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"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill

Transition & Mental Fitness Coach

As a Coach, I connect with people in real conversations about real issues to take stock, take charge, and then take action. I’ve lived as an expat for over 40 years in the UK, USA, Indonesia, and Taiwan. As expats, we are spread out all over the globe with many having parents in one country, children in another, our workplace in a third, and often family members holding different national passports. In the era of Covid-19, the majority of us have been sheltering in place at home, continuing working as professionals, and acting as teachers, caregivers, and cleaners all rolled into one. Separation and inability to travel add to the worry, stress, anxiety, and a strange sense of isolation. How do we maintain a high level mental fitness to react positively and not overwhelmed all the time? As an adult third culture/cross cultural kid, I work with expats to master their constant transitions through roles, cultures, and locales.

I’m a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and follow its coaching philosophy and globally established ethical standards. My approach grows directly from my formal coach training at the ICF-accredited Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and the over 30 years of personal experience working in academic, private, and public sectors. I'm a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential-holder. I’m also a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach (CPQC) and have now incorporated Shirzad Chamine’s Positive Intelligence Program into my coaching practice.

My first attempt at a Ph.D. focused on physical oceanography unraveling some of the secrets of the ocean’s role in climate change. This ended, disappointingly, in an ABD – All But Dissertation – and gave me my first big lesson in recognizing and confronting obstacles to success. My second attempt at a Ph.D. was successful, but took 15 years while balancing that dissertation-work-life triangle. I ended not only with my Ph.D. in Information Systems studying the multi-dimensional paths through which knowledge flows, but also with a library of lessons learned from my own and others’ personal transformative experiences towards success.

The years it took to finish my Ph.D. were filled with adventures. Building on an MS in Mathematics and a BA in Anthropology (I thought I would be another Margaret Mead), I became a research scientist for the US Navy and NASA, a management consultant for IBM and Arthur Andersen (before Arthur Andersen imploded!), and a program manager and advisor for The World Bank. 


During those years, I honed my skills in designing projects, setting realistic goals and objectives, and laying out plans to achieve those objectives in research, academic, public, and private sectors. These are the skills that I now want to share with you to unleash your potential and enable you to leapfrog the obstacles that sabotage your paths and prevent you from being your best as leaders, as Ph.D. candidates, as academics, and in your personal lives as happy and productive individuals. In all my work, the focus is on articulating life goals, and following the most satisfying pathways towards them. 

Let’s co-create a space to clarify what matters now and identify what’s possible. Schedule a free coaching session. I’m currently based in Oxford, UK.

About Lina Lo
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