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Arete Coach: The Art & Science of Executive Coaching

Arete Coach 1101 Catherine Mattice "Managing Toxic Bosses and Removing Bullying From the Workplace"

  • S1E1101
  • 54:13
  • November 21st 2022

This is episode 1,101 of the Arete Coach Podcast with host Severin Sorensen and guest Catherine Mattice, MA, SHRM-SCP. Catherine is an executive coach, SHRM Senior Certified Professional, consultant, mentor, and author of "Back Off, Your Kick Ass Guide to Ending Bullying At Work."

Catherine Mattice is the founder/CEO of Civility Partners ( an HR consulting firm focused on helping organizations create respectful and positive workplace cultures. Her clients range from Fortune 500's to government, to nonprofit, to small business in a wide range of industries. She and her team have served the likes of Chevron, the Marine Corps, the American Red Cross, Stanford University and more. Catherine is an HR thought-leader – though she likes to say disrupter - and has appeared in such venues as USA Today, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, CNN, NPR, and many other national news outlets as an expert. She’s also an award-winning speaker, blogger, and book author. Leadership guru, Ken Blanchard, called her first book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.”

She’s one of the nation’s true experts on the social and relational aspects of workplace bullying and harassment, and thus how to resolve these issues inside an organization. Catherine is also one of four founders of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a nonprofit focused on education and legislation about workplace bullying.

In this episode, we explore Catherine's journey into coaching and her passion for eliminating bullying in the workplace. We explore examples of workplace bullying in, its definitions, and how through HR interventions such as executive coaching can help toxic bosses and leaders see and understand their role in bullying, and she maps the way out for them. We explore the coaching content, questions, and challenges.

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This episode was produced on 28 September 2022.

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Arete Coach: Exploring the Art and Science of Executive Coaching

“Arete Coach Podcast" Explores the "Art and Science" of Executive Coaching hosted by Severin Sorensen. The “Arete Coach Podcast" is for executive coaches and anyone considering becoming an executive coach. The podcast is especially valuable to executive coaches who are lifetime learners with deep curiosity about the "art and science" of coaching. In this podcast, the ‘art of coaching’ is explored through engaging interviews with leading executive coaches from diverse backgrounds sharing their individual coaching journeys, learnings, methods, best questions, and situational approaches to executive coaching. Beyond best practices, the podcast will regularly mine research on the ‘science of coaching’ and explores ongoing scientific discoveries and studies looking for what works and why, with an aim to improve the core body of knowledge for executive coaches and the industry. Severin Sorensen has provided over 7,500 hours of paid executive coaching sessions and he holds the following coaching certifications: ICF/ACSTH Certified Executive Coach (CEC), Certified Organizational Development Coach (CODC), Certified Life Coach (CLC); and the IAC: Coach Masteries Practioner. Severin Sorensen has an M.Phil in Economics at King's College, Cambridge University, and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Utah.

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Severin Sorensen
Host, Arete Coach Podcast

Severin Sorensen is host of the Arete Coach Podcast, where he interviews executive coaches and researchers with the aims to celebrate and explore the art and science of executive coaching today.

Severin is a senior executive coach, serial entrepreneur and lifetime learner with a passionate curiosity about people and businesses. Severin is the CEO of ePraxis LLC, a premier level retained search firm that provides executive headhunting, talent selection, and executive coaching. (

Severin is a certified coach with an IAC Masteries Practitioner designation and 800+ hours of ICF/ACSTH and other advanced training in Executive Coaching, Organizational Development, EOS, Life Coaching, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Positive Intelligence (PQ). Severin has over 7,500+ hours of paid executive coaching working with high performing executives, owners, and operators of public and private companies throughout North America.Severin's coaching clients include boards of directors, CEOs, Presidents, GMs, COO, CFO, CTO, VP Engineering, VP Talent, and many other positions.

Severin lives in Park City , Utah and his virtual coach practice includes clients throughout the Americas.

From 2010-2018 Severin was a Vistage Chair where he coached three CEO and Key executive groups. In 2011, Severin received the "Rookie of the Year Chair Award" from Vistage. Since 2013, Severin has added international speaking for Vistage, CEO conferences, executive peer groups, and corporations on the topic of identifying and hiring difference making top talent.

In terms of the types of clients coached, Severin has coached new CEOs (with less than 2 years experience), large company executives (e.g., Managing Director of Rio Tinto), numerous high-growth entrepreneurs operating INC 5000 businesses, multi-generational family owned businesses, and primary-equity business owners who are still actively managing their companies. Severin has experience coaching both private and public company executives and their executive teams.

Severin's own coaching practice is tool based, using diagnostics, surveys, and Socratic questioning to get to root issues. You can learn more about Severin at (insights), LinkedIn, Quora, and Twitter. If you think you might be a good fit for executive coaching with Severin, he is happy to give you a free test drive coaching session to see if this would be good for you and your team. You can book a free test-drive 30 min coaching huddle at: