Do what matters. Achieve more. Live well.
Our mission is to help busy, hard working leaders like you get laser focused on the things that matter so you, your team and your organization can achieve extraordinary success. We help you invest your values, passion, strengths, time and energy in the things that matter most to you and to your success in work and life. We are dedicated to empowering you to implement positive actions that achieve fast, powerful and sustainable results. We want to help you break through the roadblocks that have been holding you back from achieving the results you desire.
Integrity, meaningful connections, focus, excellence, educating others, learning, growth, health, energy, adventure, humor
Founder and Managing Partner, Leading Edge Focus LLC
Carla Walter has over 18 years of healthcare leadership and executive experience and is a focus expert, leadership developer, speaker, and Certified Professional Coach (CPC). She is a solution and action oriented, forward movement coach. She gets to the heart of the matter and helps clients obtain awareness and clarity, overcome roadblocks and take positive action as quickly as possible.
Carla started Leading Edge Focus as a result of overcoming significant personal and leadership challenges and her successful efforts to focus her time, energy and life. Her desire and purpose is to connect with others in a meaningful way and to help them focus their values, passion, strengths, time and energy to achieve extraordinary success. She enjoys working with leaders to help them optimize their knowledge, skills, potential and performance.
Carla has experience with focus, leadership development, building and managing talent and teams, effective and respectful communication, efficient and effective use of resources, optimizing and using time and energy, planning and implementation, stress management, building ethical and accountability cultures, career transitions, change management, mergers and acquisitions.
Carla has a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Psychology from Centre College. She received her coach training and Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation from the world-class Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is a Certified Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index. She is a member of the International Coach Federation.
During her leadership career Carla has experienced personal opportunities and learning with:
- Working 60-70 hours a week but still not feeling like she had time to focus on the most important goals at work because of meetings, interruptions, distractions and time wasters. She thought life was passing her by while she worked and had little time for anything else. She learned about burnout and how to prevent it. She learned and tried many different techniques and tools to identify and implement her most important work and life goals. She learned how to optimize and invest her strengths, focus, time and energy.
- Understanding the personalities and strengths of her team members and how to use that information to increase their engagement, fulfillment and success.
- Coaching other leaders and her employees through complex and/or difficult situations and helping them find positive solutions.
- Using effective and respectful communication during even the most difficult situations.
- Being a leader who progressed with an organization that grew from having around 2,000 employees to an organization with more than 200 facilities and approximately 15,000 employees. Learning about mergers and acquisitions. Learning how to manage change.
- Struggling to find the work that completely fit her purpose and passion and that would lead her to more fulfillment she desired in her work.
- Being a high achieving, professional woman and the challenges that sometimes occur at work and at home as a result of it.
- Having a bent towards being a somewhat introverted leader in what appeared to be an extrovert world. Understanding and learning how to use her strengths to be an excellent leader who made strong, trusting connections with others.
Having been a leader and executive for over 18 years, I know that you as a leader face many challenges. I have faced a number of those same challenges and have learned valuable lessons along the way that I use in my coaching partnerships to help clients. I would like to share with you a few things about my path that led me to where I am today and my desire to help others.
When I was 25 years old I faced the sudden death of my mother due to an outpatient procedure gone wrong. Four years later at age 29 I went through surgery and radiation treatment for a large, cancerous tumor found in my leg. Both events were very traumatic and devastating to me. I lost a loved one. I lost partial nerve capacity and muscle use in my left leg. Both things would affect me the rest of my life.
The pain of losing my mother was unbearable and unbelievable. I couldn’t come to terms with how someone so young could be taken so quickly by a procedure she was supposed to go home from the same day it was completed. It was my first real experience with inconsolable grief. I couldn’t seem to get away from it or get over it no matter what I tried. The grief was refreshed every time a family event, holiday or birthday came around or I saw or spoke with someone who knew my mother.
Four years later when I found out about the tumor in my leg, it took seven hours for two surgeons to carefully unwrap the tumor from my femoral nerve and remove it from my body. My incision was eight inches long and went all the way down to my leg bone. The doctors were able to save my leg and enough muscle tissue and nerve connection that I would still be able to walk again.
