As a coach I work with senior leaders who are facing a significant challenge or would like to be more effective or fulfilled in their roles.
The majority of my clients are technology company CEOs, and I've worked with leaders in fields ranging from accounting to investing to the law. I see most of my clients in person in San Francisco, and I've worked virtually with people across the U.S. and in places such as Brazil, London and South Africa.
For info on locations, scheduling and fees, see my Coaching Logistics page.
For advice on selecting a coach, see How to Find (and Choose) a Coach.
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As a consultant I work with organizations on issues related to communication, culture and group dynamics.
The majority of my clients are startups in San Francisco, and I've also worked with organizations ranging from small charter schools to global technology companies.
To learn more about the topics I typically address, see my decks on SlideShare.
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As an Instructor and Leadership Coach at the Stanford Graduate School of Business since January 2007, I work with MBA students to help them develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.
I teach The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course that I designed and launched in Spring 2015. I also provide individual coaching and lead teams in the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program, which I helped to launch in 2007, and in most years I teach a section of Leadership Labs. Several times each year I facilitate T-groups in Stanford's Interpersonal Dynamics course, the school's most popular elective--known to most students as Touchy-Feely--and I'll be teaching my own section of the course in Winter 2016. And occasionally I coach leaders who are visiting Stanford to participate in one of the school's Executive Education programs.
Previously at the GSB I developed classes for Taking Stock & Moving Forward, an elective course for Second Year students that I helped to launch in 2009, and I led groups in that course for three years. And in 2008-2010 I served as a Master Coach in the former Leadership Coaching & Mentoring course, before it was integrated with the Leadership Fellows program.
My return to Stanford as one of the school's first in-house executive coaches is one result of the GSB's new curriculum, championed by Dean Garth Saloner, which emphasizes leadership development and experiential learning as critical elements of management education.
I launched my coaching practice in 2006 after a 15-year career in management during which I took two years off to earn an MBA at Stanford. My initial exposure to coaching came as a client during my first job after business school. In that role I relied heavily on the support of my coach Mary Ann Huckabay, one of my best professors at Stanford, who's still my coach today. And I'm indebted to Joe Murphy of Geodesic Consulting, who was an invaluable source of guidance, support and training.
Leadership and Management
Before becoming a coach I helped launch three new organizations, two of which continue to thrive. (The third was an enlightening failure.)
2005-06: I was the first Executive Director of AttentionTrust, which sought to help people make use of the data that reflects what we pay attention to, what we're interested in and what we value. Here's an interview I gave in 2006, and you can learn more by researching the "attention economy."
2005: I served as Senior Consultant with Beaconfire Consulting, which provides a range of technology services to large national and international nonprofits.
2001-05: I was the first Executive Director of the Nonprofit Technology Network, (NTEN). With the support of hundreds of people, I helped take NTEN from a business plan with some startup funding and grew it into an international association of nearly 400 organizations.
1998-2000: I earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
1994-96: I was the first Associate Director at Compass Community Services, where I helped the organization double in size and raised over $1 million.
1992-94: I was the first staff member hired to create the Homeless Children's Network (HCN), where I was responsible for management and fundraising.
I'm married to Amy Wright, currently interim co-director of the Zief Law Library at the USF School of Law, and who I first met in 1983 at Cumberland Valley High School. We've lived in San Francisco since 1990. I'm passionate about music, hiking throughout the Bay Area, and visiting Point Reyes whenever possible. In addition to my MBA from Stanford, I received a BA in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University.