Welcome to Selby Group. Whatever path brought you to us, I’m so glad you’re here. I want you to thrive in uncertain times, not just survive. And I want your entire organization to thrive right along with you.
We offer everything you need to achieve lasting, positive change in yourself, your leadership team, and your organization, no matter how rough the waters may be. For almost three decades I have helped top leaders overcome hurdles and change behaviors to transform organizations, become the leaders they wanted to be, and realize their dreams.
Challenges create the greatest growth opportunities of our lives. Let’s get started.
How do you develop your organization’s skills without becoming overly reliant on training? Training alone rarely produces higher performance. Consider a multi-layered strategy that incorporates training with other skill-reinforcing development activities. Download the Methods to Develop Skills chart for tips and ideas on how to create pragmatic, results-driven, and engaging development opportunities for you and your organization.
CISO extraordinaire Andy Bonillo of the Task Force 7 Radio Station had me as a guest. We covered a range of practical tips from how to handle an ineffective boss, the do’s and do not’s of leading yourself and others through challenges, the process of moving through your leadership career, and how to lead and inspire others while working remotely. Our candid interview is below.
After 10 years in organizational development and learning & development, I started Selby Group to help leaders, teams, and companies thrive in a fast-changing world. Though it wasn’t broadly accepted at the time, I could see that the long-worshiped approach of performance-driven leadership was beginning to crack. It simply didn’t mesh with changes in the culture and the shift to a global workforce. Ironically, it didn’t elicit the best performance, either.
This inspired a deep, ongoing study of how leaders can do both: get great results and build a dynamic, resilient, emotionally mature, inclusive and lasting organization. And it’s more relevant today than ever, as multiple crises and changes unsettle lives and businesses everywhere, and the remnants of old control-based leadership behaviors quickly fall apart in a world of remote and hybrid work.
I write frequently on the topics of leadership, teamwork, self-awareness, strategic thinking, communication, and organizational transformation through my blog and on LinkedIn. I continue to be both intrigued and mortified that my LinkedIn article, “How to Handle an Ineffective Boss” was the runaway hit, with over 45,000 views and counting.
I can’t say enough good things about Jennifer. Her wealth of business experience combined with her positive, compassionate and encouraging attitude make her a world-class executive coach and management consultant. I’ve had the pleasure of having Jennifer as an executive coach early in my management career at Cisco, and have greatly benefited and applied her coaching in my career. Even 13 years later, Jennifer has continued to serve as my trusted advisor and business coach. I truly value her long term partnership. She’s genuinely passionate about helping individuals around her to be the best they can be. Jennifer is an exceptional individual and I couldn't recommend anyone more highly!
I have had the privilege of working closely with Jennifer over the past several years, both at LinkedIn as well as at Airbnb. Both times, my IT organization required significant growth in order to keep up with the business’ hyper-growth. I needed assistance aligning a newly formed global team to a common set of objectives and strategies. Jennifer brought with her an incredible amount of leadership and organizational design experience within the IT space. She possesses a keen understanding of personality types and how to get each manager to work effectively at the leadership level and with their individual teams. I would not hesitate recommending Jennifer to others looking for an outstanding executive coach!
I've had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Jennifer at Cisco, LinkedIn and now Ciena. She's extremely adept in the role of team builder, IT strategist and process consultant. She's situationally aware, helps build processes, recommends ways of handling situations based on people/team types (MBTI, etc.) and is strong in assessing team strengths and weaknesses. Jennifer has been an integral extension of my leadership team helping us all be our best.
Jennifer is a dynamo, helping leaders navigate the precarious dynamics of corporations, particularly at large technology companies. Beyond direct advice, she also lives her principles out by having led corporate and non-profit groups, as well as her own business. Her positive energy combined with a keen intellect and vast subject-matter knowledge have garnered her a significant degree of credibility across professional disciplines. I personally initiated my relationship with Jennifer when I grew bored in my job. She brought the best research and insights into bear to assess what kinds of environments and dynamics support and foster a thriving and productive professional life for me. Many actionable examples from this analysis helped to support my professional journey by charting a more exciting and stimulating course that not only matches but truly exploits - in the best sense - my skills, experience and temperament.
I have known Jennifer for more than 14 years. She was asked to coach the executives in my organization to help enable better collaboration and stronger, more effective leadership skills. As a newly promoted director in Development, getting coaching from Jennifer presented an opportunity for me to quickly develop a style and set of competencies required to lead large global teams in a very fast paced, innovative environment. What’s unique about Jennifer is her ability to change/transform leadership capabilities of an organization, as well as help develop an overall strategy and execution plan meeting the unique objectives of the business. Jennifer is a very strong, capable, intuitive and effective partner for the executive teams who want to accelerate their business.
One of the things I have always appreciated about Jennifer is the sense of perspective she brings to the coaching process. Her insights enable leaders to see themselves in the way that others see them, not just how they would like to be perceived. The business impact has been to enable me to elicit higher performance from teams. This is a key skill for scaling—as she knows, something that all leaders are challenged by from time to time.
My manager brought Jennifer in to help us build a high functioning team and learn how to better communicate with each other. We ran through a variety of exercises designed to help us break down communication barriers and delve into a deeper understanding of how we function as individuals and as a team. Sessions with Jennifer have been fun and interactive and truly helped our team progress.
Jennifer is one of the top ten people that have made a difference in my life and career. Her guidance has been invaluable. Jennifer was an early pioneer of leadership behavior that is just now being recognized as spot on.
I have had the great privilege of being coached by Jennifer over the past year. I manage a unique space within LinkedIn, with a broad spectrum of personalities and learning types. Jennifer has been able to dive into this environment with great ease and confidence, providing insights that have up-leveled my effectiveness as a leader and our teams fluidity overall. Furthermore, she facilitated the most productive global leader offsite that I have been a part of in my tenure here at LinkedIn. I would recommend Jennifer without reservation to leaders at all levels looking to transform themselves and their teams.
Having attended MBTI and executive communication training with Jennifer I can safely say that this was the best organized and most valuable training I have attended in years. The excellent course planning, content, and engaging facilitation from Jennifer really helped me understand better my colleagues and how to take personality styles into account when delivering important messages to the team. I thoroughly recommend this course as an insight to workplace communications
Are you a leader in information technology, information security, cyber security, engineering, or the technology industry who is eager to achieve lasting, positive change and growth in yourself, your leadership team, and your organization? If so, contact us today to find out how we can help you!