Michael has been very effective in the instances where we have engaged him as a coach for leaders within the CPP Investment Board. His coaching is clearly linked to results and effectiveness for the specific role and organizational context and he takes the time to understand these before he begins his work —his is definitely a highly tailored approach versus generic or cookie–cutter. I would certainly place Michael in the very top tier of professional executive coaches operating in North America today.
President & CEO, CPP Investment Board
"Michael provided invaluable guidance during a critical restructuring and culture change in our organization. Michaelís experience helped me gain perspective on the challenges we faced and ultimately, to also step back and recognize the progress that was made. His tools and recommendations will continue to benefit me and the organization in positive ways. Michael is straight forward, honest, challenges you, holds you accountable for your progress, while not losing sight of the improvement already achieved."
Johanne R. Bélanger
President, AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, A Freeman Company
"Michael worked closely with one of the senior members of my team in order to improve this individualís people management and leadership skills. Through one-on-one coaching, regular feedback and interaction, Michael was able to provide the tools for success. There has been material improvement in performance as a result of Michaelís coaching."
Senior executive at Federal Crown corporation
"We've worked with Michael Stern for executive and leadership coaching. Michael brings solid knowledge, expertise and experience to the table and believes in forging strong relationships with his clients. Getting to know us, our business and our needs has enabled him to assist our leaders to reach their full potential."
A. G., Director of HR,
large institutional investment company
"Michael's keen insight provides critical support in navigating through an organization's transformational period —ultimately honing your management skills. His frank, personal style and mentoring approach helps to build an effective strategy for personal and executive growth."
Vice President, Marketing, Grand & Toy
"Michael helped me grow into my new Vice President’s role and develop an Enterprise mindset. He helped refine my communication style from high dominance to a much more influential style. As a result of this change, my blood pressure is noticeably lower. In just over a year I was able to fundamentally change my approach and how I was perceived within my company."
Vice President, Large, National B2B company
"Our organization has benefitted from Michael's coaching over the last two years as we have undertaken a significant change in our business culture. Michael has been a strong contributor to the development of a number of our senior team members, and helpful to me personally as I have prioritized the development opportunities with my team. "
President, W.W. Grainger International
"Michael Stern's style and approach to coaching have been extremely helpful to me. His knowledge of different industries provides great perspective on what other executives are faced with. He's helped me see alternative options and avenues, and always challenges me on what I need to do. Our sessions focus on facts, with a clear action plan of what must happen next: That provides clarity on what I need to do and how to approach each situation. I would highly recommend Michael if you are looking to better yourself, your team and your company. "
Vice President, Sales
" Michael Stern was the right person at the right time for me. He listens intently, grasps the issue(s) immediately and from meeting to meeting can pick up right where you left off without skipping a beat. Michael is thoughtful, challenges you to deal with issues (personal or business related) head on and ensures that you're following up on whatever needs to be dealt with. Heís a great sounding board, a real nice fellow and someone you can call 'friend'. "
Chief Information Officer
"Michael helped me get the most out of my team by driving their ability to think. He also helped me deliver feedback and manage team performance constructively.
Michael was available and responsive; he served as a sounding board to address on-the-ground issues and brought them to life with great examples and articles.
Michael does not change your core; he molds it to increase your effectiveness.
Chief Financial Officer
"I was fortunate to have Michael Stern as my coach. He understood my communication style and talked to me in the most effective style for me (direct and honest).
Michael helped me understand how to focus on the things I was accountable for and to tune out my frustrations related to decisions over which I had no control— to build on my strengths while reducing or eliminating self defeating traits. I am a far better communicator today, better able to keep things in perspective.
Beyond the professional help Michael has provided, I must say I genuinely like him as a person. His sense of humor and humble approach make spending time with him easy. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael and hope to work with him again."
Head of Procurement/Outsourcing
ING DIRECT Canada.