I’ve had an outsider’s perspective for most of my professional career. My work as a consultant in business and education, and as an entrepreneur and author, has given me a bird’s eye view of organizations, and how interpersonal communication impacts performance. I believe that transparency, accountability, authenticity, etc., are not just the latest corporate buzzwords, but are valuable assets that successful managers embody in the way they work with their people and the way they do business.
When I signed on for the Corporate and Executive Coaching Certification Program at New York University, I was attracted by the promise that formal training could provide me in helping professionals become more effective managers who could tap the potential and boost the engagement of their people.
I wasn’t disappointed. Coaching is a powerful process that encourages deeper thinking in the face of everyday business challenges. Coaching can build greater self-awareness to help people identify and leverage their potential, and it can encourage jump-starting and sustaining new behaviors and beneficial change.
I’m a partner in Giraffe LLC, a consulting firm that designs custom solutions to help organizations make the most of their people. I recently wrote “What could happen if you do nothing?”—the handbook that helps managers and executive coaches increase their coaching impact.
Earlier, I co-founded several publishing ventures, including KIDVIDZ, which won numerous awards for its special-interest videos. I’ve received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation National Video Resources and served as an advisor to Tufts University and Grolier Publishing. I’ve co-authored several other books, including STAY TUNED! (Doubleday). I also speak regularly on custom and special-market publishing. I live in New York City.