Let’s be honest.
The expectations placed on boards by shareholders, regulators, the capital markets and other stakeholders have never been greater.
And guess what . . . it all flows downhill from the board to the leaders in the organization.
I serve as an advisor and sounding board to leaders on the issues and challenges they rarely, if ever, can discuss with anyone else.
The nature of your role is one filled with constant uncertainty and ambiguity, and an inevitable degree of isolation and loneliness.
Along with the necessity to take decisive action and make hard, strategic choices, leaders also need to be able to take some time to reflect on the psychology of their business and understand the dynamics of their management team and their organization as a whole.
I’ve worked with the best and I know all the issues:
Being expected to know it all and always make the right decision.
Your employees, and even your family, not understanding your unique challenges and pressures.
Not having someone to share personal issues or challenges without affecting your role as the leader.
Not having an unbiased sounding board to hear your ideas and give you honest feedback.
Spending your time so focused on today’s success and having no time to do the most important C-Level job – create the successful future of your company.
How do I do it?
Specifically, there are two areas I concentrate on:
The first area is easy to understand: advisory conversations, strategy off-sites (at our headquarters), one-on-one coaching sessions (in-person, Skype, or phone) – the tools of my work.
The second area, transparent, but critical, is the quality of the relationships my clients have with me, with their senior teams, and with themselves. I’ve been blessed to work with the best who recognize that in order to lead others, they must first work on themselves.
Here are some of their testimonials of our work together:
“I am a coach and have worked with Rich on several occasions. His approach has always been one of systematic thoroughness as he works with clients to take on new challenges. He is uniquely gifted in helping them recognize and deal with weaknesses, plan realistic goals and reach their full potential. I would recommend Rich to anyone who’s serious about growing personally and professionally.”
– Ken Abrams, Master Coach & CEO TOPcoach International
“Having never had a coach I unclear what to expect. Rich’s easy going personality and demeanor quickly put me at ease and started a dialogue leading me towards defining a clear career direction. Rich spent time understanding where he could best serve and focused in on how best to lead me towards that goal. I recommend Rich for anyone, not just those in search of new position. Going through a SWOT excersize is well worth the time and effort and will benfit anyone who has career or life choice questions.”
– Sandy Stollerman, Global Engineering Architect at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
“Rich is not only a career coach, he’s a partner that really that truly wants to help you succeed. Every person he works with is an individual and Rich understands that there’s no one solution that “fits all”. He helps to create a workable, successful plan for his clients at a time in their lives when uncertainty and fear can prevent them from moving forward. If your current position is in jeopardy due to these economic times or you want to move and grow to the next level, call Rich.”
– Marsha Elkind, Producer/Director, Ash Creek Productions
“I have known Rich since 1992 and, in that time, have come to think of him as one of the most capable, intelligent, and interesting people I have had the pleasure to work with. His work ethic is strong, he is not afraid to offer new bold ideas, and always strives to be a strong team player. Moreover, he just makes work more enjoyable because of his optimistic outlook and sharp wit, even in times of stress or crisis. I would, without hesitation, recommend Rich as a tremendous asset to any organization.”
– Steve Molino, Senior CRM Analyst at Hansa Marketing Services
“As a small but hopefully meaningful gift to you, I want to take a moment to let you know how much I valued your input when we worked together during the fourth quarter of 2008. You have a great approach for helping individuals rise above the daily challenges and frustrations – especially during a career transition, which is always fraught with a degree of fear, uncertainty and doubt – in order to focus on what’s important in order to move forward. I especially liked the Plan/Act/Succeed tool which offers a great roadmap both for personal and professional achievement.”
– Kate Mitchell Pallandre, CEO
“I had the opportunity to recently work with Rich when I lost my job of 13 years with IBM. His coaching to get me over the shock of being outside the IBM bubble after so long and back into the job market was a lifesaver. He helped redefine my schedule, stay focused on the right priorities and how to work through and leverage previous, personal and business contacts, something I am not usually comfortable doing. The great news was I was able to use this to land a job with a local start-up and in that he provided invaluable insight on negotiating a salary. Rich, thank you so much.”
– Peter Becker, CIO, Senior Project Manager e-Business Applications at Pitney Bowes
“I have worked with Rich on a personal career level. He has amazing insight, is very professional and helped me me begin to be more creative in my thought processes. He listened with a keen ear and helped guide me to formulate the path I am now embarking upon. With his guidance and knowledge, I have been able to create a plan, work my plan and am seeing results as I go along. He is much more than a coach, he truly takes a personal interest in what I am doing, he is very encouraging and strives to keep me on my chosen path. As a career coach, his intuitive insight has proven to be leaps and bounds over any expectations I may have initially had when we began to work together. He is an expert in his field and anyone who even considering a step like this would be highly advised to seek Rich out. The results speak for themselves.”
– Liz Cresci, Vice President, UBS
“Rich asked the hard questions. He is the first coach I have met that assumed I knew how to be focused and organized. Rich got down to the roadblocks and the difficult issues – what a “no nonsense” executive coach. His personable style immediately put me at ease and we got so much accomplished. The best part is: weeks after our sessions, something he said will come back to me and I know I’m ready to act on it with the tools he gave me. One call did make a difference!”
– Betty Jean Flagg, President, Nurenu Brand Marketing
“Rich is a true professional, in every aspect of the word. His unique ability to provide knowledge, passion, trust, and accountability in everything he does allows people to exude & radiate their true inner strength and well being. The power to attain what the heart desires may lay within, but I can’t think of a better road map to use to get you there.”
– Brad Tippett, President, Gold Coast Mortgage
“Rich – You were exactly right! They were looking for a quick well thought out solution and my prepared proposal was able to deliver just that. Every time I thought I was in over my head, I reminded myself that I HAVE VALUE, I’ve done this before, I AM the answer to their prayers. I made a practice of offering positive statements and complimenting them on the work they had done so far. I didn’t have to force this, I simply had to listen, be aware, and BE the kind of person I would love to do business with. The only question they had on the proposal is “would you like a check right now?” The total amount agreed to is almost triple the top amount I have ever charged! While I now know I possessed the ingredients to make this happen all along, I could have accomplished NONE of this without YOUR help. I am on a such a high right now and I while I realize that I may go back out into the ring tommorrow and take a few more punches, I feel damn lucky that you are in my corner.”
– Matt Baier, Owner, Matt Baier Organizing
“With a sales force of 20 people we realized we were no longer a small company and had to improve our communication and professionalism. We turned to Rich Gee to run our sales meeting. In one day our sales force found a new vision. They shared ideas as never before and left believing that they could improve their income expectations. One of the secrets to success is believing in your product and your employer and we achieved that in our meeting.”
– Norman Holtz, President, Closets By Design
“I started with Rich after having a disagreement with a difficult and controlling boss. Rich helped me to step out of the box of the accounting world and gave me the courage to step into another role in the company. I now work for a terrific boss where I have tremendous exposure to senior management and I have just been awarded additional responsibilities which should lead to a promotion to Vice President.”
– Kathy Clark, Asset Manager
“Rich’s calm demeanor allows me to explore areas of my life that I had previously ignored. In world of greed and selfishness, Rich helps see the true meaning of work, family, and life. I would not be where I am today without his guidance, enthusiasm, and compassion.”
– Ward Smith, Director, Black & Decker
“In each coaching session with Rich I came away with great ideas and strategies to expand and improve my business. His insight, examples, experience and humor will assist in reaching the results you seek.”
– Sandy Weinberg, Principal at O’Connor Davies