i Coaching on a summer day along the bay on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
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What’s your secret weapon?



What separates peak performers from the rest?

According to research, Emotional Intelligence:

  • Matters twice as much as technical expertise or IQ

  • Accounts for 67% of the abilities necessary for superior performance

  • Determines the quality of our business and personal relationships 

  • Is directly linked to successful financial performance

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be aware of our own emotions, to be conscious of the emotions of the people around us, and to manage our emotions effectively in professional and personal relationships, especially when those relationships become difficult.


Move forward faster with executive coaching.

Why work on your own when you can work with an ICF certified Professional Coach and get to where you want to be faster? 

Not all coaching is the same.  ICF certified coaches follow a strict code of ethics and standards designed by the International Coaching Federation.  Professional Coaching by a certified ICF coach has many benefits including increased confidence, greater productivity, better decision making skills, and increased goal attainment.

Learn how to understand your emotions and the information they reveal

According to studies conducted by the 
International Coach Federation
,  coaching results in:


Increased Productivity:

Work Performance +70%
Business Management +61%
Time Management +57%
Team Effectiveness +51%

Positive People:

Self Confidence +80%
Relationships +73%
Communication Skills +72%
Life Work Balance +67%

i Wylies Baths, Coogee, Australia. I was lucky to get to travel with my daughter’s water polo team to Australia. In the mornings, I would swim laps in this beautiful ocean pool.

Check out my recent article: 

How Sleep Primes the Brain for Emotional Intelligence

When we’re sleep deprived, we become more likely to have misplaced emotional reactions. Read on to learn more about the importance of sleep for developing emotional intelligence.


from our clients:

I highly recommend Kivel Executive Coaching. Sarah creates a learning environment-walking and hiking-that makes me feel like we are on a journey together. She actively listens as I develop my ideas and she stays neutral as she pushes me to take the next step. Sarah understands different learning styles and makes it easy to understand new ways to develop emotional intelligence. Sarah’s coaching has made a positive impact on my success at work and in my life.