Leaders

Many books and leadership companies exist to assist organizations with their leadership needs.  You have choices…

Our personal and intuitive approach to uncovering the deepest needs of what our customer requires is what sets us apart.

Leadership Development

Self-awareness is the top leadership skill to master.  You can read every productivity tip out there, you can adapt the routines of geniuses, and you can eat up every piece of self-help that comes across the computer screen, but it’s completely pointless if you don’t know yourself well enough to put the correct advice into practice.

Here are some of the tools we leverage in our customized approach:

Personality Difference and ROI

Personality differences can be at the root of some the most difficult business challenges.  As certified Myers Briggs facilitators, we have partnered with companies to help overcome communication issues and affect their bottom line by 20%!

“Since meeting Your Latitude I have improved my communication with someone in our office by 60%.  I no longer avoid talking to her.”

5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Whether you are building a new team or reinforcing an existing team, one of our expert facilitators will guide any team ranging from executives to cross functional teams through proven and highly effective exercises that will shift perspectives – all while holding members committed and accountable to the process and results. Leveraging the #1 best selling team building fable and tools developed by Patrick Lencioni.

Emotional Intelligence: Predicting Success in Work and in Life

Emotional Intelligence is leveraged through a highly sophisticated tool used to measure success and blind spots. It provides a baseline of performance and enables our certified coaches to develop and work with individuals and teams to improve their impact by assessing abilities to interact with their colleagues and the environment.

Executive Coaching

You know your industry. We know people.

Using a Professional Development coach allows you to customize the sessions to your unique needs to ensure the professional growth is applicable, practical and will support any company specific mandates or initiatives.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking how Latitude might be able to support your professional growth.  Each of these options can be experienced in an individual coaching format or as a group workshop. Combinations of these topics can be used to create a customized development series.

Presentations

Did you know that more people fear presentations and public speaking over death? If this is you – you are not alone! Latitude will work with you one-on-one to help you prepare for your next formal presentation.  There are proven strategies to help take away the anxiety of presentations and help you maintain confidence and composure while presenting.

Whether presenting to a potential client or a team of coworkers your message has to work.   We will help you plan for your presentation and practice its delivery so your audience will be moved to action.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is more than just podium-talks that have been planned and rehearsed.  Public speaking is speaking in public, something a business professional must be able to do with confidence.  Working with a Business Coach will provide you with strategies and techniques to make sure your message is clear and concise, even if you are caught off guard.

Network Communication

Learn the art and science behind one of the most dreaded professional activities: networking.

How confident do you feel when you are asked “so, what do you do?”  You should be able to answer this question with ease, but for many professionals this question is a source of frustration and anxiety.  A business coach can help you with strategies for joining a conversation, techniques to conduct value-added and memorable conversations, and how to end a conversation with engaging calls-to-action, making every minute count at your next networking event!

Working Under Pressure

This is not about time management! You won’t hear from us about batched-work or time journaling because we know in today’s busy workplace there isn’t always time for that.  Instead, we will work with you and show you how stress management and goal setting can be used as effective tools when working under pressure.

Network Communication

Learn the art and science behind one of the most dreaded professional activities: networking.

How confident do you feel when you are asked “so, what do you do?”  You should be able to answer this question with ease, but for many professionals this question is a source of frustration and anxiety.  A business coach can help you with strategies for joining a conversation, techniques to conduct value-added and memorable conversations, and how to end a conversation with engaging calls-to-action, making every minute count at your next networking event!

Leadership and Team Development

Employee engagement, generational differences, motivating teams – these are all challenges facing today’s leaders.  Click here to find out more about Latitude’s Leadership and team development programs.

Professionalism and Communication

We truly believe in the potential of each individual and our mission is to provide meaningful, organization specific coaching to support professional growth and development.

Quick, think of one person in your life that you would say is “successful”.  Now, ask yourself why you chose this person? Chances are the characteristics you are thinking about right now could be classified as “soft skills” – things like positive attitude, self-confidence, good communicator, works well with people.

