Q: What is Executive Coaching?

Executive Coaching is a one-on-one personalized leadership development consulting relationship between a coach and an individual executive or manager. Excellent coaching is the artful use of questioning, listening and observation. It requires respect and trust on the part of the coach as well as the client. Trust is communicated because the very act of questioning and listening is a demonstration of respect.

Coaching helps individual leaders use what they’re innately good at. It helps them build on their strengths, develop flexibility and change-readiness, become aware of shortcomings, and commitment to self-development and achievement.

One-on-one coaching is a helping relationship. It is based on the desire of the coach to assist the client in performing at his or her personal best and the willingness of the client to stretch and grow. A coach plays the role of confidante, sounding board, champion, and mirror. What leader wouldn’t want someone on his side with whom to discuss creative ideas, doubts, petty irritations, and the performance implications of all of those? Great coaches are, to borrow a phrase from the psychologist Alice Miller, “enlightened witnesses” to the peaks and perils of leadership.

When executive coaching  is most effective, it elicits solutions from the client. It models listening skills and working with others in a way that empowers others and holds them accountable. It motivates the client to achieve and builds self-reliance rather than dependence.

Q: What is SGI’s Executive Assessment Practice?

We believe that great leaders need great data. Executive assessment provides leaders deep insight into multiple aspects of their own performance and into the perception of others. Our international team is certified in over 100 leadership and organizational assessment tools, and we customize our assessment approach to fit the needs of our clients. Typical leadership development engagements, from a high-potential leadership program or a coaching project, start with some form of assessment that provides the participants with valuable insight into their unique, individual strengths and challenges.

Q: What is Good Business?

Good Business is more than increasing the bottom line. Good business means contributing to society in a positive way, enhancing the lives of employees, customers, and community members, and making a positive difference through what we have to offer. Sloan Group International’s mission is to promote Good Business through developing leadership and organizational capabilities, capacity, and strengths.

Q: What Industries does Sloan Group International serve?

We pride ourselves on our ability to be flexible and adaptive as we learn about new industries and markets. We have experience working with the following types of organizations:

  • Financial Services
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Media/ Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Food and Beverage
  • Energy
  • Publishing
  • Higher Education

Q: What can a SGI SENIOR CONSULTANT do for us?

To meet the needs of our clients, we've instituted a single point of contact for each organization who acts as a thinking partner and can assist in:

  • Brainstorming ideas for programs that address organizational objectives
  • Sourcing executive coaches worldwide
  • Conducting matching interviews for coaching
  • Provide monthly reports on progress of initiatives
  • Managing consulting and coaching resources
  • Assuring quality and consistency of service

Q: What is The Resilience Project?

The mission of The Resilience Project is to provide the tools that help leaders and their teams to thrive during times of change and challenge. Our expertise in managing and leading rapid change and bouncing back from challenge has been translated into multiple books, structured facilitations, instructions for building your own cohort groups to build resilience in your organization, and an assessment tool called the Resilience at Work Questionnaire (the RAW-Q) and its companion book, Lemonade: The Leader’s Guide to Resilience at Work.

Q: Are your Executive Coaches Certified?

Appreciation of unique strengths is one of our core values, and we have a diverse and unique pool of practitioners who have trained in many different methodologies. This enables us to provide the best match coaches and consultants for any given client need.

Our criteria for coaches is:

Many of our coaches are trained and certified by: Columbia University Coach Training Program, Georgetown University, The Newfield Network, iPEC, Coaches Training Institute, New Ventures West, and The William James Institute Center for Executive Coaching.

  • Coach specific training from a credible program.
  • Real-world experience: in business and as an executive coach to senior people.
  • MA/PhD in human services or related discipline OR served in an executive position in a large organization.
  • Ability to see coaching in a systems perspective.
  • Sensitivity to power dynamics as well as issues of diversity in age, gender, race, culture, etc.
  • References, testimonials, and chemistry.
  • Strengths based philosophy.


The Resilience at Work Assessment is an assessment of fifteen primary attributes that help leaders and managers to excel during times of change and challenge that provides the data for our Leadership Resilience Profile and Team Resilience Profile reports. 

In 2006, our founder Karlin Sloan was launching a book called Smarter, Faster, Better, and asked Dr. Alan Graham to collaborate with her in designing an assessment tool that helped leaders develop their resilience. After years of literature review, original research, thinking, and beta-testing on small groups of consultants, managers, and executives in global organizations, Kevin Cuthbert, MBA joined Alan and Karlin to complete the book “Lemonade, The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work” as well as the first version of the Resilience at Work Questionnaire that launched at the end of 2011. At this time the RAW-Q has been delivered to thousands of people, and we’ve done two initial studies of the data.

The RAW-Q is now in version 3.0, and is being used in organizations from media to technology to energy to finance.

Q: What differentiates Sloan Group International?

Our expertise in change leadership, resilience, and developing executive talent all help us stand out from a crowded marketplace. We are also committed to investing in the growth and development of our practitioners, and invite all of our coaches and consultants to participate in learning and community building activities.

We live our values, and practice what we preach. We are proud to be a Social Venture Company, and to measure our impact annually via Triple Bottom Line reporting.