We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Flisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After many years of working in Leadership Development, I started to question how to bring what I was doing internally externally. I was working on leadership programs, coaching and developing many levels of the organization at the time and was about to become a mother. I was enjoying my role but as time went on, I knew that a) I really wanted to be home more with my son (and future kiddos) and b) that I wanted to work with more leaders across San Diego to develop them personally and professionally. I also knew that working externally would allow me to work with many more diverse populations and help create far more change in the world.
What should our readers know about your business?
The focus of my business is Self-Leadership which is the ability to develop and lead yourself both personally and professionally. My one-to-one coaching is dedicated to leaders looking to grow their leadership capabilities while learning more about who they are as a person. As a facilitator and speaker, I work with all types of organizations, groups and teams to understand their strengths utilizing the CliftonStrengths tool and make it incredibly applicable and fun for the audience. What makes me stand out in the sea of leadership coaches is that I work with mostly high-achieving women leaders who need a safe and unbiased space to work through ideas, concepts, team issues, leadership problems, and above all, to help them become more of who they are meant to be. My professional background is that I have worked in coaching and leadership development for over a decade, I earned a Master’s in Organizational Management, a Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation, am a college professor, and have had the privilege to work with so many different organizations across San Diego. What I am most excited about is the growing my business to have more group coaching programs, retreats, courses and hopefully bring on more coaches. The journey to here was of course not always easy. There are so many ups and downs of working alone, the constant inner critic and trying to figure out your particular niche at times was and still is overwhelming. The number one thing I can contribute my success to is always working with like-minded groups or having small monthly calls with other coaches to learn from, bounce ideas off of and also to cheer me on. What keeps me going is that there is so much room for all of us in the world to play to our gifts. I know that my job is to encourage and develop people to hone their gifts and use them the best way they know how. I also know that the world is in need of more women leaders and I want a front row seat to developing them into the courageous leaders they are. What I want the world to know about me and my story is that I am first and foremost my own client. I am always doing the work to better myself and sharpen the saw in all the areas of my life so that I can be the very best mom, wife, coach, business owner, friend, daughter that I can be.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here are some of the places our family loves and would recommend to families/out of towners: Grab sandwiches at Park Place Deli in Coronado and head for the beach for the day; grab Pizza Port and catch a sunset in Solana Beach at the park nearby; take in the history of Balboa Park and the museums; head out east to Santee Lakes to fish, ride bikes and have a picnic; hike Mission Trails and get amazing smoothies at Pure Press right next to Cowels Mt.; hike Torrey Pines and head over to Del Mar to eat at Board and Brew; tour Little Italy for some amazing Italian or try our favorite hidden gem in La Mesa Antica Trattoria; Phil’s BBQ is always a fam favorite for any occasion – we even had it at our wedding; head to Julian for apple pie and lastly some of our favorite places to stay in San Diego are the Welk Resort, Catamaran, and La Costa Resort.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The seed to own my business was certainly planted early in life from my father who owned his own business for 30 years. He was incredibly successful, taught us to work hard, was able to get us three kids in top rated universities and still be home for our sports games and dinner. My mom was also a huge factor as she was a wonderful stay-at-home-mom. Some how I knew I wanted to mesh the two when I grew up. As I pursued my own business there have been so many incredible people that have wrapped their arms around me to help me grow. Some in particular are the two women who introduced me to coaching, the women who were in my first mastermind, my coach who is still working with me after 7 years, friends who referred me to their organizations, teachers in my coaching programs and my clients who continue to show me why I love my job. Lastly, my husband. From the beginning he has been my biggest champion, partner and sounding board. Without his support I am not quite sure where I would be today.
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