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Coaching Speciality

Ben Dattner is an executive coach and organizational psychologist, and has over fifteen years of experience coaching and consulting all over the world. Ben founded his coaching firm, Dattner Consulting, in 2000, and has been an adjunct professor at New York University since 2002. Ben has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit executives, managers, teams and organizations become more effective. His coaching and advisory services enable individuals, groups, departments and organizations to assess, onboard and develop talent; to achieve greater efficiency and better results; to foster commitment and cohesion; and to successfully manage organizational change.

Ben has coached executives in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, manufacturing, retail, professional services, media, technology, healthcare, government, non-profit and many others. 

Executive coaching is a strategic investment in human capital for high-potential and successful leaders who can accelerate their development with the candid and constructive feedback of a coach. There are two main components of each coaching engagement: first, the client learns to more accurately assess his or her strengths and development needs, and second, the executive or manager sets and achieves challenging goals which build on his or her identified strengths while also addressing areas for improvement. Ben administers personality assessments and conducts interviews to gather 360 degree feedback which helps clients to understand how they may be perceived by others and to consider what opportunities they might have to increase their impact. He then works with clients to create and implement a development plan that successfully enhances their leadership, decision-making, communication, team, or organizational skills.


I grew up in New York City, would likely have become a journalist if I wasn't an executive coach and consultant, and find people, careers and organizations endlessly fascinating.

Coaching Approach

There are two primary steps in my coaching engagements--first, the client learns to more accurately assess his or her strengths and development needs, both in the task and the interpersonal realms, and second, the executive or manager sets and achieves challenging goals which build on identified strengths and remedy identified skill gaps.My coaching process is generally consistent, but is also flexible as sometimes the content of the coaching drives a different emphasis or sequencing of activities. Often, the coaching participant’s manager plays an important role in the process.

Business Background

Before graduate school, I worked at Republic National Bank of New York for three years, first as a Management Trainee and then as Assistant to the CEO. I also was an HR director at an internet startup,


BA in Psychology, Harvard College MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, New York University Executive Coaching Certification, Center for Creative Leadership National Public Radio workplace commentator for Morning Edition , television interviews on CNN, CNBC, NBC's Today Show, and frequently quoted in publications including: The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , Harvard Business Review , Fortune, Business Week, US News & World Report, Inc Magazine Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Consulting Psychology, and the Metro New York Association of Applied Psychology

Top 5 Industries

  • Banking/Finance
  • Financial
  • Internet/Web
  • Not For Profit
  • Professional Services

Top 5 Specialties

  • 360 Assessment
  • C-Suite Leader Coaching
  • Executive Selection & Team Formulation
  • Executive Team Alignment Facilitation
  • Executive Team Assessment & Development