I work with driven, passionate, talented and ambitious professionals who’ve hit a speed breaker in their business or career create their desired breakthrough reclaiming control of their situation with customized strategies and tactics that deliver results.
Using a combination of intuition and analytical skills, I help my clients identify their real issues with exercises to still their mind and allow their inner feelings to emerge in a place of confidentiality and trust.
I’m particularly adept at transforming confusion about their current situation and lack of progress in their work with related impact on their personal lives into clarity about what they really want, supporting them to often make radical customized changes to their success strategy. Together, we achieve their desired goal through a better understanding and effective application of their unique strengths, abilities, passions and values based on my 25 years of corporate experience.
Working with me means a shift from a sense of helplessness about your situation to one where you take inspired action from an empowered perspective to get out of your rut, achieve your specific cherished goal and create a life which is more meaningful for your personally without having to justify your decisions.
When my clients first come to me, they are not in a very happy place and need clarity about themselves and their chosen vocation. Their professional problems are playing havoc with other areas of their life. They know they need to take radical steps to change the status quo but they also know that they need support and accountability to get them their desired result.
I really get it, because at one point, I also experienced getting lost in my work rationalizing decisions that were detrimental to the other aspects of my life. I’ve struggled with and won battles of stress management, life balance and career decisions to emerge in a place where I can confidently say that I live my desired life according to my personal Manifesto and have created a business that provides me with a platform for my desired lifestyle and self-expression for myself. I want that for you too!
If you are an ambitious professional who strives to be at the top of your chosen profession or has chosen to go into business for yourself but knows that somewhere along the way, you have lost sight of what really makes your heart sing or find yourself overwhelmed and questioning yourself about your choices, then my journey to becoming the Karmic Ally Coach will sound familiar.
My journey has been an interesting one with no regrets and my Unapologetic Manifesto will provide you with a quick insight into the real me who coaches. Click on the link below the image or even on the image to be taken to my Manifesto that will open in a new tab (while you are there, why not follow me?)
Unlike most About Me Pages, this one is different because to really know me, Vatsala Shukla, the Karmic Ally Coach and Mentor, and why I really understand where you are right now and can help, the story of how an ambitious go-getter Chartered Accountant takes the Leap of Faith and launches a completely different business to one that she was in as a professional for a quarter of a decade is relevant. So here goes!
As a child, I had 2 ambitions for what I would do when I grew up:
The second ambition had its roots in the fact that my parents had friends in the profession and I was impressed by them. I loved the thought that I too could someday be my own boss.
I had the inherent skill that could be used for both ambitions – a knack for getting to the bottom of issues and intuitively reading between the lines, a gift I took for granted as being normal putting it down as being logical – like Mr. Spock or as my friends from over the years tell me, analytical.
The years went by and the making a difference dream was limited to supporting wildlife, abandoned dogs and checking that the CSR initiatives of my employers were aligned with my core value. My energies were focused on achieving the coveted goal of becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) is the best decision I ever made. It opened doors and opportunities for me to experience professional growth and satisfaction.
I travelled and lived in different countries while working, gained exposure to different cultures and made friends for life. I worked for all of the Big Four Accountancy Firms and also held senior positions in globally respected companies. I had it all – despite being made redundant 3 times in my corporate career! I discovered 2 major frauds as an independent consultant and it didn’t matter to me that I could never return to the 2 countries where I had worked for fear of my life because I was passionate about my work.
I trail blazed and opened the doors to women professionals in the State Audit Bureau in Qatar as the first resident lady Auditor in Qatar in the early 1990s working throughout the Gulf War at a time when women and children were being evacuated. I share credit with my then boss who thought it would be ‘interesting’ and hired me.
I became one of the youngest CFOs of a listed non-Life Insurance at the age of 30 and guided the implementation of new accounting and insurance systems for the entire CE & CIS region.
I played Elephant Polo in the jungles of Chitwan in Nepal where one night a tiger prowled outside my cottage on a hunting spree (I had the sense not to open the door, though).
One of my favorite achievements is being a Founding Member of Goodwill Association in Poland formed under the directives of Goodwill Industries International Foundation, Inc. USA where I also served as an Audit Commission Member in 1996.
