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We invite you to browse this page to learn more about the general coaching and consulting services we provide, or to click on one of the logos below to find out how our deep experience in the oil & gas and M&A markets can help your leaders and teams thrive.

What We Do

Coaching

One-on-one coaching is one of the most effective ways of improving sub-par behaviors that are preventing executives from moving to the next levels in their careers. Our coaching relationships focus on helping these leaders measurably improve in areas that they and their peers deem critical for continued growth.

Consulting

Business leaders are faced with  personnel challenges that are unique to their industry. We wear our consulting hats when a strategic approach to managing the complexities of the human side of global workforce is needed, on a range of issues relevant to a variety of industries.

Training

Training engagements include webinars, presentations, or training events and workshops, and are effective when organizations need to align employees around a common set of information. Speaking engagements are always customized to the industry and client needs.

Areas of Expertise

Communication Skills

Communication skills make and break careers. At executive levels, promotions are highly congingent on this factor alone alone.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a better indicator of leadership success than any other factor. Ignoring this is can halt your career in its tracks.

Actualized Introversion

Some of the world’s most successful leaders are introverts, but being introverted in “Type A” working environments is challenging. 

Virtual Teams

Most leaders don’t fully understand that virtual teams need to be managed very differently than co-located teams. Successfully creating and leading virtual teams is critical to the success of global organizations.

Inter-Cultural Communications

Collaborating with colleagues from other cultures is challenging and rewarding. It also can lead to miscommunications and even to serious conflict. Navigating those interactions is critical. 

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Change Management

Change management initiatives are not “nice to haves” when implementing large-scale organizational change. They are key factors in determining whether the organizational change will be successful.

"Many of the world's most admired organizations, from GE to Goldman Sachs, invest in executive coaching. Annual spending on coaching in the U.S. is estimated at roughly $1 billion."

Harvard Business Review

"Despite the huge investment that companies have made in tools, training, and thousands of books, most studies still show a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change projects — a statistic that has stayed constant from the 1970’s to the present.”

Harvard Business Review

Your Pain Points

As a senior leader, your world is complex and fluid. Your challenges are many, and affect not only you, but also your peers, direct reports, and superiors. With decades of experience under our belt, we understand what keeps you up at night, and are poised to help you overcome those struggles.

Below are a number of topics that you may have run across, or are running across now. This is not a comprehensive list of items we assist with – it represents a sample of issues to demonstrate a breadth and depth. Please contact us to discuss other leadership issues you would like to address.

Individuals
Primary Service: Leadership Coaching
Your dynamic CFO has been with the company for 25 years, but is suddenly struggling to build positive relationships with the younger rising leaders.
Theme(s): Inter-generational, communications

No matter how forward-thinking they are, many Baby Boomers and even Gen X leaders have different working styles and expecations than their younger colleagues. Unfortunately, inter-personal challenges that can be relatively easily addressed from an inter-generational lens are often undiagnosed or reduced to simple personality differences. One-on-one coaching will help individual leaders understand how their own behaviors are generationally-driven, and how to modify them for more effective collaboration. More broadly, through a combination of group coaching and training seminars, I can help your team identify and work through these issues. 

You believe that you just don’t have time to spend delegating some of your major projects to others - you cannot compromise on quality of the end product.
Theme(s): Communications, emotional intelligence

Many people assume that delegating is a pre-requisite to entering the higher corporate ranks. As easy as it sounds, however, senior-level leaders struggle delegating important work to their direct reports. This reluctance to trust in others and let go some of the control is one of many behaviors that executives demonstrate that hinder their overall effectiveness and long-term growth potentional. One-on-one coaching is highly effective at measuring, monitoring and improving this issue and others like it that keep leaders in their status quo. 

One of your North American VPs is about to spend six months leading a team in Latin America, but he has limited experience traveling outside the United States.
Theme(s): Inter-cultural, communications

Strong leadership skills are transferable, but not always naturally. The best leaders know how to adapt to their audience, but they must first learn the norms and traditions of those at their destination. Individuals who excel in some cultures and environments don’t excel in all – through individual coaching in both general communications and also country-specific cultural norms, I can prep your leaders for success no matter where their passport is taking them. 

Colleagues tell you that you are sometimes too aggressive at work, but you must be doing something right since you are so successful.
Theme(s): Emotional intelligence, communications

It is not unusual for leaders with strong, even aggressive, personalities to “get away” with behavior that negatively impacts their environment until it stifles their upward mobility. Such attitudes can be overlooked by peers and even supervisors for many years when the individual is a superstar in critical business areas. Unless the coporate culture is aggressive as a whole, eventually that behavior will become a stumbling block. Emotionally intelligent leaders understand the importance that destructive behaviors play in the workforce, and are willing to get them under control before they get out of control. Through a series of assessments and coaching, I can help you increase awareness of, and then improve, the negative behaviors that are preventing forward movement. 

Every year you ask for a promotion that you are certain you deserve, but you keep getting passed up by more junior executives.
Theme(s): Emotional intelligence, communications

In many ways, you probably do deserve a promotion. Your boss is probably well aware of those reasons, and might very much want to advance you to the next level. Your boss has probably also communicated with you the reasons you have been passed up. You may not consider them appropriate or reasonable or even “fair” – but denying them will not take you down the desired path. Through one-on-one coaching, I will help you dig deeper into the ins and outs of the situation, and help you establish a clear path to remove roadblocks and help you finally get that promotion. 

