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Finding your ideal Career Coach

By chance, are you looking to find your ideal Career Coach? I saw a recent article in Financial Management on the topic. This triggered a thought.


Over the years, I’ve reminded many colleagues that the best investment that I’ve made in my company and in my career is in myself. I don’t ever confuse this with the behavior of “leaders eating last.” That is a different premise entirely.

As the article points out, a Career Coach can help create a personalized plan to achieve the goals of your work life. That said, career coaches aren’t therapists! They aren’t qualified or experienced to intervene or opine on emotional, mental or psychological issues. The right Career Coach should provide unbiased perspective (they should have your success and well being firmly at the center of the relationship). Further, they should identify challenges, roadblocks and/or blind spots that might stymie your progress towards your career objectives.

As I have noted many times in my blog, I’ve had the great pleasure of serving under some great Coaches in my life.

Going back to when I was a CEO, I’ve always had a Career Coach. They have been particularly helpful when I’ve experienced “the dip”; unfulfilling moments in my life or career or to take action to change direction.

Here are a few “triggers” that might help you if you are thinking about a Career Coach:

  1. Malaise: Apathy and anxiety are two sure signs you could use a Coach. If you’re having trouble getting out of bed it might be a very good time to have a discovery call with a Career Coach.

  2. Unfulfilled ambition: Ideally, you approach a Coach when you’re doing well and you want to get to the next level. Put together an action plan on how best to proceed. This conversation may accelerate your desired outcome. Re-focus, re-evaluate and set new goals for yourself.

  3. Entitlement or complacency: Sometimes we think we’re better than we are. A good Coach helps me identify those feelings, sorts them out and defines and maps my unique abilities to career acceleration.

  4. Anger: I’ve had times when my anger has gotten the best of me. Shoot, we all do! When that happens, it is helpful to re-route those feeling quickly and get them channeled in the right direction.

  5. Stale, stuck or stagnant? Sometime a “clarity break” with an independent career coach can be just the tonic for the situation.

Maybe you have a friend, colleague or contemporary who could use some a coaches clarifying conversation?



Critical thinking visualization tool

Recently, Paul Sand acquainted me with a critical thinking visualization tool called a Radar Diagram. A radar diagram is a visual problem solving tool. Some may have seen it referred to as a spider graph, mind map or star profile. As Paul says, “diagram allows you to plot several elements to visualize, compare and contrast how things are progressing in your life personally or professionally.” A brain dump to paper if you will.

Unpacking this a bit, some time ago, I initially came into contact with Paul Sand and his “Idea Sandbox” through a VISTAGE contact.

Over the years, I have found Paul’s ideas and his Idea Sandbox helpful to me for ideation, creative brainstorming, innovation, and help in identifying (visualizing) a problem. Further, Paul’s content is always “on the business” and accretive in the area of decision-making and problem solving. Idea Sandbox

Critical thinking visualization tool

Idea Sandbox

The Radar Diagram fits my preferred learning style as I am a visual learner.

I have attached an example of a recently completed Radar Diagram JMS Radar Diagram 0918 using myself as an example. The Radar Diagram allows me to easily visualize my near-term strategic objectives at a glance for my VISTAGE Chair practice. (NOTE: the completed Radar Diagram also suggests that I have work to do, which is the purpose!) I have also attached a Blank Radar Diagram PDF template for your convenience. Blank_Radar_Diagram

If you are similarly interested in experimenting with this simple, critical thinking visualization tool, here are your next best actions:

1. Write the variables or things that you wish to measure on each spoke.

2. Set a measurement (KPIs) from the center outward. Use the same scale on every spoke.

3. From observance, you can easily spot “out of balance” or “outliers” using the visual tool. In fact, I plan to keep a copy of this in front of me on my desk as a constant visual reminder. Therefore, the intelligence derived from the visual tool makes the intelligence “actionable.”

4. Let’s talk about this tool in your life next time together.


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Jim is a serial entrepreneur & business owner with over 25 years experience leading B2B, B2C & B2G companies in exponentially growing top-line organic revenue. Jim recognized early on that you win with people and business is 1% strategy and 99% execution. Specialties include:

  • Entrepreneurial mentoring to second stage companies
  • Corporate turnarounds
  • Cost and infrastructure management
  • Strategic marketing and rainmaking customer acquisition campaigns
  • Monetizing intellectual property
  • Organizational optimization & alignment
  • Gestalt coaching
  • Transformational team building & leadership

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"Jim consistently provides thoughtful leadership with care, compassion and respects diversity of opinion. Jim is an outstanding Chair!"
- Dave F. / Trainer, Coach M.A. Organizational Leadership
"Jim is an expert at analyzing complex business challenges and providing valuable suggestions based on a vast depth of expertise and experience. His genuineness and desire to help comes across in all that he does."
- Brett Miller / President, CSPreston
"Jim transitioned our work flow from a strong management controlled work structure to one that made the group accountable for their actions. I would highly recommend Jim to any company. He is a great mentor."
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"Jim has created an atmosphere and an environment where we feel safe, where we feel secure that we can open up with what we're talking about."
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Stuck inside your company?

Vistage Inside is a unique leadership development program designed for senior leadership teams. Brought in-house, it combines a tailored mix of dynamic group meetings, expert speaker workshops and individual mentorship. Through experiential learning, participants will strengthen their leadership abilities, improve teamwork and cultivate professional growth. You depend on your senior leadership team. Vistage inside helps ensure they perform to their highest potential.

Develop your leaders and strengthen your business.

Solve the challenges facing your senior leadership team.



Growth pains: the growth of your business is outpacing the current capabilities of your team.

Innovative tools, disciplines and insights support leaders in making the necessary decisions that drive results for your evolving business.

