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  • Writer's pictureShaneef Karmali

New Beginnings: Launching Activate Coaching and Consulting Inc.

As the first day of Spring arrives, there's an exciting buzz in the air as we prepare for new beginnings, fresh starts, and the chance to blossom. It's time to shed the old and embrace the new. For me, it's an especially exciting time as it marks the launch of Activate Coaching and Consulting Inc. March 21st is also the day of Navroz, the Persian New Year, a celebration of new beginnings, hope, and optimism. As the Founder of Activate Coaching and Consulting, I believe in the connectedness of all things and see how all the pieces fit together. Like planting a seed in fertile soil, tending to its needs, and seeing it flourish.

The Power of Community

I am excited to take this next step in my career and move from working on my business to working in my business, where I bring over 20 years of experience leading high-performing teams in hospitality and real estate to the table. The journey to Activate Coaching and Consulting has shifted from being a passion project that stemmed from my coach-like approach to leadership development to a fully realized agency. All of this has been possible by the support of so many amazing people around me. I have found myself in a new community of supportive professionals. Some have taken the courageous step of starting their own ventures, while others including, advisors and mentors, have supported and helped me refine my vision for this company. From this community of colleagues and mentors, I have received support to overcome when self-doubt and imposter syndrome kicked in and they helped me grow my skill-set by participating in my journey to becoming a UBC Certified Organizational Coach.

The Power of Coaching

As a UBC Certified Organizational Coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and and EQ-i 2.0 + EQ360 licensed practitioner, I'm passionate about unlocking human potential using a values-driven and strengths-based approach. Having spent most of my career in leadership roles, I've witnessed and even benefitted from the transformative power of coaching and mentoring. I believe that every individual is whole, creative, and resourceful, and I aim to help my clients unlock their potential and achieve their goals.

Studies show that coaching can have a significant impact on individual and organizational performance. According to a study by the ICF, companies that invest in coaching see a median return of investment of 7 times their initial investment (1). Another study by the Human Capital Institute found that coaching can lead to a 25% increase in employee retention rates (2) The benefits of coaching extend beyond just professional development, with studies showing improvements in overall well-being, job satisfaction, and work-life balance.

Our Manifesto for Activating Your Potential

At Activate Coaching and Consulting, we believe that everyone has the power to unlock their potential and achieve their goals. Our Manifesto for Activating your Potential is a guide for individuals who are ready to embrace change and transform their lives:

· You have the power to create your own destiny

· You are the hero of your own story

· You are capable of achieving great things

· You are worthy of success and happiness

· You are responsible for your own growth and development

· You have the power to choose your own path

· You have the ability to overcome any obstacle

· You are worthy of love and connection

· You have the potential to make a difference in the world

· You are enough

Activity: to Activate Your Potential

To help you activate your potential, I want to share an activity with you. Take a few minutes to think about the Manifesto for Activating Your Potential and pick one of the statements that resonates with you the most. Write it down on a piece of paper and keep it with you. Whenever you feel stuck or overwhelmed, pull out that piece of paper and remind yourself of the power you possess.

In this blog, we've explored the power of community and coaching and shared our Manifesto for Activating Your Potential. Remember, you are in the driver's seat of your own journey and have the power to create your own destiny. At Activate Coaching and Consulting, we're here to meet you where you are in your journey and guide and support you towards success as defined by you!

If you are ready to embrace change and transform your life, I invite you to book a complimentary 30-minute Discovery Call with me. Let's make this Spring a season of growth and renewal.


(1) The 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study: Executive Summary. (n.d.). International Coach Federation. Retrieved March 12, 2023, from

(2) Benefits of Coaching. (n.d.). International Coach Federation. Retrieved March 12, 2023, from


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