After I left the hospital I was pretty much helpless for at least four weeks. I had a full leg brace on my leg and I had strict instructions from my doctor not to walk on it at all during those first four weeks. For someone who was raised to work hard and take care of herself it was extremely frustrating to not be able to do things for myself. I was forced to learn how to ask for help and realize that it was okay to do so.
I was in horrible pain and would often wake my husband up in the middle of the night moaning. My husband had to help me up and down the stairs of our home to go to bed every night and every morning. After four weeks I started physical therapy and had to learn how to walk all over again. I went to radiation treatments daily. It was a strange experience as I was the youngest person receiving treatment. All of the other patients seemed significantly older than me.
Those two events dramatically altered the course of my life and made me the person I am today. In those years of significant loss, grief, anger, fear and recovery, I changed the way I looked at everything. I questioned every detail of my work, my relationships and my life. Things that used to seem important no longer were. Things that I used to care about or get upset about now seemed trivial in the grand scheme of things. I truly realized how quickly life can be taken from you or your future path altered by unexpected events. I wanted my life to be filled with purpose and meaning. I didn’t want to waste it.
I began to question everything. What was I doing? How was I spending my time and energy, my life? With whom was I spending time? Was I doing the things and having the relationships that truly mattered to me and my success at work and in my personal life? I struggled with wanting to know and live out the purpose of my life and use my precious and limited time and energy in a focused, meaningful way.
My job had a number of responsibilities that I truly enjoyed and I was able to help a lot of people. However, it also seemed to me that something was missing and that maybe I was meant to do something different. I just couldn’t figure out what “it” was exactly at the time.
In my job it seemed I was responsible for focusing on fixing problems or dealing with negative events and people most of the time. Working 60-70 hours a week focused on negative events and people was challenging and emotionally and physically draining. I did everything I could to think of the challenges as opportunities and look for the positive in each day. However, I felt trapped and began to feel with every fiber of my being that I had served in the position for the time that I was meant to serve. I believed I was now meant to move on and serve in a new area, a new phase of my life.
Because of fear and the need for security, I delayed my transition to a new position. Looking back on it I realize I waited too long to make a change and it was detrimental to me and others I cared about. I was still trying to figure out for sure what I was supposed to be doing.
What I did know for sure at that time was that every time I had a meaningful connection with an individual or a group, that I felt something shift inside my heart and my mind. My energy surged when I really heard them, understood them and connected with them and they knew that I did so. Amazing things happened when these powerful partnership connections were formed. When I experienced those meaningful connections I knew that I was in the right place, that I was living my purpose and that I was truly serving and helping make a difference in someone’s work and life. I knew I wanted to be able to connect with as many people as possible in this same way. I prayed that the right door would be opened and I would know what I was supposed to do next and who I was supposed to help and serve.
The door was opened when I first heard about and began to explore the field of coaching. I knew I had what it took to be a coach and I knew coaching would allow me to help and serve people and make meaningful connections with them. I signed up, completed my training and have tremendously enjoyed working with clients. I wake up every day knowing that I am living my purpose and am focusing my time and energy on the things that truly matter in work and in life.
I have been coached by other coaches. I have personally experienced the amazing power of the coaching partnership and how it can help you achieve things you desire, do more and do it faster than you would do it on your own. I have experienced the power of talking with someone who listens without bias or judgment, let me vent my frustrations, let me brainstorm and bounce ideas off of them, someone who shared ideas and possibilities and partnered with me to help me make the changes I wanted to make in my work and life.
Chances are you too have experienced some of the same personal and work challenges I have experienced. You understand the stress, pressures and desires a leader in today’s do more with less environment can have. As a busy, high achieving leader you desire to take charge of your precious and limited time and energy so you can focus on the most important goals and actions in your work and personal life. You don’t have to do it alone. You can achieve more than you ever thought possible by having a partner who is as focused on your agenda as you are. Let me help you. Make a decision today to get focused.
To Your Leading Edge Focus in Work and Life,