I got into coaching when my fellow graduate student did something remarkable.

In the span of six months, she had a baby, successfully defended a prize-winning dissertation, and landed a tenure track position at the liberal arts college of her dreams. On top of that she seemed well rested, calm and happy. Exasperated with my constant feelings of being overwhelmed, I called her up.

It turned out she had started working with a coach.

I immediately made an appointment.  Over the course of our sessions, my coach taught me concrete ways I could set priorities, streamline my work, and increase my productivity. She also helped me figure out what I actually wanted.

Within the year, I was a successful Ph.D. with an exciting postdoctoral position lined up. And I was happier, more relaxed and efficient than I had ever been.

In the aftermath of working with my coach, I become obsessed with the essential. I wanted to learn everything I could about how to free up my time, my energy, my money and my creativity for the things that actually matter to me. The question became,

how do I recognize what is essential, separate it from the flotsam all around it, and cultivate it?

Today I work with people who are impatient with waste—wasted time, wasted effort, and wasted money. They are ready to do the necessary work to get rid of the junk, the noise, and the clutter. My clients are professionals who want a life of essentialism.

I want to help you go where you want to go, to guide you as you become more efficient, more disciplined, husbanding your energy and warding off entropy as you move with purpose through your personal and professional life.

Let’s free up space and declutter your life and your profession!


Who is Djahane?

I love quality in all things. Quality work, quality products, quality of life. I am intolerant of waste, of junk, of disposable and breakable things, of distractions, of ephemeral satisfaction, of efforts that lead to dead ends instead of new horizons.

I believe quality is the mother of right actions and real progress.

I find joy in helping my clients elevate quality in their lives, and I find fulfillment in helping them cultivate the essential.

I use my rigorous training, analytical skills, and unfaltering attention to help my clients maximize their gains.


education & Training

I received my B.A. from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. I trained at Mentor Coach, a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. I have taught and worked as a researcher at some of the world's top universities. My research has been supported by a number of prestigious research grants including funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), and The Berlin Program for Advanced European Studies, as well as a number of other competitive grants and awards. As a coach, I never stray far from  my academic roots. By training and by choice I always stay abreast of the latest research on habit formation, wellness, organizational development, leadership and productivity.


Where is Djahane From?

Djahane Banoo literally means “Lady of the world.” My parents somehow anticipated my global perspective. I was born into a German-Iranian household in Canada and have lived in the U.S., Switzerland and Germany. I'm fluent in English, German, French and Farsi.  My husband is Swedish and Swiss and grew up in Sweden, Japan and the U.S. Our children have a claim on six citizenships. My husband and I have traveled the world and experienced many cultures and ways of doing things.

My global upbringing, both by birth and by choice, affords me a unique perspective. Many of my clients have commented on how helpful it is that I can help them see their situation from multiple vantage points and free them from their usual ways of thinking.