I am excited to bring you our first Bright Arrow Coach Spotlight, featuring Paul Gilbride. I hope you enjoy getting to know our coaches and getting a glimpse into their personalities and coaching style. All of our coaches are highly trained, experienced, certified, and hand-selected for our clients. Serving as executive or leadership team members for organizations of all sizes, our coaches have walked in your shoes. Bright Arrow coaches spent decades navigating the business landscape and successfully climbing the corporate ladder prior to entering the executive coaching field. Our coaches have experienced the same volatilities and uncertainties, complexities, and ambiguities prevalent in most organizations today.
Let’s get to know Paul Gilbride, Bright Arrow Coach.
Why did you become a coach?
From the first day I started my training, I knew it was why I was put on this earth. Every day I use my natural talents of being intuitive, a great communicator, an empath and a genuine desire to positively affect the lives of others to make a difference in the world. I could not see myself being anything but a coach.
What are your special focus areas as a coach?
Leadership, team development, emotional intelligence, work/life integration, and meaningful purpose
What is it like to work with Bright Arrow and Bright Arrow clients?
All the things I love: big hearts, big minds and desire to put them to use for good.
What do you believe is important that leaders embody in order to be effective in the future?
Courage. Courage to stand in their values, have the conversations that need to be had, become the allies that so many in the world need, and look critically at themselves to show up with authenticity and vulnerability.
What is the best advice about leadership you’ve ever received? OR your favorite quote about leadership?
“Leaders must either invest a reasonable amount of time attending to fears and feelings or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behavior.” – Brene Brown
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the youngest of 7 kids. I have two kids of my own, Calvin – 23 and Molly – 21. I am divorced after a 34-year relationship. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin and am currently on the staff of their Professional Coach Certification Program. I am a die-hard Wisconsin Badger Football fan and season ticket holder. I soon will be back living in Madison, Wisconsin which is where I belong and where my heart and soul are. I suffer from depression which has been a lifelong blessing and challenge for me. I love wine. I have a huge heart and love what I do.
What do you do in your free time?
I spend time walking, growing my mind with reading, drinking wine, and watching and attending sporting events.
Something people are surprised to learn about you.
That I am an irrational crazy sports fan and in many ways a stereotypical male, but have also been trained by and teach the work of Brene Brown.