Greetings and salutations! I’m curious…

What if I said the things you think are impossible today are actually possible and one day soon you’ll look back and think ‘Wow! I did that.’

If making the impossible possible appeals to you, it’s official – we may be twins! Because if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s this: no matter what ‘impossible’ is for you – achieving it is the single best feeling in the world.

Like many people who grew up in an immigrant family, I saw my share of trials. Being terribly shy was one. Attempting to do Dad’s bookkeeping at age 11 was another (oy vey). But the conflicting feelings I got from hearing mom try to sell ‘a 2-bedroom condom’ as a new realtor? That’s the memory that makes me belly-laugh. 

Here are some more examples of things that seemed impossible to me (you might be able to relate):

  • Blazing a trail for the coaching profession, which was almost completely unknown, and very foreign to everyone in the year 2000. Helping coaches understand how to mix 1-on-1 coaching with leveraged offerings – what I call Multiple Streams of Coaching Income in my first book – was a game changer for many. (Hi, time freedom! Nice to meet you.)
  • Calling a stop to an unproductive multi-million dollar meeting of 20+ people in India. (I felt sad for the creator of the slide deck, but that meeting was waay off track and I had to speak up. Formerly shy Andrea will always be proud of this one.)
  • Shaping a new occupational category called Online Business Management where there was nothing before. Oh, the R-E-L-I-E-F to business owners everywhere who no longer have to manage everything and the kitchen sink.
  • Teaching groundbreaking and controversial tools like the Self-Coaching Method, and Stone Mapping™ to address internalized oppression, post-capitalist life, climate change and other topics to do with power. (If you have original content in you, I’m here to say – you can get it out in the world. #promise)
  • And on a more personal level, with a lot of support, I can say I’ve broken a generational cycle of emotional abuse. This translates into global activism that gives my life so much meaning. Whew. #IAmBlessed

What’s your impossible? Whether it’s big or small, perfectly clear or still hazy to you right now, can I let you in on a little secret? We can make it happen. 

“Andrea is a unique combination of philosopher with a business brain. There are not very many of those animals around. She knows how to do the stuff that no one can put into words and she knows how to make money from it.”

- Indrani Goradia, Founder, RAFTcares.org

Of course, the universe has a sense of humour so my upbringing comes in handy.

I’ve taken my experience achieving the impossible and – like a dog with a bone – applied that passion and stubbornness to help clients achieve their most formidable dreams.

Over 20 years ago, I founded Thought Partners International (TPI), a boutique coaching, training and writing business. Its focus? To support brave, caring people who want to change the culture we live in.

In a sea of other companies, TPI is fierce about harnessing emotions as fuel for action. In my view, we don’t get mad enough about the things that aren’t working in the world, and I want to help you channel that energy into changing what you care about the most.

You can read more in my books, Multiple Streams of Coaching Income; Money, Meaning and Beyond; and We Need to Talk: Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations. Or, listen to one of the podcast interviews below.

Today, from an island of fewer than 1200 people, I deliver microclasses, supervise coaches and trainers, and offer actionable reality checks to 1-on-1 coaching clients. Over the years, I’ve particularly appreciated the camaraderie that inevitably accumulates working with repeat and referred clients. #community

Want aligned business building, excellent emotional hygiene, better leadership and the rewards that come from that? Working with me may be your jam.

“Part cheerleader, muse, catalyst, thought partner and friend, Andrea J Lee is like having a CEO in your pocket.”

- Paula Rizzo, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Media Consultant and Author of Listful Living

Need Help CommunicaTING When Things are TENSE? I got yOU.

What to Say and How to Say It, When You Want to Be Powerful AND Kind

Here’s your free Challenging Conversation Checklist for smart humans (including 6 things to avoid, so you can say a giant “Phew!”)

“To be honest, when I first met you, I thought, ‘Oh nooooo, this is going to be really boring.’

To my surprise, you grew on me. You’re not boring, actually. You’re unexpected.” 

name withheld to protect the innocent

Wait a sec, did you say “not boring?Stop! I’m blushing. 😉

If you’d told young Andrea that as an adult, she’d feel underestimated and misunderstood, and that she’d make a fabulous career out of proving people wrong about her, she’d have thought you were macadamia nuts. But it’s true.

Some of my favourite work has been helping exceptional clients disrupt the status quo, rage against the machine, use their privilege well, and enjoy the heck out of life. Every day I’m bowled-over excited about this work, yet calm and deeply determined. That’s exactly how I like it. My wish for you is your version of lit up like this.

Curious about other milestones from over the years? Click on the arrows to see more snippets from behind-the-scenes.

1989
McGill Alumni
McGill Alumni
McGill’s alumni group awarded Andrea a Scarlet Key for service beyond the call of duty – for her help evacuating a class from Hangzhou during Tiananmen Square.
1992-1993
Jet Programme Canada
Jet Programme Canada
Andrea and her hubby Mike met in Japan, and were engaged in 6 weeks. 20+ years later, it’s been hard, but very worth it. (Hint: you really can stop the abuse cycle.)
1999-2001
Eureka Recruitment
Eureka Recruitment
Andrea’s first business had her favourite logo. Hiring and building teams is still one of her strengths — nothing grows without people…
2001-2002
The Graduate School of Coaching
The Graduate School of Coaching
The first of its kind, devoted to improving the quality of coaching worldwide, for seasoned coaches, the GSC went from 0 to over 2000 coaches in less than 6 months. It was an amazing time to be COO.
2003
Multiple Streams of Coaching Income
Multiple Streams of Coaching Income
Back in 2003, the idea that coaches could have streams of income other than private coaching was unheard of, believe it or not. This book pressed the reset button.
2003 – present
Speaking
Speaking
Teaching and speaking is one of Andrea’s favourite activities… make sure to invite her the next time you need a speaker with emotional punch.
2005
Pink Spoon Marketing
Pink Spoon Marketing
This information product helped 1000s of coaches see how generosity could be at the heart of a business. It used an ice cream metaphor, to make the learning delicious.
2006
How to Coach Anyone
How to Coach Anyone
Thomas Leonard, known widely as the father of professional coaching, was Andrea’s first coach. Andrea was Thomas’ last General Manager. This is his best coaching book..
2008
The Coaching Commons
The Coaching Commons
What a pleasure it was to help with this forward-thinking coaching journalism project, funded by the Harnisch Foundation.
2010-2016
Wealthy Thought Leader
Wealthy Thought Leader | AndreaJLee.com
Andrea’s favourite business coaching brand, Wealthy Thought Leader was a 6-7 figure training and coaching company focused on income through innovation. It also included clown noses, in-person events, & visits from owls.
2011
Your Event Without Borders
Your Event Without Borders
Before livestream events were cool, Andrea pioneered one at the first Wealthy Thought Leader event and then started a company to help others do it! Yes, it took a lot of explaining at first, but it sure is popular now.
2012-2013
Oceanside English Academy
Oceanside English Academy
For a short while, Mike and Andrea ran an ESL school that they bought on Craigslist. The students were such a joy! But the business failed. Lots of great lessons.
2013
Taiwan
Taiwan
Andrea is unapologetically Taiwanese-Canadian, born in Ottawa, and loves her Bubble Tea (a Taiwanese invention.) She speaks Mandarin, Japanese and a little Taiwanese. Her last visit with Mike was in 2013.
2014-2016
Indranis Light Foundation
Indranis Light Foundation
As Director of Strategic Growth, Andrea helped Indrani’s philanthropy find its footing. ILF is now a key player on the path to ending gender violence.
2016
We Need to Talk
We Need to Talk
Are you someone who’d love to be better at challenging conversations? This book has templates, samples and guidance and is available here.
2018
Upworthy
Upworthy
In this video, Andrea shared about when she knew she needed to change her abusive behavior. The video garnered over 2 million views within a few short months.
2018
Washington Post
Washington Post
Titled “I verbally abused my husband. Here’s how I stopped.” Andrea shares her perspective on healing abuse from the abuser’s side of the story.
2018
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Andrea’s work on emotional abuse and redeemable abusers got its start here, where she was invited to present her first talk in this new area.
2018
Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University is not just where Andrea’s pursuing her graduate studies, it’s also where Professor Xavier taught the X-men!
2019
Women Talk Keynote
Women Talk Keynote
The first “We Can Stop Being Abusive” presentation happens live in front of 75 powerful women. It was a long-awaited and much-prepared for delight and honour. A new chapter begins!
2019
Power of Coaching Live
Power of Coaching Live
In April 2019 Andrea hosted an event unlike any other; focused on advanced coaching skills, cultural contexts and trends, and innovation in coaching.
2020
Celebrating 50
Celebrating 50
Hard to believe, but in 2020, Andrea turned the big 5-0 AND she and Mike celebrated 25 years of marriage. It hasn’t always been easy, but it was definitely a celebration this year!
2021
Thesis completion time
Thesis completion time
This is the year Andrea completes her Master’s Thesis in Interdisciplinary Studies and completes her degree! It looks like November will be the month of her Oral defence. Just a little bit longer to go.

But Andrea, you said you’d tell us about the honeybees in your yard. What about them?

Ah yes! The beehive outside our door. My hubby Mike takes care of them for us and they’re the source of so much joy. In them, I see what’s possible for humans. Steady purpose no matter what the weather, masterful collaboration, and sweetness to name a few. They’re like an extension of our family and I often visit them between coaching calls. 

Chances are you know that bees can smell fear (thank you, Jerry McGuire) but did you know that honey is indestructible? I hope that some of the work we humans do is equally long-lasting and good for the planet. Maybe it is. Maybe you and I will work on that together.

Other fun facts you didn’t ask for, in addition to communing with bees, I’m also…

  • A language geek – I speak two of the world’s hardest, albeit only at a High School level. I attended Chinese school on Saturdays for most of elementary school, worked for the Japanese government for 3 years and was once dubbed an honorary Brooklyn Jew for my use of bupkis in a presentation (such an honour!) Sometimes a word from another language is the only way to get something across, and bupkis is one of those.
  • Married to a trained chef. Yes, I’m suuuper pampered! And this proximity to food also means I use food-related coaching metaphors on the regular. Example? How can you create a lucrative new income stream by following the inspiration of ‘peanut butter and chocolate’ or write something passionate and beautiful based on the grit in your oyster (the thing that irritates you day after day?) 
  • Promiscuous with hobbies. A life without something new in it is far too Eeyore to bear. These days it’s piano, drawing, astrology, Sci-Fi Fantasy books, Stand-up Paddleboarding, and getting a Master’s degree (yes I just called that a hobby.) Like where two ocean currents meet to create high levels of biodiversity, I’m happiest when I’m mixing it up!

If you’re done waiting for real change to happen, have had enough of going it alone, and are ready for a different perspective:

“I don’t know if you’re all really grokking the value of what Andrea’s teaching. 

It’s really difficult to find someone who will tell you the truth about what’s really happening behind the scenes of online business and income streams, including what’s working AND what’s not working.”

- David Goldsmith, MCC, Executive Director, 7 paths forward

Ready to go from impossible to possible, and from possible to reality?

May this moment be a crack in the door for you.
Let’s open it wide, and welcome you through.