Executive Coaching

Whether you’re a founder, first-time CEO, a seasoned executive, or a new leader, you may be thinking:

  • How do I scale this business?
  • How do I transition from academia to business? or from the lab to leadership?
  • What skills do I need to learn?
  • How do I go from being an individual contributor to leading a team?
  • I can’t clone myself, so how can I get comfortable delegating?
  • Whom should I hire and how?
  • How do I become a leader others want to follow?
  • Will I ever sleep again?


When I coach clients, I wear five hats:

  1. Coach – Many answers are somewhere in your head, so I’ll ask questions to bring them out.
  2. Mentor – I’ve coached many clients over the past 20 years. I may tell you how some resolved issues, and you can determine if that would help your situation.
  3. Teacher – Sometimes learning a tool will be what you need to provide better feedback, manage your time, or get the most out of your 1:1s with employees.
  4. Confidante – You may just need someone to vent to when you can’t talk to anyone else. Or perhaps you need a sounding board for your ideas.
  5. Therapist – When you’ve tried every tactic to change, but still find yourself stuck, we’ll dip into your psyche to break up the logjam.

Our meetings are confidential – they are a safe place for you to vent, explore issues, and test solutions. Each of my clients are unique, so coaching is customized to fit your needs and desired outcomes. It’s based on an hourly rate, no retainers or packages, so you can control the length of an engagement.

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Team & Organizational Coaching

In addition to Executive Coaching, I also provide:

  • Co-Founder Coaching – like marriage coaching, but for co-founders
  • Team Coaching
  • Organizational Coaching
    • Check out my video on YouTube
    • To speed up and sustain leadership development as everyone learns the same tools and begins speaking the same leadership language. While individual meetings are confidential, organizational issues are often identified and can be addressed quickly.
  • Ask the Coach Sessions – Gather some co-workers, come prepared with leadership questions, and receive tactical answers you can begin implementing right away
  • Workshops:
    • From Lab Coat to Leadership: Understanding the significant differences between academia and business. Setting you up to be a stellar leader.
    • Feedback Mastery: Navigating Courageous Conversations for Effective Change
    • Unlocking Potential: Embracing the Judger/Learner Mindset for Growth and Success
    • Hiring & Keeping the Best in Biotech: Interviewing Best Practices
  • 360 Assessments (interview-style)
  • Conflict Mediation

For more information, please give me a shout.