CAREER COACHING ENDORSEMENTS
Steve O'Connell, former CFO, Lenox Corporation
“Stuart’s advice and good counsel was very helpful in making sure I left my company gracefully and made the right decisions during my transition; he also helped me keep a positive, up-beat attitude – which, looking back, made a big difference once I transitioned into a new position. One of the key benefits of working with Stuart was his consistent availability and his prompt responses and feedback whenever I had questions or the need for his input. Stuart treated me like a partner and there were no egos involved even though he was clearly leading the way as he gave me well-considered advice, direction and feedback.“
Mike Rudolph, Chief Marketing Officer, Choose Energy
“While my recent career transition was an exciting prospect, it was also a scary one. The advice, tools, and support I received from Stuart gave me a clear roadmap for the journey. Working with Stuart sharpened my focus, boosted my confidence, and made my ultimate success inevitable. And it was fun!”
Mark Pertschuk, Consulting Attorney and Project Director in public health
“I'm an unusual client for Stuart in that I am a nonprofit leader and public health consultant. During a transition period from serving as a senior manager in a nonprofit to becoming a consultant and project manager, Stuart was indispensable in helping me define my goals and develop a successful second career. He was available, knowledgeable, flexible, and fair in his own business practices. I can recommend him without any reservations.”
Michael Freeman, former Vice President, Corporate Compliance, Harry & David
“I worked with Stuart over the course of 8 months after I departed Harry & David. He is an outstanding Executive Coach who worked with me through the transition process providing invaluable advice, feedback and support. While it’s up to me to do the work, Stuart was always available with insights and advice to get me into my next position. Can’t thank him enough.”
Cindy Jasper, Project Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from Stuart’s coaching during my most recent job search. As a result of his guidance and expertise, I completely changed the focus and approach of my search and ended up in a position that will be an excellent, long term fit for my interests, values and lifestyle. I could not be happier with the entire process and the result. I highly recommend his services to anyone interested in re-evaluating or making a change to their career.”
EXECUTIVE COACHING ENDORSEMENTS
Lydia Tan, Senior Vice President and Head of Development, Bentall Kennedy
“I've worked with Stuart for over a decade in a number of different capacities; including, executive coach and career transition coach. Stuart is very good at what he does. His approach is direct, comprehensive and results oriented. If you need world-class executive coach/organizational consultant, then Stuart is the right choice.”
Jeff DeBoer, former CFO of Lithia Motors
“Having hired Stuart for multiple projects over the past five years as CFO of Lithia Motors, I can say with confidence that he is a consummate professional who knows how to achieve results. His organizational and communication skills are top notch and his resourcefulness in getting exactly the right information in front of key decision makers is unrivaled. For anyone looking for a career coach or management consultant, I offer my highest recommendation to Stuart.”
Ken Kingery, Founder and Director of Sales, Mosaic Corporation
“The actual part of the coaching that was most valuable to me was the objective feedback to me about what I might be choosing to do that would be sub-optimal. Some specific coaching was around how to handle relations with a boss whose style differs from my style to a considerable degree. This has made a world of difference to the degree today that she and I have a very good working relationship. Finally, the planning tool helped me focus on all of the elements that comprise success in the first few months of a new job. THANKS!”
Is My Age Going to Limit My Job Search?
- Challenge: Rick's company had performed well for years, but when they hit a bump in the road, the investors changed out the entire senior management team. At 59 years old, Rick's first question was, “Am I too old to land another great corporate job?”
- Actions We Took: We determined that his best positioning was to capitalize on his age by emphasizing his experience - that not only could he handle their current role, but that he had the experience they would need as the company continued to grow rapidly. He also emphasized his energy and enthusiasm, eliminating any thoughts they might have about his age.
- Results: Rick went into the interviews able to talk confidently about his accomplishments, quickly built rapport with the other senior team members, and conveyed his energy. 58 days after our first meeting, he accepted a C-level job with a young, fast-growing start-up.
Can You Change Careers at Midlife?
- Challenge: Mark’s last role wasn’t a good fit, and he wanted to find a role that was more aligned with his strengths and interests.
- Actions We Took: We used several assessments to determine his strongest interests, greatest strengths, motivators and career values. Mark identified a strong desire to help others achieve financial peace of mind by managing their investments. We identified target opportunities, prepared to interview confidently, and negotiated a great offer;
- Results: Mark identified a premier investment advisory firm, and approached them about a Financial Advisor position. They had recently lost a key advisor in his region, and hired Mark to fill the position, before the job posting hit the market.
Where Are You One in a Thousand?
- Challenge: Before working together, Dave was trying to be the ‘Jack of all Trades’ with his resume and LinkedIn profile. He was getting few interviews and no offers.
- Actions We Took: Normally I ask, "What are you one-in-a-thousand at?". The more unique your qualifications, the more someone will value your specialization. After reviewing Dave's bio, I asked him what he was ‘one in 10 million” at. He looked at me like I was crazy, and said, “Nothing!” I pointed out that he had been a key player on a World Championship sports team, that only about one in 10 million people have had that experience, and know what it takes to really create a best-in-the-world team.
- Results: Dave focused his job search on organizations that truly wanted to be world-class, and were willing to invest in that goal. He soon landed a job helping a US Olympic team to do just that, and now has a rewarding career working with other teams and organizations that want to be the absolute best in their field.
Is Networking Really That Important?
- Challenge: Jason's company was acquired, and his now-redundant VP role was eliminated. Jason had enjoyed managing several functions, and wanted a similar, somewhat unique operational role.
- Actions We Took: Knowing he was looking for an unusual role, we focused his strategy on using his network to reach deep into his target industry. At each networking meeting, he asked for referrals and introductions to others in that person's network.
- Results: One of his networking meetings was with a 5th degree of separation from someone in his network, and they had a need for someone with his broad range of experience. Because he fit their need, the position was never posted, and he was hired after a short interview process.
Who Values Your Unique Qualifications?
- Challenge: Sara was re-entering the workforce after an eight year hiatus raising her family. She had been looking for administrative jobs for several months, with no success. She was discouraged and the job search was beginning to feel hopeless.
- Actions We Took: In assessing Sara's strengths and experience, we discovered that she had a unique set of experience in project management, event planning, financial management and property management. I asked the question, Who values these skills, and will pay you a premium to do them, and the answer was – high net worth families looking for an Estate Manager.
- Results: We created a LinkedIn profile specifically aimed at this extremely small market, and six days later she was contacted by a recruiter representing a family. She interviewed confidently, and accepted a job offer making 50% more than the positions she was originally targeting.