An effective coach is your team player whose primary purpose is to enhance your strengths and competencies for personal and organizational benefit.
Coaching with Tom can help develop and cultivate:
improvement in interpersonal communication, presentation skills, networking, and strategic thinking so you can maximize your leadership talent and accelerate your success;
a sounding board to stimulate divergent thinking, focus influence, and spark creativity to foster personal and organizational innovation;
learning that raises the bar on performance - whether seeking to replace attitudes and behaviors that are career limiting, navigate a major transition, or enhance your personal best practices;
Leadership and Management Development
acceleration of skill and knowledge in management best practices, leadership action and presence, making the best use of your role as executive or expert, and developing desired leadership qualities.
How Does Coaching Work?
Coaching is essentially a feedback process that can be likened to holding up a mirror, so you can better see yourself and take action accordingly. Dialogue with your coach helps you clarify your objectives, make a perceptual ‘reality-check,’ seek deeper insight, focus on important actions, and apply available tools and talents to reach your goals. Standard coaching engagements with Tom include scheduled meeting times plus unlimited telephone and email access.
Coaching feedback works best when based on sound information. Our coaching process can be augmented by 360° evaluations, organizational climate and culture surveys, and individual assessments using instruments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or StrengthsFinder.
One size does not fit all…
We tailor a coaching process fit your needs and learning style, including flexible scheduling and the availability of unlimited telephone and email access so you have coaching when you need it. Coaching engagements with Tom are typically arranged on a project fee (so you aren't charged every time you speak with your coach), and may also be structured to include any of the tools listed below as useful to meet your objectives. (Also see the 10 Guiding Principles)
Available Coaching Tools
- Tilt 360 Leadership Predictor
- 360 Evaluation Surveys and Interviewing
- Instrumentation, including Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and others
- Climate and Culture Assessment
- Collateral Interviews
- Team and Group Coaching
- Leadership Development Programs
Who Could Benefit
Coaching is effective for Leaders, Managers, Professionals, and Business Owners who need:
- Accelerated effectiveness in new positions;
- Increased insight into handling transitions, new challenges, or opportunities;
- Performance improvements in valuable but underperforming high-talent individuals;
- Enhanced interpersonal, communication, and "people" skills;
- An experienced outside party who can act as a knowledgeable and impartial sounding-board;
- To resist complacency, avoid being stuck in success, and stimulate creative thinking;
- A personalized process for continued development of leadership and management talent.
Five Reasons to Engage Tom
Years of real-world organizational experience as an executive leader, a manager, a professional, and a business owner...and a mayor!
Expertise in Human Behavior and Change
Masters degree, professional training, and more than a decade of clinical practice helping people make real change in their lives by changing how they think, feel, and act.
Tom is a pleasure to work with. His easy going manner fosters open communication and encourages openness to change—even delights those in scientific and technical communities generally skeptical of 'soft-skills'.
What's the process that fits you and your organization? Tom is experienced in a variety of coaching and development tools, including the MBTI, 360 evaluations, and climate surveys. Tom can integrate individual work with group or team development, combining dynamic original content, expert group facilitation, and coaching into a custom-designed development program.
Well grounded in research, Tom helps you reach your objectives on several levels—offering practical tips to stimulate immediate improvements, with attention to meaningful inquiry that cultivates timeless wisdom.
What do clients say about Tom?
We have worked with numerous consultants and facilitators, and I consider Tom to be top rate. Tom’s approach always seems to be on the leading edge.
~ Mark Santry, Director, Strategic Planning, GlaxoSmithKline
I highly recommend Tom as a coach, a leadership mentor, and change-agent. He’s a guy with boundless energy and a sincere sense of commitment to everything he does…
Christopher H. Price, CEO and President
Tom meets planned objectives and follows through by providing excellent follow-up. Tom’s work with our group helped us perform at a higher level. We removed stumbling blocks and knocked down silos. We moved forward with improved morale, increased effectiveness and higher productivity. We now approach objectives as a team rather than pursuing individual goals.
~ Gary Tharrington, Director, Business and Employee Services,
Novozymes North America
Tom helped our leaders lead.
~ Carol D. Clayton, PhD., Executive Director,
North Carolina Council of Community Programs
Tom has proven himself as a great meeting facilitator and a strong team builder. Tom has a refreshing knack for team building with professionals without being too “touchy feely”.
~ Debbie Fritz, Director of Health Care Standards, GlaxoSmithKine
Tom forces you to think by knowing what questions to ask. You find these answers are providing the very information that will help you implement the theories at hand.
~ Foster Norman, Area Director, VGFW Area Authority
I feel like you have given me a great big lever that triples the effect of my efforts...
~ Chris Potter, President
Southern Media Design and Production, Inc.
His knowledge and experience, both in the classroom and as an executive coach, make him an important contributor to our management and leadership programs...Tom has a talent for combining established theory with practical tools and real world experience.
~ Rob Kramer, Director, Training & Development,
The University of North Carolina
Tom provided me with a greater understanding of key leadership concepts, and my new perspective led me to make some fundamental changes in managing and developing employees to better serve customers... My company is still utilizing the concepts Tom provided, and we continue to see positive results.
~ Steve Wappel, President and Founder