Joel Garfinkle, MCC

Joel is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and recognized as one of the top 50 executive coaches in America. Global Gurus listed Joel 14th on its list of top thirty global coaching experts. He has 24 years of executive coaching experience and is the author of 11 books and over 300+ articles on leadership.

Joel is well-known as one of the most effective and innovative executive coaches in the United States. His passion and energy is infectious, motivating and encouraging. He has a no-nonsense style in which he advises, challenges, provokes, guides and pushes his clients. Joel possesses great insight and knowledge, which he is able to convey clearly and with enthusiasm. Joel is able to get to the heart of what is going on very quickly. He then develops specific, measurable strategies that get you thinking about your challenges in an entirely different and more empowering way. Every session provides new, clear perspectives on how to approach the clients’ work challenges with a clear plan of attack.

Joel’s coaching expertise focuses on: (1) Executive Presence: step into your power, convey confidence, and lead with conviction (2) Developing Influential Leaders: learn how to influence up (engage superiors), down (empower subordinates) and laterally (build peer relationships) (3) Newly Promoted: navigating the transition once at the next level (4) Career Advancement: release the untapped potential of underutilized leaders.

Joel is the author of 11 books, including Executive Presence, How to be a Great Boss, Difficult Conversations, and Time Management Mastery. He has also contributed to the book The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching (John Wiley and Sons) and Leader to Leader, the award-winning quarterly journal launched by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation. He is also a keynote speaker and corporate trainer. He has delivered more than 1000 trainings to groups such as Warner Bros, Toyota, Oracle, NBA, Nestle, Genentech, the Commonwealth Club of California, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, and Haas School of Business, He is certified in the following assessments: Hogan HPI, HDS and MVPI and CCL Benchmarks 360. He completed his coaching training from Coach University in 1998 and graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus on organizational development.

Joel lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and two kids.

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    “Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.”

    ~ Margaret Wheatley

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    “Coaching has opened my eyes to new perspectives and ideas that I just couldn’t see before. I have been far more willing to take action and make changes in my leadership style because of the level of trust and commitment in our coaching relationship.”

    ~ Business Entrepreneur

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