Brian@LeadersEdge.me (708) 402-8858
"Brian Becker has had the rare opportunity to work with a wide range of gifted people and organizations that are trying to do very important and very difficult things.  He has proven to be a thoughtful, supportive companion for those who want to keep learning, growing, and serving." - James Wind, M.Div., Ph.D. (President, The Alban Institute, 1995-2014)
"Brian is highly skilled at providing executive leadership coaching. He listens and is insightful, and more importantly, is genuinely curious about your customers and clients. Together you develop strategies to uncover the path forward to address the underlying needs of the people you serve. I implemented his advice, and it led to increased sales and stronger business partnerships that grew my operations." - Michael A. Alden (General Manager, Ascentria Care Alliance)
"Brian has a knack for recognizing and nurturing unseen potential within people, communities, and organizations. He is an active listener with a keen awareness of real challenges facing our world yet models how to operate from a place of abundance, creativity, and gratitude. With Brian, you’ll gain practical tools, an energized vision, and a genuine, long-term friend and champion." - Rebecca Brandt (Co-Founder ABAN (A Ban Against Neglect), Accra, Ghana)
"Brian has extensive experience in coaching nonprofit leaders as they implement new initiatives to meet the needs of their communities.  He listens well, challenges when that is needed, and supports leaders in their leadership work with their Board, constituents and community.  He has extensive experience coaching executives to be more effective with their staff. " - Jim Handrich (Associate Head of Schools, Hong Kong International Schools)
"Brian has been an executive leader for many years. Brian is well-positioned to coach emerging senior leaders and engage the concerns of current executives. He will ask good questions that enable them to identify their strengths, ameliorate their challenges, and find effective paths forward for their organizations." - Shirley J. Roels, Ph.D. (Senior Advisor and Director, NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education - Council of Independent Colleges))
" Brian brings good listening skills, intelligence, workplace experience and compassion to the table when we meet. His insights and suggestions have been helpful to me as a man and as a leader in the business world. " - Steve Brueggeman (Chief Financial Officer, Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation)
"Brian's ability to connect with people and build relationships is a true gift of his. From the first time I met Brian, I could tell I had a lot to learn from him. His way of making complex systems and theories relevant and easy to understand has helped me tremendously. I've grown in my personal, professional and spiritual life because of Brian." - Andrew Steele (Founder, Bloom Africa; Director, Global Church Sponsorship at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
"Brian is a man who is true to his word and always attempts to bring out the best in those with whom he interacts.  Brian has great instincts and possesses an even greater capacity for getting to the root of an issue or problem, even the most difficult of tasks. He is a rare combination of thinker/dreamer mixed with the wisdom of a Christian pragmatist. He is a good man." - Dr. Ralph Wagoner (President, Augustana College, 1993-2000; President, Lutheran Educational Conference on North America, 2000-2010)

Coaching Is:

  • All about you…and your goals and agenda
  • Powerful conversations to uncover potential, resourcefulness, and creativity moving the client towards transformation
  • For people who are ready to make important work and life changes
  • For a mutually agreed upon defined period of time
  • Focusing on the now and the future
  • A whole-person approach

When It Works:

  • Client has a strong (even fierce) desire to learn and grow
  • Chemistry exists between client and coach
  • Top leadership in your organization is committed to growing their leadership team
  • Client is willing to shift agenda as he/she grows
  • Expectation that the “whole person” is coached, not just work issues
  • Process is transparent, yet with complete coach-client confidentiality

What The Coach Does:

  • Ask powerful, discovery questions
  • Clarify vision
  • Hold the client’s agenda
  • Provide accountability around highest elements
  • Encourage self-discovery, unlocking new potential

Coaching Is Not:

    • Problem solving
    • Training, Mentoring, Consulting or Counseling
    • Coercive
    • Friendship or cheerleading
    • Dredging up the past

When It Doesn’t:

  • When the coachee isn’t fully participating
  • If you’re only looking to problem-solve
  • Poor chemistry
  • Expecting the coach to perform “magic”
  • When the coach doesn’t have clear methodology
  • When top leadership isn’t on-board

What The Client Does:

  • Focus on self without being self-centered
  • Listen to intuition and inner voice
  • Challenge existing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors
  • Develop new habits that serve the client’s goals
  • Leverage core strengths
  • Take decisive action
  • Gain healthy perspectives
  • Increase courage to reach new heights

Curious about Coaching?

Leaders Edge offers a confidential, free coaching session.