Hi! My name is Wes Gow. I'm a husband to an amazing woman and a father to two beautiful little firecrackers. When it comes to work, suffice it to say that life thus far has given me many glimpses into the countless ways that we can find ourselves stuck. Prior to stepping into my role as a coach, my journey has included: middle school teacher, college instructor, pastor, barista, general manager, shoe salesman, entrepreneur, and many more (here's a formal resume if you're interested). Some of these positions I thrived in, others I learned from, but all of them have helped shape and expose me to the deepest desires of the human condition: to be known, heard, and helped. So whether you're a middle manager looking to level up, a business owner looking to pivot, a student (or parent) looking for direction, I'd love to help you succeed.
In regard to credentials, I hold a Masters of Science from Old Dominion University and two professional coaching certifications (Academic Life Coaching and International Coaching Federation). But in short, coaching is a skill that is aimed at creating awareness, designing actions, and fostering accountability: awareness --> actions --> accountability. A true coaching approach is inside-out, meaning you are the expert on what you need to do: my role is to help you not only come to that awareness, but then to design the right actions that get you toward your desired outcome. I'll do this best by listening carefully, reflecting when necessary, and asking the right kinds of diagnostic questions.
So you're not a consultant? Or therapist? Or mentor?
Nope. Each of those can have their place in helping us find our way, but they do differ from coaching in some important aspects. Take a look at the summary chart below.