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Andrea Langworthy: Put me in, Coach on November 22, 2012

Gail Zack Anderson: The Radical Leap to True Listening on July 21, 2011


Coaching

I met with Doreen after making the decision to pursue a career change. I knew I wanted a change but was not certain where I wanted to end up. After working with Doreen, I was able to narrow my search and better articulate my interests and strengths. She provided two helpful tools to guide my search: 1) the decision matrix which served as a gauge to help determine whether or not a potential career would be a good fit and, 2) the ‘ideal job description’ that we wrote together provided concise language to use when approaching prospective employers. It was a pleasure to work with Doreen.

Anna M., Minneapolis, MN

The HeartFlow Program was an incredible journey of self-discovery.  Throughout the year, we explored various facets of our emotional, intellectual and spiritual selves, guided by the HeartFlow Creation Process.  For me, the most inspiring conversations centered around the questions “Who am I?” and “What is mine to do?”.  The question and criteria of my powerful personal Decision Matrix continue to inform and contribute to my personal and professional paths.  When you’re ready to truly meet yourself with complete vulnerability, join the HeartFlow Program.

Marcie S., Minneapolis, MN

These last few months I have had the pleasure of having weekly conference calls with Doreen for one of the phases of my transition coaching. She kept me on track with focused and thoughtful assignments both from a career standpoint and personal one. She has such a quiet, gentle way about her yet everything she says is wickedly smart and on target. She has an infectious laugh, too, which is always good to hear!

—Steph S., Minneapolis, MN

I wanted to tell you that I met this past week with the senior director at a large healthcare organization who is a fellow association board member. She thought the resume was beautiful. She is sending it on to 3 senior staff there for possibilities. I also submitted the resume electronically to another healthcare business for a marketing director position. I’ve applied more than twice before with my old resume and never got a response. This time I did! I had a screening interview last week. I’m one of ten. The interviewer told me that hundreds applied. I’m excited that I’m rising to the top more often than before. Thanks for generating a successful personal brand and reflecting it throughout my resume.

6 weeks later: I was offered the job as marketing director position at the healthcare business and I accepted a month ago. I’ve landed in the right place–feel totally engaged and excited, which is something I haven’t felt for a long time. Thanks for all your help during this process. It was great to work with you.

—Deb E., St. Paul, MN

Doreen has magnificent skills in several areas that combine for gentle leadership, compassionate wisdom, and practical know how. She moved me from confusion to clarity quickly, and that enabled me to create immediate results. Her mix of business skills and authenticity makes for a genuine connection with her clients that allows dynamic movement. I highly recommend her to people who want to transform and move to their next level.

—Krysta K., Minneapolis, MN

I faced a perfect storm with a partner that could have destroyed everything. In the silences between our many words, Doreen heard clearly what we were unable to articulate ourselves. As she spoke, we saw what had been transparent and so, it became easier to hear each other and to change our perspectives. She introduced distinctions that had been missing, showing us a path to change our behaviors. She was simultaneously intuitive and practical, always amazingly insightful. They say when a bone heals a break it is stronger; that was our result and Doreen was key to the process.

—Linda R., Minneapolis, MN

I’ve never experienced anything so fast and so powerful. Working with Doreen is like working with a force of nature. Her intuitive questions and insightful observations create an incredibly efficient personal growth experience. Doreen’s expertise within the Career Coaching/Transformation industry has helped me to recognize and utilize the tools I’ve been given to create the next chapter in my professional (and personal) life! She has intuitively asked the right questions at the right time that have guided me to a much deeper level of insight than reached before. After each coaching session, I walk away feeling as though I’m ready to play in the career equivalent of The US Open!

—Maari A., Plymouth, MN

Doreen is highly intuitive, strategic and insightful. She has a no-nonsense but very personable way of sifting through details in order to settle on the heart of the matter. This allows her to help individuals and organizations focus on adhering to their core principles and setting a clear direction in a way that can drive meaningful results. I would whole-heartedly recommend Doreen to assist you or your organization in your coaching and training initiatives.

