"I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.“ Billie Jean King.
Shawnee understands those words, they are at the heart of her practice and vocation as a coach on the basketball court and in the corporate world. I don't use that word "vocation" lightly, because the passion that Shawnee shows in all aspects of her coaching activity and the results that she has achieved in both worlds reveal that she is both gifted and gifting, able to evoke leadership in others.
Leadership coaches often preach about self- awareness, countless books are filled with quotable quips about it, but Shawnees programs grow organically from an authentic examination of self as the base of all leadership and leadership development.
Shawnee's programs lead from the fundamental understanding that self-awareness isn't about a listing of one's failings and weaknesses but about coming to an understanding of who we are as a total person, strengths and weaknesses, what drives us, and clarity about the impact we have and can have not just as leaders but as human beings.
Shawnee is piercingly perceptive, and in our coaching sessions has revealed a gift for identifying self-deception, both positive and negative, and providing insight into what is essential and what can fall by the wayside.
She has coached employees, and called leadership forth from people at all levels of our company, and provided much needed clarity on building a winning culture, starting with building a winning attitude in each of us. The difference in our teams is palpable, and the accountability that has been fostered in those who have followed her programs has made us a better company for it. And dare I say, better people?
Acting VP, Service Delivery
I have personally worked with several NCAA programs, attended several coaching clinics and I can say without a doubt, the time I spent with Shawnee was more valuable than anything I have ever done. Shawnee'ss ability to adapt to individual situations to help with their specific strengths and weaknesses is amazing. With her wealth of information she is able to give specific coaching strategies on how to improve both game and practice performances. Plus, her teaching goes well beyond the X and O's, as she is able to provide both depth and philosophy that cannot be found anywhere else. Being able to give suggestions on how to work on my team's weakness in practices and games, as well as giving me an unbiased opinion on my individual coaching was extremely helpful. I strongly recommend her services to coaches of any level.
WOW! What a fun week for my two kids at Awesome Hoops Camp! They learned so many new skills and their days were full of valuable information. The coaching is second to none and my kids really appreciated the attention to detail. See you next year!
Red Deer, AB
Working with Shawnee has been a very positive experience for both myself and my coaching staff. Her style of questioning provokes critical reflection in a positive environment which has led to growth and development in many areas. Her energy and enthusiasm really make the experience beneficial as she leaves you re-ignited to reach your goals. Shawnee gets you to think about solutions instead of problems. On a day to day basis, this helps avoid some of the unnecessary time wasted venting, and puts your focus onto solving the problem. We had three sessions with Shawnee and they really helped us develop individually as well as collectively as a coaching staff. I have been to many coaching clinics, and while they can be beneficial, the return you get after working in an individualized session with Shawnee is un-matched. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to be better than they were yesterday.
Former Head Coach
University of Lethbridge
My kids improved more in one month at Shawnee's Fall Academy than the entire previous year! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with my kids and helping them become better players. Both of my kids feel prepared and confident for the start of their school season.
We wanted to have someone review all aspects of our program. In Shawnee, we found someone who was thoughtful, honest, and insightful. She infused our program with creative and innovative thought and pushed us to create solutions based on our existing program philosophy and foundations. Her interaction with our entire coaching staff and our athletes was positive, impactful and invigorating. We would not hesitate to have Shawnee back working with our program again in the future. She has been a valuable mentor to our coaches and she continues to challenge and encourage us with her post game thoughts via phone or text on game nights. Whatever your level, your budget, your location . . . if you want to run a program of excellence, Shawnee will help you get there.
University of the Fraser Valley
Thank you for putting on the excellent camps over the last couple of days. Both of my kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They came home inspired, motivated and recounting their learning from the day. Enthusiasm and passion starts at the top - thank you for your hard work.
Groundswell Group has been working with Shawnee and the work she done with us has been transformational. Shawnee's approach in working with our managers has been instrumental in providing strategies for our new leaders within the organization. Her 1 on 1 Corporate Coaching has provided consistency in our vision and a unified commitment within our senior leadership team.
We were also able to provide clarity in our messaging by incorporating Shawnee's two day coaching session, Transform Managers to Leaders, as well as monthly Lunch and Learn sessions, to the entire organization. Her commitment to excellence has inspired Groundswell's leaders to continue to build a winning culture that we are proud of.
Thank you Shawnee for moving Groundswell from a good company to a great company! It is a pleasure to work with you.
VP Corporate Services
Working with Shawnee has greatly enhanced my individual coaching abilities and has been an invaluable tool towards my team's success this season. Her knowledge has added another dimension to my personal development and her tremendous passion for sport is contagious. Sharing her vast experience with me, Shawnee has instantly improved my coaching and inspired me to continue to grow as a basketball coach.
Former Head Coach
Grande Prairie Regional College
The science of coaching can be gained through diligent research on the internet, through video or a multitude of coaching conferences. The actual art of coaching however can only be honed by having another set of knowledgeable eyes see the inner workings of your program. The short time my staff and I were able to sit down with Shawnee and allow her to see the inner workings of our program really helped to solidify what our program was all about. The opportunity to bounce ideas off her, hear her suggestions and make use of her extensive experience is invaluable to a program's success.
Former Head Coach
Red Deer College Queens
Working with Shawnee has helped me both personally and in the business world. She's raised my self-awareness as a leader, and helped me significantly improve my style of communication with others - in my interactions with family and friends, as well as with employees and shareholders.
I've become more understanding of differing personality and learning styles, including how to motivate and direct others. Using Shawnee's win/win approach has had a direct impact on my life and not only in company profitability, but also in making me a better leader.
I would highly recommend Shawnee as a life coach for anyone looking to improve their personal and professional self.
President & CEO
Aduro Resources Ltd.
Shawnee's passion and enthusiasm is contagious in her sessions. Shawnee is able to develop a connection with her athletes that creates a successful learning environment. Danya has learned something new from each session that she is able to work on to help improve her game. Shawnee is the ultimate professional; she is knowledgeable, prepared and delivers training that the athletes can understand and use. The sessions are fun, hard work and a great learning environment. I would recommend this program to any athlete looking to improve their skills. Two thumbs up!
Dora and Tony Osterling
Parents of Danya
If you want to run an elite program, it's prudent to take a critical look at how, and what you coach. We decided to do just that by employing Shawnee to observe our practices and provide feedback. Shawnee is a highly trained observer of the game, and of coaching. She was able to give an objective review of our current practices, and gave some constructive suggestions for improvement. Her input has improved the quality of our practices, which ultimately will improve our performance. I highly recommend her services and would not hesitate to use her again in the future.
Red Deer College Kings
Shawnee has been very passionate and driven about helping me overcome the mental blocks I have encountered with ski jumping. She has shared many strategies to help me perform at my best during stressful competitions and keep me motivated during hard times. Thank you Shawnee for helping me achieve my potential! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to get a competitive edge.
National Team Athlete