Executive Coaching

Why It Matters

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
— Martin Luther King Jr.

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I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better...
— Elon Musk

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Our board member... John Doerr said, ‘You need a coach.’ I said, ‘I don’t need a coach. I’m an established CEO. Is something wrong?’ He said, ‘No, no, no.’

Every famous athlete, every famous performer, has somebody who’s a coach. Somebody who can watch what they’re doing... They can give them perspective.

The one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps.
— Eric Schmidt, Former CEO of Google
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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Specific Results

Applied Ideals helps social enterprise leaders focus, grow, and inspire the world.

Clarity

“[What] I like best may be the clarity Daniel brings into my life    through our conversations. My mind runs a million miles an hour, and he helps me stay focused.”   - Albert Squires , Nationally Competitive Powerlifter, Founder of Squires Fitness, Founder of The Bar

“[What] I like best may be the clarity Daniel brings into my life through our conversations. My mind runs a million miles an hour, and he helps me stay focused.”

-Albert Squires, Nationally Competitive Powerlifter, Founder of Squires Fitness, Founder of The Bar

“[The second thing we did together was] organize my thoughts and goals. This was crucial too. It set the tone for the months to come. In fact, what I like best may be the clarity Daniel brings into my life through our conversations. My mind runs a million miles an hour, and he helps me stay focused.” -Albert Squires

“What was the biggest insight I had? CLARITY COMES FROM ACTION...! I want to do and not overthink…” -Amanda Bossi

Purpose

“What I liked best was learning my "why." It enables me to convey my passion to business connections and potential clients.” -Alixandria Thomas

“As an individual, he has helped me find clarity in my vision, perspective in my abilities, and discipline to confront important issues quickly and methodically.” -Allen Pieper

Strategy

“I think [Daniel] did a great job on the high level... strategically examining it. Everything. And making sure the strategy we laid out was effective at achieving the outcomes I hoped for.”-John Bohlmann

“The first year is an extremely tumultuous time since you are starting something completely from scratch… it takes a lot of strength and focus to birth something like that into the world. It is invaluable to have Daniel’s training and support to give a roadmap.” -Jordan Lee Thomas

Organization

“[What I liked most] was also the really detailed way in which [he was] able to go through all of the goals that I had laid out, that I wanted to achieve.” -John Bohlmann

“[Daniel’s] organization and attention to detail are models for me.” -Justin Clay

“I have gained a ton of confidence...    If it wasn't for that confidence, I wouldn't have been able to go up to the CEO of my company and ask him for an opportunity.”   - Kalveen Shergill , Marketing Director for Dynamic Scrip

“I have gained a ton of confidence... If it wasn't for that confidence, I wouldn't have been able to go up to the CEO of my company and ask him for an opportunity.”

-Kalveen Shergill, Marketing Director for Dynamic Scrip

Confidence

“[Applied Ideals executive coaching] helped me focus and improve my leadership... As a result, I gained confidence, made tough decisions to grow a better team, and received our first $10,000 in funding!! … I got the confidence to try my first sales pitch on social media.” - Josh Driver

“Having someone remind me [that failure is necessary to growth] periodically helped make me emotionally immune to mistakes. I also benefited in that I now believe in my ability to seize opportunities is a transferrable skill that has resulted in successful side projects.” -Dresden de Vera

“I have gained a ton of confidence, my communication is much better, and most importantly I have been able to talk to higher level executives (huge confidence booster)… If it wasn't for that confidence, I wouldn't have been able to go up to the CEO of my company and ask him for an opportunity. Just having the confidence to go up and ask for what I wanted.” -Kalveen Shergill

“As a direct result of Daniel's coaching, I am more confident talking to people and sharing what my business is about, and my revenue increased every month for the last 3 months… I also benefited by connecting with people in a more meaningful way and not being afraid to be myself in public.” -Don Derosier

“Two hours with [Daniel] gave me the confidence that I will reach my goals, even though I tend to have too many ideas to keep up with!” -Jordan Lee Thomas

Balance

“[Daniel] helped me to keep my sanity as my business was doubling every quarter for a year and I was moving into new markets with a startup, and hiring people all of the time… I think no small part of that was regular meetings to keep me accountable and to actually be able to think about things, keep my life in balance during that time, so that I didn't have some sort of nervous breakdown or anything like that.” -John Bohlmann

