Chicago Executive Coaching Success Stories

 


To guard our clients’ privacy, their names are withheld.  We will facilitate connections with qualified prospective clients, as needed.


Thank You“I liked your style, which is why I chose to work with you.  I know of a few other management coaches that are too forceful and opinionated – telling you how to “fix” your business in the first 10 minutes with little or no historic knowledge.  I appreciated that you got to know me first and my issues before spouting advice.  I also like the little follow-up emails – some good items come across once you reflect upon our discussions.  And I liked how I could divert the conversation to current issues if need be.”

– President, Information Technology/Software company


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Most valuable was the overall philosophy of operating from my strengths, which was very different than the coaching I was hearing in the office, which addressed shoring up my weaknesses. I enjoyed the weekly face to face meetings immensely since that held me accountable to getting the work done.

I learned from every aspect of the process. I have tons more clarity around what my strengths are as I am now in job seeking mode. I have clarity around what roles will suit me based who I am and what I’m good at. I also have been much better about goal formation and resolution.

Through the process I grew to question why I am who I am and that uncovered hidden gems around what makes me tick personally. Having those personal aspects in place has created a stronger foundation from which to build my professional house again.

 – Consumer Insights Director – Global Food Service


QuoteMy experience rates a 10 out of 10. Tom is really talented and clearly loves what he does to bring the enthusiasm.  He combines his experiences and professionally developed coaching skills with his intellect and intuition to utilize them all well.  The delivery was skilled and compassionate. The content was amazing.  He also shows a good command of the content, its origins and its ultimate purpose.  He knows where he is going with it and is able to change up approaches and/or frameworks to get there on the fly.

As a result, I have enhanced my personal satisfaction with my job, increased effectiveness at inspiring and leading my staff. We now have faster and more efficient meetings.  I’m able to provide more clarity to my expectations. I have a happier staff, more personal effectiveness in all life areas all around. More confidence. Richer personal life.

– CEO, Financial Services Firm


QuoteOver the course of the year, Tom has calmed me down a lot and helped me see that I was more in control than I thought, and that other people weren’t in control as I thought they were. I would also add that Tom made himself tremendously available to me when I was going through some pretty difficult times and had few people to talk to. This was invaluable, and I am forever grateful. Also, although I am still challenged by my scenario, my ability to read the situation is much better. I got to the point at the end of our engagement where my confidence was back and there was less to work on. This is a good thing!!! I am much better at dealing with difficult people. Also, I did like learning that I score highly on three dimensions including Creativity, which is quite rare. This has really given me insight into my strengths and particularly my ability to see solutions to problems that other people don’t see. This understanding has also helped me communicate better with others; I understand that others may not see what I see, so I have to help them see it.

– Global Strategy Director, Financial Services Firm


QuoteTom did a great job in connecting with me as a person, helping to guide me in understanding of my approach and interaction with people and providing me with a road map for life.  I’ve discovered the importance of qualify of life balance, prioritization of work flow, and family interaction improvement

Most valuable was the gap awareness process of who I am, who I want to become and how to get there.

Highly recommended for people who are in the process of transitioning to a new role.

I am measurably better with my ability to identify individual personality traits in people and how to adjust my approach to improve communication and leadership ability.  And I earned the promotion.

–  Regional Medical Director, Veterinary Medical Centers 


QuoteBefore I started working with Tom I would have said that goal planning was one of my strengths. I still think I am good at it but  going through this process has taught me that I am weak at making business arguments.  Tom has helped me to formulate my thoughts, bring in data when needed and has helped me with sentence structure all with the plan of influencing others with a business argument. Working one-on-one with a coach was a much better decision then sending me to a few classes.

– VP Sales, Global Consumer Goods Company


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It’s been just over a year since we started on the coaching journey, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity afforded me to take it with you. I sincerely appreciate your flexibility in arranging our meeting times, which I’m sure required some patience on your part.

I have a deeper appreciation for the power of positive thinking and what influences attitudes and behaviors. Creating and using affirmations has been a useful exercise.
The supplementary videos were inspirational and directly applicable. I appreciated having the diagnostic profiles to refer to as I gained knowledge and perspective on the leadership principles.

Truly, I’ve been able to accomplish more — and enjoy my accomplishments more — as a result of your coaching. I definitely have more work to do and habits to fine tune but the foundation is established for me to be open to the process of fulfilling my leadership potential. Thank you!

