OnCourse provides inspiration and guidance for business transitions

Business TransitionsApproach and Clients

Our Approach

OnCourse corporate engagements begin with a consultation with the most senior executive. We learn about you, the company, and the interpersonal dynamics of your team, especially the tough issues and challenges that keep them stuck, blocked, or underperforming. As part of this consultation, we'll share our insights into your corporate dynamic, along with our intuition on how to remove the obstacles – so you can get back on course.

We then decide if we want to work with one another. When a fit exists, we craft a proposal. You respond, we tune... and we're off and running together.


OnCourse Business Clients

We work with the most senior executive (CEO, managing partner, divisional president, family patriarch/matriarch) in corporations, partnerships, and closely held businesses. Most of our clients are navigating a transition of leadership, organizational structure, strategy, or culture. They know that sustained success of their organizations demands healthy, authentic, drama-free interactions at all levels in the organization, starting at the top.

They strive to improve their day-to-day interactions with their associates, grounded in a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, the company's values and vision. They are committed to forging an enduring corporate culture that will weather market fluctuations and internal conflicts. When problems inevitably arise, they seek clean, fast, and creative solutions. They accept their role as change agents, and are committed to timely decision making and implementation.

Our clients are committed to advancing their own maturity and span, both as seasoned and nimble executives, and as emotionally aware human beings with active, engaging lives beyond their workplace.

Typical OnCourse Client Profile

  • Diverse personalities and/or nationalities on the senior team
  • Professional knowledge workers; the "best and brightest" people
  • High pace, high growth, high pressure, and zero error tolerance
  • Elite senior team; highly skilled as achievers and thinkers; often less skilled in management and interpersonal dynamics
  • A senior leader committed to sustained, authentic interactions

Top Client Issues and Needs

  • Organizational architecture; getting the right players on the bus
  • Facing and resolving conflict; having crucial conversations
  • Creative and collaborative problem solving
  • Addressing and resolving emotion-laden dilemmas
  • Clarity on decision rights
  • Managing and motivating varied personalities and egos
  • Making and monitoring clean agreements
  • Inefficient meetings
  • Energy-draining drama; typical symptoms include blaming and complaining, controlling, micromanagement, isolation, cynicism, unclear agreements, turf wars, and duplicity
  • Succession planning at all levels, starting at the top
  • John Donahoe
    YPO – Barbary Coast; CEO – eBay
    "Jim is the most effective facilitator I have worked with. His combination of experience, judgment, and empathy allowed our forum and several of our members to achieve real breakthroughs."
  • Hamid Moghadam
    CEO – Prologis
    “Working with Jim Warner was of tremendous value to our senior leadership team. We were able to identify and work through the obstacles that were getting in the way of our making and executing important organizational decisions. I am forever grateful to Jim for his work with our company.”
  • Ian Troop
    CEO – 2015 Pan American Games
    "Jim crafted an intervention with my Global management team at ConAgra Foods International. His combination of people savvy and commonsense tools bridged cultures and had a lasting impact on how our Leadership team worked together."
  • Rob Follows
    Founding Partner – STS Capital Partners; climber of Mt. Everest and Seven Summits
    "Jim understands high achievers, how we interact, and what motivates us as people and business leaders. His work yields penetrating insights into what makes up and sustains a high-performance team."
  • Steve Lockshin
    CEO – Convergent Wealth Management
    "Jim and his associates have been instrumental in our firm's development around the most crucial area of business – communication. Day and day again we put into practice the elements developed during our OnCourse training. I'm proud to say these techniques have also had a positive impact on my personal relationships outside of work."
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Video: Business Transitions - Our Approach

Video: Business Transitions - Our Clients