I’m Sara Huron—coach, consultant, spiritual director. I blog about things that intrigue me: organizational and family behavior, leadership, complexity, who we are and who we are becoming, spirituality, wisdom, and other topics. I offer coaching, consulting, and Christian spiritual direction to individuals and organizations who are interested in exploring and applying these ideas in their own context.
More details about me:
- For 19 years I ran an educational publishing services company that had offices across the US (Cincinnati, Chicago, LA, and Winona, MN). It was a production environment; we were preferred suppliers to multiple Fortune 500 companies. The company started on my kitchen table and grew rapidly in size and complexity. Great fun. Great stress. As a result, I have deep love and compassion for founders and their families.
- I am an ICF-accredited coach (PCC level) and a trained spiritual director. I’ve come alongside hundreds of individuals over thousands of hours as a trusted advisor and teacher.
- I consult most often with leaders of family enterprises and family-like organizations such as nonprofits, manufacturers, and professional service providers. I tend to get called in during times of growth and transition, when organizational anxiety is high and leaders need to “see bigger.” We address all kinds of issues, but my specialty is working at the intersection of emotional maturity and individual and organizational capacity.
- I continually deepen my learning. I’ve taken focused coursework through organizations such as The Bowen Center and Navigating Systems, and I participate in various communities of practice. I’m a member of the Family Firm Institute and have completed a dual certificate in family business advising (CFBA) and family wealth advising (CFWA).
- I love to write and have several books in process; some of the topics you see on the blog may show up one day in one of my books. I am also a highly skilled editor; I will occasionally agree to do developmental (aka substantive) editing on selected projects.
- For fun, I enjoy walking, hiking, reading, cycling, painting, and traditional rug hooking. I’m learning how to play the hammer dulcimer á la Rich Mullins. (I have a long way to go on that one!)
I’ve developed my own coaching and consulting approach, which I call Differentiation-Based Systemic Coaching. People challenge me every day to find a simpler way to describe what I do, but differentiation of self—the ability to hold on to yourself while staying in contact with important others—is “leadership gold” and IMO, can’t be described any more concretely. As people increase their level of differentiation, they become more able to live whole, healthy lives through relational, emotional, and spiritual well-being.