Sr. Managing Director, Practice Leader – Global Consulting Firm


QuoteI made the most improvements or marked growth with my intangibles. I learned valuable lessons on leadership and what its true essence is about. I loved learning about the power of well engineered questions and how to use them in a professional setting. The thought process around the goal planning process is incredibly useful and can be applied in many ways. I understand more now than ever how to engage people to get them to perform to a high level and to an aligned vision. In the area of time management, I learned that I need additional structure in my day to be more effective and work on the multiple areas where I have to engage in on a daily basis.  Most importantly, I learned that all the answers lie within myself. It’s all up to me.

– Director, Global Packaging Manufacturer


QuoteI would like to take this opportunity to thank you for coaching me to become a better leader and manager. Now I am able to implement what I learned last year and trust it will lead to better results for the company. Thank you once again.  I am becoming a better leader one day at a time.

– CEO, IT Staffing Company


QuoteI was blown away by the professionalism exhibited by Tom. He’s a great listener and coach. Even disagreeing with him was a pleasurable experience. I’m much more patient. Our sales goals have been met two months in a row.

 – General Manager – Automotive Electronic Recycling & Distribution


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Our annual sales were up 33% while our labor cost stayed constant.  That would not have happened without our Executive Leadership program.

– President, Metal Fabricator


QuoteWe just had the best month in the 10 year history of the company in sales, margin and profit.  You have helped us to turn this company around.

– President, Construction Products Manufacturer


QuoteLast summer, I took my family on a ten day vacation and for the first time, I never once called in to the office.  When I returned I found that there really were no problems that my people couldn’t handle.  I thank you for that.

– President & Founder, Construction Products company


QuoteI’ve gotten out of the quagmire.

President- Automotive Accessories Co.

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QuoteThe benefits far outweighed the cost in both money spent and time invested. Your presence and your skills helped us find that extra hour a day you promised.

–  President, Electronic Device Manufacturer

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QuoteIf we had done this ten years ago, I’d be in Colorado right now.

– President, Security Alarm Co.

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QuoteOne immediate change from the new cost vs. revenue tracking method is that it is REALLY making me consider our costs before offering a proposal. And it forces me to meet with staff to get THEM to buy into the time estimate. Our people are really supportive of this approach. They are conscientious and really want to be successful. I think this is already creating a team approach to the firm’s time management.

– President, Architectural Services Firm


I can’t begin to tell you how helpful your insight was into the … mind of our overextended, grumpy (foreign owner). I believe without your careful coaching and positioning of the “important matters” we would have been unsuccessful in salvaging a very good and profitable business for everyone. Your outline approach and “high points” mechanisms allowed us to key into the real problems without putting anyone on the defensive thus…. having everyone leave the conference feeling as though they got what they wanted and no one got screwed. I have tried to conduct myself in a manner since that time of conflict in a less confrontational way and to be more sympathetic to their issues.

– US Division President, International Sporting Goods Manufacturer; Conflict Resolution Client

QuoteI can’t begin to tell you how helpful your insight was into the … mind of our overextended, grumpy (foreign owner). I believe without your careful coaching and positioning of the “important matters” we would have been unsuccessful in salvaging a very good and profitable business for everyone. Your outline approach and “high points” mechanisms allowed us to key into the real problems without putting anyone on the defensive thus…. having everyone leave the conference feeling as though they got what they wanted and no one got screwed. I have tried to conduct myself in a manner since that time of conflict in a less confrontational way and to be more sympathetic to their issues.

– US Division President, International Sporting Goods Manufacturer; Conflict Resolution Client


QuoteSince completing the program, I find myself asking the question, “Am I making the most out of my time right now?”  Another thing that the program has done is to allow me to look at my failures as experiences to learn from.  It has given me a new “never give up” attitude toward everything I do.

– Leadership Coaching Client


QuoteBusiness Coach Tom Lemanski has helped me to discover the powerful reasons for working from a place of WHY. I highly recommend starting a conversation with him to discover your WHY.

– CEO, Financial Services Company


QuoteI applied the goal setting process personally and have lost 35 pounds.

–  President, Electronic Device Manufacturer

 


In these past weeks, I have used my mind more than I’ve probably used it in the past 5 years. Now I think about the future.


QuoteIn our satisfaction surveys, our customers are consistently rating us at ten on a ten point scale. We are averaging 9.7!


Thank you for helping me understand the value of my position, my family and my work.


Thanks for kicking my but when I needed it most.


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