Coaching

Executive Coaching

FountainBlue’s Executive Coaching services support the strategic, communication, and engagement goals of senior leaders, for technologists transitioning into management, and for high-performing sales professionals.

Drawing on expertise in strategic planning and visioning working with start-ups and investors as well as exceptional operational management, team-building, revenue generation and communication skills, FountainBlue CEO Linda Holroyd works with tech leaders and their teams to help them:

  1.  clearly crystallize and communicate clarity on corporate mission, vision, direction and values,
  2.  adeptly facilitate alignment between leaders and divisions and partners behind common objectives,
  3. consistently foster an energetic focus on achieving measurable outcomes,
  4. continually invite new ideas, new innovation even when it disrupts the day-to-day work,
  5. adroitly engender engagement of stakeholders in a common purpose,
  6. proactively adopt a Growth Mindset, focusing on opportunities while respecting the risks,
  7. collaboratively create ample opportunities to stretch and grow, to influence and succeed, for all stakeholders,
  8. successfully empower leaders at all levels to proactively participate in programs and initiatives,
  9. continuously invite input, feedback, learning and training from all sources, and
  10. humbly and graciously provide exceptional value, well-intended meaning and purpose to all work done, all services provided.

For Senior Executives we engage in a thorough six-month Level-Up coaching program which helps Executives build self awareness and focus on specific areas of growth. Our process involves:

  • A thorough assessment with input from key stakeholders including managers, HR, current and past team members, peers, partners, etc.,
  • Six-to-ten in-depth 30-40 minute interviews to solicit detailed feedback on key metrics, with anecdotal examples in a wide range of situations.
  • A summary of feedback and input presented to coachee for review and input.
  • Presentation of feedback and growth plan made by Coachee to Manager on a strategy for closing targeted gaps in performance, for smoothing jagged edges. 
  • Weekly meetings following the 3-3-10-30 rule (3 things you did this week, 3 things you’ll do in the coming week, less 10 minutes to write it up, 30 minutes to connect and discuss what you need from the Coach or the Manager to make it happen), with one in-depth opportunity/challenge scenario for deeper conversation. 

Executive Coaching

For technologists-turned managers, we engage in a three month process for successfully navigating from technologist to manager. Our process involves:

  • A thorough assessment with input from key stakeholders including managers, HR, teammates, peers, etc.,
  • Three-to-six in-depth 20-30 minute interviews to solicit detailed feedback on key metrics, with anecdotal examples in a wide range of situations.
  • A summary of feedback and input presented to coachee for review and input.
  • Presentation of feedback and growth plan made by Coachee to Manager on a strategy for closing targeted gaps in performance, for smoothing jagged edges. 
  • Weekly meetings following the 3-3-10-30 rule (3 things you did this week, 3 things you’ll do in the coming week, 10 minutes to write it up, 30 minutes to connect and discuss what you need from the Coach or the Manager to make it happen), with one scenario for deep conversation. 

For mid-level managers, we engage in a three-month process focused on growing management and leadership expertise which raises self-awareness and while also raising the performance bar. The process involves:

  • A thorough assessment with input from key stakeholders including managers, HR, teammates, peers, etc.,
  • Three-to-six in-depth 20-30 minute interviews to solicit detailed feedback on key metrics, with anecdotal examples in a wide range of situations.
  • A summary of feedback and input presented to coachee for review and input.
  • Presentation of feedback and growth plan made by Coachee to Manager on a strategy for closing targeted gaps in performance, for smoothing jagged edges. 
  • Weekly meetings following the 3-3-10-30 rule (3 things you did this week, 3 things you’ll do in the coming week, 10 minutes to write it up, 30 minutes to connect and discuss what you need from the Coach or the Manager to make it happen), with one for deep conversation.  

Find out more about our custom programs for high-performing sales executives. 

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Compassionate Candor

Often when we work with our client companies and client leaders, there are conflicts between people, between teams, between companies.

Based on the research and book Radical Candor by Kim Scott, and our own work experience, the only productive conversations are both Compassionate and Candid.

  • Candor without Empathy is being a Jerk.
  • Compassion without Candor is being a Pushover or Brown-Nose.
  • With no Candor and no Compassion, you’re not saying or doing anything meaningful or authentic. You are a Time-Waster or Blamer or Fault-Finders.