—Greg S., Minneapolis, MN

Thank you for a wonderful coaching session today.  I feel pressure has been lifted because I feel that my energies are going in the right places and I’m not fighting against the current.  I feel clarity is closer and I’m excited about what is ahead.  One thing that you did today that I appreciate was that you didn’t allow much space for me to go to all of the places that I have been going in my mind – trying to figure out where to go, who to talk to, what isn’t working – all of those road blocks.  It then allowed for space to discover what I really want and you gave me hope that it’s possible.

—Jennifer H., Inver Grove Heights, MN

Doreen is a very warm, caring, intuitive woman and an amazing life coach!  She successfully applies her life’s knowledge and intuition to lead her clients on an enlightening and rewarding journey of self-discovery, filled with possibilities.  Her insights and perspective are fresh.  Her process is unexpected, yet highly effective and relevant.  I truly enjoyed working with Doreen and look forward to exploring the paths that she revealed for my life.

Her home provides a peaceful, inspiring space in which to reflect and grow. Her home offers several meeting areas to accommodate one-on-one coaching sessions, as well as small group gatherings. The house is nestled in a beautiful wooded area, often visited by birds, squirrels, deer and fox.  Doreen’s home is a reflection of her gifts, full of light, serenity and grace.

—Marcie S., Minneapolis, MN

Doreen is a holistic life and business coach and can help you with decision making and big life transitions from birth or a career change, to retirement or death. She uses a variety of tools to aid you in personal and/or professional development. She has helped me immensely in making big decisions in both my personal and professional life. She is amazing and wise. She will work with you on many levels, so if you have a feeling about her, don’t hesitate.

—Samantha S., Saint Paul, MN

Generous and effective, Doreen penetrates gently while skillfully uncovering the necessary insights and strategies to assist others in moving forward. Providing support and facilitating clarity, I have found working with Doreen to be a powerful and productive process that has impacted me personally and professionally. Whatever the need and situation, I strongly recommend experiencing Doreen’s talents, gifts and expertise.

—Chris I., Milwaukee, WI

Doreen’s work was amazing and precise! I found Doreen responsive, intellectually sharp and her resourcefulness was off the charts! I would work with Doreen whenever the situation presents itself.

—Tony S., Shoreview, MN

Doreen is masterful at bringing forth space for people to discover their power and fullness in the world.

—Jennifer K., Minnetonka, MN

Doreen is that rare individual who combines “hard” business skills, “soft” people skills, wisdom and the arts. She can lead strategic planning, product development and conflict resolution as well as sacred ceremonies, write music and gather social innovators. Her intuition also makes her a great coach. She is a mosaic of talent.

—Magaly R., Minnetonka, MN

Doreen is a gifted orchestrator of life-giving energies, an intuitive extraordinaire who walks humbly in the world. Check out her work background. She’s worked with corporate groups, well known people who have published spiritual books and programs (think Chicken Soup books), and motivated hungry learners and leaders in our community awake to the evolution of consciousness. I highly recommend her.

—Jan G., Edina, MN

Doreen is a master at coaching her clients to manifest their greatness through her intuitive insights, experiential processes and wisdom.

—Anne P., Minnetonka, MN

Doreen’s coaching helped me to learn to write from my heart as well as from my head. Her depth of experience in business and spiritual seeking supported me to write within a holistic framework.  I also experienced Doreen’s coaching and support in a workshop entitled “Fire Your Saboteur, Hire Your True Self,” held at a beautiful retreat center in Northern Minnesota.  In this highly nurturing natural setting, I was able to let go of daily distractions and fully engage in a process grounded in Native American ritual and wisdom.  I connected with a deeply calm center within myself that I have been able to maintain contact with since.  I also have greater access to a fierceness, a warrior spirit within me, that serves my work in global economic transformation.  Lastly, in writing classes and in our nature retreat, I met other travelers on the path with whom I now share supportive and meaningful relationships.

—Joel H., Minneapolis, MN

The world would be a better place if everyone had Doreen in their corner as a mentor/guide. She is incredible!

—Rene R., Minnetonka, MN

I invited Doreen to be part of my company adviser group several years ago. Through her contributions to the group, her ability to coach was obvious. She is experienced, well read, and willing to help others. I witnessed her involvement with other members of the group, to help them with situations they were facing. She is a valuable contributor and proven coach for those who want to improve.

