Welcome, and Congratulations! — You are among a choice few senior executives exploring Executive Coaching — Let me explain ...
A Miles Group/Stanford University survey found that almost all CEOs, C-Suite, and Senior Executives would like an outside coach, but a surprising 65% don't seek it out.
This is a curious contradiction considering senior leaders face more formidable challenges than ever before! One vexing issue is the unpredictability of the current business climate.
According to the August CEO Confidence Index, almost two-thirds of Chief Executive Officers believe business conditions are continuing a yearlong slide, and confidence has plunged to its lowest point since October 2016.
The United States is on recession watch as market signals flash red. Manufacturing is straining under a tit-for-tat trade war, business investment is slowing, and consumer confidence is showing cracks creating even more anxiety and heartburn for senior execs.
Despite upbeat statements to the contrary emanating from Washington, the chance of a recession over the next 12 months climbed to 38% in August. The closely-watched US Treasury yield curve, is now at the highest level since the Great Recession of 2008.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, well-known economist, Harvard University professor, and former treasury secretary Larry Summers has warned of a looming downturn. Summers places the odds of a recession before 2021 at nearly 50% — and described a “black-hole scenario” in which rates could get stuck at zero. “I haven’t been this alarmed since the 2008 financial crisis,” he admitted.
Regardless of the imprecise projections on timing, or the severity of a possible economic downturn, this is no time to wait and hope that we will escape it. The Shadow of 2008 has triggered 'Recession PTSD,' and it's vitally important to act on the one crucial lesson from our 2008 experience — Prepare now for the crunch!
If you feel a sense of urgency, read on...
THE 'VALUE PROPOSITION' OF AN EXECUTIVE COACH
VALUE OF AN EXECUTIVE COACH — A seasoned, executive coach assists you with an outside perspective, and a new pair of eyes. He will assist you and your team to prepare for potential trouble by 1) aligning and fortifying your senior leadership team, 2) helping you to navigate challenges during the storm, and 3) ensuring your continued and sustainable success once the turmoil ends.
PERSPECTIVE — The best executive coach sees and hears things that you don't, and that helps bring clarity and direction to your vision and goals. He is a strategic partner that provides an independent, expert, third-party perspective with no biases or preferences.
IMMUNITY TO CORPORATE POLITICS — Internal politics prevent a leader from getting the straight scoop. Subordinates often try to ingratiate themselves with the boss, or are fearful their unvarnished feedback will negatively impact their career. A seasoned outside coach is your trusted partner and has neither of these concerns because he is immune to corporate politics, and this allows him to give candid, straightforward advice, and counsel.
MEET Dr. JOHN BRADY
If you have read this far, you may be getting a strong nudge to seriously consider getting an executive coach — That is where I come in!
EXPERIENCE MATTERS — Looking at my picture you'll see I've been around the block a bit. I've worked in the corporate 'trenches' in diverse industries worldwide for four decades, and my clients refer to me as an éminence grise (fr. Grey Eminence, Grey Beard) — A fancy French term that signifies that clients consider me a wise, respected, trusted advisor.
SEASONED VETERAN — I know the challenges facing senior executives, and if your experience is anything like mine, being a leader is no picnic. It means more people depend on you, and it's almost impossible to "turn off" your worries and concerns. The days are long, and it's tough to get a good night's sleep most days of the week. Your schedule is always packed, and weekends don't mean anything anymore. The relentless stress on you and your family strains relationships in ways that most 9-to-5er's can’t comprehend or appreciate.
"HEALTH WARNING" — Being a CEO and senior exec should also come with a "Health Warning!" The stress of being perpetually overworked, overstressed, and exhausted takes a tremendous toll on your mind and body. The constant pressure leads to frustration, disappointment, irritation, anger, depression, anxiety, and burnout.
STRESS IS A KILLER — Chronic stress makes senior executives especially susceptible to adverse health issues. It releases sustained, high levels of the 'fight-or-flight' steroid Cortisol with long-term results such as chronic migraines, digestive issues, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. I’ve been there, and stress therapy solutions are an integral part of my coaching process.
