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Marc Dickstein

Coaching, CPC
Marc Dickstein is a Certified Professional Coach and Founder of Plus Marc, a leadership development and coaching practice that empowers individuals to align their lives and careers with who they are and what they care about. Marc collaborates most frequently with tech companies, the LGBTQ community, and mid-career professionals who strive for engagement and fulfillment.
Specialties
Academic Coaching
Executive Function Coaching
Leadership Coaching
Life Coaching
Locations
Midtown East
Alma Office
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
>$260
Accepts Out-of-Network
Cash
Provider
Profile
“My coaching programs help you shift any area of your life from functional to optimal. Once we discuss and clarify what’s most important to you, we explore where things stand now, what tends to get in the way, and a variety of paths forward.”
What was your path to becoming a coach? What inspired you to choose this profession?
After I graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, I spent ten years leading people, operations, and marketing teams in retail, media, and technology. I was proud of my accomplishments and happy with my personal life, but I wasn’t as engaged at work as I wanted to be. I was curious to explore something new, but overwhelmed and fearful of losing hard-earned comforts and benefits—especially without a guarantee that the grass would be greener elsewhere. Through partnership with a coach, I clarified values, defined goals, created a plan, and faced uncertainty. After exploring opportunities that aligned with my strengths and passions, coaching rose to the top of my list. Certification armed me with an inspiring network of fellow coaches, helpful tools, and frameworks—all of which enable me to help clients navigate change and feel great about their personal and professional lives.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My coaching programs help you shift any area of your life from functional to optimal. Once we discuss and clarify what’s most important to you, we explore where things stand now, what tends to get in the way, and a variety of paths forward. In addition to tactical accomplishments, clients achieve greater self-awareness and confidence in the face of change and challenges. A consult session will provide the best understanding of my approach and how coaching can help you to reach your goals.
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What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking a coach?
It’s an unnerving realization: what got you here may not get you where you’re trying to go—or perhaps it got you here, and that’s great, but now what? At this crossroad, fear, anxiety, and disappointment often materialize and fuel assumptions that chip away at confidence forged through years of education, experience, and accomplishments. These are some of the biggest barriers for people seeking support. Precise paths toward specific objectives are not prerequisites for the exploration of growth and positive change. Willingness to clarify core values and define success paves the way for meaningful goals and a sustainable approach.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
It excites me to see an increasing number of people seeking resources to take control over their lives and careers - across generations, communities, and industries. There are now an abundance of accessible tools and platforms that facilitate personal and professional development. Even top universities fail to equip students with an understanding that decisions based on what you “should” be doing don’t necessarily lead to long-term happiness. It requires humility and vulnerability, but it’s becoming increasingly feasible to deny unfulfilling paths in favor of creating one that aligns that with your values.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to coaching what would they be and why?
My coaching programs have been heavily influenced by Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. The book reveals that the same approach responsible for the technology, products, and spaces we love and rely on can be used to successfully design and build our careers and lives. Design thinking can help increase your engagement, fulfillment, and impact, regardless of who you are, where you are, or what you’ve accomplished. I also frequently reference Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields. He explores the fact that creating anything incredible demands bold action and leaps of faith in the face of great uncertainty. However, fear, anxiety, and paralysis often keep us from taking the risks necessary to do our best work and craft a deeply rewarding life—unless you know how to use emotional awareness to your advantage. His practical approach helps to shift a potentially tortuous process into a more enjoyable journey.
“Precise paths toward specific objectives are not prerequisites for the exploration of growth and positive change. Willingness to clarify core values and define success paves the way for meaningful goals and a sustainable approach.”
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