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Garrison Leykam, PhD

Certified Business Coach (Expert Level) and Certified Career Coach at Garrison Leykam

Farmington, CT, United States

5250 Followers

Garrison has had a highly-successful corporate career in businesses ranging from $2.5M to $34.7B with 25+ years of experience driving business performance, enhancing corporate valuation, and delivering superior ROI.

- PhD in Marketing, MA in Psychology
- Certified Business Coach (Expert Level)
- Forbes contributor
- Business Coach, Amazon
- Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Résumé Writer (CPRW), Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), Certified Life Coach (Expert Level)
- LinkedIn profile in Top 25 MA, PhD profiles in U.S. and in 4% of LinkedIn members deemed a Super Connector
- Author, Audacious at Any Age (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) from Palace Theater presentation
- Author, Design You (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)
- Commended by Governor of CT for attempting summit of Mt. McKinley (20,310-feet)
- Featured in MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles with Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, Keith Urban, Peter Fonda, Tom Arnold, Journey, Rush, Foreigner
- Motorcycle trip across Egypt featured in New York Rider magazine
- Fully-equipped home office and expertise utilizing online communication, training, and coaching tools.

CAREER REINVENTION EXPERT
- Senior leader with MCI Telecommunications, Grand Circle Travel, and DSL.net.
- Team building consultant to New York Islanders (NHL)
- Producer, engineer, and A&R exec for industry giant London Records
- President of indie record label and TV production company
- Producer of legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner and Greezy Wheels (Austin Music Hall of Fame)
- Featured on ESPN2’s “Extreme Magazine” TV series
- Performed at CBGBs (NYC's famed venue of punk/new wave) and Nashville's Bluebird Cafe (world's preeminent listening room).
- Performed standup at NYC's iconic Gotham Comedy Club
- AM-News Talk radio Host/Producer for WSTC/WNLK (50k+ listeners)
- Host/Producer "DINERS" for Connecticut Public Television (21M+ viewers, 1.8M+ global podcast listens)
- Author, Classic Diners of Connecticut (History Press)
- Host/Producer TV documentary "Comic on a Half Shell" and TV pilot "Backtrack America"

Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, University of New Haven, and Asnuntuck Community College

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Hartford, CT
Speaking Topics: Career Reinvention (2nd Acts), Career Searching During COVID-19, Protecting Your Business from COVID-19

Speaking Fee $2,200

Personal Speaking Website: garrisonleykamphd.com
Garrison Leykam, PhDPoints
Academic60
Author139
Influencer77
Speaker22
Entrepreneur60
Total358

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Career Searching During COVID-19

In Covid-19 times, there are 200,000 reasons for job market cheer. Over 200,000 jobs have been advertised by a range of employers in the past four weeks, and over 25% of these were posted last week. The key is knowing how and where to look. Garrison shows his audience how in Career Searching During COVID-19

Audacious at Any Age: Second Act Strategies from a Career Chameleon

Garrison Leykam doesn’t just believe that everyone is capable of creating their own second act careers. This AARP card-carrying motorcyclist and “career chameleon” has proved it himself many times over. Garrison has been a successful record producer for industry giant London Records, performed as a singer-songwriter at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café and CBGBs, president of his own record label, held leadership positions at major corporations, been an AM radio news-talk personality, a stand-up comic at NYC’s legendary Gotham Comedy Club, and a documentary host and producer for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). In Audacious at Any Age, Garrison shares his career reinvention lessons learned and motivates his audience to find and follow their own dreams no matter what their age.

Tips for Adding a Visumé to Your Job Search Branding Package

Video resumes aka visumés are taking on new popularity and may be just what you need to differentiate yourself from the competition. Garrison show his audience how to create great visumés that can showcase them in ways a resume and cover letter can't.

Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Certified Business Coach (Expert Level), Certified Career Coach, Certified Remote Work Professional
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 14-years
Last Media Training: 04/27/2020
Last Media Interview: 04/27/2020

Areas of Expertise

Business Continuity 30.50
Business Strategy 30.48
Entrepreneurship 35.46
Future of Work 37.81
Leadership 30.28
Management
Marketing 30.42
Social 58.17
Diversity and Inclusion 32.43
COVID19 35.21

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Media
Professional Services
Telecommunications
Travel & Transportation

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Publications

3 Adjunct Professors
Audacious at Any Age
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury
October 11, 2019

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Tags: Social

Postcards from the Highway of Life
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury
September 13, 2019

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Tags: Social

Classic Diners of Connecticut
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury
September 06, 2019

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Tags: Social

16 Article/Blogs
CREATE THE RÉSUMÉ TRAILER TO THE MOVIE OF YOUR CAREER
LinkedIn
May 20, 2020

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Tags: Social, Future of Work, COVID19

HOW-TO NOT SELF-SABOTAGE YOUR REMOTE JOB INTERVIEW
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
May 07, 2020
Remote interviewing has taken center stage with employers who are looking to screen job applicants. It’s a trend that has been increasing in recent years but has escalated dramatically with COVID-19’s impact on being unable to travel for in-person interviews. Social distancing has quickly made virtual interviewing a recruiting staple so it’s to your benefit to master it.

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Tags: Future of Work, COVID19

Tips for Adding a Visumé to your Job Search Branding Package
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April 16, 2020
Video resumes were first introduced in the 1980s for use and distribution on VHS tape, but the laborious technology dampened the idea and it never took off. However, with the modern capabilities of transmitting streaming video via the internet, video resumes aka  visumés are taking on new populari

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Tags: Business Strategy

Keep Your Career Search in Perpetual Forward Motion During COVID-19
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April 14, 2020
The Beverly clock is the closest anyone will ever see to a “perpetual motion machine.” Invented in 1864 by Arthur Beverly and located in the foyer of the Department of Physics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand this clock has yet to be wound and dependably keeps running on atmosp

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Tags: Leadership, Future of Work, Business Strategy, COVID19

Working from Home without Losing Your Mind
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April 13, 2020
COVID-19 has made working from home an inescapable reality, especially challenging for straphangers, rail riders, and road warriors who’ve made commuting to and working from an office part and parcel of their daily work life. The new distractions and absence of familiar job routines can be especia

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, COVID19

You Have to Thrive, Not Simply Survive, During COVID-19
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April 06, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in every facet of our personal and professional lives. It’s quite easy right now to live in survival mode. And, while it is necessary to take care of ourselves and our significant others, when it comes to managing your career you have to not just survi

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, COVID19

Your LinkedIn Profile is a “Behavior,” not a “Place”
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April 02, 2020
Having a successful LinkedIn profile means being findable and searchable by recruiters and hiring managers. That means having and maintaining the mindset that your profile is a “behavior,” not a “place.” Once you’ve created powerful, keywords-filled Headline, About and

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy

Cracking the Code for Hidden Job Market Opportunities
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April 01, 2020
The “hidden job market” is where recruiters are actively searching for candidates to fill job openings that are not publicly advertised. While most of these opportunities are filled internally through employee referrals, a significant number of them are not. And, that means you have a shot at th

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Tags: Leadership, Future of Work, Business Strategy

5 Questions to Ask Yourself about Remote Work
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March 30, 2020
1. What are the differences between remote work, distributed workforce, work from home, virtual job, work from anywhere, telecommute, and agile workforce? Your answer is crucial to targeting your job search and using the right keywords. 2. Does my concept of remote work allow for business trips and

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Tags: Leadership, Future of Work, Business Strategy

Prepare for Your Video Job Interview
linkedin
March 21, 2020
Video interviews have become an increasingly common part of the hiring process. With the transformational influence of COVID-19 on the job market and economy, video interviewing is already an all-pervasive social distancing and interview engagement tool. Here are 10 tips to quickly help you master the medium:

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, COVID19

Job Searching During the COVID-19 Pandemic
linkedin
March 20, 2020
While the world comes to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, the job search landscape is being redefined and redrafted in real time. There's no YouTube "how-to" manual for dealing with this all-pervasive new challenge as it impacts your career search. However, I can offer you some constructive feedback from my most recent conversations with hiring managers and recruiters:

