James helped guide us to a place of clarity, both for me personally as well as for our business. It's amazing how quickly we can become overwhelmed with everything required of us in operating a business. James is incredibly skilled in helping us to see through the woods and create a simple plan towards our most important goals. Since working with James, our business is up over 100% YoY and continues to see strong growth.Adam, CEO Odd.DogClarity lead to growth
James is a very intuitive coach that leads you to answers and actions that are all within yourself. He’s patient and offers practical suggestions and insightful observations. Within a few weeks of working with James, I was leading my team with more confidence. At no point did James just let me off the hook by giving me answers.Stan R, Engineering ManagerLeading with more confidence
I approached James to help me explore the next axis of growth for Punch Drunk. James' challenging questions and keen perception helped me clarify the customers I was most energized to work with, and helped me remove blocks that were preventing me growing my business. Since my work with James I have grown Punch Drunk's business, and identified new opportunities for revenue growth.Jacob Stone, CEO Punch Drunk ProductionsFigured out how to grow my business
There are many reasons you might engage an executive coach to support you as a leader:
You are taking on more responsibilities or your responsibilities are changing,
Your team is growing and you are implementing multiple levels of management,
You want to create a culture and management system that delivers on business goals,
You need to create a compelling vision, mission and strategy,
Your workload borders on overwhelm,
You want to develop a leadership presence more aligned with your authentic self,
You want to improve confidence as a leader.
How It Works
A typical initial client engagement lasts for 3 months, meeting once per week. Prior to our first session you will complete preparation materials which we review in our first two sessions. In these initial sessions we identify the desired outcome for the coaching engagement, and set goals to support that outcome. In addition to reflection techniques, you will complete a Strengthscope workplace assessment. The Strengthscope assessment uncovers what powers your best work and energizes you as a leader, and through the Strengthscope 360 report we gather critical coworker feedback.
After our initial sessions, we meet weekly and each session concludes with a specific action step or homework that advances you to your goal. Typically, executive coaching sessions are tightly focused, lasting 30 minutes to respect your busy schedule. I generally meet my clients via Zoom, but can meet face to face in the Seattle area if necessary.
Topics We Cover
Discover : Why
What energizes you as a leader, and what drains your energy?
Discover : How
What helps you get work done and helps you thrive as a leader?
Discover : What
What are the unique skills and experience you bring to your leadership?
Analyze : Essence
What are the characteristics of the authentic leader that will achieve the results you want?
Analyze : Pathway
What is getting in the way of being the leader you need to be?
Plan : Mission
What are the new habits and practices that define the leader you want to be?
Execute : Goals
What tangible and measurable goals will track your progress?
Execute : Practice
How will you practice and reinforce the habits and behaviors that define the leader you want to be?
Execute : Celebrate
How will you celebrate your success as a leader?
Meet Your Coach
Hi. I’m James. Your companion on this journey. I’m a British ex-pat living in Seattle with a 20 year career in high tech companies. I have hands on experience in diverse fields, from engineering, to product, to sales, to human resources and beyond. During that time I’ve managed teams with multiple layers of management, culminating in leading an entire product division at HTC. I’ve built agile, high performance, multi-discipline and highly creative teams, and have experience with teams in the US, Europe and Asia.
My coaching clients appreciate my ability to see behind the surface of their journey and unearth their authentic, intrinsically driven leader. In addition to my work as an executive coach, I advise companies on building high performance teams and healthy work culture, and train managers to excel in their management practice.