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Professionally, Neil is first and foremost a leadership coach. Trained originally as a psychologist, Neil blends more than 25 years of experience in organizational consulting and the perspective of applied psychology to helping executives build their leadership capabilities. When he is not working one-on-one with senior executives, he can be found working with senior leadership teams, helping them to work initially in a more coordinated, and ultimately collaborative, fashion.
The only professional activity that Neil enjoys more than coaching leaders is training professional coaches. He is a founding faculty member of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Leadership Coaching program, and has been teaching coaching to a diverse body of aspiring coaches for more than ten years. Neil mentored many of the more than 600 students who completed the Georgetown program, and continues to be actively involved in the Georgetown alumni network. He recently joined the faculty of the Georgetown McDonough School of Business to teach in the Executive Master’s in Leadership program, and also coaches students in the Global Masters in Business Administration (GEMBA) program.
Neil believes that wittingly or not, all of us – you, him, everyone – are on a developmental journey. The first challenge is to notice to what degree you like the arc, or trajectory, on which your journey is moving. Coaching is all about intentional development. Development is best understood by comparing it to a story. In the story of your life you are author, narrator, critic and editor. Intentional development, or “life by design,” is all about reclaiming authorship and choice, and creating the future you desire. One of Neil’s favorite tag lines is: “Either you have the story or the story has you.” For leaders, this means being clear about values and capabilities, and building an agenda for others to follow.
Neil regularly consults with organizational clients on such topics as developing leaders, implementing new organizational structures, team building, managing change and uncertainty, and approaches to career development. Neil has frequently been invited to speak to groups and consult with organizational leaders on the role of generational dynamics in the work place. He is proud to have served Capital One, MITRE, The World Bank, O’Melveny & Myers, Genworth, Constellation Energy, ICRW, Federal Judicial Center, IFC, IMF, MITRE, NASD, Nextel, NIH, OCC, SEC, the National Institutes of Health, VF Corporation and Deltek, to name a few of his clients.
Neil has written and delivered presentations extensively on coaching and professional development, and is currently working on a book, UUN: Up Until Now, a handbook for people who aspire to reclaim power, choice and authorship.
Finally, Neil feels blessed several times over: He is the father of two spectacular human beings, Dana and Adam; the Red Sox have won the World Series (twice) in his lifetime; the Patriots won the Super Bowl three times in the opening decade of the 21st century; the Celtics have won all 18 of their championships in his lifetime (but his favorite is the 1981 championship); and in 2008, the best surprise of all, he met Leslie.
“Neil’s mix of lecture and group engagement made the learning feel practical and personalized. I appreciated the space to ask skeptical questions and have the debate.”
RMG Coaching for Managers workshop participant