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Tags: Future of Work, Business Strategy, COVID19

Eric Clapton, the Pentatonic Scale, and your Transferable Career Skills
linkedin
December 21, 2019
Eric Clapton is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll guitarists of all time and an icon of musical career reinvention. In 1963, he joined the Yardbirds in which his blues-influenced style and commanding technique began to attract attention. Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 and joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers where his guitar playing soon became the group’s principal drawing card on the London club scene. Continuously reinventing his musical career, Clapton formed a new band in 1966 with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker called Cream, a sophisticated, high-volume fusion of rock and blues featuring improvisational solos. Clapton’s high energy and the emotional intensity of his playing on such songs as “Crossroads” and “White Room” set the standard for the rock guitar solo.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Business Continuity

Five Ways To Tame Your Fear Of Public Speaking
Forbes
September 13, 2019
igh school, I was so afraid of being called on to speak that I would sit in the back of the classroom. In college, I so dreaded taking the mandatory public speaking course that I put it off every semester for three years, upon which I transferred to another school where it was no longer required. In my early business career, I never wanted to respond to questions in staff meetings and was terrified of having to make presentations (and I was in sales!). As a certified professional career coach, public speaking has become key in establishing myself as a thought leader, building my client base and helping others develop strong public speaking skills to add value to their own careers. So, how did I go from cowering in the back of a classroom to most recently presenting in a theater that seats more than 2,500 people? I did it by taking several roads less traveled and picking up a few tips along the way.

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Tags: Leadership

Five LinkedIn Profile Tips From A Successful Career Chameleon
Forbes
August 15, 2019
My personal LinkedIn profile is in the top 25 MA, Ph.D. profiles in the United States, is in the top 1% LinkedIn industry social selling index (SSI) and has the highest rating (All-Star), and I’m in the 4% of LinkedIn members statistically deemed Super Connectors. It didn’t get that way by accident or complacency. The biggest surprise to me, however, when I recently took stock of my profile, is just how much of its strength reflects the chameleon-like diversity of my colorful career path. Here's how you can enhance your own profile.

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Tags: Social, Leadership

10 Lessons From The Music Industry On How To Rise Up In The Gig Economy
Forbes
July 30, 2019
Midway through my decade as a producer, songwriter, engineer, performer, and artists and repertoire executive for London Records during the height of the British wave, I was an analog guy struggling to escape the undertow of receding vinyl LPs, 24-track tape machines, cassettes and 8-tracks as CDs and digital recording were quickly revolutionizing the recording business. But, as I reflect back on the 70s a half-century later, and the fact that according to Intuit, 43% of Americans are projected to be working in the gig economy by next year, the success lessons I learned from music while “gigging” are timelessly relevant to the emerging future of independent gig work.

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Tags: Social, Marketing, Business Strategy

Defining Success And Failure Precedes Career Reinvention
Forbes
July 05, 2019
When Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, co-writers of the Oscar-winning screenplay Annie Hall, were interviewed in 1977 by journalist Susan Braudy for the New York Times, Woody would be credited with telling the world that, “80% of life is just showing up.” Woody’s often quoted comment actually reflected the post-World War II stage in the evolution of the American worker when paternalistic employers were still offering their workers job security and retirement in exchange for loyalty. But, today, “just showing up” no longer generates job security nor is it the path to finding the elusive meaning in work that so many yearn for.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

2 Books
Audacious at Any Age: Second Act Strategies from a Career Chameleon
PublishDrive
May 18, 2019
Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Business Coach (Expert Level), Certified Remote Work Professional, and Forbes contributor, Garrison Leykam doesn’t just believe that everyone is capable of creating their own second act careers. This AARP card-carrying motorcyclist and “career chameleon” has proved it himself many times over. Garrison has been a successful record producer for industry giant London Records, performed as a singer-songwriter at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café and CBGBs, president of his own record label, held leadership positions at major corporations, been an AM radio news-talk personality, a stand-up comic at NYC’s legendary Gotham Comedy Club, and a documentary host and producer for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). In Audacious at Any Age, Garrison shares his career reinvention lessons learned and motivates readers to find and follow their own dreams no matter what their age.

