Paula Williamson Reid

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Paula Reid is a highly skilled leadership and executive coach as well as a seasoned executive search consultant. President of Fifth Gear Coaching, LLC and Reid & Company Executive Search, Ltd., She has more than 30 years of experience working with leaders across a variety of industries including technology, fashion, sporting goods, pharmaceuticals and professional sports. 

Having started her career in executive search, she worked with many leading brands on talent identification and development, organizational planning and competitive analysis. Her ability to ask insightful questions that challenged assumptions and opened new approaches to search, enabled her to evolve as a trusted corporate partner.  This passion for getting to the root of a challenge, supporting broader thinking and developing new ways to approach challenges is what lead her into coaching.  Armed with an ability to quickly connect with clients in an impactful manner, she has combined her vast work experience with formal coach training through Columbia University. 

Paula has a unique and positive approach that encourages open and honest dialog. Clients appreciate her ability to create trust and way of asking insightful questions that help understand road blocks, define opportunities, and move forward.  Paula has seen first hand how one's own thinking and assumptions can limit an ability to achieve.  Her fundamental belief is that most people are capable of achieving much more than they give themselves credit for.  She sees coaching as a supportive process of recognizing strengths, understanding challenges and creating new behaviors that fully unlock potential and clear thinking.