Through his gift of thoughtful curiosity and objective support, Gord has helped me to see my potential and the nature of my contribution from an entirely different perspective. I didn't think I had the "career ambition" to benefit from leadership coaching. What I understand now is that investing in his process has more to do with unlocking what I have to give to those around me, and the fulfillment I experience in doing so. The opportunity to spend time with Gord has been very rewarding (and fun). I couldn't ask or a better coach!
Leslie D'Agostino, Production Analyst, Devon Energy Canada
Gord is a fantastic coach who doesn't hold anything back when it comes to helping you reach your full potential. I worked with him over a number of sessions this past year (with plenty of time in between meetings to digest his wisdom), and I can scarcely put into words just how much guidance he was able to provide.
In my case, we focused primarily on my future career aspirations. He helped me to recognize and understand the steps I need to take to further my own career and be where I want to be in life. Furthermore, I have already seen noticeable change at my workplace and in my own feelings towards this end, and have continued along this path since my last session with Gord in October.
I cannot recommend highly enough what Gord does - every professional serious about their career needs to spend some time with him.
Peter Harrison, P.Eng. Team Lead, Client Care, TripSpark Technologies
I have had the pleasure of working with Gord for the last year, even today I continue to seek his guidance and insight beyond our scheduled program. Gord has had a very positive and creative impact on my career as well as my personal life. His ability to decipher, analyze and offer solutions is uncanny and has truly brought my Leadership Skills to the next level. If you want to garner a different perspective in understanding yourself and those you interact with, I highly recommend you take the time to work with him and invest in yourself!
Ken Booth, District Sales Manager, Gordon Food Services
Gord Aker is a phenomenal coach. Gord acted as my mentor and coach for over a year. Gord helped me grow as a leader and empowered me to outperform many of the goals I had as a leader. Gord gives you his honest opinion, without sugar coating it without doesn't tell you what to do; he challenges you to discover the right answers yourself. I highly recommend Gord as a leadership coach.
I have hired Gord Aker numerous times in different capacities over the years I have known him. As a coach, he helped me shift my career in a direction I hadn’t considered before and worked with me to successfully obtain a challenging Senior Leadership role in a major corporation. He also helped me discover my leadership style and challenged me to be the leader he saw in me. Was it easy? Heck no! Was it worth it? One of the more worthwhile things I have done for myself!
His coaching also has transformed my personal life. Nothing can be so impactful or profound as being asked a single question and being shocked by your own, deeply held personal truth. With this insight, he supported me in getting out of the unhealthy situation I found myself in and now I am enjoying a life that I didn’t even know existed before.
I heartily recommend working with Gord as a Professional Coach if you want to truly understand, embrace and act on creating the full career and life experience you are capable of.
I started my first coaching session with Gord when I was the president of a not for profit organization and I had little experience dealing with conflict resolution. It was only in hindsight that I realized the conversations that I had with Gord goes so far beyond a conflict between team members. I learned the value of effective communication; specifically going beyond what we hear and see.
In a conversation about life coaching, I learned that my attitude of "I hate change" could be shifted to be "I am a seeker of the truth". I consider myself incredibly lucky to have professional coaching before entering the workforce. I now constantly look for learning opportunities with my colleagues. I never would've imagined that the coaching sessions that I had with Gord would change the way I see myself and others around me.
I had the pleasure of being coached by Gord Aker for two years during a time when I was discovering my leadership interest and style. The coaching was instrumental in helping me find my way in my new leadership roles, in a volunteer team lead capacity, and at work managing multi-disciplinary project teams.
I found the coaching especially helpful in setting direction and expectations for those under my leadership, managing conflict, and understanding how to lead in alignment with my values. The benefit of one-on-one coaching is that Gord was able to ask tough questions to help me learn about myself and think more deeply about my values and aspirations. We don't often take enough time to reflect on the questions of values, principles, and our dreams. The time spend in coaching sessions really set the tone for building greater self-awareness, which translated into the ability to build stronger skills in all areas of my personal and professional life.
Prior to working with Gord, I had a one-dimensional view of leadership - the charismatic, powerful and decisive leader. It didn't fit my style, which was more quiet, collaborative, and service oriented. I learned through this experience that I must be authentic and leverage the strengths in my style of leadership. I gained significant confidence in working with Gord because I saw progress and results between our sessions. I was able to be more effective in my volunteer, professional and personal endeavours and overcame some major conflicts with grace. I learned to view others differently as well - instead of seeing obstacles in challenging relationships, I saw possibility to influence positively and learned to let go of what I could not control.
Nearly 7 years later, I continue to apply the learning in my time with Gord. I value Gord immensely - words could not express the gratitude I have for my time and experience with him.