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Phil Okrend: Stepping Stones Coachig, Life & Business

Philip A. Okrend, CPCC, JD

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    At Stepping Stones Coaching, we provide Coaching, Mentoring,

    Conflict Resolution and Leadership Training for professionals

    and organizations to achieve outstanding results in changing and stressful work environments.

    Through our coaching programs, you or your team will be given the tools to proactively move you from just coping or tolerating your circumstances to thriving with clarity, confidence, direction and energy. We specialize in working with:

    Professional Practices and Organizations on Conflict Resolution,

    Team Building and Leadership Skills

    Professionals and Executives in Transition

    Professionals, Business Owners and Students Seeking Clarity, Direction

    and Life Balance

    Business Partners and/or Couples Seeking Proactive Communication Skills

    Cross Cultural/ESL Coaching for Professionals

    Our coaching programs are suited to accomodate your needs. If it is convenient

    for you, we are happy to meet in person, but you can also have the option of sessions

    via telephone with email support. Telephone coaching offers you the benefits of comfort, convenience and privacy, allowing you to be coached anywhere in the world.

    When you participate in one of our coaching programs, you will: 

    • Learn how to reduce conflict and power struggle that is adversely effecting your organization's morale and bottom line


    • Build Pro-Active Communication Skills that empower individuals and teams to work together productively

    • Recognize and overcome self defeating patterns that are causing inertia or stuckness

    Find a greater sense of clarity, focus & direction in your professional & personal life  


    • Achieve goals with greater resourcefulness and resiliency

    • Learn how to optimize your inner strengths and talents

    • *For Cross Cultural/ESL Coaching - Communicate with confidence and leverage cultural differences to thrive in diverse business environments.

    We offer a variety of programs (individual, couples, groups, conflict resolution and corporate) that will support you in your coaching process, as well as a truly powerful coaching style that incorporates Truth with Compassion and is developed specifically to help you embrace the power of living in the moment. 


    My name is Phil Okrend, founder of Stepping Stones Coaching, Inc. As a Certified Life and Business Coach with experience (JD degree, psychology degree, trained mediator, successful business owner, certified ESL instructor through Duke University), I have had the privilege  of working with hundreds of clients and guiding them on a journey towards authentic success. My background and experience make me uniquely qualified to deal with the challenges faced by professionals, attorneys, doctors, managers and diverse multicultual work teams. I have been keenly interested in the ways that smart and educated people can limit their effectiveness by being in conflict with others, or becoming engaged in debilitating power struggles. I give them a way to see past their situation and to make empowering new decisions with new accompanying actions.

    In my professional journey, I began my career as an attorney, and I found myself dissatisfied with my career direction. As I started to honor my own feelings, I took chances, step by step that opened up to a new way of living and working that changed my life. Read more about Phil


    Explore what coaching can do for you. E-mail or call 919-621-1578

    to schedule a 30 minute coaching session.

    Call for information about our fees. Payment for our services can be made by check, or by using the following convenient and secure on line payment method:

    Stepping Stones Coaching Services

“Our firm was fortunate to have Phil work with our attorneys and staff to help facilitate communication on issues to advance us forward as a team. Phil's real strength is that he is a great listener and can quickly hone in on the issues with great understanding. He is then able to lead effective discussion and provide encouragement to reach your goals. Phil thinks outside of the box. I would highly recommend him to any business that was considering hiring a personal or business coach.”

Beth Leone Noble, Leone Noble & Seate, LLC

“Being coached by Phil has greatly improved my professional relationships and has made me more productive and focused on the job. I’m more relaxed enabling me to handle stress better. I still take my job seriously, but emotionally, I depend much less on the approval of my company and my boss. The effect on my personal life is tremendous. I have gained confidence, am more self-assured, and am less anxious when meeting new people. I was able to better understand what my ideal relationship would be like. Prior to coaching, I knew exactly what I did not want, but not what I wanted. My needs have become much clearer to me now.Thank you, Phil, for your excellent insightful coaching! I feel that I am a more complete balanced being. I will definitely use your coaching services again.

Wolfgang R., Biomedical Imaging Scientist

"You helped me change my life! I learned how to look at myself and the world differently by making authentic choices. Specifically, the coaching helped root out my fears until I realized those fears were baseless. Your requests and challenges kept me taking action on what was really important to me. I feel empowered to step out into the world with confidence, wide open and with great anticipation of my future."
Trinnie B., Attorney

"Since I began working with Phil a little more than a year ago, my average monthly sales have increased by 43%, my income results have been much more consistent,and I have greater peace of mind about the direction in which my business is heading."

Teb B., Former High Tech Marketing Executive Who Made the Transition to Entrepreneur

I am really thankful to you for encouraging me to start writing fiction. Your acute wisdom and gentle understanding during our sessions was a crucial turning point in

my growth as an artist. It is the truth - you have a gift for coaching and I hope you help many, many more people find their authentic selves as you have for me.

S.M., Contract Attorney

"You have a rare talent to balance the business aspects of coaching while being personable. Your coaching has profoundly impacted my life. It gave me the courage to take specific actions in my life that I normally would not have done. My relationship with my wife has improved, and I am finally pursuing another career which is something I have talked about for decades and never did anything about. I also appreciated your flexibility in hours and physical or remote coaching."

Steve Benkin, Corporate Manager

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Phil Okrend of Stepping Stones Coaching, is a Certified Life and Business Coach located in Raleigh, NC with clients throughout the U.S.

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