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Spotlight: Glenn Maul

Glenn Maul

1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I was born and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Through promotions, new opportunities, my family and I have lived in 6 states. The move to Nashville came with Brookdale Senior Living. The corporate headquarters was in Chicago, IL when I joined the Company, but through a merger with American Retirement Corporation, the  headquarters was moved to Nashville. I commuted between Chicago/Nashville for 7 years, and eventually relocated here in 2013.

2 - What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach?

I have a fairly diverse background: Finance, operations, and HR. The vast majority of my career was spent as an HR executive. In that role, much of my time was spent coaching executives who struggled with the “human” side of things. I saw the need and planned my transition to coaching even before retiring from Brookdale/Corporate life. I felt I still had a lot to give and that I could impact lives through a coaching practice. It is my way of giving back.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

It was just natural for me to choose Executive Coaching given my background as a Chief HR Officer. I felt it was where I could have the biggest impact. My time as a C-Suite/Senior Executive gives me credibility and a unique entrée into the Senior Executive world, because I have been there and understand what they live day to day. 

4 - What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?

The greatest challenges are in so many ways the same as the greatest rewards. It is always people. As a Coach, you want so badly to help your clients through their challenges. Sometimes, that takes a lot of work/effort. Once you see them make the shifts, have the breakthroughs, it is the most rewarding work I have ever done. The greatest challenges of my HR career were the bad leaders who refused to seek help, made a mess of people and their careers because of their narcissism and arrogance. The greatest reward was my chance to mentor some awesome young leaders and watch their careers catapult to great heights. Very rewarding.

5 - What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up in a very religious family. My Grandmother always pushed me to become a minister. I, however, thought being a Forest Ranger (Forestry was my original major at VA Tech) and friend to Smokey the Bear was my calling! I guess in the end, serving people/a servant heart and making the world a better place was how all of those things fit together. That was, and still is, my mission and my passion.

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Well, my Granddaughter, Harlow, steals a lot of my free time and I love every minute of it. I love my golf, my goal in semi-retirement was to be a single digit handicapper, and I currently carry a 7 index, so “check”. I love to read and do so incessantly. I love walking with my Golden Doodle Sam, and just hanging with friends and family.