"I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of working with a coach, but knew that there were some things for me to work on. I interviewed eight potential coaches and chose Neal because he was both thoughtful and thought-provoking and made it clear that I wouldn’t be able to manipulate him. He somehow managed to demonstrate both toughness and kindness from the very start. Neal’s strength is that his approach, right down to his demeanor and language, is tailored for each individual that he interacts with..."
"My experience working with Neal was very positive and he provided me with a lot of practical information and insights that have already helped in my development. One area where Neal was particularly helpful was in empowering me to take matters into my own hand and addressing them without delay because it is the right thing to do for both me and my team. I was more tentative in situations like that until Neal provided some great guidance..."
"My coaching engagement with Neal has been the most productive one I’ve experienced. I won’t say it was always the most pleasant because, during our meetings, I had to face some hard truths about myself. And not only did I have to face those truths, but I also had to make some decisions about what I wanted to do about them. I say with affection that Neal’s “relentless challenging” helped make me a better leader and improved my executive presence..."
Neal has many amazing qualities. Among them, one stands particularly tall: his ability to empathize without compromising. By that, I mean he has a deep connection to the challenges that his “learners” face, and is willing to be with them in a difficult place to fully feel their concerns. Neal and I worked together for almost two years. In that time, I experienced tremendous progress in the areas that were critical to my long-term career success.