Carol Gignoux, M.Ed., CEC, SCAC

Shaping Lives. Changing Futures.

Brain-Based Executive Function Skills Coaching

My coaching clients tend to be successful, motivated, and innovative individuals; yet they struggle to plan, prioritize, control emotional reactions, complete projects, manage time, and remember details. 

If that of those descriptions fit you, you may have Executive Function weakness or deficit.

Executive Functioning Skills Coaching ensures you build the skills to OVERCOME challenges associated with Executive Function Deficit!

If we decide to work together, we will use proven brain-based approaches. These approaches are based on what research and science now understands about the neurology and psychology of our brains and how to improve functioning. Using these approaches, you will learn how  to better manage Executive Functioning issues like self-regulation, poor sleep, task management, procrastination, and disorganization .

Contact me today to find out more.

If you qualify, you can get a FREE 10 MINUTE CONSULTATION from one one of the longest-serving Executive Function Coaches in the country.
Tell me what your problems are –  and I will tell you how we can work together to solve them!

Executive Functioning Skills Coaching for Adults and Professionals

Working with an executive functioning skills coach will help you develop and strengthen your ability to exert ultimate control over your life, be in good communication at all times, and achieve the work-life balance that leads to peace and happiness.

Stop procrastinating. Get in touch now!

Executive Functioning Coaching for Executives, Managers, and Entrepreneurs

Executives and other high performers typically have a different learning style with unique challenges, as well as advantages. In our coaching sessions, I help you exploit your innovative and creative brain-type, while also helping you manage the ongoing challenges associated with it. Live your best life, free of the stigma of “Knows what to do but isn’t doing it!”

Executive Dysfunction / Executive Function Weakness

Common signs and symptoms of Executive Functioning Weakness in adults include:

When a person has executive function deficit or weakness, he has trouble analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. People with EFD commonly lack the ability to handle frustration, start and finish tasks, recall and follow multi-step directions, stay on track, self-monitor, and balance priorities. Fixing the area of deficit is key to fixing academic or occupational difficulties.

Signs That You Might Have Executive Function Weakness:

You struggle with self-discipline and procrastination.

Difficulty keeping it all organized. You tend to become overwhelmed by projects consisting of several tasks.

Difficulty managing relationships at home and at work.

You struggle to understand others and they likewise struggle to understand you. Difficulty staying "present".

You feel like an underachiever (often despite the fact that you have actually accomplished much and have a successful career).

You have difficulty staying focused on some tasks, but can also hyper-focus for hours on a difficult or interesting task.

You seek new adventures and start numerous projects, but complete few of them.

Executive Function Skills Can Be Strengthened with Executive Function Skills Coaching!

“Carol’s coaching made a huge difference in my life. I have read numerous books and attended many seminars, and while they were valuable, there has been nothing that has been as effective as the coaching provided. Because of Carol’s approach to success, I now embrace each day with more energy and drive than ever before. Carol has truly transformed my life and helped me become the confident, successful, effective person that I always wanted to be!”

R. B.


Goal Setting

Organize. Prioritize. Focus. Stop Procrastinating for Good!

Relationship Coaching

Improve communication with friends, family, and co-workers. Understand and be understood. Be 100% present at. all times.

Stress Management

Regulate your mood and emotions. Learn self-care techniques. Establish Mindfulness Routines.

Career Advice

Finish what you start. Be a better leader, executive, innovator, and employee/employer. Be more organized, more focused, and more present so that you an take your career to the next level.

What Are the Benefits of Executive Function Training?

Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation skills are typically developed during childhood. But because of environmental and other adverse challenges, some adults find that they are lacking (aka Executive Functioning Weakness/Deficit). But you don’t have to be resigned to struggling with these issues forever.

Your Executive Functioning Skills can be strengthened with training!

The most effective way to strengthen executive function is through personal Executive Functioning Skills coaching. Let me help you to build/strengthen the mental processes used to plan and organize, sustain attention, complete tasks, manage your emotions, problem-solve, control impulses and monitor your thoughts.

Perform better at work. Organize your possessions and priorities. Equip yourself with strategies for increasing success, meeting goals, and improving relationships.

Working with an Executive Functioning Skills Coach can lead to an improvement in remembering and retaining information, focusing longer on tasks, decreasing procrastination, completing tasks, organizing schoolwork, managing time better, and practicing thinking before acting.

Get More Done with the help of Executive Functioning Coaching

My goal is to help innovators and executives find a better work-life balance. My Executive Functioning Skills workshops and coaching sessions are designed to provide you with opportunities to reflect and grow as a professional. I can help you to unlock your inner-innovator. In just a few sessions, you will learn task management strategies that allow for solid decision-making as well as self-care techniques to help you manage stress, depression, and negative emotions.

Staying focused on priorities and completing complex projects can be two of the more demanding challenges for an executive. Chronic procrastination can lead to under-performance and depression. You can break free of Executive Dysfunction! I can give you the necessary tools that will enable you to stay focused and on-track. My goal is to quickly assess your strengths and recommend a personalized program for improving your Executive Functioning Skills. You can do this! And I can help.

Past and Present Success Stories

“Carol challenges me to stick to the things in my life that truly matter. As someone who started with lots of energy and little sense of direction, I‘m now moving ahead. The discipline she has instilled frees me to focus on my future both imaginatively and practically.”

R. J.P.


“One-on-one coaching is necessary because individuals have to be able to focus, organize themselves to be productive, carve out time to plan and vision, and to aspire to something more. Carol is uniquely qualified to do this work in organizational and corporate environments where the focus is on higher productivity based on better prepared and knowledgeable workers, managers, and executives.”

