Leonard Lang, Ph.D. [beardavenue]
What types of coaching do you do? Who are your clients?
Career coaching for clients wanting to find meaningful, challenging, fun careers and jobs. I also help clients with creative job search so they can land those meaningful, challenging and fun jobs (or start their own businesses).
I've worked with everyone from people looking for a "retirement" career to college students getting ready for their next steps.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can get to know more about you, the type of work you do and/or the place where you do it?
My career coach site is
My career blog site is:
By mid summer 2012, I will have an online career course site at
How did you get into coaching?
After my own career change more than 15 years ago, I realized I could save people a lot of time in their career change, so I started offering classes. Classes led to a book. The book and classes and conference keynotes led to requests for personal coaching. The creative part of the work connects with all of the work I've ever done.
Do you have innate qualities, or is it something that you learned?
As with most things, yes and yes. I've always been good at learning, listening and seeking creative answers. I've also done massive amounts of learning to find out best ideas in coaching, in career development, psychology, and spirituality to bring to the process. As I continue coaching, I learn from each client, and keep on seeking out new creative tools and coaching ideas. Finally, I've developed the skill of creating a "space" for people in the way I listen and talk with them so that they feel safe and creative.
Can you describe briefly the technique or methodology you use?
I have developed a 4 part coaching process using lots of creative tools, from those I've invented to applying common ones in new ways like mindmapping.
The 4 parts of the process relate to answering these 4 questions:
1. Who am I? (what are my passions, values, skills and how do I like to work)
2. What is my purpose at work if I'm in my ideal career?
3. What does it look like when I'm doing that purpose? (the details of how you apply your mission in day to day life)
4. Those 3 answers provide your vision, literally seeing what your day is like in your ideal job in answering the third question. The 4th question is:
How do I make that vision real? Or, how do I succeed?
What must the person you are helping contribute?
Spirit of openness and willingness to connect with themselves
Motivated to make changes
Time to do the work between sessions as I am big believer in momentum and rapid progress
Can positive thinking can be developed into a habit?
Absolutely. Lots of evidence for the value of optimism, which is related to positive thinking, and how to develop it, such as the many studies carried out by people such as Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania.
Leonard Lang, Ph.D.
Minneapolis, MN USA