Executive Coaching

Experience is the best teacher, and the steep learning curve of the business world takes time, and that’s risky! Chief executive officers, executives and new business owners can rarely afford the luxury of figuring out things as they go. The cost is too great, if not fatal.

Michael Whatmore brings 35 years of business experience to the table. He guides each client towards real gains, allowing coachees to see their businesses and careers from a richer perspective. He offers:

  • Executive coaching, for middle and senior managers and business executives
  • CEO and business coaching, generally for businesses that have plateaued and for specialists (what Michael often refers to as “people with a professional education or training, and who find themselves in business as a result”) fields such as law, health care and other disciplines, where starting and managing their own businesses are secondary to their specific education.

Let Michael help you rediscover your motivation, develop the essential and necessary skills to overcome challenges, seize opportunities for growth and discover strengths that will help you better lead your company.

For 35 years, Michael Whatmore has run top-level departments in major North American companies and is a leading executive coach for middle and senior-level executives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to executive individual coaching; Michael offers training seminars for your department or team in marketing, effective communications, strategic planning and a unique program targeted at generating fresh ideas. He is a dynamic facilitator, a keynote speaker, and a business development consultant.

If you’re an executive, high-level manager, or business owner, here are some results you can expect to achieve while working with Michael Whatmore:

  • Love what you do
  • Lead with confidence
  • Manage conflict with creativity, compassion, and certainty
  • Get great feedback
  • Communicate effectively
  • Earn more money

Read about clients success with Michael. Connect with Michael Whatmore, now and select a coaching package that is right for you.

See what business leaders are saying about Michael.

Schedule a FREE Coaching Session: Contact Michael Whatmore now, Email: jmw@michaelwhatmore.com or call (650) 444-5881 for a no-charge Discovery Session. We will jointly decide if working together makes sense.

Experience is the best teacher

Experience is the best teacher, and the steep learning curve of the business world takes time, and that’s risky! Chief executive officers, executives and new business owners can rarely afford the luxury of figuring out things as they go. The cost is too great, if not fatal.

Michael Whatmore brings 35 years of business experience to the table. He guides each client towards real gains, allowing coachees to see their businesses and careers from a richer perspective. He offers:

  • Executive coaching, for middle and senior managers and business executives
  • CEO and business coaching, generally for businesses that have plateaued and for specialists (what Michael often refers to as “people with a professional education or training, and who find themselves in business as a result”) fields such as law, health care and other disciplines, where starting and managing their own businesses are secondary to their specific education.

Let Michael help you rediscover your motivation, develop the essential and necessary skills to overcome challenges, seize opportunities for growth and discover strengths that will help you better lead your company.

What To Expect?

Michael brings certainty to coaching. Ensuring the right fit and establishing mutual trust are essential components to a successful coaching engagement. Thus, Michael begins with a 45-minute, pro bono coaching consultation to:

  • Discuss your unique needs and situation
  • Assess the potential for rapport
  • Decide if you and Michael want to work together
  • Discuss how functioning together might work
  • Decide if Michael is the best coach to help you achieve your objectives

After this initial consultation, you will be able to make your decision with confidence.

In most cases, Michael will work with executive coaching clients for an hour per week. It is crucial to meet frequently for the first three to four months in order to establish an optimal working relationship and to allow Michael to get an accurate sense of your goals, operating style, and how he can bring the greatest value to your situation.

Meetings are always scheduled with your best interests in mind. Michael can accommodate a preference for fewer, longer sessions or shorter, more frequent ones. Clients often have deliverables that guide future sessions or urgent situations that require immediate attention. As a client, your needs always drive the agenda.

Executive and CEO business coaching delivers “soft” benefits, such as increased confidence, better decision-making skills, improved staff management, greater job satisfaction and renewed engagement, all of which lead to better functioning teams and more profitable businesses.

There are “quantifiable” advantages as well. Michael’s clients can feel secure that their investment will be recovered; even better, they should derive seven to 10 times the fee value resulting from improved performance and productivity.

Michael’s perspective is that every client is capable of improvement and greatness. His client-centered approach focuses on real-world issues, which business executives face every day. He engages the imagination and creativity of the leaders he works with.

What do you envision for your future? How about the future of your company?

What do you need to unlock your biggest opportunities?

Where is your pain?

What does “success” mean to you?

Strategic questions, and constructive feedback with continual support and sound advice help clients unlock the answers to their most stubborn challenges.

You can reach Michael by email: jmw@michaelwhatmore.com or phone at (650) 444-5881 to schedule a no-charge Discovery Session.

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Why Transformational Leadership Training is Invaluable for a New CEO inheriting existing staff

Being the new kid on the block and the leader are not easy. Staff will not automatically know what you expect nor will they necessarily fall into alignment with your vision. In addition to a preexisting corporate culture and social hierarchy, you very often have political sensitivities, back stories, and even latent conflicts, making communications messy.

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How Corporate Coaching Helps Eliminate Emotional Roadblocks

Here are my core beliefs about corporate coaching:

My coachee is capable and creative.
A coaching relationship requires mutual respect, trust, and honesty.
Motivation is best when the coach connects with the coachee’s agenda.
A coach aids a coachee in overcoming obstacles to success.
Coaches encourage self-direction and excellence.
Coaches help coachees be accountable and move to action.
Questions are often more powerful than statements.

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How to Increase Workforce Productivity By Adding Workplace Competition

According to a recent survey, nearly half of senior managers believe that employee competitiveness has increased over the last decade.

Orchestrating internal competition is a good way to increase workforce productivity and leverage the natural undercurrent that exists in an organization. Creating and recognizing a fast-track organizational achievement is a brilliant management move.

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Applying Hewitt-Gleeson’s X10 Thinking, CVS and BVS Principles to Your Team Leadership

Often, “why” can be considered a challenge, and reactions to that word can be a bit testy. Folks naturally want to defend their current view. If they are not careful, the idea of asking why certain things happen can perhaps lead to defensive explanations rather than thoughtful views of what the situation could become. The worst-case scenario is that people continue to hold the same view and defend their position—without considering ways to improve it.

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