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Discovering wisdom to gain results

ECI Leadership Development Programs

Building leaders for tomorrow's organizations


"Barb has a great appreciation and understanding for the Twin Cities labor market. Her network can make great things happen for her clients."

Executive Director/CEO
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, WMEP
"Being part of Barb’s network is like being part of a special club!"
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."
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."
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.”
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!”
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
Right Management
Vice President, Strategic Business Development Consultant
"Barb’s counsel and insight have yielded tangible dividends.  I navigated the recruitment process with a more strategic approach and the results were successful within six months."
North Memorial Medical Center
Director of Diagnostics

Developing Emerging Leaders

At ECI, we coach individuals ranging from C-Level executives, senior business leaders, middle management, and high-potential employees across diverse industries with expertise in Healthcare, Professional Services, Financial, Higher Education, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Engineering, Public Sector, IT, and Legal.  We coach people to be the leader people want to follow.
Our goal is for the individual to grow in executive presence, to succeed in an essential leadership role, facilitate self-awareness and understanding of interpersonal impact on others, increase team collaboration, and communicate effectively recognizing communication is how we influence people.  
At ECI, we collaborate with companies on developing emerging leaders with a focus on
·   Succession Planning
·    Talent Development
·    Talent Retention
·    High Potential Development
·    Team Development
·    Career Progression
We find it so rewarding working with organizations throughout the US who want to invest in their staff and increase employee buy in.  We have successfully been a part of a company’s succession plan, contributing to building a high-performing and highly engaged workforce.

Framework For Coaching Leaders

Discovery:  We use a variety of assessments to identify, gain insight, and validate core competencies, leadership style, and values.  We also review with a leader how likely they are to interpret the world and treat employees while under stress and pressure.  Engagements include meeting with a Licensed Psychologist.  

Creation of an Action Plan: Identify key development areas and create a coaching plan to align with specific goals and strategies.

Coach for Development: Review metrics to measure progress on desired outcomes.

Sampling of Coaching Objectives:
o   Assess and evaluate potential new leadership team members who are a good fit for the organization.
o   Increasing accountability of personal and professional goals.
o   Lead with self-confidence being authentic.
o   Communicating with respect and simplicity.
o   Recognize how to influence and gain buy-in from others.
o   Facilitates self-awareness and impact on others.

Coaching Outcomes:
o   Increased revenue and productivity.
o   Leadership retention and engagement.
o   Developing a high-potential workforce.
o   Empowered to achieve operational excellence.
o   Career advancement and satisfaction.


“I found the assessment process helpful, supportive, and enjoyed the process.  I learned about myself and leadership style from the assessment results .  I have applied many of the learnings in my work." Vice President, Clinical Services

“The in-depth review of each specific assessment, reviewing strengths and how to apply these to my leadership style, areas for improvement, and how to use them to my advantage was so very helpful!   I learned a key strength can be my superpower!” Operations Executive

“I found the assessments to be effective and the process flexible, and productive. Enough of a structure to move ahead and make regular progress but flexible enough to change direction when needed.” Director of Operations Planning
“I found the leadership assessments life changing.  Wonderful for exposing and working thought blind-spots. They were thorough and accurate.” Solutions Architect Manager
“I felt the assessment piece was the pivotal moment to help me realize I was in the exact right position for my values.” Executive Director, Non-Profit for Youth and Family Services
The assessment process was excellent! I was able to assess my current performance and discovered how to work at a greater potential to positively get results.” Executive Assistant