Most nonprofit leaders rank executive coaching as their most valuable form of professional development. WJ Consulting clients achieve a new level of performance, self-awareness, and sustainable leadership.

Example Engagements

Learn more about how a typical coaching engagement might progress. Here are brief descriptions of recent successes.

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  • Clarity

    Organizations are messy.  Leadership is complicated.   By listening for distinctions that clarify, collecting multiple perspectives on each client, and sorting through the data, WJ Consulting equips managers to focus on what matters most so they make smarter choices.  From there, sustained progress emerges. One coaching client was a rising manager who was a “rock star” […]

  • Insight

    WJ Consulting understands that the presented challenge or opportunity is not always the most valuable place for a manager to focus.   By reframing difficulties, building on strengths, exploring blind spots, and introducing ways to improve their leadership and their organizations, WJ Consulting inspires clients to reach unimagined levels of performance. For example, one coaching client […]

  • Collaboration

    Powerful coaching is grounded in proven tools and approaches and is also continually adapting to a client’s situation and reactions.  It’s art and science – and often even fun. WJ Consulting worked with one relatively new (first-time) executive director at a social services nonprofit who confronted a variety of challenges.  Alice had a new board […]

Recent Articles

Hilary Joel delivers advice to businesses, individuals, and other organizations through professional experience and personal anecdotes.

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  • A Little Consistency Goes a Long Way!

    The new year is the season for setting ambitious goals. Declaring aspirations about new skills and new achievements may serve you well. But there’s another approach that may be more accessible and more valuable to you professionally: Pick a couple of things you already know how to do well and that your organization values, and […]

  • How Lazy Is Your Brain with First Impressions?

    He didn’t need CPR. But my client felt like the wind was knocked out of him by a senior executive’s dismissive behavior. I’ve recently watched several coaching clients who are great contributors get discouraged because they were on the receiving end of a seemingly unfair, unexplained judgment. It’s an exhausting distraction. We all make snap […]

  • Yup… Your Strengths Can Get You in Trouble!

    Appreciating and leveraging our natural talents and accumulated strengths is an important element of a successful career.  Yet when those same valuable attributes are leaned on TOO heavily, they crowd out complementary behaviors. Heavy-handed reliance on our strengths creates a false sense of security and enables narrow, rigid thinking and can even drive away colleagues. Two executives […]