Mindset

“And the most valuable insight I received was a mindset shift. Now I better know my role and value at Selfless.ly.” - Josh Driver

“Many of Daniel's lessons, ideas, and suggestions helped me take my business/entrepreneurial mindset to whole new levels and for that I am very grateful.” -Cedric Alvarez

“The insight that made a BIG difference for me? Mindset shift: Don't be afraid of people. They are waiting to hear from you.” -Don Derosier

perspective

“I don't think I've even met anyone else that is so thoughtful, and thorough when it comes to thinking about problems. [Daniel is] just, in a philosophical manner, just very thoughtful about the approach to the problem and thinking about how to solve it. And I think the questions that [he] asked were always very open ended and thought provoking.” -John Bohlmann

“I like our Monday morning meetings as they are a nice boost for my thinking and get me out of my head… I find a lot of benefit from [your] perspective.” -Josh Driver

“Even the most creative, most outside the box problem solvers would benefit from his insight. He has consistently offered solutions which only in hindsight seem so obvious.” -Dresden de Vera

“Working one-on-one with Daniel is like having a second brain to augment my thinking. He is careful not to give suggestions but instead will point out different ways to look at a situation. When I found myself stuck in ideation he was ready with a lateral thinking exercise where I literally drew my problem on paper and approached it from different angles. It felt silly but it forced me to think differently and resulted in new avenues of thought I wouldn't have previously considered.” -Jameal Ghaznawi

Energy

“It kept my motivated, and I think that’s the most important thing [for entrepreneurs], to stay with it and to continue to believe, and I don’t know if that would have been possible without you.” -Dresden de Vera

“The first thing we did was design and implement a morning routine. Honestly, as simple as this was it was huge for me. I started my day with victories, and this set the tone for the day.” -Albert Squires

Enthusiasm

“Throughout our meetings, his positive and supporting attitude was infectious and motivated me to be the same. I was a lot happier these past three months vs. the previous six.” -Albert Squires

Sense of opportunity

“I can’t emphasize enough how valuable [Daniel’s business coaching] has been in understanding myself, my team, and the world around me. We are all capable of much more than we believe. Daniel helps you unlock this perspective with a visceral intensity that is contagious.” -Allen Pieper

“[I now close] at least 2 clients a week... Whereas before, I was lucky to close that many in a month.    [8X improvement]”    - Alixandria Thomas , Sales at CC: My Admin

“[I now close] at least 2 clients a week... Whereas before, I was lucky to close that many in a month. [8X improvement]”

-Alixandria Thomas, Sales at CC: My Admin

Save time

“I wanted to fulfil a dream — finally opening my own gym. I thought this would take six months. Instead, because Daniel helped me find clarity and confidence, it took three months. I am happy to say I am a gym owner in the San Francisco Bay Area! I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without Daniel’s help.” -Albert Squires

“What I ended up buying with this experience was expedited time. If I were to do this on my own it would have taken me, minimum, three times longer, and by that time I would have burned out.” Dresden de Vera

Better culture

“Going into business with another person can be difficult: staying on the same page, balancing competing ideas and keeping conversations structured and focused… It's helpful to have a neutral third-party to facilitate conversation…” -Jameal Ghaznawi

“The results have been phenomenal. We’ve made hard decisions. We’ve started developing a culture of creativity, discipline, and empathy. We know each other better, and we know ourselves better. This new context is phenomenally important. I believe this will scale into something great for our organization in the years to come.” -Allen Pieper

More productive

“After working with Daniel I feel more productive. If I had to guess, I’d say I’m accomplishing 125-150% more...” -John Gieryn

“The efficiency of my work has totally improved. So by the end of the day I wasn't in a rush to get things done. These things were done by midday a lot of the time, and I was ready for more work... which I hadn't experienced before. So before I was feeling a little overwhelmed but… now I can manage that [and two side businesses].” -Albert Squires

Increase Sales

“[I now close] at least 2 clients a week... Whereas before, I was lucky to close that many in a month. [8X improvement]” -Alixandria Thomas

“The biggest insight I've had has to do with sales. Daniel taught me a sales philosophy and provided a specific script for me to use. He also coached me throughout the process. That structure has been a wonderful blueprint. It's helped me dive deeper into the needs of my prospects, helped me understand my value and worth, and also provided a generalized structure to facilitate all types of other conversations.” -Justin Clay