—Perry P., Stillwater, MN

I first met Doreen at a conference and I was immediately drawn to her warm presence. I spent a lot of time with her and she helped me deal with and, work through my issues. Doreen has the most wonderful way of making you feel comfortable and relaxed. She is a very spiritual and intuitive person and that is why I think she is so good at helping others with breakthroughs. I would highly recommend her and feel that anyone that works with Doreen is in for a positive life changing experience.

—Dale L., Canada


Team Productivity

When I first met Doreen I was immediately struck by her presence. Being around her felt like a combination of strength and grace in action. She was impressive. It was immediately clear that she was highly strategic, creative, compassionate and insightful. What I’ve come to learn is how beautifully she balances so many levels of intelligence–IQ, EQ and SQ.

As I’ve worked with Doreen, I have experienced how powerfully she works to her strengths. She has the gift of bringing inspired strategic vision to life. Her perspective and solutions are transformative, and encompass the highest good of all involved. She quickly sees blocks and creates paths to remove them. She identifies the opportunities and designs plans for maximizing them. She feels where there is turmoil and brings a sense of calm that eases the disruption.

She facilitates change in a genuine and inspired way. The result? Smooth transitions where people feel deep levels of trust and motivation to step into what’s next. When Doreen is leading your team you have the advantage of being able to see all sides of situation. And you find the most productive courses of action. She has brought insights, clarity and solutions that have helped me to make progress faster and easier than I’d ever imagined possible. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She makes everything flow with ease. And ease is always good!

—Maryanne O., Independence, MN

Doreen has managed to do something no one else has ever achieved with our team. Many times, in the business world, “community building exercises” and similar business-speak double-talk is nothing more than talk. In her hands, it has taken on a reality that I am proud to be involved with. It is with her skill and dedication that my own cynicism has started to melt. She brings me hope that we can succeed in changing not only our business, but ourselves, for the better.

—Comment from an Anonymous Survey Contributor

As a consultant on a project that reported to a peer of Doreen’s, I watched as she nurtured a culture of high performance that she had introduced just months before I arrived.  From the company founder to whom she reported, thru the entire team of her peers and throughout all of the organizations that reported to them, I watched as everyone learned together and walked the talk. Doreen was recognized as the dynamo servant-leader at the center. The profit center thrived and grew exponentially until it became a highly desirable acquisition that was purchased by a larger enterprise.

—Linda R., Minneapolis, MN

Doreen is a Master Transformational Mediator, and a gifted and neutral facilitator. I’ve seen her dramatically shift situations to create long-term and accelerated change. The issue doesn’t seem to matter. Whether it’s creating new products or services, mediating leadership issues, or helping to create vision and mission statements or marketing strategies. She inspires and illuminates teams by co-creating trust and honest communications, authentic dialogues, respectful and nurturing experiences using relevant and practical applications. Doreen has led the development of some 70 products which generated millions of dollars for companies that she’s consulted with. I highly recommend Doreen.

—Anne P., Minnetonka, MN

Doreen has the best mind for organization I’ve ever seen. I remember one time in particular we were working on a project together, and she opened Microsoft Project, asked a few key questions, and in about 15 minutes the tasks were clearly defined, resources assigned, and everyone knew exactly what to do and when. It was like magic! May sound like knowing the software did the trick, but it was clearly Doreen’s ability to pull out the essentials and quickly organize in a way that everything “fit.” Plus – she’s a delight to work with – lots of positive energy and “can do” attitude. Obstacles seem to just melt away.

—Tan M., Evansville, IN

Doreen has an amazing ability to diagnose and improve operations and production processes within an organization, as well as oversee organizational change initiatives. I worked with her at a few companies, and her skills just get better. A stellar executive and a stellar human being.

—Barbara B., Chanhassen, MN

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, knowledge and experience. It was evident you have found a vocation. I appreciated your transparency and wisdom. You were authentic and insightful. You have inspired me to create a more mindful and meaningful life.

