Why should I choose you ?

As difficult as leadership is in itself, layering depression on to it brings additional challenges. I’ve overcome depression myself, as a result I have a strong empathy in assisting leaders to live more effective, prosperous, and authentic lives. As a entrepreneurial business owner for more than 35 years, I bring a unique perspective to coaching as I’ve been in the trenches of ownership.

The job of a leadership coach is not to provide the answers. It is to encourage and guide you, the leader, to make better and impactful decisions. I am able to coach across all functional areas of the business with a strong focus on the leader’s influence on culture, strategic and financial planning, and employee retention. 

My success, both personally and professionally, was as a direct result of working with my leadership coach and peer group.

Describe your main motivation for being a leadership coach ?

Authenticity is the first casualty of depression. My primary motivation as a coach is utilizing my personal experiences to coach and guide leaders to lead competently and with authenticity. Today, leaders that are working on their mental well-being are poised for success. More and more, mental health awareness is becoming top of mind for leaders and their teams.

Elaborate on the types of situations, challenges or decisions, do you feel you could add the most value to as a coach?

Growth – A leader that does not constantly re-educate and reinvent both themselves and their organizations will not have long-term success. The value I provide as a coach is the experience of first managing and learning to lead effectively – myself. In my entrepreneurial life I have led several organizations. The largest and most complicated grew revenue forty percent (40%) year over year to $100,000,000 annually. Our organization was initially focused on one competency and with our team I added several verticals, both internally and through acquisition, providing a complete service to the client.

Employee Retention – I believe for a business to be successful one of the primary focuses must be on attracting and retaining excellent motivated people. If an organization is employee focused, delivering an excellent customer service experience, though still challenging, is simplified. The organizations I led achieved less than 5% turnover yearly while employing 100’s of people.

Strategic Planning – My experience with coaching clients includes strategic and tactical planning, and positioning organizations for sale and acquisition.

Personal Issues – I have coached clients dealing with divorce and the implications on the business, partnership challenges, family business issues, and bankruptcy – both personal and business.

Do you see any disruptive trends on the horizon for leaders in today’s business environment?

In the current business environment a focus on the mental health of the leader and organization is critical for success. In today’s fast moving world the leader must have clarity, focus and a strong drive to succeed. The stigma(s) of depression on leadership is holding leaders back. This leads to inauthentic behavior and living sad and frustrating lives. Forty percent (40%) of today’s leaders are struggling with some form of mental illness – primarily depression. Suicide, as a result of mental illness is a growing trend in society in general, and business leaders are not immune. Today’s leader must be open and honest about this critical issue. An effective leader is healthy both physically and mentally. The new generation of leaders are more focused in this area realizing that positive mental health is critical for success. The essential benefit I bring to the coaching relationship is that I’ve been the leader struggling with depression, I’ve challenged the condition, and have overcome it. I can help you to regain your authenticity.

client testimonials

I endorse John as key to growth and innovation in my law firm.

Joel Kissack – Kissack Law

It is a pleasure to work with John. Although he frequently asks the tough questions which takes me out of my comfort zone, he has opened my eyes to many new possibilities.

Joe Gilinsky -Financial Planning

John is deeply passionate about my business and makes it his personal goal to help me achieve my goals. His out-of-the-box thinking and “no BS” approach drives value in my business and keeps me on my toes.

Marcus Gillam – Construction

Panigas has the ability to help me see the glaringly obvious!

Jeremy Greven – SaaS

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