Compassionate Candor

But consistently having conversations with both Compass and Candor is not always enough. Adopting an ‘ALL-IN, ALL-ONE’ Mindset is also important.

ALL-IN, ALL-ONE Mindset

We advocate adopting ‘ALL-IN, ALL-ONE’ Mindset so our clients can better understand the circumstances and the motivations of the stakeholders and to better strategize and plan on how to best address a conflict. An ‘ALL-IN, ALL-ONE’ mindset:

  • Reminds everyone that they are on the same team, so it benefits Everyone when any ONE person succeeds, while helping everyone to work on a common purpose;
  • Provides us with energy and hope, so that we can be fully committed (all-in) and fully trusting of the team (all-one);
  • Connects everyone to a higher purpose, a higher goal than one he/she could do on their own;
  • Helps align everyone on a common purpose, and a common plan on how to achieve that purpose;
  • Encourages respect and acceptance of people who are not-like-you;
  • Empowers everyone at all levels to express their motivations and interests so that it can be factored in with the strategy and execution;
  • Invites respectful debate when appropriate with no room for dissension when a decision has been made;
  • Increases the likelihood of receiving a more diverse range of effective options and opportunities;
  • Helps any individual member (and the team) to understand when she/he is not a good fit for the team and make plans accordingly and
  • Emboldens all of us to keep reaching for stars, in a way that’s All IN, All-ONE.

For a sampling of how integrate our Compassionate Candor approach to communication and our All-IN, ALL-ONE mindset, schedule a no-obligation 15-minute call.


Reported outcomes of our coaching services include below:

Improved Leadership Qualities

  • Greater Clarity and Prioritization
  • Greater Short-Term Focus
  • Larger and Broader Long-Term Focus
  • Renewed Commitment and Confidence

Refined Communication Skills

  • Better Frame Situations Based on Immediacy, Relevance, and Priorities
  • Better Understand and Communicate ‘Your Side of the Net’
  • Better Communicate Status and Ownership
  • Improved Speaking and Communication to Larger and More Diverse Audiences

Management Successes

  • Improved Decision-Making Skills
  • Enhanced Creativity and Innovation with the Team
  • Greater Effectiveness and Better Performance

Relationships and Networks

  • Improved Relationships within and Outside the Team
  • Larger Ecosystem of Partners and Providers
  • Longer-term Relationships with Larger Range of Partners
  • Improved Balance in all Aspects of Life
  • Increased Collaboration Across Teams

See below to learn about Linda’s Coaching Style, in the form of testimonials.

Investors

  • Linda’s decades of strategic involvement in multiple industries, at different company stages, across corporate roles is on full display as she vets start-ups for funding consideration.  VC Partner

Executives

  • Linda’s ability to execute efficiently and effectively herself not only models the way, but inspires her coachees to be more productive and more engaged.  Product Management Executive
  • Linda’s ability to translate what executives say and what they mean has helped me be a better listener, a better manager, a better executive.  Engineering Director
  • Linda’s ability to translate customer requests and input to the executives, engineers, product and business professionals have helped us more efficiently execute on our business imperatives.  General Manager 
  • Every coaching conversation emphasizes communication and execution tactics and techniques which are both compassionate and candid.  CHRO

Sales Professionals

  • Linda is customer-oriented, tech-philic, creative and innovative. She is superb at positioning our solutions to the wide range of decision-makers in our network and even better at teaching our team to do it themselves. Senior Sales Executive
  • Linda is authentic, credible, believable and quotable. She has taught me how to adopt these talents myself.  Sales Top-Performer
  • Linda is the kind of strategic visionary who can envision and realize a brighter possibility, using existing technologies, resources and partnerships. General Manager
  • People call Linda ‘the Mayor’ for the reason. She can connect you to so many great people. Marketing and Sales Executive 

Each corporate partner receives 30 minutes of coaching (or program support) each month. Additional on-call coaching is available for $200/30-minutes.

Corporate partners can sign up for a 30-minute coaching session by visiting https://cal.mixmax.com/fountainblue/30 and remit payment by visiting https://secure.networkmerchants.com/r/u9dii.

Payment is requested prior to service. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 

Read about Linda’s background and see additional testimonials or e-mail us at info@whenshespeaks.com.