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Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken (Kristin Vesa)

  • Episode #83

Guest coach Kristin Vesa and Melinda tease apart a tangled topic — addressing clients’ areas of growth while not hindering what’s working for them. If you’ve run into this challenge, Kristin and Melinda offer key approaches and tactics to consider.

Kristin Vesa is business coach and consultant of 20+ years and the founder of Vesa Enterprises. She has an MBA in International Management of Technology. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Identifying the true thing that’s holding a client back
  • Using curiosity as a tool for conversation and avoiding judgment
  • How do you balance pushing clients out of their comfort zones while honoring boundaries? 
  • Seeking feedback from clients to gauge progress
  • Fighting the natural tendency to make assumptions about a client
  • Listening to what’s not being said
  • And much more
“It’s recognizing that the client in front of me is whole and complete, and they have the resources within — and have them pull it from themselves.”

Kristin Vesa

Kristin Vesa is a business coach and consultant of 20+ years, following a corporate career. In addition to her own company, she is a coach in the Mirasee ACES Program. She specializes in integrating systems of people, information, equipment, and technology. Her top priority is the holistic process of helping entrepreneurs simultaneously grow their businesses while growing themselves.

Kristin’s corporate experience ranges from international consulting assignments in Sweden (Volvo) to Silicon Valley (Ernst & Young and Apple). 

Her degrees include a Masters in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Kristin speaks Swedish and enjoys international conversations, as well as travel.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Coaches Console
Kristin’s website

Host: Melinda Cohan
Producer: Michi Lantz
Supervising Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Audio Post Supervisors: Evan Miles and Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits:
Track Title: Clouds
Artist Name: Acreage
Writer Name: Marshall Usinger

Track Title: Coastline Dream
Artist Name: Wild Sky
Writer Name: Adam Simons

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name: Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Stars & Trees
Artist Name: Outside The Sky
Writer Name: Dustin Ransom


Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”