Nancy Abbott, MBA, ACC

Navigating Change, Building Culture, Career Transition, Self-Confidence, Role Transition

Executive Coach / Facilitator

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Nancy spent much of her career at General Electric and GE Capital in Information Technology and Human Resources roles in several international business units. In all her roles, Nancy was most energized by addressing the challenges brought by change. She has led acquisition, reorganization, and divestiture teams and specialized in organization design and executive development. Nancy has always focused on developing others and found her tenure as an adjunct professor most rewarding when she saw students grasp new learnings and possibilities.

Coaching Philosophy

Nancy focuses her coaching practice on helping clients find success and satisfaction in the workplace and in life. She partners with clients to consider unexplored options, develop meaningful priorities, and build their sense of confidence and agency. Nancy is known for her pragmatic approach, her insightful questions and her ability to help clients bring focus and clarity to their thinking in an otherwise frenetic world.

Nancy tailors her approach to her clients’ needs but is ever mindful of “clear goals…conscious choices.” She helps clients create concrete steps for action and delights in their successes as they explore new ground.

Results Achieved

The senior leader of a hospital found themselves faced with an acquisition by a larger hospital organization. Though billed as a merger, it became evident that the client’s hospital would have less influence and autonomy in the integration process than expected. The client and their team were experiencing uncertainty and stress as a result. Partnering with the leader, we explored the emotions, communication gaps, and unmet expectations present in their team. The client also became aware of their own needs as a leader. They were able to develop strategies for working with the new company, gaining influence, and becoming a conduit for information flow. As the leader built their own model for success, they were able to meet the needs of their team and rebuild trust and communication.

Professional/Corporate Experience

  • Senior Executive in Human Resources and Organization & Executive Development at
    GE Capital.
  • Adjunct Professor – EMBA Program, Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt
    University.
  • Leadership Development – Speaker, Executive Trainer, Consultant

Education, Certifications & Awards

  • Executive and Leadership Coaching – Georgetown University
  • MBA – Owen School at Vanderbilt University
  • BA – State University of New York
  • Study abroad – Univ of Copenhagen
  • ICF ACC Certified Coach
  • Hogan Assessments Certification
  • ACE Certified – Mastery level
  • Forbes Coaches Council Member

Areas Of Coaching Expertise

  • Leading through Change
  • Mid-career Burnout
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Communication Effectiveness
  • 360 Executive Assessments
  • Development and Facilitation

Industry Experience

  • Entertainment, Financial Services
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals
  • High Tech, Professional Services
  • Start-ups

Functional Experience

  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Development
  • Executive Education
  • Operations Leadership
  • Information Technology

Languages & International Experience

  • Native English speaker
  • Managed teams in multiple countries (Europe and Asia)
  • Attended university in Copenhagen, Denmark (1 year)
  • Live part-time in France

Levels Coached

  • C-Suite – Senior Executives
  • GM/BU/Functional Leaders
  • New Leaders

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