of the “mission of their
agencies as well as their own desire to help others and to give back to their
communities.” Furthermore, almost all experience a high level of enjoyment in
their work. Executive directors are not alone. In his study of
1,140 nonprofit employees, Paul Light found that nonprofit employees are “highly
motivated, hard working, and deeply committed [and are] motivated primarily by
the chance to accomplish something worthwhile.”
Mark provides highly personalized
coaching services to help leaders navigate the complexities of their
Rather than a consultant who tells you what to do and how to do it, Mark
encourages you to find the answers yourself and he provides the
support for you to stay on track.
Mark is a Certified Professional Coach and an
Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
Institute for Professional Excellence in
Coaching (iPEC). He
is a graduate of the
Center for Creative
Leadership programs in Coaching for Greater Effectiveness and Leadership for
Development, and he is
certified to use all of the Center's
He is also an experienced
Mark is a member of the
International Coach Federation.
In addition to being a leadership coach,
there will be times when Mark will also be a trusted
advisor of the type that Bill Gates describes this way:
important to have someone who you totally trust, who is totally committed, who
shares your vision, and yet who has a little bit different set of skills and who
also acts as something of a check on you. Some of the ideas you run by him, you
know he’s going to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, have you thought about this and
that?’ The benefit of sparking off somebody who’s got that kind of brilliance is
that it not only makes business more fun, but it really leads to a lot of
Charles Handy writes, “In our hearts, we would all like to
find a purpose bigger than ourselves because that will raise us to heights that
we had not dreamed of.” Where better to find it than the nonprofit sector?
And where better than First Light to find leadership coaching that comes
from a seasoned leadership coach? In other words, Mark has your back.
Great results, personable, expert.
Nora Vondrell, Executive
Director, SICSA Dayton