Empowering leaders to achieve better results with more ease

We are hired by companies, but we are also often engaged directly by corporate executives, leaders and mid-level managers who want to advance their career, reach their leadership potential, or navigate complex work challenges.  Even the most successful and capable professional run into obstacles, leading to stress, reduced satisfaction and often diminished promotional opportunities.

Our executive coaching is focused on empowering leaders to achieve better results with more ease.

Whether you are established in your position or just accepted a new role, if you are ready to grow, develop and thrive in your career and vastly expand your abilities, satisfaction, results and compensation, we would love to help you accelerate to the next level.

Coaching Services For Individuals

“Arjan is a gifted, intuitive and strategic executive coach, the kind of coach that is few and far between. She is a tremendous asset to IKEA and has supported many leaders in different areas of the organization. Arjan simultaneously challenges and deeply supports our leaders so they can achieve maximum growth. Her coaching is grounded in research, yet always practical and she uses her knowledge about neuroscience to educate our leaders on effective communication and a positive mindset, two elements crucial to sustained success. Drawing on her rich experience as an executive coach, she has a natural aptitude to combine both business and individual goals. Leaders tackle real-time problems with her, which she consistently ties back towards the greater journey they are on. Calm in crisis, she always stays focused on the bigger picture, understanding which levers to pull and how to empower her clients to advance. I can’t thank her enough for the impact she has created and can highly recommend her to any Chief HR Executive looking to grow their people and business results.”

Simon Lowes – Chief Human Resources – USA, IKEA

“Arjan has been a strong partner over many years. She combines her business and people skills into high level results for our company. She helps our leaders become more effective in their role and supports their personal development. Our executives very much appreciate working with her and consistently speak about her high business acumen and great understanding of leadership. They highlight her ability to build trust, listen effectively, educate and challenge them to create forward momentum towards their goals. They especially appreciate her integrity, confidentiality, and wisdom.”

Richard Mellor, EVP Global Chief Human Resources, R/GA

“Arjan brings professional rigor and emotional depth to each of our conversations. I’ve been coached by Arjan for about 2 years, through some very complex and challenging career events. She has an extraordinary ability to synthesize all important factors, bring clarity to opportunities and focus on how to approach them. Even though I’m a pretty lucid thinker, Arjan’s counsel always clears fog from the road ahead. Somehow, she retains (in shockingly vivid detail) each step in the long journey; but can zoom out at any time to see the shape of everything. It is refreshing to work with her, as she combines her strategic, results-oriented approach with a deep level of compassion and wonderful sense of humor. I continue to work with Arjan, and benefit immensely.”

Nick Law – Chief Creative Officer Publicis Groupe, President Publicis Communications at Publicis Groupe

“Arjan combines a high measure of gravitas, a refreshing straightforward approach and a deep level of compassion with an acute business sense. She provides sharp insights, practical advice and honest feedback, which was pivotal to rethinking and improving my communication style. Through her expert guidance, I evolved my leadership style and executive presence. Arjan is brilliant, but humble; visionary, but grounded; logical, but intuitive.”

Neil Hampshire – CIO, ModusLink

Rarely am I at a loss for words until I have to describe someone as brilliant as Arjan. She coached me through a complex merger that was fraught with challenges at every turn and level. Her ability to cut through the chaos, pinpoint the issues, and provide clarity, ensures that the best paths forward are always revealed. She delivers the unvarnished truth with equal parts empathy and compassion, providing actionable guidance at every step. And, at the most difficult moments, she remains in your corner with unrelenting encouragement, warmth and humor. For anyone seeking to grow or change, Arjan is your beacon.

Sherine Kazim, Chief Experience Officer, Wunderman Thompson

“Arjan is a fantastic executive coach, a great supporter, and has been invaluable for my career. She has an admirable capacity to bring clarity to complicated business situations, interpersonal relationships, thoughts and emotions. She creates simplicity by discovering the underlying challenges and opportunities and by always providing a practical and solution-oriented approach. Through collaborating with Arjan, I have developed a greater level of clarity in my work by prioritizing my most important business and individual leadership goals. I have become a better leader; my confidence has increased, we have exceeded our business goals, I have established an effective leadership style, and I have a much broader toolkit available for my own development and the development of my teams. Arjan’s exercises are simple, direct, and very effective. I love working with her and look forward to learning from her business insights, international perspective and general wisdom in every meeting.”

Paola Colombo, Google – Chief of Staff, SumUX

“Arjan is a bloody amazing human being, a gifted coach. She performed a 360 feedback, which was frankly, life-altering. I learned about strengths, I didn’t appreciate in myself before, and how to leverage them to increase my effectiveness. She helped me absorb my weaknesses, to see them objectively, tackle and minimize them. For the first time, in my career, I feel more in control, more empowered, and more self-assured of my abilities.”

Auge Reichenberg, Chief Creative Director, McCann HumanCare

“When I took the role of President at Wunderman NYC, I was clear that I wanted to work with an experienced and highly regarded Executive Coach. I selected Arjan as she came strongly recommended by industry leaders. It was the right decision, as working with Arjan greatly accelerated my integration as a new leader. She interviewed stakeholders, wrote a comprehensive report on the organization which fast-tracked my understanding of the environment, culture, the challenges and opportunities. She helped me develop a vision for the organization, build a cohesive and effective team. Arjan is direct and calls a spade a spade, but it is her warmth, care and great understanding of people and business, that makes her an outstanding coach. Her energy, natural courage, and positive outlook are contagious and I walk away from each meeting with new insights that I can immediately apply. Arjan truly goes the extra mile for her clients. She is a phenomenal partner for anyone who is starting in a new leadership role.”

Helder Santo, President Wunderman New York

“Arjan’s guidance is direct, insightful and clear. She has a wealth of experience and provides great wisdom navigating complex strategic situations. I was originally hired as CFO and within a year promoted to also take on the COO position. I can’t imagine being where I am today in my career without her guidance.”

Jennifer Solomon – COO & CFO, Arts Students League of New York

“Arjan is a phenomenal executive coach. She has profound expertise in leadership development, communication and emotional intelligence. Arjan helped me create successful frameworks for solving the most complex strategic and human resource challenges. She is insightful, articulate and has a deep commitment to excellence. I have become a better leader as a direct result of our work together.”

James Gomez – Division President, CalAtlantic Homes

“Arjan combines business knowledge with people insight. She possesses profound positive intelligence and superb communication skills. She walks the talk and lives by her principles. Arjan helped me evolve my thinking to successfully navigate complex situations presented by a rapidly growing and transforming business, leadership changes and a take-over. My team and I delivered superior results and I thank Arjan for her guidance.”

Terry Stack – VP Treasurer, Harman International

“I immediately thought of Arjan, when I needed to engage an inspirational speaker for an industry event on the topic of confidence and women leadership. Deeply knowledgeable about business, leadership, interpersonal relationships and communications, Arjan offers tremendous value to her audiences. With her unwavering positive demeanor and deep passion, she has an uncanny ability to inspire a room full of people. Her expertise, practical advice and goal-oriented focus ensure that every person leaves her presentations with clear tools and tips that they can immediately apply to enhance their leadership skills. Her charismatic style as well as her flair to truly connect make her a great presenter for a large audience and a powerful facilitator of workshops.”

Chloe Gottlieb, Director Product Design, Google Aps, NY – Former Chief Creative Officer R/GA

“Arjan is an extremely skilled executive coach and organizational strategist. She presents to hundreds of attendees at our iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences and consistently gets top ratings. She has also been a popular and well-regarded coach of our group coaching program. More recently she has taken on an important role with our corporate initiatives. Arjan demonstrates integrity, excellence and an energy level matched by few.”

Carol Fishman Cohen – CEO, iRelaunch

“An exceptional organizational consultant, Arjan supported the scaling of our organization.  She increased alignment within the management team positively impacting company culture. She enhanced collaboration between my Head of Operations and myself, while we were managing a major change, creating greater understanding for each other’s point of view, work approach and communication style, resulting in better outcomes. Our staff calls her the “engineer whisperer.”

Jamie D’Agostino, Founder of Netology

Our areas of expertise are in leadership development, effective communication, positive intelligence, personal branding, executive presence, career transition and time management.

We count among our clients, C-Suite Executives at Fortune 500 companies, senior leaders and high potential middle managers, professionals as well as founders of start-ups.

With a global reach, InspireShift’s clients come from a wide variety of fields: financial services, marketing, law, education, consumer goods, healthcare, retail, publishing, investment banking, Information Technology, and not-for-profit. Our clients work in companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and multinationals, including Goldman Sachs, United Nations, JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, R/GA Advertising, New York Hospital, UBS, Pearson Publishing, Avon, Deloitte Consulting, Citibank, Ernst & Young, McCann Advertising, United States Navy, Tahari, MasterCard and Time Inc. (click here for a more comprehensive client list).

