“Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, and the same is true with Phil’s coaching. It’s a high-investment, high-return scenario that is TRULY worthwhile. Being a “tech guy,” I had my doubts at first about how much Phil, as a business and leadership coach, would truly know about my job and my field.
However, it quickly became apparent that when breaking down obstacles with Phil, the large, seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress morphed into speed bumps, made up of manageable elements. It’s most impressive the way Phil is able to distill my problems or opportunities down to their core sticking points. More often than not, it’s all about people (and not the technology). This especially helped me invest early on in my relationship with Phil, as it helped me quickly get over the biggest hurdle which was… “is this going to be worth my time?” Emphatically, the answer is YES! Working with Phil has been one of the most valuable time investments I’ve made.
The way that Phil asks exploratory questions helps me to understand the problem myself. He’s never judging or critical, just genuinely curious about breaking things down. Most of the time, he’s already got some great ideas on how to get over those individual challenges.
Phil and I work together to brainstorm potential solutions, always finding a way to attack the problem using my ideas and voice. I especially appreciate that even though part of the coaching is to dial in to what my style and voice should be, Phil navigates the line so well between being an authority on problem-solving and being a guiding hand molding my management persona. This helps me stay invested (and excited for!) the coaching process as time goes on. I really feel like I own the progress we’ve made.
I really appreciate that Phil doesn’t accept lackluster effort or performance. I have a feeling that if I wasn’t able to fully invest in the process, he’d let me know that it wasn’t working out.
I am so grateful for the guidance that Phil’s provided, because it’s allowed me to seek advice and help in a non-skeptical way, which is something that had previously been a challenge. This could actually be the greatest benefit of all, as it helps my family and personal life as well as my career. My advice to potential clients is: Make sure you’re ready for real growth and everything that comes along with it, because when you feel like any problem is solvable, your scope widens greatly and the urge to keep the momentum going is strong!”
—Jeff Jordan, Engineering Manager, SolidWorks and Stratasys 3D Printers