I am Miranda Fernande Walichowski. I am a Certified Professional Coach, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. I am a speaker and author.
I am the founder and principal of MiraNous Coaching & Consulting, LLC. MiraNous is a boutique coaching practice specializing in self-leadership. There are four pillars of leadership: being visionary, building relationships, driving execution, and self-leadership. Without self-leadership, the other pillars are never fully realized.
If you look over your shoulders and you are not following yourself, there is a leadership problem.
I am currently coaching at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. And I am developing an instructional coaching endorsement for the undergraduate students in our teacher-preparation program at A&M. I have some interesting projects related to coaching in the works: research and training. I will share more about those as they materialize.
I am a contributing writer to the Society Dairies Magazine (a print and digital publication). There I write articles on parenting, relationships, and self-leadership.
My speaking and training are on Self-Leadership. I also speak on Energy Leadership Development. I speak and offering training on communication and building effective relationships. And I offer various professional development opportunities for educators and leaders in education. My new program in the Self Leadership for Success-Minded Principals, a coaching and mastermind program.
On a personal note, I am married to John my friend and greatest support. We have five children (ages 18, 11, 6, 4, and 3). This gives me “street -cred” that a full and rich life is possible when you live it in an integrated way when you know who you really are, and when you are clear on what truly matters. I love to read, mostly non-fiction books and articles that support my coaching. I stay active with things like jogging, resistance training, and fun classes at my gym (like indoor cycling and Century).
In 2011, I set up MiraNous in which I was delivering training, workshops, and blogging on topics related to self-development (focused on time and life management). After training and workshops, some individuals would ask to meet with me for coffee, lunch, or a phone call. They were seeking guidance on living out the principles that I taught. They wanted to clearly identify their priorities. And they wanted to figure out why it was such a struggle to make the changes they wanted. As I would meet with people, I realized that I needed a more systematic way of helping them. And that is when I fell lovingly into coaching, and MiraNous became MiraNous Coaching and Consulting, LLC in 2016.
My approach to coaching
I believe that we are all products of our beliefs, the people we have met, the paces we have been, the books we have read, and the experiences we have had. I can clearly connect the dots and see that my life’s work (personally and professional) was leading to coaching.
My background in educational psychology allows me to bring a cognitive approach to my coaching. My training in research helps me explore and identify research-based, effective coaching practices. We are in the process of starting some studies that will add to that body of knowledge. I am excited to contribute to the nascent field of coaching research.
Second, I love philosophy. When clients are interested in developing a philosophy to live by, I can facilitate that process at a deep level. More and more, I am finding that the most fulfilled and successful individuals are those who have a life philosophy to live by.
If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. ~ Alexander Hamilton
Third, my approach to coaching involves three strands: self-awareness, self-mastery, and self-actualization or purpose. As people get clear on what they want and how they want to live, the next steps organically ensue – building capacity to make those things a reality.
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