Executive Coaching

Stephen Presley, PhD

As a leadership coach and consultant, Stephen partners with executives to help them address a wide variety of challenges.  His focus on building trusted relationships gives clients a safe space to explore who they are as leaders and to acknowledge blind spots and unproductive habits. His particular sweet spot is working in a technical environment helping scientists and engineers at all levels. 

Why Coach Steve?

Knowledge

PhD and two MA degrees focused on leadership in corporate environments and adult learning

Experience

“360 degree” experience in corporations working with and coaching leaders: He’s been the coach, coachee, manager of a coachee, training manager, and he ran an OE group. 

13 years of experience with meditation and mindfulness.  

Decades working with engineers, scientists, and technical data- based staff as well as HR and admin staff Groups

Style

  • Data-based pragmatic, seeks to understand first by looking into the causes and conditions to contribute to effects of concern, not in your face intense, gives assignments for between session focus

Approach

  • “360 degree” experience in corporations working with and coaching leaders: He’s been the coach, coachee, manager of a coachee, training manager, and he ran an OE group. 

  • 13 years of experience with meditation and mindfulness.  

  • Decades working with engineers, scientists, and technical data- based staff as well as HR and admin staff Groups

Ways a Coach Can Make You More Successful

  • See yourself more clearly

  • See others more clearly

  • See your blind spots, habits, and auto-pilot behaviors that get in the way

  • Learn new ways to respond

  • Leverage your existing strengths

  • See and better understand a larger picture 

  • Build more productive relationships

  • Achieve what you want

Tools/Certs

  • Myers-Brigs Personality, Emotional Intelligence, Immunity to Change, Values work, 

  • Mindfulness: Formal and informal practices, techniques, and tools

TESTIMONIALS

Director at a Research Organization
with 1500 Employees

Steve was a great coach for me.  His calm and deliberate manner was an excellent counterpoint to my intensity and eagerness, and his background working in a technical organization allowed him to quickly understand my work environment.  Working with Steve led me to be more cautious in my approach to problems and to make fewer assumptions, leading to more effective work interactions and lower overall stress.  I recommend him wholeheartedly as a coach.

Steve is one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. He consistently presented new ideas and helped implement new processes. He was very focused on cultural change and building acceptance for it--very important in an engineering culture! His strengths are in the areas of organization development, talent development and leadership. Steve almost single handedly developed and rolled out a new performance management system and was instrumental in gaining acceptance for coaching, talent reviews, and creating an organizational development department. I could count on Steve to do his homework, research reasonable possibilities, present them in a coherent manner, and gain the needed buy-in. 

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