Working with a Business Coach can help you increase your soft skills capacity.  The following general topics have been found to be supportive in soft skills development: employee or client relations, goal setting, stress management, communication styles and strategies, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and many others.

A Business Coach can help you identify what your professional development path might look like and support you in this growth.

Conflict Management

Conflict can be experienced in many different ways. Perhaps there is someone you wish to strengthen a relationship with, or maybe you find it challenging to express your opinions to a member of your team in a professional way.

There may not be an obvious “issue” that needs to be resolved to benefit from conflict management training.

Improving listening skills, being able to think under pressure and communicate in a clear and concise way are all part of conflict management – and are all skills.  Skills can be learned – so let us help you build your communication style so you can handle your next conflict like a professional.

Performance Management

Installing a culture of Performance Effectiveness allows all employees to be held accountable to working towards and achieving their goals. Your Latitude will be your partner behind the scenes while ensuring the process has buy-in and is launched successfully.

Performance Management Process

Increase retention and satisfaction rates by implementing a new and/or refreshed Talent and Performance Management Process which can include items such as Recruiting, Onboarding, Performance Management and rewards system.

Change Management

People don’t like change” has become a mantra in today’s business environment, but you know that change is something your people will always have to contend with.  With an intentional plan to prepare for and communicate the change, and specific strategies to monitor and coach your people’s transition through the change, you can help to ensure the necessary changes have a positive impact on the organization, without leaving a negative impact on your people.

  • I hired Laura as my business and public speaking coach to help me with a project I was working on. I always had a fear of public speaking and Laura was fantastic in helping me build my confidence while also helping me create a powerful and impactful presentation. I will definitely be working with Laura again on future projects.

    Craig Spear Owner Momentum Fitness Club
  • Melanie is a fantastic coach whose capacity for empathic listening is huge. She creates a really safe space for clients to dig deep into their challenges and allows them to bring forth the best in themselves with her sharp intuition and keen coaching skills. I recommend her highly for anyone looking for a coach to level up their game in life!

    Heather Thorkelson CEO, Republic of Freedom
  • I would like to thank Laura Cole for being an excellent executive coach and leadership mentor.  Over the past four years she has helped me meet my goals of becoming an authentic public speaker.  She has accomplished this with infused skill and ability, fused with purpose and passion

    Dr. Fikre Germa V.P. ENAHPA Canada
  • Melanie is the epitome of authenticity; she exudes compassion, laser-focus and genuine sincerity. Melanie is fiercely committed to helping people define and achieve their very best and her style is one that creates the safe environment required to explore possibilities. Melanie is living her personal best and is a master at connecting one with their dreams.

    Lisa Zangari Senior Vice President, Human Resources, IAMGOLD
  • Melanie's passion for coaching is contagious. She brings such vibrant energy that you can't help but get inspired. Her genuine and warm style is one that immediately makes me feel at ease and comfortable in her presence. She has a keen intuitive sense and is always bang on with what I am experiencing. Just when I think we've hit the wall, Melanie forces me to stretch my thinking even further. I would recommend Melanie to anyone who is serious about stepping out of the box and exploring the world of new possibilities

    Lorie Campbell Entrepreneur
  • I started consulting with Laura 2 years ago for my company and decided to hire her as a personal coach. Hiring her is without a doubt the best decision. Laura has made a substantial and positive difference in my professional and personal life...

    Fred Rainville Business Leader
  • The Leadership Identification Program at Niagara Catholic District School Board has benefited greatly from the engaging collaborative planning process with Melanie.  The process lead to customized and highly interactive sessions that clearly met the needs of our aspiring leaders. The workshops have generated a positive outcome that I believe will make a long lasting difference and impact in our system with regards to developing effective leadership.

    Anthony Corapi Coordinator Staff Development, Niagara District School Board