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Our Mission

Flexible Work Solutions, Inc., is a purpose-driven consulting firm that specializes in leadership and personal assessment, development, and satisfaction for all levels—executives, professionals, early career, and youth. Our purpose is to improve both the workplace for workers and workers for the workplace. We specialize in maximizing leadership potential, especially for technical leaders.

Who We Serve

Technical Leaders

You are an engineer, scientist, or other technical leader, or an HR partner or consultant who works with technical leaders, and you are looking to assess or improve your leadership skills, create a high-performing team, manage emotionally charged situations, or build trusting relationships.

Organizational Leaders

You are or want to be a C-Suite leader, executive, or director in a small/medium sized business and you want to assess your leadership potential or someone else’s, hire an executive-level leader, or develop systems to delegate work and manage people.

Career Seekers

You are in your early, mid, or late career and you do not know what you want to do, or you don’t like what you’re doing now and don’t know what else is out there. You want to find a job that you love and a boss who will understand you and support your goals.

Parents & Teens

You are a teen, young adult, or parent of one, and you are overwhelmed or afraid of failing, and you want to be empowered to do what you do best, to be who you are and let go of what others want you to be, and feel confident to make mistakes and recover from them.

How It Works

Our approach is similar for all kinds of coaching—leadership, team, career, and life coaching.

1

Interview &
Assessment

You start with an interview with a coach to determine what your goals and expectations are.
The coach will recommend assessment(s) for you and the coach to identify where you are starting from.

2

Feedback &
Planning

You and your coach go through your assessment results and identify what strengths you can leverage and what you might change to get the results you are looking for. Then, together, you create a custom action plan.

3

Coaching &
Action

Working with your coach, you learn and practice new tools, strategies, and behaviors. In between sessions, you apply what you’ve learned and take notes on your successes and challenges along the way.

4

Review &
Revise

Based on your results, you and your coach determine what to keep doing and what to adjust. When your goals are met and you feel comfortable in your new approach, you choose whether to work on something new or wrap up.

1. Interview & Assessment

You start with an interview with a coach to determine what your goals and expectations are.
The coach will recommend assessment(s) for you and the coach to identify where you are starting from.

2. Feedback & Planning

You and your coach go through your assessment results and identify what strengths you can leverage and what you might change to get the results you are looking for. Then, together, you create a custom action plan.

3. Coaching & Action

Working with your coach, you learn and practice new tools, strategies, and behaviors. In between sessions, you apply what you’ve learned and take notes on your successes and challenges along the way.

4. Review & Revise

Based on your results, you and your coach determine what to keep doing and what to adjust. When your goals are met and you feel comfortable in your new approach, you choose whether to work on something new or wrap up.

Clients

Testimonials

“Joanie continues to be integral part of my personal and small business success. Her experience coaching industry leaders, insights in the technical sector, combined with her investment in understanding me as a person and experience with entrepreneurs have resulted in significant growth personally and professionally. Her coaching is a benefit to my current clients, and in securing new business. I highly recommend Joanie to any executive or entrepreneur seeking continued coaching and development for themselves and their leadership team members.”

BILL McMAHON

President – Automotive Integrations

“I have worked with Joanie in my last three companies and she has been such a huge asset to our leaders. Either through 1:1 coaching or running leadership assessment centers, Joanie adds tremendous value to the individuals she works with to coach and guide. I will happily work with her again and again!”

KRISTIN MARTIN

Chief Human Resource Officer – Life Sciences Company

“Joanie is a great asset to the Rady Center for Executive Development. As an instructor for our Center for Leadership Assessment, she brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the career paths of employees looking to enhance and grow their business acumen skills. She supports the whole process from coaching to development with positive feedback and guidance along the way. “

JILL FARWELL

Director of Center for Executive Education – Rady School of Management at UCSD

“I have known Joanie for 12 years. I first met her when I was the Chief Learning Officer at Amylin Pharmaceuticals where Joanie served as an impactful executive coach for members of our executive team. Joanie and I have worked together in a variety of capacities since that time. She is a thoughtful, effective coach with individuals at all levels of an organization and brings a unique perspective to coaching self-proclaimed “nerds”. As a former engineer, Joanie combines her strong assessment and coaching background with an understanding of the technical environment to help technical leaders thrive. If you are looking for a skilled coach who will meet you where you’re at and provide practical coaching to move you to the next level, I highly recommend Joanie.”

DEBORAH ROCCO

Chief Learning Officer & Consultant

“Joanie is excellent at working with executives on high functioning scientific teams. My experience with working with her has allowed me to more successfully manage my project teams through sensitive internal and external negotiations. Her insight and skill at working with executives are complemented by her easy going demeanor. Additionally my personal leadership skills have improved and been recognized by senior management. I now have additional responsibilities to lead a broader team only five months after having started my work with Joanie. I would highly recommend her to any executive looking for further career coaching and development.”

EXECUTIVE MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Medium-Size Biotech Company

‘Consulting to Technical Leaders, Teams, and Organizations’ is for consultants who work with or want to work with technical leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It describes unique characteristics of technical leaders and organizations, includes excerpts from interviews with technical leaders, and provides consulting models to help consultants better understand and connect with technical leaders.

‘Flying Without a Helicopter’ advises parents and young adults on what is important to help produce healthy, independent, self-reliant young adults who will thrive on their own. The advice in this book is based on decades of experience in working and consulting with employees, managers, and executives in the business world.

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Books

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Podcasts

Nerds are increasingly being asked to have it all—technical expertise and people skills.  Join engineer-turned-psychologist Joanie Connell on the Reinventing Nerds Podcast as she interviews nerds and people experts to uncover the best communication strategies for technical people.  She brings in everyone from big name scientists and computer geeks to everyday working ones as well as other entertaining and insightful people in a quest for the keys to help nerds interact more successfully with people of all types.  Asking thoughtful questions of her guests, she affectionately gives self-proclaimed nerds insights into important people strategies in a light-hearted, conversational style.

Trusted Business Partners

We partner with these companies to offer our clients the best comprehensive services available. 

Gallup
CliftonStrengths

Joanie is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and we employ the CliftonStrengths assessment in many of our coaching engagements for people to leverage their natural abilities to solve problems and get things done.

Rady School of Management

We partner with the Center for Executive Development at the University of California San Diego to provide leadership assessment and training for executive leaders. Various courses and programs are available.

Positive Intelligence

We partner with Positive Intelligence to provide Shirzad Chamine’s method of mental fitness assessment and coaching to help clients weaken their inner saboteurs and strengthen their mental muscles.

7 CTO's

We partner with 7CTOs to offer peer coaching for executive-level tech leaders. Joanie is a forum facilitator, presenter, and a coach for 7CTOs. View their page for more information on their methods and techniques.