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Tags: Social

DESIGN YOU
Booklocker.com, Inc.
January 05, 2017
Seventy percent of people surveyed in a Gallup poll either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged. A Harris survey revealed that only 14 percent of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers. According to the Labor Department, the average person born in the later years of the baby boom held 10.5 jobs from age 18 to 40. Fifty-four million Americans, or 40 percent of the work force, have left their jobs looking for something better.

We are living in a time when Americans and, in fact, everyone of working age, are career hopscotching, looking to make sense of their lives and careers in search of fulfillment without a map to guide them. Until now.

Applying the principles of Industrial Design to living an authentic life based upon one's true talents, abilities and passion, DESIGN YOU provides readers with the motivation, confidence and a road map to reclaim their true identity, and live the life they are meant to live. DESIGN is for every one of the millions of Americans who want to blaze their own life trail, and do work that is meaningful to themselves and others.

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Tags: Future of Work

6 Industry Certifications
Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC)
CPCC/PARWHQ
May 02, 2020

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
CPCC/PARWHQ
May 02, 2020

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Certified Remote Work Professional
WorkPlaceLess
April 21, 2020

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Certified Life Coach - Expert Rating
ExpertRating Inc.
December 16, 2019

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Certified Remote Work Professional
WorkPlaceLess
December 16, 2019

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)
Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches
June 30, 2018

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

2 Keynotes
2nd Act: Garrison Leykam
The Palace Theater
March 26, 2019

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Tags: Future of Work, Social

Live Your Passion
Rotary Club of West Hartford
January 14, 2016

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Tags: Social

8 Media Interviews
GARRISON TALKS ABOUT 2ND ACTS WITH RADIO ICON BRAD DAVIS
WDRC Radio
March 21, 2019

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Social

Garrison’s amazing life journey from music producer to corporate podium
Valley Life
November 12, 2018

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Social

An Expert's Top 5 Diners
Connecticut Magazine
June 01, 2017

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Tags: Social

Connecticut's Best Diners: 22 Great Greasy Spoons
Connecticut Magazine
June 01, 2017

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Tags: Social

Special Guests on Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys
Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys podcast
September 05, 2015

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Tags: Social

Author Writes Book On Classic Connecticut Diners
FOX 61 TV
November 21, 2013

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Tags: Social

New book about Connecticut diners
WTNH TV
October 30, 2013

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Tags: Social, Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Inclusion

How To Be A Standup Comedian
filmfestivals.com
February 06, 2012

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Tags: Social

1 Panel
Touring Connecticut Panel
The Big Book Club Getaway
February 21, 2014

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Tags: Social

3 Speaking Engagements
Food, Frogs, And Fondue At Hall Memorial Library
Hartford Courant
January 15, 2014

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Tags: Social

‘Classic Diners of Connecticut’ author talks in Guilford, West Haven
New Haven Register
January 11, 2014

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Tags: Social

GARRISON LEYKAM: CLASSIC DINERS OF CONNECTICUT
patch
December 14, 2013

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Tags: Social

1 Video
The Resume Leg of Your Career Branding Stool
Post
May 11, 2020
Helpful hints for improving your résumé, one of 3 legs of your career branding stool

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Tags: Marketing

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2 Businesss
Certified Business Coach (Expert Level)

Location: Farmington, CT    Date Available: April 25th, 2020    Fees: Contact for quote

Submission Date: April 25th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

As a Certified Business Coach and Certified Life Coach, I can assist and guide you in successfully running your business by helping you to clarify the vision of your business and how it holistically fits in with both your professional and personal goals. if your business is not linked to your personal dreams, goals and plans, there is no burning reason why getting to that business goal is critical. Collaboratively, we’ll stoke your entrepreneurial fire and I will:

1. Help you define and define a vision of your desired business outcome and create a brand story for it.
2. Provide an objective and frank view of your current situation and the external and internal factors impacting your business.
3. Use a systematic process to analyze the situation and identify actions that will move the organization to your desired outcomes.
4. Guide your business to commit to actions to be executed, and set measurable goals that will be used to evaluate progress to the optimum state.
5. Establish accountability of you and your business stakeholders to perform the actions they are responsible for.

