It’s possible to help people also discover their calling and their maximum potential just like our guest today. In this episode, Matt Cummings talks to us about his leadership journey, his experiences, failures, and successes that led him to where he is today, and shares with us how coaching can help you realize your own potential.
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He speaks about the importance of identifying your purpose, quantifying the areas of your life that are most important to you, and moving the needle forward in the direction you want. Tune in now and hear about his performance coaching programs and the transformative impact they can have on individuals and teams.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Matt tells us about his family and his work.
- Key turning points in Dan’s career.
- Matt’s perception of his leadership capabilities during the first ten years of his career.
- The idea of going into coaching full-time.
- How does Matt add value to his clients through coaching?
- How do you know when a client is ready to succeed?
- The importance of leadership and vision.
- The red flags and warning signs for clients.
- What does it look like to do performance coaching with Matt?
- The life plan exercise and why people are encouraged to do it.
“That’s kind of the definition of coaching, true definition, is like really help doing what you can to help other people become the best versions of themselves.” – Matt Cummings
“Once I learned that I could find out what my team members wanted and then help them achieve that, everybody won. The team was successful and productive and ways nobody expected and things just continue to improve for them.” – Matt Cummings
“What I do through coaching is help people realize their own potential.” – Matt Cummings
“When you set your sights at a certain level, you have these compelling visions, these goals, these envision futures for yourself, it’s important to update it. These are living documents. It’s good to revisit it, see what needs to be updated, and you have to do it regularly.” – Matt Cummings
“We’d like people to start thinking about their own self-leadership. And really, that the core for what we talked about the well-being, vision, execution and productivity is a framework to build on.” – Matt Cummings
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About Matt Cummings
Matt understands how to balance both the people and profit side of an organization. As a Leadership Coach, Matt seeks to actively listen to his clients so he can approach each coaching session with empathy and curiosity. Throughout his own leadership journey, Matt’s servant-hearted style was noticed and appreciated—and he carries that approach into his coaching sessions. With energy, optimism and insight, Matt works with his clients to help them create vibrant and achievable plans for their lives and businesses. He is a balanced sounding board and thoughtful coach to all he walks alongside.
As a former Building Champions client, Matt experienced the value of coaching, firsthand. During a leadership role change, Matt sought guidance from his coach as he navigated new responsibilities and opportunities. The feedback he received during his coaching engagement allowed him to think better, lead better and effectively scale his own leadership. He is excited to do the same for his clients.
Prior to joining Building Champions in 2020, Matt spent nearly 15 years at Huron Consulting Group. He held a variety of technical roles starting as an associate diagnosing and resolving software issues before transitioning to a lead software engineer managing people and processes. He led the implementation of a corporate website rebrand and platform migration while fostering a supportive team culture of high producers. Matt’s ability to coach his team to deliver results earned him more leadership opportunity as he managed a team of 22 engineers within Huron’s Enterprise Applications department. During his most recent role at Huron, Matt sat on the senior IT leadership team, casting vision and developing strategy as a Director of Software Engineering. He recruited, hired and managed global software engineering teams while overseeing an operating expense budget of $36M. Matt received Huron’s Coaching Excellence Award in 2017.
Previously, Matt served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Structure Mechanic where he managed more than 50 flight deck personnel and 12 fighter jets while deployed in the Persian Gulf. He became the final inspection specialist and received numerous awards throughout his service.
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from George Fox University. And he holds several technical and project methodology certifications.
Outside of coaching, Matt enjoys golfing with his son, rooting for the L.A. Dodgers, following his kids’ sporting events, attending concerts and date nights with his wife. He resides near Chicago, Illinois with his wife, Nicole, and his two kids, Matea and Nolan.
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