—Coaching Class at Adler Institute, Bloomington, MN


Retreats

Imagine the setting: a beautiful retreat house high above a frozen river, eagles in the trees, and white birds flying north, catching the sunlight. Deep snow, deep winter, beauty all around. Here, Doreen guided us through a Visioning retreat, bringing all her extraordinary abilities forward in service of each person, and the group.

Doreen is masterful—deeply committed to illuminating and truthfully supporting each person in bringing their natural gifts to life. Her facilitation skill and impeccability creates an atmosphere of trust, sincerity, and oh, yes, great FUN, making self-discovery an amazing experience. Working with Doreen, I was affirmed, encouraged, seen and heard for who I truly am—a gift beyond measure. And, it motivated me into action to be able to execute the vision that came forward during the retreat

—Susen F., Stillwater, MN

The Visioning Workshop creates the time and sacred space to integrate notions about life purpose with goals and actions. Through community input, creative activities and Doreen’s incredible knack for the “turn of a phrase,” participants walk away with an actionable plan that is aligned with who they are.

—Barbara A., Minneapolis, MN

A Visioning Retreat that provided not only a recognition of who I am but also generated a plan for reaching my goals – pretty powerful eh? And oh yeah, we defined the goals too.

Doreen was the teacher eliciting our secrets, our coach helping us identify our assets, and our gad fly keeping us on task. The one attribute all the participants would ascribe to Doreen is loving. She cares.

—Earl M., Minneapolis, MN

The visioning retreat that I attended was fabulous! The space that Doreen created felt warm and inviting and allowed us to dip into the process of excavating our most delicate dreams and birth them into existence. I felt held by Doreen’s tenderness and gifted by her clarity and intuition throughout the whole retreat. The materials were amazing, the exercises relevant and the results impactful. I’m left with a new connection to what’s important in my life, resources to draw upon and a path to walk.

—Jennifer K., Eden Prairie, MN

As a holistic therapist and teacher in my profession, Doreen’s skills and confidence supported me in very gentle and courageous ways. What a relief and joy it was to know and trust in letting my own “private life growth edge challenges” be fully and completely supported in Doreen’s therapeutic and highly skilled care. I felt safe to open up to the healing opportunities that Doreen acutely could see were precious moments to take action on. I am so glad that she did. Firing the Saboteur & Hiring Your True Self weekend experience was worth every penny and more! Thank you so much, Doreen!”

—Theresa M., Saint Paul, MN

The Fire your Saboteur; Hire your True Self program, led by Doreen Johnson and Susen Fagrelius, is a powerful vehicle for personal and professional growth. Throughout the weekend retreat, I enjoyed personal and group exercises, unique practices based in indigenous wisdom, fine cuisine and the wonders of nature. I saw myself, my partner AmyLeo and our relationship with fresh eyes and an open heart. I highly recommend the experience to anyone.

—Joel H., Minneapolis, MN


Intuition

During the course of the intuition class, I was unexpectedly faced with a critical business decision/transition. I used the structure of intuitive work to guide me and successfully support our business through major negotiations and restructuring, yielding positive results that we never imagined were possible. Doreen’s course helped me both in deciding which course of action to take and in handling the stress of taking a completely new direction, allowing me to “stay the course.”

—Margie V., Wayzata, MN

Understanding intuition is as simple as turning on a light switch — untapped resources are suddenly available at our fingertips! Pertinent, exciting, and malleable information begins to flow in. Doreen does an amazing job of making sense of our discoveries, keeping us on track, and moving the group forward. Thank you, Doreen, for new daily practices I will carry with me for a lifetime!

—Nancy F., Minnetonka, MN

Taking part in Doreen Johnson’s Men’s Intuition Book Club is like Harry Potter getting a class in learning how to fly. Doreen’s simple and clear instructions, gentle humor and gifted insight have made this “class” an amazing invitation to see farther than I thought I could, hear from a deeper source, and, dare I say it, to learn to fly.

Through Doreen’s thoughtful guidance, the art and science of intuition is revealed in simple no-nonsense dialogue. For me as someone who has been practicing intuition “ïntuitively,” it is refreshingly helpful to finally get the ”how-to guide!”

—Peter B., Saint Paul, MN

I would highly recommend the Intuition Book club with Doreen. She gave me the tools and confidence to trust my intuition. I am listening and trusting that knowing voice that has been there all along!

