Stakeholder-centered coaching is your guaranteed path to growth. With Stakeholder-Centered Coaching, your success is not defined by you or by me. It’s defined as a measurable positive change in pre-selected leadership behaviors determined by key stakeholders invested in your development.
In short, we’re not done until your stakeholders say we are.
This process begins with a 360-degree assessment, but that’s just the beginning. During our time working together, you will receive periodic feedback on your progress from your stakeholders, and we will adjust your development plan in real time based on their input.
You bring your courage, humility, persistence, and determination. I’ll bring an extensive set of practical frameworks, life-tested approaches, and cutting edge knowledge to help you become the leader you want to be.
You know your leadership-development goals. You’ve already received extensive, high-quality feedback. But personal insights are only 20% of the development game. Implementation is the other 80%, and it’s exponentially harder. If this is your situation, our Accountability Partnership Coaching may be the best fit for you.
As with our Stakeholder-Centered Coaching program, you bring your courage, humility, persistence, and determination, and I’ll bring an extensive toolkit to help you become the leader you want to be.
This partnership can be for a designated time frame or aligned with the timetable for a large-scale organizational change or an upcoming opportunity for promotion.
It’s lonely at the top. Sometimes all you need is the right outside person to listen, help shape your thinking or guide you to a better decision. I will provide guidance and insight via regular meetings and ad hoc calls between meetings.
Our advisory partnership can be as short as one quarter, ongoing, or a customized timetable aligned with a large-scale change.
Bringing your leadership team together every 4–6 months provides a focused and uninterrupted opportunity to step back, and identify your business, organizational, and technology strategy, assess your progress and determine the next steps.
I collaborate with you to design an agenda specific to your goals, and then to facilitate your virtual meeting to achieve your objectives, prevent zoom fatigue, optimize everyone’s thinking and participation, and make the time fly.
Is your leadership team optimized for success? Team building is more than just hosting zoom happy hours. Through off-sites ranging from a half day to three days, we deep dive deep into your team’s personal motivations, hidden dynamics, influence, and collaboration, and walk away with clarity on next steps and a plan to create lasting, positive behavioral change.
Leadership team building can also be added to a Business, Organizational, or Technology Strategy off-site to enrich the experience and build a foundation for group and individual development planning.
Chiefs of Staff and organizational development managers at times are called upon to facilitate high-stakes leadership team off-sites. The challenges are twofold: facilitation is a complex skill and effective meeting designs for a virtual world have almost nothing in common with the more familiar in-person meeting design.
If you would like to talk with me about co-designing your leadership team meeting or coaching you to be ready to facilitate, please press the button below.
Topic areas for workshops, presentations, and learning pods are based on our most widely-requested subjects and include:
I offer each topic in three forms, depending on the level of depth and enduring results you are seeking:
Why is it so hard to create a world-class technical organization and gain the complete trust of business leaders? Is it because technology changes so quickly, disrupting entire markets and systems overnight? Or is it because most technical leaders do not have ready access to the business relationships and points of view that their peers in marketing, finance, and sales develop naturally through their career paths?
It’s time to take a seat at the table and drive the business value that you know you’re capable of.
I offer a life-tested process, honed over years of working with some of the finest technology and business leaders in the world. I’ve captured this process in my upcoming book, The New IT Leader: How to Stop Taking Orders and Start Transforming the Business.
In our work together, we’ll go beyond the book to dive deep into your unique situation. The process launches with our Seven Critical Skills assessment and a two-day virtual off-site.
Your resulting Business Impact Blueprint details exactly where you need to focus to break through the barriers holding you back.
You’ll leave our session with exciting insights about your leadership team and a prioritized plan to build key strategic relationships and navigate all-important business, organizational, and leadership decisions with confidence.
I will continue to work with you as your advisory and accountability partner for three months, when we reconvene the team to assess progress and plan next steps.
This program can also be customized to align with your company’s planning process.
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