We work with senior leaders in early stage high growth companies.

We start by gaining a clear understanding of our client's needs, challenges, and organizational culture. We're keen listeners, we create and use assessment tools that are practical and relevant, and we use proven, effective methods.

We diagnose root causes, then develop and implement solutions through individual and team coaching, org structure and process changes, and training. Our team of coaches, facilitators, and consultants deliver effective solutions and support. We track all of our services to ensure milestones and objectives are met.

There are many solutions to developing people and teams, addressing skill gaps, and effecting positive change. We partner closely with our clients to find the best solutions.

The best solutions drive the achievement of strategic goals and cultural alignment, including: Executive Coaching that improves the leadership effectiveness of individuals; Team Coaching that accelerates teams to a high performing state and aligns team values; Programs that close skill gaps and shift norms toward greater organizational effectiveness and engagement.

Here are some examples of recent engagements:

   Coached the CEO of an early stage start-up to develop greater influence and interpersonal effectiveness, particularly with investors and the Board of Directors. The CEO subsequently engaged us to work with his entire leadership team, and a Board member engaged us to work with another portfolio company.

   Assessed the leadership development needs of a rapidly growing division within a Fortune 50 company. Designed a highly successful experiential program that improved leadership, management, and cross-functional collaboration. The executive team and multiple other management cohorts have graduated from this multi-month program. Others are queued to follow. The program combines experiential workshops, individual coaching, and group dynamics facilitation.

   The CEO of a venture backed technology start-up requested coaching and facilitation help with the executive team. Functional groups were self-isolated (aka siloed), conflicts were frequently unresolved, and senior execs were acting independently, lacking alignment. We observed several executive staff and strategy development meetings and identified unproductive dynamics, then coached the CEO and facilitated the executive team toward high performing group and interpersonal effectiveness.

   The CFO of a technology start-up with approximately 50 employees asked us for facilitation help within her Finance department. The team was nearly paralyzed by frequent and often unresolved conflicts. After interviewing most of the Finance team, we facilitated and coached the CFO, a director, and a manager through a process of constructive feedback and conflict resolution. The facilitation and coaching resulted in numerous insights and improvements, improved conflict management going forward, and made a more effective and cohesive Finance team.

   We created and delivered a program to reintegrate two siloed groups within one of the Bay Area’s largest Independent Physician Associations to improve organizational communication skills and develop the entire leadership team. The program consisted of facilitation, training, and coaching of all C-level executives. We guided the strategy development for this organization as the Affordable Care Act was passed into law. We worked with the Board of Directors to develop a new strategic plan that took advantage of significant health law changes. We designed and implemented an eight-week strategy development process, culminating in a three-day Board retreat. Outcomes included vision and mission statements, a prioritized list of quantified strategic objectives, leaders and teams assigned to each strategic objective, and a detailed plan for executing the strategy.

   The senior leadership of a National Laboratory with over 1500 employees requested communications training for its entire management team. We designed and delivered a highly customized workshop that addressed these needs. Attendance was over 80 percent and expectations were exceeded by the vast majority of participants—exceptional results in light of the fact that the training was mandatory.

   The CEO and head of HR of a Bay Area technology company asked us to design and deliver a leadership program tailored to the needs of its executive team. The program consisted of four workshops covering effective communication, feedback, influence, and team dynamics. Coaching was interleaved throughout the eight-week program to enhance individualized learning and application of the concepts. In addition to the executive team, two additional cohorts of managers finished the program, with all teams reporting high levels of impact and satisfaction. The company now has all of their managers participating in this leadership program and has made it part of new manager training.