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Larry Seal is, by far, the best executive coach and leadership trainer I've come across in my work. What makes him so uncommonly good is his extraordinary intuition, his ability to listen for what matters, and his down-to-earth, yet infectious, personality. All of these aspects of Larry build fast trust with our people. In our company, he is well known as a confidante and trusted adviser to many people, at all levels, from executives to entry-level managers. No job is too big or small which speaks to his genuine interest in simply helping people to be their best wherever they are in their journey.
Laura Marvin is not only an inspiration but a phenomenal facilitator. She was able to connect with my team immediately, creating a comfortable, trusting environment for our offsite. Through the Leadership Series, Accelerating Team Performance, she helped us become more aligned and we were able to develop a team focus. I look forward to working with Laura again!
I had the pleasure of working with Cathy in the executive coaching program at GSN Games, provided to rising leaders in the company, over the course of 1 year. Cathy was instrumental to my professional development as a leader. Some of the traits that set Cathy set apart from other coaches I’ve interacted with are: (a) high EQ and gauge of company and org culture (b) understanding of self-awareness and energy management (c) valuing cultural differences and adapting communication styles to both the coached employee and the organization. Cathy was able to learn the leadership styles of my peers and upper management and crystalize how to effectively communicate with these stakeholders. In parallel, she invested time in understanding my team’s needs and work/communication styles, helping me in managing both up, down and laterally. She made this possible through tailoring my coaching experience to my employee value proposition, leadership style and cultural style, while making it a fun and rewarding experience! I highly recommend working with Cathy in any coaching capacity!
The workshop provided by Grace went really good to remind us of the fundamental of the value proposition not only by the well prepared contents but also exciting work experience and best practice. With her dynamism, her professionalism, her international experience and her impressive communication skills, she got the whole audience completely interested and motivated by the workshop. This workshop is definitely the one that marketing manager of our organization should have and I absolutely recommend Grace as the instructor.
I've been through several similar sessions on leadership effectiveness. Most assume you're a new manager, but this was different. It really focused on the small changes that ANYONE can make to be more effective. I was skeptical coming in, but I learned a lot I can put to use immediately.
SEED Beauty has been working with Engaged Leadership and Laura Marvin, exclusively, for the last several years. The scope has included leadership development of our middle management as well as working closely with our executive team. After interviewing several firms and now knowing what Laura Marvin has delivered, I can without hesitation endorse Engaged Leadership and Laura Marvin personally. She has a unique ability to deeply understand a company’s culture and vision and how to help bridge that gap. She has become a trusted partner for myself to tackle the most challenging talent issues.
This session consisted of both training/education that was very insightful and valuable long- and short-term. But, more importantly, we leveraged that training the second day to agree to many team protocols and operational efficiencies that we willl start using immediately. It was very successful in that we will use much of what we learned immediately
I worked closely with Susan to develop a leader on my team who was taking on a bigger role and working through addressing personal challenges. The transformation was tremendous to everyone on the team and throughout the organization. Susan brings experience, expertise, drive, and a refreshing levity to the world of coaching. This driven, yet down-to-earth style makes working with her an absolute pleasure.
Larry is an executive's dream coach. His coaching is direct and insightful, yet empathetic. His insights into leading at the executive level were very valuable in supporting my transition into a new and challenging role. I can't imagine a better coaching combination for someone leading at a senior level.
One of the greatest benefits Larry brings to the coaching process is his communication style. He makes it seem like a natural art form. He has the ability to communicate effectively in any situation whether it's friendly or confrontational. I have taken pages of notes trying to emulate his talent for communicating.
Laura has facilitated multiple Team Workshops for me and my teams and, without a doubt, has made all the difference in my success as a leader. What I value most about Laura is her coaching style and objectivity. She puts people at ease quickly, which enables positive interaction at every level. She is direct and concise, relative to her findings and recommendations, and takes a personal interest in her customer’s success. Over the years, I have been consistently recognized for my leadership skills and view my partnership with Laura as a key contributor to my success.
Larry has a natural gift to bring out the best in people. Our conversations are rich in content and deeply thought provoking. I have found myself growing in ways that I did not think possible. He has proven to be a trusted, respected, and insightful mentor for me in areas of personal growth and leadership development. I enthusiastically looked forward to our interactions & feel that I walk away from these conversations knowing myself more thoroughly and being prepared to lead more effectively. Larry has achieved "speed dial" status on my trusted advisers list!
The best management training session I've ever taken part in. Thought provoking, but yet very practical and applicable at the same time.
I’ve worked with Larry over several years and he continues to exceed my expectations. He has a great approach in working with all types of executives and helps bring out the best in them. He has a unique open style which makes people comfortable and gets them to really think hard on what they need to do to become better managers and leaders and, to great extent, better people. He’s thoughtful and serious with a light touch when required. Most importantly, Larry cares and those he works with know it. I’ve worked with and have sponsored a number of executive coaches over the years and I still believe Larry is definitely one of the best.
One of the biggest takeaways for me today was this statement, "People issues are not interruptions for me—people issues are my work."
Larry and I first met shortly after I was promoted to the role of President at Kabam. In our first session, I was struck by his passion, energy, and enthusiasm; all of which is awe-inspiring and infectious. Over the next 12 months, our work together was transformative. I have a very clear understanding of my personal and professional strengths and weaknesses. I have access to a substantially expanded tool kit of battle-tested leadership strategies and tactics. I also have expanded confidence in my ability to own and drive results to maximum scale. In short, I look back on my time with Larry and question why I didn't sign up to work with him sooner.
Cathy is a great coach. While she has very deep knowledge on leadership across various dimensions, her real strength is helping people find their own answers by guiding them through tailored and profound questions. Cathy asks questions about “who you are” and helps people find their own strengths to leverage. She emotionally connects and the coaching relationships sustain beyond the on-site process time. She has a deep understanding on cultural differences and she helps people understand how the leadership can be more effective across different cultural nuances. It has been my pleasure and honor to work with her and I am more than happy to work with her again on any critical leadership development needs.
John is a wonderful coach and consultant. He is intelligent, insightful, thoughtful, and empathetic, and he has helped many individuals and teams recognize potential pitfalls and change behaviors in ways that have led to positive growth and development. He is excellent at assessing business needs and working with senior management, consistently demonstrates very high integrity in all he says and does, and is invested in all projects he undertakes. He will always be on the top of my "go to" list when people and teams express their desire for development.
Grace helped greatly our people to enhance their skills as a professional marketer. Our people enjoyed her class that is highly engaging and dynamic. I would highly recommend Grace to support your learning and development for your organization!
Zen and the art of management — Larry's coaching has left an indelible mark on my work. He listens, he cares, he provides deep and meaningful feedback, and concrete ways to "up your game." If you're the type of person who doesn't like to be challenged, Larry isn't for you. But, if you're the type of person who is intensely curious about honing leadership qualities that extend beyond the boardroom and your directly managed team, then Larry is your coach.
Larry's feedback is direct and to the point, insightful, and thought provoking. His questions prompt you to sort out a problem on your own.