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Lionel is an executive coach with over 16 years of experience and an interest in diversity/inclusion and fostering cross-cultural relationships. He works with senior level executives on the psychological dimensions of leadership and organizational life. Drawing upon his 18 years of experience as a clinically trained individual and group psychotherapist, and understanding of organizational psychology, Lionel utilizes his knowledge of internal, interpersonal and group dynamics to assist organizations in achieving optimal performance by increasing the emotional intelligence of its leaders and managers.

His style of coaching is based on the concepts of Appreciative Inquiry, and his coaching approach has been described as solution focused, goal oriented, intuitive, honest and compassionate. By targeting core strengths, he assists in the development of strategic leadership performance initiatives to enhance organizational effectiveness. Lionel strongly believes that, through coaching, individuals can attain a new level of consciousness. They become inspired and motivated to make a behavioral change which transforms them and the people around them. The results are increased personal satisfaction and enhanced overall performance in work and life.

Mr. Shockness’s areas of expertise include emotional intelligence, conflict management, team building, work/life integration, career planning and leadership development. Lionel is a trained group facilitator in stress management, conflict mediation, career transitions and mid-life transition issues. He is also an exceptional and insightful communicator with impressive stage presence. He is an engaging speaker and a dynamic motivator.