—Maureen B., Mendota Heights, MN

I have been blown away by how much more perceptive I have become of my “gut feelings”. The intuition book club for men has been a very positive experience. I recommend it to anyone who wants to add a powerful tool in their arsenal. Whether I am playing poker with the guys or preparing for a crucial conversation – the skills I have learned in this book club have provided me the inner knowing I never believed or understood before.

—Mike H., Independence, MN

The Intuition Book Club has been such a wonderful experience for me, shaking up my life a bit, looking at myself through new eyes – being in my power consciously. Thank you for your guidance and leadership. What a gift!

—Paula B., Minnetonka, MN

When I first heard about Doreen’s Intuition book club I immediately wanted to participate. I knew it would be interesting and fun, a great way to get through a book that I probably otherwise wouldn’t complete. But, I had no idea what an empowering, life-affirming experience it would turn out to be. Beginning with the very first session, I discovered that I am intuitive — powerfully so — and can access that intuition easily and with great confidence in the value/truth of the information I receive. The book was the doorway, and with Doreen’s sensitive and intelligent guidance I walked through into this new realm of personal power.

—Debra H., Minnetonka, MN

As life speeds up, I have become very selective about where I invest my time. I have to say, joining the Intuition Book Club group was by far the best time investment I’ve made all year. The insights and results have been profound. My awareness has greatly expanded, allowing me to see and hear more clearly. My discernment has strengthened, allowing me to make decisions faster and with more confidence. And I have felt recharged through the genuine sharing and exchanges of being in an inspired community. This experience has helped me to grow exponentially. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to more fully tap into their potential and live on purpose.

—Maryanne O., Independence, MN

If you are truly open to accepting the gifts and guidance Doreen has to offer you can be powerfully surprised by the insights you will encounter. This has been an adventure into what is often less than fully explored terrain for many men. I am most grateful for her leadership and my fellow explorers as we continue to share our experiences and wisdom along the way.

—Endel K., Minneapolis, MN

Doreen Johnson is a gifted and compassionate teacher and group facilitator. In our intuition group meetings, she created an environment of trust that allowed each of us to open up and share our hopes, needs, and desires as well as our deepest fears. Doreen has that rare ability to respond in the moment and direct a discussion in ways that inform and enlighten everyone. I left each meeting feeling more empowered and willing to trust my own instincts and more confident in my abilities to achieve what I want.

—Janie S., Linden Hills, MN

Prior to taking Doreen’s class” Developing Your Intuition “ I had read a few books on intuition and was intrigued with the idea of discussing intuition in a group setting. I had not completed the reading for the first class, but when I left that night I was eager to be prepared for the next class and looked forward to our next meeting! It was fun!  Meeting every two weeks allowed time to read, practice the exercises and to reflect. The exercises we did were amazing to me.  At first I was apprehensive and nervous and thought “I can’t do this!” But when I saw my classmates doing the exercises so effortlessly, I let my fear go and achieved the same result! Doreen was very connected to us all, and I felt very safe with her as our teacher and guide into the world of intuition. I now know that intuition is and always has been a part of me. It is in each one of us, just waiting for a teacher to show us how to let go of our fears and trust ourselves.I would take this class again in a heartbeat!

—Paula P., Wayzata, MN

Thank you for leading these wonderful sessions. I found myself following my own path and was fully aware of many of the things that were going on around me. I was able to let go and follow that path. I was taking the insights we were learning and applying them in my own way, for my own purposes. It was exciting and challenging and very, very rewarding. Thank you again for that opportunity to explore and grow and expand.

—Kurt N., Minneapolis, MN

Thank you so very much for your direction and leadership in the Intuition Book Club. I treasure your work, your empathy and your compassion. It has been a pleasure to get to know you.

—Tamara H., Saint Paul, MN

I was involved in a book club with Doreen Johnson discussing the book How to Rule the World from your Couch.  We discussed information from the book, but what I got from the club was the information from Doreen herself. She led us through activities in which we worked on our intuitive skills. I feel that I gained a lot from this experience in increasing my own intuitive skills and in learning new tools to use in other areas my life. Doreen has a quiet strength that allowed me to explore new areas, but also led me through new activities that I feel will certainly benefit my life.

