Magazine article Addiction Professional

This Coach Gets Down to Business

Magazine article Addiction Professional

This Coach Gets Down to Business

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Dave Lindbeck recalls chat when he was rising in the banking industry in his 20s, he was the sort of person who would say whatever occurred to him, no matter its impact on others. He says that during his active addiction, he gave friends and colleagues plenty of reason to abandon him, only to receive patience and understanding instead.

"Thank God I didn't get what I deserved," says Lindbeck, now 50. One positive influence he lacked, however, was someone with whom he could discuss his career goals and how to keep them in balance during his recovery journey. Later in his banking career he would find himself playing that advisory role for others who somehow would find their way to his office, and he discovered that this put him in a comfortable place.

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Lindbeck would leave his job to start a career as a business and life coach, and soon that would evolve into a specialty assisting individuals in recovery as they pursue their professional goals in all types of fields.

"The majority of my folks happened to be on the road to recovery, so I figured, 'Why not focus on that?'" says Lindbeck, whose In Step Coaching unit of his company (www.instepcoaching.com) assists individuals in recovery. "I would hear clients in recovery tell me, ' You understand me on a level that others aren't going to.'"

Importance of balance

The name "In Step Coaching" sounds like a reference to 12-Step recovery, but Lindbeck says that's not where the name originated. "The reason for the name is that my head as a banker was going one way, but my heart was going another," he explains. "I wanted to see how to keep those in step."

Likewise, he assists his coaching clients in maintaining balance between their professional and personal lives. "They need to keep their business goals in balance with personal growth, not trading one for the other," he says.

His approach with an individual client might depend greatly on the person's stage of recovery. Someone who has been in recovery for more than five years is well on the road and probably needs to talk mainly about maintaining balance, while someone with less than a year of sobriety might still be running into conflicts with work colleagues who remember the recent past and expect their colleague to behave in a certain way.

The presence of an employee in recovery can present numerous challenges in a workplace. …

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