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Testimonials

" Working with ECI, I was able to better articulate and promote my personal brand and clearly demonstrate my leadership style." -Todd Fritz
Explore Information Services,
LLC Business Development Executive

" Barb took time to get to know me personally, which helped greatly in her ability to provide meaningful coaching." -Bob Schilmoeller
Business and Technology Leader

" Barb has been excellent to work with. She has so much enthusiasm, and it is contagious. Her positive outlook helped me to remain positive and see the possibilities." -Anne Sweet
Finance Consultant

" Barb has a great appreciation and understanding for the Twin Cities labor market. Her network can make great things happen for her clients." -Buckley Brinkman
Executive Director/CEO
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, WMEP

" Being part of Barb’s network is like being part of a special club!" -Steve Yockey
Client Management Executive
Distribution Alternatives, Inc.
Lino Lakes, MN

" Barb provides an uplifting and endless supply of positive energy that is helpful in re-framing your point of view, and refocusing your efforts to be more strategic." -Kevin Gerdes
Brigadier General
Minnesota National Guard

"Barb helped me with negotiating skills to realize a higher salary and other benefits for a higher compensation package in my new role." -Greg Keup
CFO and Treasurer
APi Group, Inc.

"Barb was a tremendous coach in a period of transition. She approached my search with both strategic and tactical insight - supporting and challenging me along the way.” -Kevin Hogan
President
Stylmark, Inc.

“Barbara achieves success with a warm smile combined with a laser like focus. Having Barbara in your career corner is a big plus!” -Neil Anderson
Founder/President
The Courage Group, Inc.

“Barb’s impeccable character, keen insight, and executive coaching experience enables her to quickly develop a client-focused action plan that generates results.” -George Glaros
Founder
Marketing Ventures, Inc.

"Barb truly understands the marketplace and uses that knowledge to help her clients build and manage positive relationships with all career stakeholders." -Thom Telfer
Partner
Chandler Group Executive Search

"Barb’s strategic focus, contagious energy, positive attitude and dedication to the success of her clients are innate gifts which empower others to achieve success through her coaching." -Diane Nanstad
Business Project Manager

"When my knees get wobbly, Barb has been there as a true wing woman understanding the uncertainty of it all and courageously asking more of me." -Mark Faris
Speaker & Author

"Barb is very outcomes-based in how she partners with her executive clients and displays great empathy, understanding and commitment to their success." -Susan Fiscus
Right Management
Vice President, Strategic Business Development Consultant

"Barb provided critical insight to help me succeed in a competitive, selective job market." -Scott A. Bybee
Sr. Products Launch Program Manager, NetApp
Boulder, Colorado

Executive Career Coaching


  • The View from the Top of the Hill, by John Maxwell

    by John Maxwell“Everything worthwhile is uphill”. “I’ve been saying that a lot lately. Because it’s a fact.   Read More...

  • Vision and Values are Essential to Building an Effective Team

    I’ve managed a number of teams over the years. Some I built from scratch; some I inherited and then changed over time. While each team had its unique characteristics, they had two main similarities, which influenced – I would even say enabled – their ability to succeed: a shared vision and a set of shared values.   Read More...

  • Shift Happens! Leading Compassionately Through Change

    Change management is a term that gets used fairly loosely when companies hope to implement change. It can seem fairly straightforward. The company wants to move from x to z.   Read More...

  • Santa Brands Himself at ECI Holiday Open House

    At this year's ECI Holiday Open House, one of our clients dressed up like the Jolly Old Elf himself and performed his branding commercial! We had so much fun! Take a look:   Read More...

  • 3 of the Worst Kind of Networkers

    Networking. A word that strikes fear into almost anyone–right up there with public speaking. “Blah, do I have to walk up to strangers and try to not look like a loser?   Read More...

  • Five Career Killers and How to Recover

    By Clark Jenkins There are many ways that we can derail our careers. Keeping our focus and doing the simple things right helps to keep us in line with the goals and values of our company. However, we often lose sight of this with our day-to-day routine.   Read More...

  • Understanding and Attracting Millennials

    By Robyn Crigger  Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069, are often credited with coining the term.   Read More...

  • Six Reasons To Use Leadership Consulting

    By Clark Jenkins Honest and direct feedback helps executives and leaders take their skills – and performance – to the next level. Every organization has high­ potential, valued employees who have been successful as individual contributors, but who fail when advanced to leadership roles. They are failing because we, as organizations, don’t prepare them for leadership.   Read More...

  • Building Trust Through Mutual Respect

    We want to be heard. We also want and deserve respect. Managers can show respect for their employees by asking for their opinion as a way of engaging them in the process of finding the “right answer.” This is a great way to build and sustain trust among employees.   Read More...

  • The Crisis of Conflict at the Executive Level

    Conflict is part of everyday work life yet most of us learned how to first manage it based on our family of origin; was it avoided, harmful or was it constructive? Most of us did not take a college course in managing conflict. In our early years in the world of work, we manage conflict based on our upbringing.   Read More...