As your business coach, I will provide you with:
• A clear view of what is important and what is not in order to laser focus organizational change in your business and direct resources in the most efficient way.
• A results-focused environment where politics, personality, and opinions are replaced by fact based analysis, open communication, decisive decision making, and focused action.
• Insights from a perspective from outside the organization based on my broad and diverse experience.
• A system that measures results and provides feedback on what is and is not working.

I am a small business owner myself. I’ve also had a highly successful corporate career in businesses ranging from $2.5M to $34.7B. with 25+ years of experience driving business performance, enhancing corporate valuation, and delivering superior ROI. I understand the challenges you face in today’s challenging marketplace and can help, whether it’s increasing revenue, becoming a more effective leader, thriving in hard times, or recruiting and retaining top talent. Let’s chat about what’s most important to you. Our initial discussion will be on me.

Olympic athletes to business & political leaders, the best of the best have a coach. A coach isn’t just there to help you achieve your initial goals. I will be with you along the way, continually pushing you and your team to achieve even greater results. You’ll uncover and break through any limitations that hold you and your business back.

LinkedIn profile in Top 25 MA, PhD profiles in the U.S.
Top 1% LinkedIn Industry Social Selling Index (SSI), a tool measuring effectiveness at establishing professional brand, finding the right people, engaging with insights, and building relationships.
Top 4% of LinkedIn members deemed a Super Connector.
PhD in Marketing, Masters in Psychology

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Certified Business Coach (Expert Level)

Location: Farmington, CT    Date Available: April 25th, 2020    Fees: Contact for quote

Submission Date: April 25th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

As a Certified Business Coach and Certified Life Coach, I can assist and guide you in successfully running your business by helping you to clarify the vision of your business and how it holistically fits in with both your professional and personal goals. if your business is not linked to your personal dreams, goals and plans, there is no burning reason why getting to that business goal is critical. Collaboratively, we’ll stoke your entrepreneurial fire and I will:

1. Help you define and define a vision of your desired business outcome and create a brand story for it.
2. Provide an objective and frank view of your current situation and the external and internal factors impacting your business.
3. Use a systematic process to analyze the situation and identify actions that will move the organization to your desired outcomes.
4. Guide your business to commit to actions to be executed, and set measurable goals that will be used to evaluate progress to the optimum state.
5. Establish accountability of you and your business stakeholders to perform the actions they are responsible for.

As your business coach, I will provide you with:
• A clear view of what is important and what is not in order to laser focus organizational change in your business and direct resources in the most efficient way.
• A results-focused environment where politics, personality, and opinions are replaced by fact based analysis, open communication, decisive decision making, and focused action.
• Insights from a perspective from outside the organization based on my broad and diverse experience.
• A system that measures results and provides feedback on what is and is not working.

I am a small business owner myself. I’ve also had a highly successful corporate career in businesses ranging from $2.5M to $34.7B. with 25+ years of experience driving business performance, enhancing corporate valuation, and delivering superior ROI. I understand the challenges you face in today’s challenging marketplace and can help, whether it’s increasing revenue, becoming a more effective leader, thriving in hard times, or recruiting and retaining top talent. Let’s chat about what’s most important to you. Our initial discussion will be on me.

Olympic athletes to business & political leaders, the best of the best have a coach. A coach isn’t just there to help you achieve your initial goals. I will be with you along the way, continually pushing you and your team to achieve even greater results. You’ll uncover and break through any limitations that hold you and your business back.

LinkedIn profile in Top 25 MA, PhD profiles in the U.S.
Top 1% LinkedIn Industry Social Selling Index (SSI), a tool measuring effectiveness at establishing professional brand, finding the right people, engaging with insights, and building relationships.
Top 4% of LinkedIn members deemed a Super Connector.
PhD in Marketing, Masters in Psychology

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