About

You have worked so hard to get to this point.
Years of studying, going to school, and learning how to do your job have brought you this far.
And somewhere along the line, you have figured out that all these years of being busy are not helping you understand how to make sure you know when the phone will ring and how to build a system of generating consistent, good clients. 
I get it.  I felt the same way. 
I was raised in Iowa by entrepreneurial parents and they are who shaped how I work. My father taught me the importance of being friends with your co-workers, showing up first and knowing your stuff. 
My mother—and the generations of the tough women who came before her—showed me how to stand up for what I believe in each and every day, and that honesty (with ourselves and others) is where to start. 
Because of these values, I believe that:
• failure is good
• messes can be cleaned up
• innovation shows up when you are willing to see it, allow it in, and share it with others
My background reflects the areas that I believe are the keys to our work.
While practicing law, I figured out that there was an easier way to get things done.
As a graduate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, I use my history degree to constantly analyze patterns in how we choose to show up in organizations.  At the University of Iowa, I earned a JD/MBA and started cultivating my understanding of how we work together through the legal and business community.  Through business school and over 15 years of practicing law, I noticed that those who had consistent clients served them through changing the way we communicate, take on projects, and work as a team.
My guess if you are here, your story is similar to mine. 
You want:
• A thriving career that allows you to build your practice and be more than just running in circles all day long.
• To build great relationships with your clients and community.
• To exceed your financial goals and have the family lifestyle you really want.
One thing isn’t clear: how to get there.
That’s where I come in.
I know you can have the successful career you want without sacrificing everything else, and I’m fiercely committed to showing you how.

Got Questions?

I work with lawyers, professionals, small business owners who are hungry for growth but struggling to get out the daily chaos to even find time to plan.  I work with individuals and companies who believe in providing outstanding client service and outstanding value. And even though my clients come from different careers and business backgrounds, I find they have one thing in common: they are resourceful, curious, and take responsibility for their success and decisions—and they refuse to accept failure as an option.

That’s easy. If you blame others, aren’t ethical, aren’t kind or committed, then we won’t be working together. I’ll also add narcissistic to that list. You can’t be that, either.

Without the right plan in place, there’s a fear that in order to get better results, you have to work more hours.

Oftentimes, that ‘overworking’ leads to feeling like you’ve forgotten something. We spend sleepless nights wanting to redo the day, or finally tackling the real priorities of the day.   And then you are left wondering if juggling it all is really worth it. I help you get clarity and create a plan so you don’t have to live like that anymore.

Without my help, people continue to try to be everything for everyone—worried about finding the next client, and filling their days with boring work or difficult clients, while feeling frantic and overwhelmed about meeting life’s obligations. In other words, they’ll continue to spin in circles trying to figure it all out.  And it doesn’t have to be that way.

When you are ready for strategy and accountability—and to finally have a consistent flow of good clients with great projects—then you are ready to work with me.

Simply put: accountability.

You can have a great goal (that’s the easy part). But you need someone to push you to move it forward. Someone who might tell you to “go for it” when your internal voice is saying the opposite. Or conversely, someone who will tell you “no” when everyone else is telling you “yes.” That’s how you’ll achieve your goals at a level you didn’t even think was possible.

And there’s proof in numbers: an American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) study on accountability shows that 65% of those that committed to someone completed a goal. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with that person, your chance of success increases to 95%.

We believe in getting down to the basics. Focusing on the foundation allows you to incorporate communication, time management, organizational skills, and networking strategies in a clean and systematic way—without stopping your career or life to make it happen.  From there, it’s just adding and fine-tuning to help you further reach your goals.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. I hold a J.D./M.B.A from the University of Iowa and practiced corporate law for over 15 years. I completed my coach training and certification through New Ventures West and have completed the training in The Daring Way™, which is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and I have been coaching clients for over a decade. I am active on LinkedIn and would love to connect with you there.
Contact me at deb@debfeder.com or connect with me on LinkedIn