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Jeff Ertel

Managing Director

I work with executives to become better leaders by focusing on improving executive presence and influencing skills, strengthening interpersonal and cross-functional relationships, and boosting strategic acumen.

My Experience

  • Served on the executive teams of global corporations and mid-sized private equity firms, including as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Experience in multiple functions, including marketing, sales, IT, communications, operations, human resources, and purchasing
  • Executive and leadership coaching at multiple levels from director to the C-suite
  • Group coaching and strategic/team facilitation

My Industries

  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Technology and software
  • Private equity
  • Manufacturing

My Coach Approach

  • Practical, real-world, collaborative, engaging, thoughtful coaching style
  • Identifying 1 to 2 “big growth goals” to achieve positive, lasting growth
  • Understanding that leadership is all about behaviors and actions at work, and focusing on the behaviors that make the best leaders

My Qualifications

  • M.B.A. Marketing, University of Wisconsin
  • B.B.A. Marketing and Finance, University of Michigan
  • Extensive coursework at Rive-Reine, Nestlé’s global leadership center in Switzerland
  • ICF Certified Coach
  • Stakeholder Centered Coaching Certification (Marshall Goldsmith)

About Me

  • Happily married with two wonderful daughters
  • I stay active mountain biking and hiking with friends
  • I love great wine and dining

Recommended Reading/Listening

Book: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, Marshall Goldsmith

I’m Known As

  • Upbeat and lighthearted
  • Makes the complex simple
  • Pragmatic
  • Encouraging

Why I Coach

It’s simple: I get great joy and find it personally rewarding to help other leaders reach higher and be more successful than they thought possible.

My Personal Motto

Leaders lead, whether they intend to or not.

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