THE BOTTOM LINE — If I were you I'd be asking myself, "If this guy is for real, and knows how tough the senior exec grind is, why does he keep slogging away to help other CEOs and senior execs?" — The answer is simple – I am an evangelist for ethical leadership and an advocate for the principles of good faith and plain dealing. My passion is coaching leaders and teams who are committed to serving the best interests for all concerned because I believe leaders who Deliberate with Wisdom, Speak with Honesty, and Lead with Integrity will change the world.
I maintain a small, exclusive coaching clientele so that I can provide each executive with high quality, personalized attention. I am an 'on-call' resource, and you should expect significant forward progress and momentum in your personal and professional life.
Generally, clients come to me by referral; however, I make exceptions for ethical CEOs and senior executives who make the effort to seek me out on their own. If you feel that you are a viable candidate, let’s discuss your situation, expectations, and level of commitment to determine if we are a good fit for a long-term partnership.
At its core, our coaching relationship is a partnership based on mutual trust, rapport, and total commitment.
GOLD STANDARD COACHING
THE BRADY METHOD — I have redefined executive coaching. Other coaches use a programmatic 'cookie-cutter' approach, but my experientially-based process is specifically designed around your unique needs. It expedites learning, creates awareness, and generates action that produces significant personal and professional growth.
My clients and colleagues consider me the Gold Standard of executive coaching, and my premium fees reflect my clients' success. CEOs and senior executives tell me, “You are worth ten times what you charge!”
Judge for yourself by reading the Client Results page on this site, and discover the real-life narratives of senior executives who have partnered with me as their coach. You'll find inspiring stories of leaders who significantly improved the quality of their personal and professional lives, achieved greater recognition and respect from their employees, peers, shareholders, and successfully transformed their companies in the process.
THE Ts & Cs — Coaching is an investment in quality leadership, and fees and expenses are customarily funded by the CEOs and Senior Executives' companies; however, I am often retained directly by executives. Below is a brief description of the Terms and Conditions of my coaching engagements:
1) LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP — The coaching process is a long-term partnership (usually a year or more; the average being eighteen months to two years). I have clients that have retained me for over ten years.
2) PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT — Engagements are secured with a Professional Services Agreement (Retainer) which includes;
a) Professional fees and services. These are paid in advance on a six-month (half-year) basis.
b) Expenses (travel, materials, etc.). These are separate and invoiced monthly, payable upon receipt.
c) All travel-related expenses are strictly Business Class, including airfare, lodging, etc.
If you are committed to ethical leadership, personal and professional growth, making a significant difference in peoples' lives, and want the best master executive coach in the business, Please consider this a personal invitation to chat about your needs...
...There is No obligation; No sales pitch; Just two professionals having a confidential, common sense chat.
Call, text, or drop me an email at:
Phone: 805.748.9000 — Please leave a voice mail or Text.
John A. Brady, Ph.D.
If you or your company are in a crunch, crucial crossroad, or leadership/business emergency, I am available on a short-term basis (see Services Page).
Services are provided on a flat rate basis, no matter how long it takes to deal with your immediate need. A short-term retainer and advance payment are required that cover my fee and Business Class travel, and other expenses.
After your immediate challenge dealt with and you wish to extend my services, consideration may be made to discount a new long-term agreement.
You'll be in good hands!
JOHN A. BRADY, Ph.D., EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND BACKGROUND
John Brady graduated from the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California, one of the country’s leading universities in the West widely known and respected for its "learn-by-doing" ethos. Owen Servatius's tenure as the Dean of the School of Business and Social Sciences focused students' abilities on 'hitting the ground running' upon graduation. Brady earned his B.S. and MBA in Organizational Behavior and began his management career with AT&T. Brady continued his graduate education as an AT&T Fellow earning an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology to assist with Bell System divestiture.
John has worked in the corporate trenches for four decades. His varied management experience in information systems, marketing, engineering, and construction functions gave him well-rounded experience in corporate operations.
Brady began his leadership and organizational consulting career after leaving AT&T, and his first-hand experience during the 1983-84 AT&T divestiture has proven invaluable in assisting senior leaders and their companies in navigating challenging organizational change. John's organizational expertise has been instrumental in the most successful, large-scale corporate transformations in the U.S.
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