Kumi is a true global coach with over 3,000 hours coaching leaders in all levels of the organization from new managers to the C-suite. She has worked in the US for over 15 years and has coached in a wide variety of industries including global manufacturers, consulting firm, multi-national banks and media in both the US and Japan. She also mentors new coaches and corporate managers who want to acquire coaching skills and mindset.
In addition to coaching, Kumi has over 15 years of experience working as a consultant, corporate facilitator and executive coach with expertise in global leadership, team effectiveness, cross-cultural conflict, leading in diverse environments, and organizational and talent development.
She is passionate about being a catalyst for transformation, making positive differences in her clients’ lives inside and outside of work, their teams and organizations. She facilitates/coaches in both Japanese and English.
She lives in Kyoto. She enjoys playing music with her family, knitting and loves mystery novels.
■ A seasoned facilitator and executive coach working with major companies
and organizations (NPO, local community) in Japanese and English for 15 years.
■ International Coach Federation, Master Certified Coach (MCC)
■ Coach U (U.S.) Faculty
■ CRR Global, Certified Organization & Relationship Systems Coach (ORSC)
■ IMD Business School, Executive Coach (Switzerland)
■ HRD, DiSC Certified Coach (Japan)
■ B.A. in English (Kyoto, Japan)
【partial client list】
YAMAHA, PwC Japan Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Pigeon, Canon,
Bank of America, Airbus Helicopters Japan, Tokyo Medical & Dental University
◆Workshop, Team facilitation, Group Coaching
Adrienne Gilliver, L&D Consultant & Manager working at a global consulting firm in Tokyo
I have had the honor of being coached by Kumi San and I would like to share my experience of my coaching journey with her.
Kumi San provides a deeply safe space and holds it still for you to explore yourself with her. It is like a timeless space; a space where you explore corners deep inside of you that you didn’t know ever existed. When I am coached by Kumi San I feel I am in a deep bottomless well because her listening is so profound it enables her to ask questions which turn you inside out. This helps you take a long hard look at the beautiful (sometimes awful) truth. She then envelops you with courage and bravery to help you explore those truths so that you can arrange them in a way you can embrace them, love them, live with them, accept them and move forward. I have experienced hundreds of coaching sessions in my long life, yet I have never experienced such a profound journey as I have done with Kumi San. I feel safe. I feel love. I feel connected. I fall accepted. And with all of those feelings and more… the journey is life-changing and humbling. Thank you Kumi San!
Kimberly Wiefling, Global Team Effectiveness Consultant, Silicon Valley, USA http://wiefling.com
KUMI as FACILITATOR: If you want to work with someone who is intelligent, compassionate, and fully committed to mutual benefit and optimal results, work with Kumi Kobayashi. Kumi is blazingly intelligent, broadly experienced, and sincerely compassionate. As a facilitator, she has great range – facilitating the creation of a project schedule as easily as she facilitates a role play or deep group discussion.
KUMI as COACH: As a coach, she has excellent instincts and makes wise choices. Having experienced coaching from world class professionals, I can confidently say that Kumi is the best “thinking partner” I’ve ever had. A session with Kumi brings clarity, commitment, and rapid results afterward.
PARTNERING with KUMI: Partnering with Kumi enables me to confidently take necessary risks in the service of our shared goals. Working with her makes me feel that I could jump off a cliff without a parachute, and she’d find a way to get the parachute to me on the way down and assure that I safely land. That kind of collaboration is rare and precious!
What’s possible? Work with Kumi and find out!
Michael Shell, President & Consultant, GLPA, Tokyo, Japan
I have worked with Kumi at Global Leadership Partners Asia for multiple projects as a Leadership Facilitator and Leadership Coach for over a year. She is a fun, dynamic and intelligent professional with an uncanny ability to connect with almost anyone. Always upbeat and positive, she motivates leaders to transform their self-limiting beliefs in order to think and act in new ways, previously unavailable to them. She has a high level of emotional intelligence, is fully bi-lingual (Japanese and English) and has advanced collaboration skills. I strongly recommend her for leadership development facilitation and coaching work.
GLPA is a boutique learning and development consultancy, creating unique leadership development offerings to globally-minded organizations in Asia.