The audit and finance profession gave me a lot of job satisfaction and many of my high points are linked to my chosen career choice but events can shake us out of our reverie to show us that there is more to life.
We can get so caught up with 1 aspect of life that we start to ignore the other areas that make us whole individuals and often ignore the signs until we receive a solid wakeup call again and again until we have to take action. (I’ve written about it in my Kindle book on Wake Up Calls )
I have. Not once but twice.
The first was when I ignored a minor scratch to my leg while climbing on a tram in Warsaw but didn’t take a tetanus shot because I was doing the expected 80 hour week routine. The injury turned into septicemia. I had enough time lying in a hospital bed to think about my life and get the right balance.
Instead of doing some solid soul searching, I got on a flight to Paris to present the country budget despite the doctors telling me to take it easy within a week of being hospitalized because my company’s needs were important. I was too busy being the Ace Professional to notice that I was slowly starting to live to work, not work to live.
It would be a good 10 years later after my first encounter with my mortality to knock some sense into me.
That happened when I suffered a suspected angina attack while driving home at 11 pm at night from work.
During the 1 week mandated rest by my cardiologist, I had a chance to think and realized that I was missing out on a lot of things.
In the course of a decade, my Life had changed. I had become a responsible caregiver to a parent and my decisions had to factor in my new responsibility.
I myself had changed. I no longer experienced the Adrenalin rush of deadlines, doing all-nighters for a listed company submission and then partying to celebrate goals that didn’t really add to my own.
I wanted time to meet up with friends or pursue my hobbies but I was working all the time caught up in the corporate culture of working 80 hour weeks including weekends whether I really had any work or not because that was what the employer expected and that was the road map to corporate success.
Work that once made my heart sing became synonymous with long hours – not effectively or efficiently doing the job. I knew I was neglecting other areas of my life and felt like a spectator to something that was once my ‘living life unapologetically on my own terms, with no regrets’.
By now I had already lost quite a few friends in the profession to heart-related ailments and what the doctor said came as a shock.
I had survived as long as I did because I had healthy habits and awesome stress management tools in my toolkit but somewhere along the way, I had neglected areas of my life and I needed to find balance. A number of the stress management techniques that I now share with clients and in blog posts are based on years of self-management.
Despite being successful to the outside world, for the first time in my life, I realized that I was not happy in a number of areas. I was still the Ace Professional and the money was great but somewhere along the way, I had lost my Ikigai. Radical change was looming on the horizon and I had to step up to the plate and do what was required to get off the hamster’s wheel.
I had stopped meeting with friends, my candle making hobby had fallen to the side and I did not do many of the things that I used to love when I was younger. I knew something had to change.
I wanted a real life, a life that was on my terms and where I did not have to apologize to anybody for being me. I wanted out of my career being at the mercy of economic events despite having qualifications and credentials that made me a valuable resource. The Wakeup call had come.
For me working as an independent IFRS Consultant appeared to be the call to adventure but destiny had something else in store for me. Here’s what happened.
I had just finished talking to the CFO of a company where I was assisting with their IFRS reporting. The business call had turned to dealing with his worries about his work life balance and some health issues and I found myself life coaching instead of financial consulting. In fact, this was a recurring pattern with all of my clients and associates.
Later that afternoon while walking my dog, I had my Aha Moment which was nothing as spectacular as Archimedes Eureka, but the realization that I had subconsciously done something that made a difference!
I finally accepted that I had climbed every mountain and peak in my till then profession and it was time for change. I was going to start living again on my terms focusing on my passion to mentor using my work life experience and coaching skills and make a difference to the lives that I touched.
I found my ideal second innings career choice and accepted my Call to Adventure.
I declared my intention to my family and friends who were supportive and off I went to get the required training and credentials and launched The Karmic Ally Coaching Experience.
Nowadays, I empower professionals to manage their career path challenge by facilitating informed choices and options relevant to their stage in life enabling them to have it all without compromising their work life balance. I play the role of the Wise Mentor on their Hero’s Journey when they have unconditionally accepted their own Wakeup Call.
In addition to my professional accounting credentials, I am also an Accredited International LIFE Coach with the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA), Canada and a certified Master SPIRIT LIFE Coach.
