My Approach

I’m Thene Sheehy!

Coaching is a conversation with a purpose: challenging you, creating possibilities, opening new learning channels.

I take you on a guided journey of Transition and Transformational Growth, to re-energize your inner power, and amaze your world, to breakthrough your roadblocks, and to reach your dreams. At the base of it all is Deep Joy – your tool to make those transitions and transformations.

Mine is a no-nonsense science-based approach.

  • Look Inward – Your personal retrospectives and ‘north star’ target
  • Look Around – Your Shore Team, Anchors, Boulders, Icebergs, and Wind
  • Get to the NEXT Shoreline – Short-Cycle Planning
  • Retrospect & Adjust
  • PLUS: Stay Healthy & Sail Strong – Maintaining your Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit

I had the privilege to work as a life coach / mentor in 2017-18 and found great satisfaction in helping others find a new path in life. In 2019, I was certified as an Agile Coach which includes the methods and skills of Professional Coaching, an approach to partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. In 2023, I am training again in the ICF approach, completing in September.

In Myers-Briggs terms, I am an INFJ (INFJ stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging), an “Idealist Counselor” always looking for possible improvements in myself, and helping others to see their own possibilities.

I listen from the heart and soul, listening for your pain points and any assumptions holding you back. Listening for the meaning behind your words. Listening for insights that you might not see… dreams that might go unspoken. Uncovering your superpowers that can take you into your dreams. And I’m not afraid to challenge you gently… to nudge you to consider what could be different and what’s holding you back.

In early 2020 (even before COVID-19 became ‘the new normal’), I had an inspiration to begin focusing on Deep Joy…. the deep-in-your-soul happiness that you manage within yourself, in spite of the storms of life… in spite of being unable to control the health and well-being of those around you, and in some cases, your own self. It is my own greatest challenge (especially seasonal affective disorder) and one I’ve researched greatly, and a journey I love to help others through.

My Core Values (click to expand)

Deep Joy is your source of Strength & Power

Purpose provides Motivation

Autonomy means you control your Choices & Decisions

Choice should be afforded to Everyone

Sustainability ensures we can return Tomorrow with Energy

Grace is due to each person because we all make mistakes.

Integrity means my actions match my words.

Growth along my Journey is critical.

Courage to face the trials of today and tomorrow.

Potential – every person has the potential to be more!

My Career History Summary (click to expand)

42 years in the world of software development

25 years in corporate leadership and project management, primarily Fortune 500 companies

Masters in Management of Technology, Vanderbilt University

10 years experience in agile mindset, agile practices, and agile team coaching

Certified Master Life Coach – Life Purpose, Happiness, Goal Success

Certified Agile Coach – incremental products, high-performing teams, adaptive learning, workplace joy

An American expat in Portugal – my own Quest for Deep Joy

Symbiosis Coaching – 95 hours ICF-approved training hours toward ACC (completing September, 2023)

We need to forget what we think we are, so that we can really become what we are.

Paulo coelho

In the early days of my career (IT and management), I found inspiration in a variety of people… some real, some fictional. My early role model was Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise.  My early handbooks were “Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead”, “The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus”, and “The Rise of the Creative Class”.   As a leader, I wanted to create the most amazing environment where my team would love coming to work everyday, find challenge and growth opportunities, love working as a team, create great products, and never want to leave.

Nowadays, in coaching, I focus on mid-life professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, and those seeking active retirement who need to get back to confidence, resilience, creativity, energy, and hopefulness to advance their mission.

I prefer in-person discussions, but that would limit my reach in the world. I make use of Zoom, Messenger, or Google Meet video calls to enable me to serve anyone across the planet.

We’ll plan the steps to get there… because every journey begins with step ONE and requires a set of consistent steps toward the goal.  I’ll be there by your side, as your coach in your own personal journey. This is about your destiny, not mine.

The world needs your gift, your purpose.
Take your power back so you can share it with the world.

The Power of Music & Videos

I believe strongly in the power of music and well-constructed speeches (for example, TED Talks). With that in mind, I’ve created a few playlists to support you in your own Quest.

I have a Spotify list that contains music for yoga, meditation and reflection… primarily calm or calm-energy selections.

In YouTube, I have a playlist with empowering videos about happiness, brain science, joy, purpose, and other related topics. You’ll see another Deep Joy playlist for my yoga and exercise favorites.

Lastly, I created a YouTube playlist containing some of the greatest songs to energize you, focused on Resilience, Survival, Living Strong, Being Brave, and Standing Tall.

Curious about the Green Hat ?

My Green Hat for Creativity

Curious about the why I chose to name my company “Green Hat”??? Edward DeBono created a parallel thinking process using six colored hats to evaluate problems and devise solutions from various perspectives. The green hat is the one that focuses on creativity, possibilities, and new alternatives… new concepts and new perspectives. I love creativity, creative spaces, creativity games, and creative solutions. I hope that I can spark a bit of that creativity in you, helping you to see many new options for yourself, and new ways of achieving your dreams.  Read more about the philosophy.

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