When I first met Joe, I was fully under the impression that he would be giving me guidance on how to nail down my next job. I hired him as my career coach and very quickly learned the path we would journey wasn’t just about my next career move and all about my the great spectrum of my life moves.
In September 2018, I hit a difficult crossroad. For the first time in my life, I was laid off from a job. It was a soul-suck company and I hated my day-to-day so it was relief to be free. I was given a generous severance which gave me the freedom to calmly maneuver my next professional steps. A friend recommended looking into a career coach to help me identify my wants and she introduced me to Joe Schum.
JS saw me at my lowest lows and celebrated with me at my highest highs. He bared witness as I faced demons and crossed into beautiful new realms. We never parted ways without a challenge. He always pushed me to dip deep, kept me accountable and helped me stay true to my values. I accomplished things I knew I wanted in my life but never thought I could have. Hiring Joe as my life coach is one of, if not THE greatest act of self-care I’ve ever provided myself. The tools I take away from our adventure are priceless and so is he.
Lindsey Allumbaugh | Vice President & Media Strategist at Sloane & Company
As a female senior media exec in my 50s, I was interested in talking through challenges in my current work situation that ranged from navigating a new boss to running a flagging business segment and more. Joe was great at listening to my concerns and enabling me to come to conclusions on next steps with confidence and clarity. More surprisingly, our conversations also covered personal issues - and Joe provided the same balance of guidance and clutter-clearing in a way that was extremely empowering. I recommend him thoroughly!
RC | New York City
I've been working with Joe for the last six months and would describe my experience as nothing short of a transformation. Joe is incredibly gifted in creating a conversational environment that allows introspection, unbiased assessment &, ultimately, growth occur. I honestly entered our coaching engagement with the mindset that we would be laser-focused on my "business life", but now can see clearly the interconnectedness of all aspects of my life...all of which were addressed and honored. As we've walked through this process together, I have attained a clarity about what it is I value and how that affects my inner dialogue, my relationships, faith & businesses. I'm grateful that our paths crossed when they did and excited for Joe as he continues to share his gifts with the world.
John Rutledge | Managing Partner, Cobalt Property Services, LLC
Joe's mentorship began at a time in my sales journey where I was seeking to define my own "sales style," or how I would approach and carry future conversations and opportunities. Joe has continually coached me through many successes and roadblocks in my career, providing an excellent external viewpoint from a seasoned expert. Most importantly, I've always found his advice and style to be principled around human connection and communication -- a strategy that I feel carries weight beyond a single partnership, sales cycle, or industry and will accelerate my growth throughout my career. I will continue to seek guidance from Joe, and hope to share what I've learned with future colleagues and friends.
Niels Bulskov | Founder of Fresh First Coffee | Enterprise Sales with Cvent
A Q & A exploratory session with Joe Schum, the Soul Patch Hippo Coach himself, was the catalyst for my commitment to working with Joe over the past 6 months (?). Moreover, it actually was a commitment to helping myself! It's truly one of the best and most selfish in a positive way decisions I've made in many years. Joe is smart and empathetic, a superb and thoughtful communicator, a coach in the true sense of the word… Joe will challenge and call BS on you when merited and needed… You will get out of the sessions what you put into them… Joe will commit to you. Bring your sense of humor to the table as well and you will truly enjoy the coaching sessions with Mr. Schum.
W.O. | Pennsylvania, USA
I wanted to make a career change and wasn’t sure what direction to go in. The company an acquaintance of mine works for had recently brought Joe in to collaborate with his sales team and he thought I’d benefit from working with him. Although I was unsure if coaching was right for me, I decided to give it a try. Early into the first session I knew I had made the right decision. Instead of advising me on how to best leverage my resume, Joe was interested in finding out what was important to me and stressed how essential it is to live a life and have a career that is in line with my personal values. Although he would never take any credit for it, I’ve had a new job for the last few months and couldn’t be happier. My life has undergone momentous changes over the last few months on top of switching vocations, and I can honestly say that I don’t think I’d be in as good of a place as I am now without Joe giving me the tools I needed to help me continue to strive to be the man I want to be.
Colin Piekarski | Regional Account Executive, Elavon, Inc.
Joe taught me not just about success in my job, but more so about how to understand people. His mentorship challenged me mentally, and gave me a new way of thinking about sales in how to understand what the customer wants. He leveraged his insight and expertise, working hand in hand with the management team to coach how building trust ultimately leads to higher performance in sales. I have grown as a salesman, a leader, and a person since knowing Joe. I highly recommend his coaching, because he ultimately has your best interest and goals at heart.
Christopher Torres | Enterprise Partnerships, Cvent