Bruce S.


“Carol‘s work helped me develop a strategy for focusing on my goals, prioritizing, and managing my time. Learning to set my own house in order and understanding of how to get to the core of what is most important helped me become a better corporate manager. I no longer dance around the issues, but instead I am empowered to make it work for me and those under me. This has created a positive transformation in the way I feel about my work, how productive I am, and how I’m viewed by senior executives, co-workers, and those on my team.”

D. J.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Executive Function Skills?

Executive Functioning Skills are the processes in the brain that direct our conscious behavior choices. Executive functioning skills enable us to connect our present choices to future consequences and outcomes. According to Harvard University, “Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.”. These processes are located primarily in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This is the last part of the brain to mature and is also one of the least understood. Neuroscience is making great strides in understanding the executive functions. Executive functioning skills are also a hot topic in neuroscience, psychology, and education. 

Executive function and self-regulation skills depend on three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. These functions are highly interrelated, and the successful application of executive function skills requires them to operate in coordination with each other.

What Are Common Symptoms of Executive Functioning Weakness or Deficit?

Potential signs can be common behaviors for any of us. After all – who hasn’t struggled with occasional procrastination or depression? But incessant difficulty with executive functions is often indicative of EFD. Signs of EFD include lack of impulse control, difficulty managing complex projects (or switching from one task to another), trouble paying attention, poor working memory, poor impulse control, a tendency toward hyperfocus, and trouble managing emotions.

What Causes Executive Functioning Weakness?

The exact cause of Executive Dysfunction isn’t entirely known. The most current understanding is that executive dysfunction is often the result of environmental factors. Nurture rather than nature. Executive functioning skills develop during the formative years and adolescence. But when children grow up in an environment lacking supportive and reliable relationships, social connection, early childcare, and educational programs the development of executive functioning skills can be impaired. Even worse, when children grow up in environments categorized by neglect, abuse, and/or violence, this can result in serious executive dysfunction weakness.

Who Can Benefit from Executive Functioning Skills Coaching?

People with executive dysfunction often have trouble balancing their self-care, family needs, and personal life with their career. I work with executives and creative-types that are struggling to manage their demands, due to ADHD or Executive Function deficits. Our clients are often tired, bored, fed up, depressed, resigned, and otherwise basically unhappy with their current state of affairs. Most of my clients are very successful academically and/or professionally, but never acquired the tools and strategies required to achieve success. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you would benefit from Executive Functioning Skills Coaching.

In my coaching sessions, I will provide the encouragement, strategies, and insight that you need to become more effective and more confident in life.

What Are the Benefits of Executive Function Skills Coaching?
  • Be more productive and organized
  • Reduce clutter and the tendency to organize by “piles”.
  • Reduce frustration and anxiety.
  • Stop procrastinating for good.
  • Target meaningful career and life goals; set realistic strategies to achieve them.
  • Increase your ability to prioritize, self-motivate, and complete projects.
  • Improve relationships (personal and professional).
  • Enhance self-respect and clarity of purpose.
  • Recognize your unique potential.

Executive Function Coaching will help you to develop specific and realistic ways to implement real and permanent change in your life.

How are ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning Related?

Executive Functioning weakness is NOT ADD/ADHD. But the two do often work hand-in-hand. That’s because most of the symptoms of ADHD (also known as ADD) are actually problems with executive function.

ADHD is a developmental impairment of executive function that can cause hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. ADHD is an official diagnosis. Executive functioning issues is not. People with executive function issues may have ADHD. However, ADHD is not the only condition that can affect executive function.

ADD and ADHD are a brain type that you are diagnosed with by a doctor. Executive Function Disorder is not.

What Does the Initial Consultation Entail?

Generally, we start with an initial consultation. This first appointment is free of charge and can be in-person or online. This initial consultation will give me a rough idea of who you are as well as your individual strengths and areas requiring development. This will be an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to start building a relationship, as well as decide if we are a good “fit”. I take a holistic approach and want to understand you as a rather than strictly focusing on the issue that is troubling you. Then, we move the process forward by developing targets and looking at the best strategies to achieve those targets. Contact me today to schedule a free 1-on-1 Consultation.

Do You Offer Coaching Online?

Absolutely! In addition to my established practices in Boston, MA and Pasadena, CA, I offer nationwide Executive Functioning Coaching and Adult ADHD coaching online. The online coaching format is more cost-effective, provides greater flexibility for scheduling, and also allows you to receive coaching when and where you like. It also allows for additional support and check-ins between sessions. I commonly use a variety of tools for online coaching, including Google Docs, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.

How Often Do You Typically Meet with Executive Coaching Clients?

For most, weekly, one-hour sessions are sufficient. This allows me to help you to plan week-by-week and deal with managing your projects, emotions, commitments, and other career/family-related situations as they arise. Some executives who are struggling with organization, planning, time management and procrastination in a work setting opt for more frequent sessions (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly or on an as-needed basis). Each client’s coaching program is completely unique and is designed to cater to your needs.

How Long Does It Take to Improve Executive Functioning Skills?

This varies greatly from person to person and depends on your learning/cognitive profile, your initial level of emotional reactivity and the nature of your Executive Functioning Skill deficit. Most of my clients need anywhere from 6-months to a year of support to improve; although some require a shorter time or only intermittent support. I typically “fade out” support whenever you start feeling more confident by dropping the frequency of sessions and will let you know when it is time to do this.

Don’t Wait Any Longer. Start Forging Your Own Path Today!

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