Personalized executive coaching provides an intensive and confidential one-on-one learning experience. Recognizing that executives can’t always learn by trial and error, we offer private consultations tailored to an organizations unique qualities and culture.


Create breakthroughs in your ability to focus, manage commitments, and use time effectively.

In today’s fast-paced and hyper-competitive world, dealing effectively with an ever-increasing volume of communications, projects, and commitments has become a major challenge for many leaders and managers. The refrain of “I have too much to do and not enough time in which to do it” is more and more common. Business research firm Basex declared information overload as the “problem of the year” for 2008. An Intel Corporation study estimates the impact of information overload on each knowledge worker at up to eight hours a week – almost two hours a day. Additionally, corporate climate and engagement surveys regularly highlight work-life balance as one of the top challenges facing employees and managers alike.

Many people and organizations turn to “time management” as a solution. This is an ineffective focus, however. Time itself cannot be managed. Research has shown that the key is instead to focus on effectively tracking and managing the complete set of commitments that you are engaged in.

This includes commitments:

  • which you make to yourself, to get something done
  • which you make to others, to do something for them
  • which others make to you, to do something for you


The breakthrough lies in having a deep understanding of the anatomy of commitments and how to powerfully manage your specific set of commitments, as well as the actions that result from them.

For most people, this ability is not naturally ingrained, nor is it taught in most business schools and management courses. It can, however, be learned through effective training, coaching, and practice. Our More Productive Now!™ program is an individualized regimen of training and coaching which provides you with these tools and skills. Through your participation, you will create breakthroughs in your ability to focus, manage commitments, and use time effectively. In fact, you can expect to achieve time savings equal to three to six weeks of extra free time per year. Along with this, you’ll experience a marked decrease in the level of pressure and stress in your everyday work and personal life.

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