Lack of authority: Leadership team isn’t taking the initiative to drive the business forward

The support of an executive coach and peer group develops confidence as a leader — and the competence to back it up.

Narrow thinking: Senior leaders struggle with big- picture strategic thinking and overlook solutions that fall outside their specific areas of expertise.

Exposure to diverse thought leadership grants the knowledge to identify novel solutions to departmental and business challenges.

Poor collaboration: Departmental silos result in avoidable conflicts and lack of a shared vision.

Peer collaboration in a trusted setting breaks down barriers, building stronger relationships and facilitating

How Vistage Inside Works

Dynamic group meetings

  • Recurring meetings provide a trusted forum for participants to process issues, engage in active learning and collaborate with each other. 
  • Participants are encouraged to address the key challenges facing the business, question assumptions and break down departmental barriers.

Expert speaker workshops

  • World-class thought leadership from subject matter experts across a broad range of disciplines.
  • Participants brainstorm new ideas and approaches that can drive results throughout the organization.

Executive coaching sessions

  • Participants receive individual mentorship and guidance from their Vistage Chair, an experienced business leader.
  • Confidential one-to-one sessions foster in-depth personal and professional development.

Tailored to your needs

Dynamic Group Meetings

Typically 10-12 meetings

Expert Speaker Workshops

Typically 6-8 speakers

Executive Coaching Sessions

Typically 6-12 sessions

Online Community

24/7 access to 21,000+ members across 20 countries

“Vistage Inside provides a balanced scorecard of executive development. It brings what you can't get in any other type of leadership development program. It's the development of a leader as a 'total person' that is Vistage Inside's unique differentiator."

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Senior VP for Corporate Strategy Riverside Medical Center

Better Insights Better Leadership Better Decisions Better Results

​Vistage helps high-integrity leaders make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities.
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I am stuck

I am stuck Chief Executive Program

There’s a lot riding on your decisions. The Vistage Chief Executive Program is designed to help you make more effective decisions that lead to powerful results.

At the core, a private advisory group of peers helps you focus on what's most critical. Led by an accomplished business leader, this unbiased group will help you solve problems and uncover opportunities. Take your business to the next level by connecting to business leaders and over 21,000 other Vistage members.

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At your level, the intensity and high and the sta​kes are higher.

Designed for the challenges of chief executives



Currently surrounded by stakeholders with competing agendas, and you make all decisions on your own without the benefit of unbiased advice.

Get your decision vetted by an experienced peer group who will offer unbiased advice in a confidential environment.

You're concerned that your current culture may be having a negative impact on business

Learn best practices on building an empower results-driven team. Find and fix blind spots to advance your leadership ability.

Not being sure you have the best processes in place to scale up the business.

Get access to models of success and expert advice to help you retool your long-term strategy without sacrificing current business performance.

You're seeking guidance on how to fuel the next stage of growth

Gain fresh perspectives on complex issues to optimize business decisions and results.

How Vistage Works

Confidential peer advisory boards

  • Work on your most pressing issues with an exclusive group of 12-16 chief executives from non-competing industries.
  • Process issues in sessions led by a highly trained executive coach

Private executive coaching

  • Receive 1:1 coaching from an accomplished business leader.
  • Get personalized guidance to navigate challenges and opportunities.

World-class speakers and events

  • Learn from experts at your advisory board meetings, regional events and boot camps.
  • Activate new ideas for business growth and personal development.

Specialized networks and communities

  • Join online and in-person communities organized by industry, function or geography.
  • Receive high-value answers to tactical questions.

Better Insights.
Better Leadership.
Better Decisions.
Better Results.

Chief Executive Program

Peer Advisory Board Meetings

12 full-day meetings per year.

Private Executive Coaching

12 sessions per year, up to 2 hours each

World-class Speakers

Up to 8 speakers per year

Online Community

24/7 access to 21,000+ members across 20 countries

“From the superb speakers, to dynamic counsel offered by my fellow CEOs, to the one-to-one sessions with my Chair — we have fundamentally changed how we run our business, manage our teams and drive learning throughout our organization. Our company health and growing success are directly attributable to my Vistage engagement."

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Chairman & CEO, Tusco Display

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Why Vistage

For over 60 years Vistage has understood the challenges and needs of CEOs, small business owners, and key executives.

Meet Your Vistage Chair:

Jim Sexton

Jim is a serial entrepreneur & business owner with over 25 years experience leading B2B, B2C, & B2G companies in exponentially growing top-line organic revenue. He acts as a performance catalyst and trusted resource to leaders as Chair of CEO and C-level Executive private advisory boards.

Certified in organizational optimization & alignment, gestalt coaching and transformational team building & leadership.

Jim is committed to helping his clients grow both personally and professionally. He works with CEOs, executives, and teams of both large and small companies in the Raleigh Triangle to:

  • Refine and develop leadership skills
  • Discover and adopt better communication methods
  • Align goals and develop a strategic plan to achieve them
  • Empower leaders to achieve their full potential in business and life

Better Insights

Get connected to trustworthy and applicable insights and resources.

Better Leaders

Identify new skills, competencies and training you may need as an effective decision-maker.

Better Decisions

Refine your instincts, improve your judgment and get new perspectives in a confidential environment.

Better Results

Vistage member companies grew 2.2 times faster than average small and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

Chief Executive Group

Ensure that your next level of leaders aren't traveling alone.

Create an environment of trust and alignment with a collaborative leadership development program.

Key Executive Group

Be accountable for your personal and professional growth.

Meet once a month with local business leaders from non-competing industries to work on difficult challenges.


If your Non-Profit company is burning you out,
I can help you too.

I understand how your needs are unique and different and designed a program to get you on the right track.

VISTAGE Chair: Jim Sexton

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