FountainBlue’s head-heart-hands approach to one-on-one executive coaching works with high-potential leaders from all levels who are interested in raising the bar for themselves, for their teams and for their organizations. Core to this approach is the focus on understanding the personal and professional objectives of the leader and how thoughts, words and actions may be shifted so that results are in better alignment.
Creating and Communicating Your Executive Brand
In addition to our half-hour telephone coaching sessions, FountainBlue also offers a 10-week Executive Brand Coaching Series which works with leaders to: 1) articulate and message their executive brand, 2) connect with the strategic networks that would facilitate the integrity of their brand, 3) strategize on the people, process and habit hurdles blocking the creation and execution of your executive brand, 4) envision, articulate and deliver projects and solutions in alignment with your brand, and 5) integrate your executive brand through your work, life and community activities.
Pivot or Perish in an Age of Personalization
What sets FountainBlue apart is the focus not just on leadership development, but also on the business implications and opportunities ahead as we emerge from an Age of Information to an Age of Personalization. We have written about and reported on the shift, while coaching executives and advising start-ups on the implications of the shift for the past five years.
Thus, while our coaching service focuses on a head-heart-hands approach to leadership development, while our tech advisory services focus on a pivot-or-perish approach to meeting the market and customer trends by shifting our strategy, technology and processes in order to remain relevant in an Age of Personalization.
Executive Coaching Rates
FountainBlue’s executive coaching rates are $100 a half hour for members and corporate hosts. We measure success based on personal and professional criteria that is both qualitative and quantitative, and guarantee results. Members and corporate host representatives may sample a complimentary half hour session by visiting http://youcanbook.me/fountainblue.
Benefits for Corporate Execs
Our corporate clients tell us that FountainBlue’s executive coaching services provides an easy way to: 1) reward high-performers, 2) develop and retain high-potentials, 3) support the transition of leaders from technology to management or from one product line to another, 4) maintain a larger perspective throughout a transition, and 5) amplify the influence and reach of leaders.
Benefits for Leaders
Our current and past clients tell us that our coaching helps them: 1) gain clarity of purpose and direction, 2) identify barriers and achieve breakthrough results, 3) build networks of resources and support, 4) align energy and effort with results, and 5) realize greater work-life integration.
In the Words of Linda Holroyd: Why Do I Coach?
I’ve always been the go-to person to resolve conflicts, to answer questions, to connect resources and people. Touching others and helping them see and live life from a broader perspective has always driven me, whether I was an elementary school teacher, a start-up staffer, an adviser, coach or part of the management team at a nonprofit or tech company.
So when people ask me ‘why do I coach’, I have to really think about it – it has been a part of my modus operandi since first memory. But a good question deserves a reasonable response. And I’m also leveraging the thoughts of some of my heroes to make my point.
- Connecting a leader with his values has rich rewards for all.
- Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. John Quincy Adams
- The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value. Stephen R. Covey
- Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
- The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch and do nothing. Albert Einstein
- Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. Alexander Hamilton
- Three Rules of Life … 1. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 2. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. 3. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Steve Jobs
- We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. Martin Luther King
- Knowledge will give you power, but character (will give you) respect. Bruce Lee
- Integrity is doing the right thing even if nobody is watching. C. S. Lewis
- Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates
- Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
- Opening hearts and minds reveals possibilities for the direct recipient and for all those they touch.
- My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou
- In the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. It’s impossible to have a meaningful life without meaningful work, done with people we love doing it with. Jim Collins
- Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lincoln
- Technology and social media have brought power back to the people. Mark McKinnon
- From the streets of Cairo and the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, from the busy political calendar to the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, social media was not only sharing the news but driving it. Dan Rather
- Helping someone elevate from management to leadership raises the waters for all.
- If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
- Leaders are people who believe so passionately that they can seduce other people into sharing their dream. Warren G. Bennis
- You cannot get through a single day without having some impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
- The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. Colin Powell
- To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt
- Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the ONLY thing. Albert Schweitzer
- A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu
- Helping people align thinking, speaking and acting provides a tangible shift of perspective and results.
- There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
- The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart
- First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi
- Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. Chinese proverb
- Teaching others how to ask the right questions releases the potential within and around them.
- The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Confucius
- Leadership begins by asking how you can make things better. Jeffrey Fry
- The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. Anthony Jay
- The best leaders are the best note takers, best askers and best learners. They are shameless thieves. Tom Peters
- Being the mirror for others helps others see themselves for their possibilities rather than their limitations.
- The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity. Erich Fromm
- The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. Mahatma Gandhi
- Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves. L.D. Marquet
- Understanding the past helps us forge a stronger present, a more promising future.
- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- For a tree to become tall, it must grow tough roots among the rocks. Friedrich Nietzche
- Accountants are in the past, managers are in the present, and leaders are in the future. Paul Orfalea
- What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde
- When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu
- Learning from all those around you and sharing that wisdom and strength emboldens and empowers all.
- I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
- The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -and achieve it, generation after generation. Pearl S Buck
- Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford
- If I could see further than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants. Sir Isaac Newton
- Dreaming together of the future helps create a stronger, more tangible present.
- Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
- Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
- Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. General George S. Patton Jr.
- Releasing the magic in each of us inspires and connects all of us.
- The great leaders are like the best conductors. They reach beyond the notes to the magic in the players. Blaine Lee
- Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Wilfred Peterson
In the end, I conclude that to me, there is nobler act than to work with others to create a bigger, better world for us all.
Connections at the Leadership Crossroads
Launched in December 2012, FountainBlue’s CONNECTIONs leadership blog highlights leadership thoughts and concepts we’ve developed, working in collaboration with the dozens of executives and entrepreneurs over the past two decades. These connections might be connecting ideas, thoughts, people and concepts, which might may stimulate more strategic, more inclusive, more collaborative thinking and more results-achieving communications and actions. In other words, we write, coach and consult with the purpose of facilitating leadership One Conversation, One Leader, One Organization at a time.
FountainBlue’s leadership blogs are frequently used as tools during the coaching process and are made available to the general community in the hopes that it will stimulate thinking and reflection and prod our clients and community members to take action and reach toward higher and different goals and results. Individual articles may be forwarded and shared with permission and full credit given to FountainBlue and Linda Holroyd. Follow the blog by visiting https://fountainblue.wordpress.com/category/leadership-2/. See also the scoops we’ve curated around leadership by visiting our curated leadership posts at http://www.scoop.it/t/connection.
Finding and Centering Yourself
- Walking the Flexibility Tightrope, July 2013
- Best Quotes of 2013, December 2013
- What I Learned at the Dinner Table, January 2014
- Managing Stress, July 2014
- Embracing Change, August 2014
- The Search for Purpose, September 2014
- The Game of Life, August 2015
- A Cow’s Eye View of the World, September 2015
- A Note of Thanks, November 2015
- What It Takes to Lead, May 2016
- Here’s to the Heroes, June 2016
- Building Hope in a Time of Change, August 2016
- Your Good is Good Enough, September 2016
- 5 Minds of the Future, November 2016
- In Search of Clarity, December 2016
- Tell Me Your Story, April 2017
- A Message to My 20-Year-Old Self, December 2017
Communicating Who You Are
- Tell Me a Story, January 2013
- Your Social Media Report Card, February 2014
- Perception Trumps Reality, February 2015
- Listen Up, June 2015
- First the Market, Then the Passion, Then the Skills, July 2015
- The Great Pretender, October 2015
- What Kind of Leader Are You? August 2016
A Bigger, Better YOU
- From the Tactical to the Strategic, December 2012
- The Coachability Factor, November 2013
- The Likeability Factor, August 2013
- The Seventh Sense, December 2014
- What’s Next, January 2015
- The Art of Saying ‘No’, March 2015
- Time, Your One Irreplaceable Resource, September 2015
- Ten Steps to Better Decision-Making, November 2015
- Fail Forward, January 2016
- Secrets for Leveling Up, March 2016
- Level-Up Your Listening, October 2016
- From Half-Ass to Bad-Ass, September 2017
- Peeling the Onion, November 2017
- Be a Bigger YOU, January 2018
- Mentors and Champions and Sponsors, Oh My! February 2018
Games People Play
- When to Hold Up, When to Fold Up, When to Walk Away, When to Run, April 2013
- Building Trust, June 2014
- Underground Motivations, May 2014
- The View from Under the Bus, April 2014
- Walking Point, November 2014
- Your Political CLOUT, September 2013
- In Search of Meritocracy, May 2015
- Games People Play to keep you in your place, February 2018
Building Your Team and Network
- Getting Your Company From Here to There, May 2013
- Managing Conflict, June 2013
- Who Gets on the Bus, February 2013
- Who Floats to the Top, March 2014
- Ten People You Should Have In Your Network, March 2013
- Men Who Open Doors, September 2015
- Measuring the Impact of Diversity, October 2015
- Choose This, Not That, February 2016
The World We Work In
- Enabling Sales, October 2013
- The Next Generation Workforce, October 2014
- The Next Generation Leader, November 2014
- Foundational Beliefs in an Age of Personalization, December 2014
- Change Happens, March 2015
- Thoughts on the Future of Work, April 2016
- Being Human in an Age That’s Digital, August 2016
- Creating a Friction-less Experience, October 2017
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