—Mick B., Wayzata, MN

The intuition group has really opened my eyes and expanded my perception of possibilities. I think one of the gifts I will take away is the importance of embodiment. I know this from my yoga practice, but the work we did together illustrated and reinforced how important it is to stay inside. Doreen, thank you for being such a great facilitator. You were wonderful at holding the space for us to explore and open up to new ideas and experiences. Thank you for your gentleness and knowledge!

—Kathy F., Saint Paul, MN


Writing

Doreen has an unusual ability to intuitively help me locate my true interest and passion and move it forward into results. My love of writing was hidden beneath memories of bad experiences and notions of what I ought to be doing. Through her, I became clear about what I truly wanted to create, and began writing joyfully and easily after having quit four years ago. This is not the writing that is usually taught – a good thing!

—Katherine B., Saint Paul, MN

Writing, for the novice, is anxiety producing. It is hard to write. It is hard to know ever where to begin. Doreen removes the fear and anxiety, and soon you find yourself writing more than you had imagined possible. How does she do it? Instead of asking you to tap into your imagination, listen to your muse, or somehow find inspiration, she has you approach writing as a job to be done. You show up each morning, and you start writing. Writing is simply work, and as such, a craft to master. The only way to get better is to write, each and every day. Under Doreen’s support and guidance, before you know it, you are thinking of yourself as a “writer.”  Amazing.

—Bill G., Maple Grove, MN


Team Productivity

When I first met Doreen I was immediately struck by her presence. Being around her felt like a combination of strength and grace in action. She was impressive. It was immediately clear that she was highly strategic, creative, compassionate and insightful. What I’ve come to learn is how beautifully she balances so many levels of intelligence–IQ, EQ and SQ.

As I’ve worked with Doreen, I have experienced how powerfully she works to her strengths. She has the gift of bringing inspired strategic vision to life. Her perspective and solutions are transformative, and encompass the highest good of all involved. She quickly sees blocks and creates paths to remove them. She identifies the opportunities and designs plans for maximizing them. She feels where there is turmoil and brings a sense of calm that eases the disruption.

She facilitates change in a genuine and inspired way. The result? Smooth transitions where people feel deep levels of trust and motivation to step into what’s next. When Doreen is leading your team you have the advantage of being able to see all sides of situation. And you find the most productive courses of action. She has brought insights, clarity and solutions that have helped me to make progress faster and easier than I’d ever imagined possible. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She makes everything flow with ease. And ease is always good!

—Maryanne O., Independence, MN

Doreen is a Master Transformational Mediator, and a gifted and neutral facilitator. I’ve seen her dramatically shift situations to create long-term and accelerated change. The issue doesn’t seem to matter. Whether it’s creating new products or services, mediating leadership issues, or helping to create vision and mission statements or marketing strategies. She inspires and illuminates teams by co-creating trust and honest communications, authentic dialogues, respectful and nurturing experiences using relevant and practical applications. Doreen has led the development of some 70 products which generated millions of dollars for companies that she’s consulted with. I highly recommend Doreen.

—Anne P., Minnetonka, MN

Doreen has the best mind for organization I’ve ever seen. I remember one time in particular we were working on a project together, and she opened Microsoft Project, asked a few key questions, and in about 15 minutes the tasks were clearly defined, resources assigned, and everyone knew exactly what to do and when. It was like magic! May sound like knowing the software did the trick, but it was clearly Doreen’s ability to pull out the essentials and quickly organize in a way that everything “fit.” Plus – she’s a delight to work with – lots of positive energy and “can do” attitude. Obstacles seem to just melt away.

—Tan M., Evansville, IN

Doreen has an amazing ability to diagnose and improve operations and production processes within an organization, as well as oversee organizational change initiatives. I worked with her at a few companies, and her skills just get better. A stellar executive and a stellar human being.

—Barbara B., Chanhassen, MN

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, knowledge and experience. It was evident you have found a vocation. I appreciated your transparency and wisdom. You were authentic and insightful. You have inspired me to create a more mindful and meaningful life.

—Coaching Class at Adler Institute, Bloomington, MN

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