About Kathleen

Symmetry Coaching is the result of my life long passion of helping others. 

Previously I held a long and rewarding career with the British Columbia Public Service. The majority of my career focused on managing large-scale transformational change, including business transformation and information technology - with a strong passion for the 'people' side of things. 

As an experienced leader, creative problem-solver, and coach, I’m steeped in organizational change management, communications, issues management. I work with people to build relationships, create a vision and goals with them so they can unleash their creativity to solve problems with outstanding results. 

Others see me as a respected and inspiring strategic thinker, a strong communicator who consistently brings passion, integrity, and diplomacy to the table and uses both backbone and heart. My core values include authenticity, courage, curiosity, compassion, creativity and connection, and anyone who knows me, appreciates my positive approach, sense of humour, empathy and my 'spark' for life (and some sassiness too)!

Why I became a coach: 
It's ALL about people for me. I love new ideas and possibilities, creative problem-solving, and the opportunity to connect people and ideas, and build relationships - this is both my talent and passion! 

I love to work with individuals and teams to discover new possibilities and to navigate change. I've worked in both project and operational environments, and know how a keen focus on people and leadership achieves results. In the trenches I learned about overcoming obstacles, and working with a variety of leadership and team dynamics and the importance of being authentic as a leader and in life. I've felt 'stuck' and 'held back' and experienced first hand what a difference being coached made for me.

I am often a thinking partner; I help people to come to their own conclusions and find their own way forward. Often I recognize the power in what's not said, and create a safe space to talk about those things and move forward.

In my spare time:
When not coaching, you will me find me with a camera to my eye indulging my love of photography, walking, spending lots of time near the water, travelling and other creative pursuits, as well as volunteering. I am a lifelong learner and spend a lot of time reading about coaching and leadership, attending workshops, and learning from my mentors and fellow coaches.

Kathleen Asher, Professional Leadership Coach

Photo by: Rhymes with Orange Photography

Training and Credentials:
I am an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) through completion of the Royal Roads University Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching Program.  The Graduate Certificate is awarded at the Masters level and is the only one of this kind offered in North America. I am also a Lumina Spark Practitioner.

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Volunteering:
I volunteer for the Royal Roads University Executive Coaching Program. Previously I served as the 2017 Events Director for the ICF Vancouver Island Chapter. I also volunteered for 3 years as a team coach, coaching program coordinator and program committee member for Leadership Victoria.