My over quarter of a century worth of life time in the corporate world has given me enough exposure and personal experience to understand the issues that my clients face. Nothing fazes me.
My secret sauce for achieving results is to fuse logic, compassion and metaphysical techniques with the various tools in my ‘magic box’ and my clients get results from the very first session.
I bring to the co-creative coaching relationship, my years of life experience & ability to create an environment of confidentiality, trust & understanding for professionals to create viable solutions to their immediate problem, make strides in their career or set up their business on firm foundations while ensuring that they don’t lose direction of what makes their lives more meaningful.
The transformation they experience is holistic and one that enables them to live their lives on their own terms rather than living up to the expectations of others.
My full profile and recommendations are available on https://in.linkedin.com/in/vatsalashukla
I write regularly on my blog http://karmicallycoaching.com/blog on areas of Career Coaching, Self Management & Stress Management. In June 2012, my blog Vatsala’s Tips for a Stress Free Life was nominated for Best Blogs 2012 by a Personal Development Publishing website. In August 2012, this blog was awarded First Place in Best Coaching Blogs 2012 by the School of Coaching Mastery.
If my story and message resonates with you and you are ready to take charge of your career or desire to change careers and move into self-employment and reclaim your life, let’s talk!
PS. Want more information but not yet ready to pick up the phone or send me an email? Do visit the Page What Do You Get From Hiring Me As Your Coach
PPS. Want to get to know me better before contacting me? Let’s hang out on neutral territory! 🙂
During a 14 day Product Challenge Vatsala was my online help person. If I hadn’t had her to look at my product, give advise, share her knowledge on how to get courses or products up and running online, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. So thank you once again Vatsala. You are a treasure.
Recommended by Judith Te Huia (Vatsala’s business partner) on LinkedIn
Vatsala is an excellent and a detailed oriented professional who not only possesses versatile skills and knowledge in diverse fields but ensures meticulous execution all her responsibilities. She make it a point that all her clients, customers and associates use their potential to enhance their own productivity in highly competitive environment and contributes to the wellness of one and all.
Her knowledge base is far superior as compared to her peers and can be depended upon for all areas of responsibility falling within the wide range of her in-depth experience.I wish her the very best in all her endeavors.
Recommended by Manoj Dembla (Vatsala’s business partner) on LinkedIn
“In my experience, Vatsala is a very professional and dedicated coach, respecting the client’s natural pace, while at the same time seeking to maintain momentum and commitment in the coaching sessions.
Vatsala coached me for twelve weeks, and her action plan oriented approach has given me long term results. Each session was followed up with a written session recap and progress report from Vatsala, which was a big help and motivation to me in actually doing the actions we had talked about. Vatsala helped me to define both short term and long term goals, which is invaluable to me in keeping the right perspective in daily decisions at work and home. I recommend people to invest their time with Vatsala’s coaching – the benefits are tangible, immediate but also long lasting.” October 31, 2011
Vanita Hork, hired Vatsala as a Life Coach in 2011
It was during the (Firepole Marketing) Scavenger Hunt that I met Vatsala Shukla and she is a wonderful person to know personally and professionally. Her blogs are a pleasure to read and she is a person who is ready to help. Besides that she is a enterprising person to whom one can approach through the Karmic Ally Coaching.
Recommended by Jayashree T Rao (Vatsala’s colleague) on LinkedIn
Vatsala Shukla gave very solid information that covered the aspect of what a Wake Up call and a Hero’s Journey is about sharing some of her personal experiences which made the presentation warmer. I felt closer to her as she perfectly described the stages a hero’s journey. The story of Mahatma Gandhi’s Wake Up Call and Hero’s Journey was particularly interesting.
I appreciated Vatsala giving tips, guidance and coaching questions for what to do. The handout with self-coaching questions that one could do after the presentation was a good complement for the presentation and helped people to work with her on the call.
I also liked that Vatsala gave people a chance to do some work “here and now”, in this way they will remember more about what was all about and will be curious and willing to go deeper… at least some of them…
Recommended by Lumi Vasile for the Wake Up and Hero’s Journey Teleclass