Want To Accelerate  & Retain
Technical High Potential Employees?

A coach who specializes in
working with technical talent can help

Want To Accelerate Impact?

Need To Avoid Business Missteps?

Important To Retain Valuable Talent?

Want To Ensure Career Advancement?

Please schedule a complimentary discussion about your goals and how I can help.

"As I was being promoted to Engineering Director, Neil showed me how I had to shift gears in my
management approach and he helped me quickly acquire needed new organization leadership skills."

Engineering Director- Candera

"I was placed in a stretch role leading a major initiative.  Neil coached me on the risks to focus on,
the right structure for success and helped me develop important initiative and change management skills."

Sr. Manager - NetApp Inc.

Company Challenges

High potential technical managers and professionals are clearly an important part of a company's success. 

To keep them you need to groom them for growth and so they perform well in new challenging new roles.  This will make sure they are ready when they advance and ensure business, job and career success. 

Here are some typical challenges:

  • Hi Po's can unrealistically think they are ready for advancement when they are not and threaten to leave the company if not advanced
  • Hi Po's that are promoted or given a stretch assignment without being ready are vulnerable in their first few months
  • HR Business Partners sometimes have trouble connecting with technical staff because of all the "techie" talk
  • Hi Po's often don't see HR as relevant to their career success
  • Hi Po's want to feel invested in and sending them to a class is not the personal attention they want
  • It is sometimes difficult for Hi Po's on their own to envision a technical career path without guidance from someone familiar with the specifics of technical career advancement paths
  • Hi Po's naturally overemphasize the "technical" side of things and need to be reoriented to see the impact of their actions on the organization and people side of things
  • Hi Po's will have to do things they have not done before in their career and the challenge can be too big and result in negative organization impact
  • Bosses and HR Business Partners often do not have the bandwidth to focus on Hi Po support as much as is needed
  • Hi Po's want on-going investment in their skills and career development which just as important as compensation to them

How I Can Help

Why Pick Me
I specialize in working with Technical Hi Po's.

For over 20 years I have enjoyed working with technical executives, managers and senior professionals - trained thousands and coached hundreds.  At several high tech companies I designed and led technical Hi Po development and mentoring programs. 

At all levels I can relate to technical Hi Po's where they are in their current position and help them get where they and the company want them to be. 

What I Can Do
I work with each technical Hi Po, their manager and their HR Business Partner to design the right support process that meets the Hi Po's and the company's needs.

Here are some of the things I can do to boost the performance and success of technical Hi Po's in Engineering, IT and  Product Management at any level - individual contributor, project manager, manager and senior manager.

  • Provide strategies to accelerate progress and results
  • Help improve alignment within and outside the team
  • Advice on how to increase staff creativity and innovation
  • Coach on organization redesign for higher performance
  • Provide relevant new tools to deal with issues in the group
  • Give insightful feedback on management or leadership practices
  • Be a sounding board to help think through decisions
  • Provide 360 feedback from boss, peers, direct reports
  • Provide direct, non-political advice on big decisions
  • Help with high impact emotionally charged situations
  • Provide coaching on career vision, career path, career plan

High Tech Experience

My systems design engineering and customer support engineering career experience  equips me to communicate with technical professionals in terms they are comfortable with including "technical speak".  My MBA and years of technical organization transformation experience enables me to help  technical executives ramp organization performance. 

In my Director roles at VMware, Amazon Lab126 and Cisco I led initiatives focused on cross-functional product development improvement, IT system deployment, technical organization redesigns and technical leader development.  Since then I am happy to say I have coached over 400 clients,  the vast majority of whom were in technical or product management roles.

Because of this experience I am seen as a credible resource to coach executives, managers and senior professionals in technical groups like engineering, IT and product management.  I am very passionate about helping talented technical people grow and succeed now and in their career.

This article tells you the things to evaluate so you
get the right coach for your technical Hi Po's.


Neil's Bio

As a Manager Success Coach and a Career Success Coach, Neil has helped over 350 executives, managers and professionals be more successful in their jobs and careers. In his high tech cororate roles he held Director level Business Transformation positions at VMware, Amazon Lab126, and Cisco Systems.  He also held VP Leadership Development positions at GE and USF&G.  Neil has MBA and BS Electrical Engineering degrees and is a Certified Leadership Coach.

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