Profile

Professional summary

I have coached 400 CEOs and about 3,000 V.P.s in the high tech world over the last 18 years. Leadership coaching starts with "personal leadership". You discovering you - who you really are - and what about your leadership works and what does not. No one wants to tell you this. You have to know yourself, before you can know your team members, then lead them. Great leaders have willing followers. The rest are managers, who like "herding cats" struggle to keep " it all together". I coach employing the same principals I commit to engendering into my clients. This includes strange paradoxes like: I come from a place of love, when I mirror back dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors without hesitation. I professionally show you where your thinking may be "whacked", and

Engagement overview

One-on-one, face to face, is a little better than teleconference.  I have coached in Mumbai, so I will travel.  The more travel, the more the cost.  Like audio/video teleconference. It's almost as good as face to face. Work one face to face session per month, and half hour phone calls each week.  Average term of engagement is 11 months historically.  Will do a minimum of three months.

Clients

• SanDisk
• JDSU
• Micron Technologies
• Portal Player and
• 300 more:  http://leadership-coaches.net/executive-trai

Insights

Fall in love with your employees. Only when you love them more than you love success, will you want to listen to everything they have to say. No faking it.

Yes, Type A people, which most CEO's are, find it difficult to listen. They have to have ambition, ego, and a strong sense of their abilities, to take on that job. These are not conducive to wanting to listen. And their people get i... Read more

The first mistake is to take their youth and inexperience into their heart as a handicap. This often makes the new CEO want to appear confident and totally capable to make up for their insecurity. This causes them to stop listening for advice because it is seen as a threat of their authority. Young CEOs can dig their heels in and become stubborn.

On the other side of the coin, a young CEO can ... Read more

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Testimonials

I want to thank you for the excellent coaching and consulting you provided me while I was CEO at Neuron Data. There's nothing more important to an organization's success than great leadership. It's so easy to say and so hard to do for a CEO. If it's been said once, it's been said a thousand times; "It's lonely at the top." The stress of the job takes its toll and there are not a lot of people to talk to. Your insight was very helpful to me. It allowed me to realize that passion was the essential element to leadership. Once it's lost, it becomes obvious to everyone and leadership gets tougher to execute. Through your coaching, I was able to ignite the flame and make the right decisions for my company and myself. Thank for your help and support

Mike Braun, CEO Neuron Data Inc. (Mountain View, CA)

Dan has helped me work through some difficult leadership issues both in regards to my own leadership style and in regards to specific leadership and management situations with my executive staff. Dan has also worked in two separate sessions with my executive staff. Both of these sessions were highly affective and exceeded my expectations. In the first session Dan was able to completely turn around one executive and get him moving in a more positive, optimistic and supportive direction. Dan's efforts have helped my executive staff start to congeal as a team and work closer together." "I have the highest recommendations for Dan to those who would like to improve their performance and leadership capabilities as an executive. Dan's approach requires a willingness to change and try new approaches. With this attitude in mind I believe that the possibilities and potential are virtually limitless

Bruce Scott, CEO PointBase, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)

I'm excited to say that you have helped me re-focus and tune some very basic "principals of operation". Overall, I've found our sessions to be both useful and motivating. I would highly recommend your services to other

Rick Onyon, CEO fusionOne (San Jose, CA)

Dan provided us with an intensive, personal, and invaluable coaching service that we used very effectively. Dan is outstanding at unearthing the latent passions and commitments which helped our team's performance improve from about a "7? to a "9? (on a scale of 1 -10) in a matter of months. I recommend Dan enthusiastically and unconditionally to any exec that finds himself wondering whether his team is really performing at a "10?

Pat Burns, CEO Demandline, Inc (San Bruno, CA)

I would like to strongly recommend Dan Foxx as a facilitator for building executive teamwork. Dan worked with my team at MMC Networks over several sessions, including an all-day offsite. He simultaneously got some thorny issues on the table (which we later resolved) and energized me and my team to adopt some stretch goals, which, I am happy to say, we ultimately achieved. Dan's positive, humorous approach and natural enthusiasm made the entire exercise both memorable and effective

John Harte, CEO NeoVista Software, Cupertino, CA

My work with Dan Foxx has been invaluable in developing my ability to lead. As a result, we've been able to raise a large amount of venture capital, hire and retain top notch people, and accelerate our path to success.

Gene Wang, CEO Bitfone Corp, Laguna Niguel, CA

Dan is exactly what a startup CEO needs in a coach. His biggest talent is to lift you up from the impossible constraints and odds that surround you as a CEO, and to help you shed an objective light onto what is really happening to you and the company; and it is always sobering to realize how much of it is really just team building. He embodies the best elements of proactive thinking and management, and he is as good as they come as a partner in thinking through tough issues and arriving at actionable ways to make you and the company stronger. Dan is definitely in my corner

Vacit Arat, CEO Microfabrica Inc, Van Nuys, CA

Dan is exactly what a startup CEO needs in a coach. His biggest talent is to lift you up from the impossible constraints and odds that surround you as a CEO, and to help you shed an objective light onto what is really happening to you and the company; and it is always sobering to realize how much of it is really just team building. He embodies the best elements of proactive thinking and management, and he is as good as they come as a partner in thinking through tough issues and arriving at actionable ways to make you and the company stronger. Dan is definitely in my corner.

Dave Zabrowski, CEO Neterion Inc, Cupertino, CA

I have worked with Dan Foxx for a period of almost 3 years. His ability to cut through the clutter and get to the heart of the matter in identifying not just the underlying problem, but also be able to identify the possible ways to resolve the problem, was extremely helpful in making some very important decisions with big impact on the business. His varied experiences, positive approach to finding solutions, and honest feedback about what I was doing well and what I was avoiding (for whatever reasons), had a big impact in improving my leadership skills. I also used his help with a number of my other executives, with very positive results. Dan is a good friend for every executive who can relate to the phrase – "it is very lonely at the top."

Sanjeev Kumar, COO Portal Player Inc, San Jose, CA

For those interested in raising their game and building a team committed to winning, I highly recommend CatalystCoach. I have worked with Dan Foxx for three years and he has been instrumental in my success as a first time CEO at ConSentry. There is tremendous value in going beyond what is safe and embracing the impossible. Dan assisted me in that journey. Whether it's executive team building, dealing with a poor executive hire, or board-level management, Dan's experience with over 400 CEO's proved to be invaluable

Tom Barsi, CEO ConSentry Networks,Milpitas,CA