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"Living Your Values: Bringing Humanity into the Workplace" with Sharna Fey

Updated: May 24


In this episode, we continue exploring what it means to bring humanity into the workplace. Our guest, Sharna Fey, co-founder of Pono Coaching and Consulting, shares her expertise as an executive coach, trainer, and consultant. With over two decades of experience, Sharna helps individuals and corporations identify their core values, reach their goals, and lead authentically. She works with Fortune 500 companies and has a highly collaborative and interactive approach to producing meaningful outcomes. Tune in to learn how to infuse humanity into your professional life.

In this episode:

  • The Power of Inner Work: Sharna emphasized the importance of doing the inner work to make a real difference in the world. She reminded us that personal growth is an ongoing journey, and we should never stop striving to become the best version of ourselves. It's not about arriving at a destination but embracing our humanity's continuous growth and evolution.

  • Bringing Your Full Self: Sharna challenged the notion of compartmentalizing our lives, urging us to bring our whole selves to every aspect of our lives, including the workplace. She highlighted the incredible possibilities that arise when organizations create an environment where individuals feel empowered to be authentic and true to themselves. Not only does this foster efficiency and effectiveness, but it also leads to increased profitability. Talk about a win-win!

  • Embracing Vulnerability and Connection: Sharna and Christie discussed the value of creating spaces where people can be vulnerable and share what’s important to them and how they like to receive feedback and coaching. By fostering open and non-hierarchical conversations, organizations can build deeper connections and tap into the true potential of their teams. This concept of bringing more humanity into the workplace is a game-changer and can add immense value to any organization.

Order of Topics:

4:00 Transition from hospitality to coaching

7:00 Bringing more humanity to the workplace

10:00 Being yourself at work

13:00 Workplace dynamics and community

18:00 Uncovering organizational values

21:00 Taking responsibility for values

23:00 Future of AI in the workplace.

29:00 Elderhood and Transformation

33:00 Expanding the view of workplace humanity

37:00 Designing alliances and conscious design

41:00 Designing alliances in relationships

45:00 Bringing humanity to the workplace

About Sharna:

Sharna is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with more than two decades of experience working with individuals, corporations, and non-profits as an executive coach, trainer, educator, speaker, and consultant.

​As co-founder of Pono Coaching & Consulting, Sharna helps executive clients identify and lead toward their core values, define and reach their goals, and discover and pursue their most authentic and best lives. She works with corporations looking to invest in emerging or established leaders, improve overall communications, increase team effectiveness, and bring the key elements of coaching to their organizations.

​Sharna is sought out for her experience, her highly collaborative approach, and the affable and interactive learning style she uses to produce deeply meaningful outcomes. Her corporate clients include Fortune 500 companies like Google, Autodesk, Cisco Systems, IBM, Genentech, Marriott International, and Lululemon.

​For the past decade, Sharna has been on faculty at the Co-Active Training Institute, where she received her own training. She has trained thousands of adults across the United States and internationally in the co-active coaching model she employs and relishes the opportunity to mentor new coaches.

Prior to launching her practice, Sharna spent more than a decade as a manager and general manager for Marriott, including three years as a national recruiter who helped create the company’s first college-recruiting program.​

A proud alumnus of Washington State University, Sharna is a member of the International Coach Federation. A native Coloradan, Sharna made her home in San Francisco for more than 25 years and now chases summer by home-basing on Maui and traveling to other warm spots globally.

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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