Your counterparts in Asia are such nice people, but can be difficult to work with. At this point, you would just prefer to avoid them.
Theme(s): Inter-cultural, communications

As much as many of us like to brag about working for a global company, many don’t really understand what that means from a practical standpoint. We understand intellectually that colleagues from other regions work differently than we do. When faced with actually working with them, however, we are perplexed and often even offended behaviors that are intolerable “back home.” The good news is that learning how to collaborate with your international colleagues is a lot of fun and highly rewarding. With a “when in Rome” mindset, your leadership growth opportunities will expand. Through individual coaching and training, I will help you unpackage and then overcome inter-cultural challenges, for perhaps one of the best experiences of your career. 

Your boss has told you that you won’t progress in your career until you develop better relationships with your colleagues. You don’t see why your ability to be “mushy gushy” with other executives should play a role in your advancement.
Theme(s): Emotional intelligence, communications

Behaviors are what set leaders apart. At a leadership level, skills and job knowledge start to become overshadowed by behaviors, because knowing how to “get the job done” is something you have already mastered (along with your direct reports).  The better you can play well with others, the more likeable and promotable you will be (assuming you meet your business targets and objectives, of course). Your boss is not asking you to become best friends with your peers. He or she is probably just asking you to engage in more amicable interactions with them, to lighten up the work environment and become a little more approachable. You may be the best when it comes to influencing your teams to do what you need them to do, but don’t forget the business golden rule #1: people do business with people they like. Through individual coaching, I will help you identify and then engage in opportunities to be more approachable to your peers – measuring your progress over time. 

TeaMs & Groups
Primary Services: Training, Consulting & Group Coaching
Your older leaders appreciate the energy and passion that the younger generations bring to the company, but they are also feeling slighted and somewhat disrespected by them.
Theme(s): Generational issues, communications

 Challenges with inter-generational dynamics should not be underestimated. With more generations in the workplace than any other time in history, and with digital natives working side by side with those who don’t always have a stronghold on the fast pace of technology, communications get tricky – as do working styles, expecations, and future outlooks. While not all generational stereotypes hold a lot of truth, many of them do. They are useful in helping us understand our colleagues with new respect and admiration, and help us build bridges that were unable to pinpoint as specific gaps. Through a series of training sessions and also small team coaching when needed, I will help your teams and larger groups unravel the truths and myths around inter-generational differences, and then help you use them to your organization’s advantage. 

An outside hire just joined your leadership team, and she is a terrible fit for your group and the company. Why didn’t the CEO consult with other leaders about the selection?
Theme(s): Emotional intelligence, communications

Your CEO may have considered the unilateral hiring decision efficient, but making decisions in a silo at the highest levels of the organization will more often backfire than not. Understanding his reasoning would be helpful, and getting his trusted team involved the next time might be critical. The outward situation in a case like this is often a symptom of underlying and counterproductive dynamics. Through small-group coaching and a number of personality assessments, I will help you and your executive team understand what happened, why, and how to better manage the process in the future. 

Well-coordinated attempts to increase collaboration between key leadership teams in Asia and Latin America backfired, resulting in increased tensions and stonewalling.
Theme(s): Inter-cultural, communications

Sending your leadership team to a different continent for some leadership develop and collaborating with foreign colleagues sounds like a great idea. Many times, it is, and morale and team work enjoy an upswing. Too many times, however, people assume that common courtesy and professionalism will prevail in any work setting, and therefore little cultural communication preparation is required. What people forget is that how common courtesy and professionalism are defined in one country can be very different from another country. And when those groups come together, it can get pretty ugly. I can prepare your teams to conduct business in other regions and countries, training them on topics ranging from proper introductions to meeting etiquette to social meal and interaction etiquette. 

Individuals on your team support your efforts to push positive organizational initiatives, but as a collective team, they resist the changes.
Theme(s): Change management, communications

You’ve heard that “the only constant is change” – right? It’s a cliché that is accurate, and yet most people resist change at every opportunity. Yes, there are countless motivators who try to convince their audiences to embrace change, that change is good. And many times the change is indeed positive. But regardless of the outcome of the change, most people would rather stick with the devil they know. The good news is that 1) we know that change efforts are worth the effort because the ROI on change management projects is significant, and 2) there are highly effective methodologies available to walk organizations through the entire change management process. I am partial to the Prosci ADKAR model as the industry leader, and am a certified Prosci practitioner. With many years of experience in this field, I can lead your entire team, department or organization through small and large change initiatives. 

Ever since you made your rising star project manager responsible for managing a global virtual team, his performance dropped and the team has faltered.
Theme(s): Virutal teams, communications

Effective management is a learned skill that is not transferable to all situations and environments. Your superstar project manager may excel at leading his team in a specific office, city or even region. When tasked with leading a global virtual team, however, he may be a fish out of water. The rules of successful virtual team management are very different from non-virtual teams. Managers who are not trained in their differences and thrown into the virtual environment will falter not because of their lack of talent, but because of their lack of proper training. No matter how big or small, and no matter how globally dispersed, I will help your virtual teams be founded, grown, and implemented with the tools required for success. 

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