Find the true story within.
Let it be your guide.

Find the true story within.
Let it be your guide.

Alison Carroll Executive Coach

I don’t believe you should compromise who you are.

As your coach, I will work with you to give voice to your authentic self — to find the true story within that will guide you towards clarity, confidence, and empowerment.

Let me explain:

The internal dialogue I call the "hidden narrative"
can herald success or instill failure.

Through my years as an executive coach, I have seen over and over how that hidden narrative creates blind spots, stifles initiative and prevents us from taking charge of our most valuable asset: ourselves.

Ironically, we usually base our assumptions on a narrative that we generate from old tapes. It’s our interpretation of the hidden messages that come from our families, our culture, our upbringing that tell us: we won't measure up, that change is just too scary or difficult, that events or other people are frustrating our efforts, that we don't have enough time, enough resources, enough ability to achieve the outcomes we desire.

That hidden narrative impels us to make compromises.

Compromise is not wrong. Negotiation is all about compromise — and nothing important gets done without some form of compromise. What I mean is when we compromise our values, our integrity, and our resolve and can’t move forward to accomplish our goals.

That hidden narrative impels us to make compromises.

Compromise is not wrong. Negotiation is all about compromise — and nothing important gets done without some form of compromise. What I mean is when we compromise our values, our integrity, and our resolve and can’t move forward to accomplish our goals.

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So how do you change the old tapes and take charge of your life?

In our work together, we will uncover a narrative within that defines you in the best and most genuine way. We’ll explore how to give it a strong foundation so you can make a real impact on what you want to accomplish.

Here's what happens:

When we begin to give voice to narratives connected to our deepest desires, we start to live our lives differently — we own them. You'll discover a strong personal dynamism that comes with that ownership.

You'll also gain new perspective and be ready to embrace opportunity and launch yourself on a path that best suits who you are and what matters to you. It will take courage, honesty and a commitment to get there... and yes, some hard work on both our parts. If you're willing to put in the effort, I'm confident we can get there together.

about me

A native of Berkeley, California, I have a B.A. in Romance Languages from Harvard College, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University and translation credentials from Georgetown University. I started a business translating from French, German, Portuguese and Spanish in 1996.

In 2010, I left translation to launch a career as an executive coach after training with the Newfield Network. I am now a Newfield Certified Coach (NCC) and accredited by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

As a translator, I helped people express themselves across barriers of language, culture, business and relationships. After eight years in coaching, I rebranded as The Hidden Narrative to embrace my belief in the power of language and narratives to shape our lives.

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Alison shaped how I thought, not what I thought. … she consistently challenged me to do the heavy lifting and discover the hard lessons for myself. Learning how to think and unpack my emotions has been an invaluable skill that will be with me for the rest of my life."

- US Army officer and veteran

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