Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award Winner Liza Pavlakos Makes Executive Coaching Accessible to Business Owners
Victoria, Australia: To cope with ongoing lockdown fatigue in Victoria, Positive Breakthroughs, a coaching and counselling business specializing in executive coaching, psychotherapy, and counselling, believes that caring for business owners and their mental health is key to the next part of its therapy strategy. Though many at the grassroots have lost their jobs, the mental stress that business owners and C-level executives often go unseen. Positive Breakthroughs hopes to help businesses understand they can operate effectively when they adopt a reverse approach of caring for employees from the bottom up.
According to The Guardian, one in five Australians reported high levels of psychological distress due to the pandemic in June 2021. The Australian Bureau of Statistics echoes this in a survey revealing — more than one in four (27%) people living in Victoria experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress compared with 18% in the rest of Australia.
Positive Breakthroughs Founder and entrepreneur Liza Pavlakos said, “It’s times like these that the hierarchy should go out the window. We have to understand that everyone plays an integral role in a company. It’s also a time to look out for one another as brothers and sisters. Humility is what’s going to get us through this pandemic.”
Though being a founding member or business owner is a huge privilege, it comes with higher demands and expectations. With the COVID-19 pandemic thrown into the mix, one can only imagine the types of stress a leader would face — human capital management issues, budget cuts, production downtime, and more.
Pavlakos adds, “Work should be purposeful for employees even when working from home. As a business leader, you need to think of creative ways to get people excited about work. She recommends exciting engagement activities like virtual pizza parties or thematic gatherings every week, depending on when your employees need a boost most.
On a management level, it’s also essential to exercise empathy, especially for parents who are home-schooling their children. For parents, the extra flexibility to start work later or end earlier goes a long way.
A motivated staff will do more for the job compared to someone who’s unappreciated and depleted,” continued Pavlakos.
Executive coaching provides a supportive and confidential sounding board for clients by asking questions and challenging existing assumptions. The coaching is conducted by a qualified professional to help them clarify goals, gain self-awareness, develop objectives, and realize their potential and their employees’. Executive coaching also equips leaders with resources, and with their permission, advice.
From a leadership standpoint, executive coaching helps business owners and leaders:
About Positive Breakthroughs: Founder of Positive Breakthroughs, Liza Pavlakos, partners a team of experienced chartered psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches who will commit to offering therapy to all individuals.
Liza is the winner of the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for 2021. She was also recognized as one of the Top Female Speakers in the World in 2020 and has been featured on CNN, BBC, and other media outlets worldwide.
Speaking Enquiries: Contact Alyson Pendlebury – Alyson@lizapavlakos.com
Media Enquiries Contact Alicia Tan- Alicia@positivebreakthroughs.com