Executive Coaching with InspireShift focuses on:

Leadership Development

  • Develop executive presence
  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Build a more cohesive team
  • Create productive work environments
  • Reduce conflict
  • Increase your effectiveness
  • Apply time management

Position yourself for success

  • Establish yourself quickly and with ease in a new role
  • Enhance your visibility
  • Develop your personal brand
  • Capitalize on your strengths
  • Leverage career opportunities

Create more career fulfillment

  • Crystallize your goals
  • Design your career trajectory based  on your values and interests
  • Apply positive intelligence
  • Increase your confidence
  • Reduce your stress level
  • Create work/life balance

The Executive Coaching process is one that promotes self-awareness, includes customized assessments and develops action-oriented planning, along with constructive feedback and accountability to ensure the most effective results. The process focuses on delivering company goals by developing the individual, and highlights three main areas:

The process emphasizes three main areas:

  1. Developing further leadership skills
  2. Improving overall performance and effectiveness with a focus on company goals
  3. Creating greater fulfillment through a deeper level of engagement

Our Executive Coaching Methodology is focused on six A’s:

Each leader is uniquely different. Sustained success and fulfillment can only be achieved if a leader taps into his or her unique strengths, developing a leadership style that truly fits with his/her personality. Developing greater insight into the natural tendencies and unique qualities of the leader and supporting each leader to develop an authentic leadership style will not only bring to bear increased leadership effectiveness but also result in greater ease of steering an organization or department, and therefore deeper fulfillment and engagement for the leader.

The entry point to this synergistic process creates greater clarity and increased awareness about an individual’s leadership style and the current business situation.

Executive Leadership Goals

Awareness of one’s own proclivities, interests, experiences, management skills and professional abilities is the foundation to unlocking an executive’s full leadership potential.

Through a dynamic dialogue and collaborative partnership, combined with a variety of assessments, we help our clients create a greater awareness about their distinctive strengths, areas of development and opportunities for growth to advance a client’s full leadership potential. Often we will use additional personality and leadership assessments such as the MBTI I & II (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), STRONG Interest Inventory, and Hogan Leadership Assessments to gain greater insights in a client’s values, interests and natural tendencies around topics such as communication, conflict resolution and managing change.

Company Goals

In addition to increasing leadership potential, the coaching engagement typically focuses the executive on the company’s strategic business objectives, such as setting strategic direction, prioritization of initiatives, the processing of innovative business ideas and/or models, culture change in a team and improved team communications, or any specific opportunities and challenges the leader is faced with.

Once we have more insight in a leader’s unique strengths and opportunities for development, we help our clients develop clearly defined and manageable objectives, create concrete plans, access new tools, and take the steps necessary to achieve the desired goals. Each action plan is unique to the individual client and dependent on the length of the engagement.

An individual’s leadership growth and development hinges on increased self-awareness and commitment to a well-defined action plan. To ensure this success, we incorporate a method for accountability and support. Progress is tracked and evaluated, and obstacles are defined and overcome in order to most clearly delineate an enduring course of action.

The above-described process leads to achievement — allowing the leader to create a greater impact towards the vision of the organization, improving his/her individual leadership and communication skills, and experiencing a greater level of personal fulfillment. This increased leadership effectiveness typically leaves a foot print on the organization.

We specifically focus on sustained achievement by developing a higher level of mindfulness and Positive Intelligence. While leaders’ knowledge of their field and their leadership skills determine their potential it is their positive intelligence and mindfulness that helps them live up to that potential. This process requires a deeper level of self-examination and mindfulness in order to invoke a growth mindset and an authentically optimistic and solution-focused approach. As we understand that success is closely related to the building of strong relationship, we help our clients to develop conversational intelligence, leading to relationships embedded in trust, respect and collaboration.

At InspireShift, our goal is not only to empower our clients to enhance their leadership skills, but also to encourage a leader to rethink his/her attitude and approach to long- and short-term scenarios. Over-arching career, business and personal goals as well as positive resolutions to day-to-day impediments are envisioned with positive, realistic outcomes.

Ultimately, this approach leads to sustained achievement, where an individual can create his/her greatest impact and become more personally fulfilled.

In certain circumstances, companies are willing to support your Executive Coaching expenditures. We are always happy to connect with your HR department after initial conversations take place to discuss this further.