Meet Executive Career Coach, Stuart Meyer
As an executive career coach, I draw on 15 years of corporate experience and 20 years of coaching. I work with leaders at two critical stages in their career: accelerating their career transitions, and accelerating the development of their leadership and management skills, to succeed in their current role and prepare them for their next position.
I’ve successfully coached hundreds of executives through career transitions, including CEOs, CFOs, VPs and Directors especially in marketing and technology fields. I wrote The Aligned Career Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Landing Your Next Great Position. My coaching process includes assessing your strengths and interests, identifying your best-fit roles, preparing you for the job search, and assisting you with resume writing, networking, interviewing, negotiating and onboarding. I provide career transition services to organizations as well as working with leaders independently.
In coaching leaders, my focus is on helping you accelerate the development of both your leadership and management skills. I help assess your strengths and areas for improvement, assist in creating a development plan, and provide on-going coaching, encouragement, and accountability to help you become a more effective leader in your organization.
My career transition clients are senior leaders who either want to change jobs or find themselves recently out of a job. They are generally Director, VP or C-level leaders, across a broad range of professions and industries. Recent clients have been in Sales, Marketing, Operations, Business Development, Finance, General Counsel, and Engineering.
In addition to working with individuals, I work with corporate clients, providing both Outplacement and Executive Coaching. Clients have included Apple, Google, Salesforce.com, the San Francisco Giants, Bentall Kennedy, Lithia Motors, Harry & David and many small to medium-sized companies and non-profit organizations.
- Co-Founder of the Workpath Group, a global leadership development organization, coaching executives and managing a network of over 100 coaches worldwide.
- Vice President of Organizational Consulting for Right Management Consultants, coaching hundreds of executives through career transitions.
- Manager in Corporate Development at Apple, working on corporate strategy, technology licensing and divestitures.
- Director of Product Marketing at Xiox Corporation, managing sales channels, marketing communications and telemarketing sales.
- Accounting and Finance roles at Genentech, Xiox Corporation and Fafco Solar Heating.
Education and Training
- MBA in High Tech Marketing and Bachelor’s in Political Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
- Advanced Coaching Program with the Coaches Training Institute.
- Certified to consult with the Birkman, Myers-Briggs, and Korn Ferry instruments.
I've served on the boards of several companies and non-profit organizations, including RidePal, Pacific Peninsula Group, MetricTest, Community Works and ScienceWorks Museum.
I divide my time between working in the San Francisco Bay Area and living and working in Southern Oregon, where I enjoy skiing, trail running and the many cultural treasures, like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I also work with many clients remotely throughout the United States.
When I’m not guiding executives through career transitions, I can be found periodically leading groups on a trek in the Annapurna range of Nepal. Guiding a career transition or leadership development program is actually a lot like guiding a trek in the Himalayas; it requires knowing the route thoroughly, providing all the necessary resources, being prepared for the unexpected and providing constant support along the way. Here’s our group in 2017, after watching the sun rise over the Himalayan range.
Sometimes, we encounter challenges on the trek. Knowing the route is critical to reaching the destination, especially in a white-out snowstorm and 0°F temperatures. Here I'm bringing the group into Annapurna Base Camp at 13,500’.
When I lead a trek in Nepal, I take very seriously the responsibility to guide those in my care to safely and successfully reach our destination.
I take just as seriously my responsibility to those I coach on their career journey, that they reach their goal, and enjoy the journey as well!
Lessons From My Own Career Journey
I hit the job market after college, during the previous Great Recession of 1981. I used the familiar ‘shot gun’ approach - applying to job postings in the newspaper, sending out dozens of resumes and cover letters every week. For months. No offers. Then I learned my first lesson: your network is your greatest tool. A friend mentioned that she was about to hire an Accounting Clerk, and did I want to apply? My resume went to the top of the stack of candidates, and I got the job.
My next stop was Genentech, to lead my first team of 10 accountants. No management training, no coaching, no mentoring. You can imagine how well that turned out. The lesson here: managing and leading doesn’t always come naturally, it takes professional development.
After a battering experience at Genentech, it was great to be in a supportive environment at Xiox. I’d been in accounting for 5 years, and though I was good at it, I didn’t really enjoy it. I figured out what I enjoyed, moved into Marketing, and realized my next lesson: find the intersection of what you’re good at and what you enjoy, and you’ll be far more successful. 18 months later, I was selected Employee of the Year.
During my MBA program, I landed a summer internship at Palm Computing. They were competing with Apple to launch the first successful PDA. Apple was the Goliath in the market, and Palm was all of 23 employees at the time. Who was going to win this war – Palm, a barely-funded start-up, or Apple, which had tens of millions to invest? After graduating, I accepted a job at Apple. When PDA sales struggled, Apple let the Newton die, while Palm kept fighting, and grew to become the dominant market leader within a few years. Lesson learned: always bet on the David who's survival is at stake, than the Goliath who barely notices if their ancillary initiative doesn’t succeed.
So, again using my network, I got an interview with the Apple's Corporate Development group. Only problem was – my background was with PCs, not Macs, I came from the software world, not the hardware world, and I came from the tech industry, not consulting, like everyone else in the group. So I learned my next lesson: turn your weaknesses into strengths. I positioned myself as bringing a different perspective to their team. It worked, and I got the job.
After three years at Apple, I realized what I really enjoyed was helping people be successful in their careers. The field of executive coaching was starting to grow, and I identified my target company, Right Management Consulting. I contacted them, even though there wasn't a job posting. After several meetings, they created a position for me. Lesson learned: go after your target organizations, and find or create an job opportunity.