  • Live to Lead - October 9

    Live2Lead is a half-day, leadership development experience in Eden Prairie, MN designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. You will learn from world-class leadership experts, be prepared to implement a new action plan, and start leading with renewed passion and commitment. REGISTER HERE Our Presenters: John C.   Read More...

  • 6 Tips for Writing a Better Resume

    Most job seekers approach writing a resume, and their job search strategy, the wrong way. They begin by listing their job chronology as their resume, including just about everything they have done in their jobs such as experience that isn’t really relevant to the position they are seeking. They then start sending out a resume that does not show why they are qualified for that position and isn’t in a format that enables the recruiter to quickly understand what they bring to that position and to t...  Read More...

  • Culture – Is it as Important as They Say?

    The buzzword “culture” continues to be a hot topic of discussion. We hear often from clients who have the desire to objectively measure and shift their company culture. So, what is the big deal anyway?   Read More...

  • RESILIENCE: A Minute With John Maxwell

    We all want to be able to come back after a setback. Take a minute with John Maxwell.     Read More...

  • ACTION: A Minute With John Maxwell

    There are two types of people: those who say "I need to feel good before I do something", and those who say "I need to do something to feel good." Take a minute with John Maxwell.     Read More...

  • OPPORTUNITY: A Minute With John Maxwell

    Often when we see someone who is successful, we say "That person has been blessed with so many opportunities." Is that really true? Take a minute with John Maxwell.     Read More...

  • MOTIVATION: A Minute With John Maxwell

    We all want to be motivated, but too often do not find the secret of motivation. Take a minute with John Maxwell!    Read More...

  • BETTER MANAGEMENT, INTERPERSONAL AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS ARE TOP RESULTS OF EXECUTIVE COACHING PROGRAMS

    Did your company suggest you work with an executive coach?  Have you pursued a coach on your own? Whatever your answer to either question, you probably are most looking forward to an experienced, trustworthy coach who will help you to achieve better management and leadership capabilities, higher engagement in your job, and improved relationships with managers, direct reports and colleagues.   Read More...

  • What is so Important about Talent Management?

    Planfully handing off the torch in the talent relay from one corporate generation to another is exactly what companies with succession planning programs achieve.   Younger, newer talent is nurtured and groomed so that retiring leaders will be seamlessly replaced, assuring that the next competitions will be played with sound and effective strategy, vision and leadership. OI Global Partners are experts in transitions and coaching.   Read More...

  • Outperform The Norm, by Scott Welle.

    Last Blog we spoke about being stuck in bad habits that don't produce results. Scott Welle, #1 Best Selling Author, points out in his new book, “Outperform the Norm”:  “Change doesn't always mean you’ll make progress but progress does always mean making change.” The decisions we make impact our future for good health and personal progress.  For example: • Nutrition—Do we make good choices that nourish our body and increase our overall energy?   Read More...

  • Do you ever feel stuck?

    Do you ever feel stuck and find yourself frustrated?   Maybe stuck in a habit you would like to break, or stuck in your career.   Not getting that promotion or raise you deserve.   Read More...

  • How do you maximize your ability to perform during an executive job search?

    Have we ever thought about how the outside world perceives us when they first meet us?  The communication study done on Effectiveness of Spoken Communication by Albert Mehrabian assesses us by evaluating: • the words we choose, our “verbal” language • the intonation and clarification in our tone, our “vocal” voice • and our body language, our “visual” appearance How we show up for a networking meeting, or better yet a job interview is critical for a successful job search. We all know we nee...  Read More...

  • STAYING CURRENT IN THE MARKETPLACE

    We all have our sources for news that we turn to every day, and whether it’s TV, radio, Internet, or print it’s time to dig in and maximize your job search efforts. It’s important to know · what breaking news stories you can be sharing in an interview or at a networking event · who is being honored with an award or featured article · which firms are innovating and leading a trend · which individuals and companies are on the move with new hires and promotions · who is on your top 10 target compan...  Read More...

  • Think Big, Start Small ~ John Maxwell

    It is March 2015, and as spring begins to blossom, so can our thoughts about the future. Yet, between spring cleaning and planning for the summer, all while in the midst of a career transition, our plans and goals can get muddled as well as our priorities. The lack of motivation that often comes with overwhelming “To-Do Lists” can freeze progress.   Read More...

  • “BOUT A JOB THAT I NEVER COULD FIND” – Silhouettes

    “BOUT A JOB THAT I NEVER COULD FIND” – Silhouettes In 1958, The Silhouettes had a song titled “Get a Job,” their song described the frustrations and household tension that can be present during a job search.  Well that was 1958, and today, in 2015, the same frustrations and blocks in career searches continue to exist. But today, we don’t “get the paper and read it through and through”.   Read More...

