Jim Warner helps leaders get clear on their natural gifts.

OfferingsCEO Advisory Services

Guiding the Senior Leader

The sustained success of your organization is directly correlated with (1) how well aligned you are with yourself, (2) the investment you make in nurturing your key life relationships, and (3) the level to which you leverage your natural gifts in leading the company. In other words, you take care of yourself, you have authentic relationships both at work and outside of work, and you love what you do. We guide you in making these three cornerstones a reality in your life.

To launch our relationship with you we recommend a one-day Whole-Life Checkup, optionally attended by your spouse or partner. Prior to this offsite we encourage you to take different assessments on your personality, giftedness, values, and blind spots. At the retreat we get a feel for your background and your current whole-life situation. We'll help you get clear on what you really want, both personally and professionally, and what must happen (blocks removed, priorities shifted, decisions made) to realize your goals. We then guide you in drafting your go-forward life plan.

Following the initial session we collaborate on a rhythm of ongoing interactions for guidance, inspiration, encouragement, accountability, and plan revision. This normally involves scheduled calls and in-person meetings, and unlimited calls or emails to address pressing situations as they arise. The focus of this ongoing coaching will be your growth within your organization as the senior executive, and your growth as an aware human being. Some clients prefer to focus solely at the enterprise level. More often, clients prefer a blend of enterprise and whole-life coaching.

What We Ask of Our Clients

We give the coaching process our full effort. We ask you to give the same. Our job is to inspire and guide you, and to "hold the space" for you to explore and grow. Your role is to "show up and go full out."

The primary goal of our relationship is to encourage positive, sustained growth. The following commitments provide the foundation for powerful, often immediate, shifts in your life. In the beginning, you may not know how you will achieve or live up to these commitments. That's okay. If your commitment is genuine, the "how" will emerge over time. While you will occasionally drift from the commitments, you will learn the tools and receive the encouragement to shift back on course.

I commit ...
  1. To know myself authentically and completely, to regard every interaction as a learning opportunity, and to release my defensive postures that inhibit learning
  2. To express myself authentically, and to foster an environment in which others can express themselves authentically
  3. To practice integrity, acknowledging and owning my feelings, expressing my inarguable truth, and keeping my agreements
  4. To take 100% responsibility for the circumstances of my life, and to be a catalyst for others to do the same.
  5. To embrace and express my creativity and let it be a catalyst for others to do the same


Example areas addressed in Senior Executive Advisory Services
Enterprise Level
Whole-Life Level
Expanding your repertoire of leadership styles for different situations (when to be democratic, autocratic, pace-setting, coaching, deferring) Balance among work, home, and personal life
Clarity on your natural leadership sweet spots; what you enjoy most and do very well How to have difficult conversations in your personal life (e.g., spouse, parents, children)
Clarity on current responsibilities you enjoy least; how to delegate them effectively to others Developing a personal mission statement with an evolving set of personal life goals and action plans
Organizational architecture and alignment; building and bonding your ideal team; getting the right players on the bus Developing greater emotional intelligence
Creating trust, safety, and openness within your senior team Understanding your "unconscious commitments" – the areas in your life that you talk about changing, but that never seem to change
Expanding your repertoire of communication styles for varied constituencies (board, senior team, front-line employees, stakeholders, media) Developing a network of authentic friends outside of work
Clarity on decision rights and the decision-making process Developing patience
Tools for crafting and leading corporate culture Time management: focusing on the important rather than the urgent
Tools for leading in times of transition or crisis Identifying, understanding, and shifting blind spots or shadows that sabotage your growth or relationships. Examples include: perfectionist, caretaker, victim, manipulator, cynic, second-guesser, controller
  • 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: Guides for the Journey