The world we live in is complex. Engineers solve the problems of today and tomorrow. As an engineer, I am drawn to the challenge of problem solving. It’s fascinating how much impact a single person can make through the application of technology. The concept of human capacity as a technology is a notion that is not often discussed among technical minded individuals. Problem solving, creativity, effectively working with others are all skills that can be enhanced by focusing on human capacity. There is a place for coaching to spur greater success of our engineers to provide societal leadership for the advancement of human well-being.
Empowered Synergy promotes personal growth of engineers and their human capacity to make a positive impact on the world.
It is my mission to make a positive difference in the lives of those that interact with on a sustained basis. I make a difference by living life in ways fulfills my desire for personal development, exploration, and meaningful connection with everyone I work with. I will do this by empowering those that I connect with to create synergies in their lives. I will also proliferate my impact by designing programs and initiatives to magnify development in others.
Chris Lalchan, P. Eng, CEC, ACC
An avid hiker, mediocre hockey player, and doting father. You can find me chasing after my two daughters when I am not coaching or learning something new.
Professional Engineer Licence (APEGA)
Predictive Index Certified Analyst
Certified Core Strengths Partner (2021)
Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Designation
Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University , 2019)
BSc, Chemical Engineering (University of Alberta, 2005)
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. I would coach non-engineering clients if it’s the right fit for both parties. In fact, I have coached others with medicine, financial services, and information technology backgrounds. The initial consultation is to determine what is the right solution for you. If I am not an ideal fit for you, I can refer you to other coaches that would best serve your interests or discuss options that may not include coaching.
I am interested in providing a solution to your objectives. This solution may or may not involve coaching. I assess fit by the following process:
- Conduct an introductory discussion with you regarding your objectives and opportunities
- Administer an intake questionnaire to obtain mutual clarity on your goals
- Discuss measurables and key performance indicators that will best serve you
- Consideration if coaching is right for you based on your situation
This is different than mentoring (yielding the benefit of experience from one to another), consulting (advising), managing (directive), and counselling (probing into the past).
In any coaching engagement you must put in the work. Coaching can be instrumental to keeping you accountable, keeping you open to perspectives and increasing your effectiveness in all facets of your life.
I have obtained a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) credential from Royal Roads University. I also hold an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coaching Federation. My experience is comprised of over 200 hours of in class coaching instruction as well as over 150 hours of direct coaching experience. I have directly coached over 70 individuals throughout my coaching career.
I am currently a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Calgary ICF Chapter.
What all of this means is that you can be assured that I have the knowledge and skills and experience to coach. I have been adjudicated by two different organizations. Furthermore, I will uphold the ethical standards as an professional engineer and as a coach registered with the ICF.
Executive coaching is generally different in that the professional aspirations of the client tend to be more prominent in the coaching engagement. As such the themes tend to, but not exclusively, have a business focus.
A good coach, coupled with a client who is ready and willing, can lead to spectacular results. These results can mean a sustained competitive advantage for your organization through personal effectiveness, innovation, organizational cultural shifts, . This is the reason why I assess for fit. Take me up on a no obligation consultation to receive some clarity on your next steps for you and your organization.
I am a coach that prides myself on being deliberate, and challenging, while being supportive and connection focused. Don’t be surprised to be called out and challenged to think out outside of the box. You will be engaged to develop a game plan with monthly deliverables to achieve in service of your big goals. We will check in with your progress regularly and make adjustments when needed.
I am the right coach for you if you are motivated to develop a tangible plan that will align with your big goal. Let’s dream big and achieve that wildly successful outcome!
The immediate value I bring to your organization can be quantified by time and money. Many of my clients report that I have guided them to focus on what is truly important to them and thus they are able to save time. I understand that you are an extremely busy leader. Your time is valuable and so I ask you to consider the following:
If you were to buy a product that would save you 5% of your time, how much would that be worth to you? What if the upside was greater than 5%? What if that same 5% could be leveraged across your all of your direct reports? What would that be worth to you? What are you leaving on the table by not taking action on an opportunity to save time?
Other relevant value I can provide through my coaching, as applicable to your targets, is increased quality of services/product, and increased quantity (including service volume, customers, market share) .
Training is an important component of your professional development in terms of gaining awareness of technical subject matter. When you are ready to build on your awareness, particularly with leader behaviours and team interactions, a sustained approach to your development may be more effective. Some professional development is structured that you receive a concentrated dose of knowledge over the course of a week. The application of knowledge to thoroughly develop skills and experience requires deliberate time and practice. Coaching can be used to receive insights on practice, adjust to challenging situations, and to sustain your effectiveness in those skills you seek to develop.
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