  • Branding

    The saying goes “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Similarly in branding yourself you want to make sure that when people meet you their first impression is your Brand.  A snapshot into who you are and what you represent.   Read More...

  • The 26 Day Challenge

    In the haste and hurry of the day, week or month, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy and forget to stop, slow down, and remember the basics.  Here is a quick list of reminders of how to achieve positive thinking and receive positive rewards in return. Post this list in your kitchen, at your desk, or by the front door and take a moment each day to choose a bullet point and make it your focus.   Read More...

  • Mid-Life Career Change

    Finding yourself in a career transition, or making the decision to change your career in your 40's and 50's can be a daunting task. Although it can be an intimidating situation, it can also awaken sleeping aspirations and personal goals within one's self. In order to make the most of this transition, I would like to share an article from OI Global Partners that highlights tips on how to make the transition purposeful and deliberate.   Read More...

  • Showcase Your Strengths Through Branding

    It is a requirement for an executive in today’s marketplace to take control and build a personal leadership brand. If you are thinking about a job change, or in job transition, you need to take ownership of your personal brand. Personal branding is knowing what your core competencies are and being able to leverage those strengths.   Read More...

  • Looking Back Over 2014 For Success In 2015

    Transitional times like the New Year, or being in job transition, often motivates us to make changes. It’s a great time of the year to study our wins and losses over the past 12 months.  Self-reflection is very powerful thinking, and this is a great time to re-evaluate what we can do differently.   Read More...

  • 6 Points to Improve Conflict Resolution

    Happy New Year! As we conclude our first week of 2015, I wanted to share with you an article I received from OI Global Partners titled "6 Points to Improve Conflict Resolution". This article highlights how to turn the negative concept of conflict resolution into a positive learning opportunity in effective communication as well how to connect with people on a moregenuinelevel.   Read More...

  • Generosity: It Doesn’t Cost a Penny to Pay It Forward

    I so appreciate when John Maxwell tells a story! With the holidays coming to a close, and the New Year around the corner, we have to ask ourselves who has made an impact showing us kindness in our own personal lives. Enjoy!   Read More...

  • Adding Value As A Leader

    John Maxwell is a former Minister so I am sharing with you John’s inspirational Christmas message for this holiday season on adding value as a leader: “Crowns and scepters, thrones and palaces, rulership and riches—these are the words we associate with medieval royalty. Celebrity and ceremony, elegance and style, popularity and paparazzi—these are the words we associate with modern royalty. Tattered cloth and shepherd’s staffs, a stable and manger, humility and servanthood—these are words we ass...  Read More...

  • The Joy of Giving

    As a certified Coach of the John Maxwell Team, I admire his sentiments regarding the holiday season and the gift of giving.  I wanted to share with you John’s thoughts on Christmas because I highly value his advice on giving, receiving joy, and finding peace. Happy Holidays!   Read More...

  • Create a Memory This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is a time to make memories with family, friends, old acquaintances, those in need; the list goes on. With every experience, comes a memory. If you believe on being intentional, you can create opportunities for deep, meaningful memories.   Read More...

  • Job Hunting Should Not Take a Break

    During this holiday season we all know job-related activity slows down, however, it’s a perfect opportunity to take advantage and leverage your networking more strategically. It is a great time of year for holiday updates, but what do we write, or say when communicating to those on the receiving end.  Documentation should be short and inviting, and conversations should be engaging and energetic.   Read More...

  • ECI Thanksgiving Special

    Announcing for the first time an Exclusive ECI Thanksgiving Special! Capitalize on this opportunity to launch your career in 2015. I invest in you as a leader and I will stay with you until you land your next opportunity.   Read More...

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to stop and reflect on what we are grateful for no matter the circumstances. We are fortunate to have so many blessings whether we are working in a job, or looking for that next opportunity. Much too often we find ourselves wishing for what we don't have.If we are working, we are wishing for more timeoff.   Read More...

  • Networking During the Holidays

    As we reach the mid-point in November and stores are stocked with Holiday decor, it is time to start thinking about how to capitalize on the holiday season to maximize your networking and getting ready to launch your career in 2015. All too often Perception is that job searches should take a "break" during the holidays! The Reality is hiring does slow down but opportunities DO exist.   Read More...

  • ExecuNet November 2014 Meeting

    Executive Coaching Insight is partnering with ExecuNet to help create an effective networking game plan to seize the next six weeks as the holidays approach and prepare for the New Year. Our goal is to help keep your momentum going whether it is for your job search, or just wanting to stay connected. The key is making connections, building relationships, and networking to learn about new opportunities.   Read More...

  • Celebrations and New Beginnings

    Barbara Adams, M.A. is celebrating her 10 year anniversary working with John Wetzel in the executive coaching and career management industry working exclusively with executives and senior-level managers.  Barbara and John began their working relationship at Right Management, a global leader in career and talent management.   Read More...

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