Professionally, Neil is first and foremost a leadership coach. Trained originally as a
psychologist, Neil blends more than 25 years of experience in organizational consulting and
the perspective of applied psychology to helping executives build their leadership
capabilities. When he is not working one-on-one with senior executives, he can be found
working with senior leadership teams, helping them to work initially in a more coordinated,
and ultimately collaborative, fashion.
The only professional activity that Neil enjoys more than coaching leaders is training
professional coaches. He is a founding faculty member of Georgetown University’s
Certificate in Leadership Coaching program, and has been teaching coaching to a diverse
body of aspiring coaches for more than ten years. Neil mentored many of the more than
600 students who completed the Georgetown program, and continues to be actively
involved in the Georgetown alumni network.
Neil believes that wittingly or not, all of us – you, him, everyone – are on a developmental
journey. The first challenge is to notice to what degree you like the arc, or trajectory, on
which your journey is moving. Coaching is all about intentional development, moving your
arc forward, in a direction that aligns with your values and your spirit. Development is best
understood by comparing it to a story. In the story of your life you are author, narrator, critic
and editor. Intentional development, or “life by design,” is all about reclaiming authorship
and choice, and creating the future you desire. One of Neil’s favorite tag lines is: “Either
you have the story or the story has you.” For leaders, this means becoming clear about
values and capabilities, and building an agenda for others to follow.
Neil regularly consults with organizational clients on such topics as developing leaders,
implementing new organization structures, team building, managing change and
uncertainty, and approaches to career development. Neil has frequently been invited to
speak to groups and consult with organizational leaders on the role of generational
dynamics in the work place. He is proud to have served Capital One, MITRE, The World
Bank, O’Melveny & Myers, Constellation Energy, ICRW, Federal Judicial Center, Genworth,
IFC, IMF, MITRE, NASD, Nextel, NIH, OCC, SEC, VF Corporation and Deltek, to name a
few of his clients.
Neil has written and delivered presentations extensively on coaching and professional
development, and is currently working on a book, UUN: Up Until Now, a handbook for
people who aspire to reclaim power, choice and authorship.
Finally, Neil feels blessed several times over: He is the father of two spectacular human
beings, Dana and Adam; the Red Sox have won the World Series (twice) in his lifetime; the
Patriots won the Super Bowl three times in the opening decade of the 21st century; the
Celtics have won all 18 of their championships in his lifetime (but his favorite is the 1981
championship); and in 2008, the best surprise of all, he met Leslie.