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"From Google to Growth: Harnessing Coaching for Career & Organizational Well-Being” with Susie Ade


This week on the UpLevel Podcast, we delve into the profound impact of coaching within organizations. Our special guest, Susie Ade, shares her extensive experience and insights from working over a decade at Google, where she utilized coaching skills in various roles, and reveals how embracing a coaching mindset can transform individual careers and enhance overall workplace well-being. As a certified professional Co-Active coach and an advocate for mental health, Susie discusses her journey from discovering coaching to implementing it as a tool for personal and organizational growth.

In this Episode:

  • Hear about Susie’s background in mindfulness and meditation and her decade-long career at Google, leading various programs.

  • Discover how she transitioned from corporate roles to pursuing a full-time coaching practice.

  • Listen to powerful insights into overcoming limiting beliefs through professional coaching support.

  • Explore the strategies used by Google managers, such as a two-day training course called “Search Inside Yourself,” to foster psychological safety and emotional intelligence.

  • Discover learning techniques such as deep listening (Levels 1–3) that lead to better understanding and problem-solving within teams.

  • Hear Susie share stories addressing imposter syndrome among employees and empowering them to navigate remote work complexities amid the pandemic.

  • Learn Susie’s advice on how to integrate coaching tools into management practices while building rapport and trust with direct reports.

Order of Topics:

  • The Power of Coaching

  • Susie’s Journey into Coaching

  • Impact on Leadership and Management

  • The Importance of Deep Listening Levels

  • Business Case for Coaching

  • Coaching During Pandemic Challenges

  • Advice for Aspiring Coaches and Managers

  • Susie’s Transition to Mental Health Advocacy Role

Action Items:

  • Initiate Coaching Training for Managers

  • Promote Psychological Safety

  • Develop Mental Health Programs

  • Equip Managers with Mental Health Skills

  • Utilize Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

  • Monitor Mental Health Metrics

  • Advocate Grassroots Movements for Supportive Cultures

  • Encourage Personal Growth Even at Risk of Turnover

  • Seek Out Affordable Resources for Small Organizations

  • Embrace Career Transitions Personally and Professionally

About Susie:

With a mission to guide individuals toward their inner calling and life's purpose, Susie Ade combines her background in mindfulness, meditation, and coaching to help people discover what they want out of life and how to get it. She’s a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation. 

Susie spent the last 10 years at Google leading programs across Marketing, Trust and Safety, and People Development. Most notably, she spent several years creating sustained well-being and psychological safety within organizations as the Global Program Manager for Mental Health and Well-Being. During her time at the company, she coached hundreds of employees on reaching the next level or pivoting into a new career. In September of 2023, she left Google to pursue her career coaching practice full-time. 

Susie lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She enjoys running, reading about the mystics and spirituality, and traveling the world with her loved ones.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce, and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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