Consulting's clients include:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
NASA Ames Research Center
AT&T Wireless (now Cingular)
Advanced Micro Devices
Our Clients and Colleagues Say About CoastWise:
really knows the basics of OD--group dynamics, applied social
psychology, action research, plus the strategic stuff; and I can't
say that about many OD people. She's as good as the "best
of the best" without the attitude.
is absolutely superb working with senior managers, coaching them
and their teams. Tracy talks straight, doesn't mince words, and
to tell the truth, I'm a little envious of her talent. I would
definitely recommend Tracy over someone from (a big 5 consulting
firm). I would absolutely hire her again."
R.W., Director of HR/OD
have moved quickly through my career based my technical merits...and
four years ago joined a fast growing public firm. As the Company
grew, the requirements of my job focused more on the managerial
and interpersonal aspects and less on the technical. I attended
a few management development courses, but they were too general
and not very effective. I paid no attention to the interpersonal
aspects of my job, and over time found myself increasingly in
conflict situations with Executive Staff over small details.
after Tracy and I started working together, took charge of a global
ERP implementation project, a role that is 90% relationship driven
and only 10% technical. By showing me how to study patterns of
behavior and strategize different approaches that work best with
different people, Tracy has helped me make the necessary changes
in my approach to working with people. I have become more outcome-focused
and less concerned with being right.
the five months I have been managing the ERP implementation, I
have actively used learned skills to keep the project on track."
S.C., Corporate Controller and Finance Officer
Internet Technology Company
retained Tracy Gibbons and others from CoastWise to assist me
in shifting my division from a steep hierarchy to a team-based
organization. I needed the people in my organization, especially
the engineers and marketing folks, to work more collaboratively
with each other. She understood the need to look at the whole
system, including training needs, communications, reward systems,
and management styles. Her work had a lasting impact."
- B.K., Senior Vice-President of Engineering
Telecommunications Corporation (retired)
have worked with CoastWise Consulting on several occasions with
very positive results. Most recently, Tracy worked with my senior
staff and me to redefine and refocus the charter of my applications
development group and to restructure the group so we could use
our resources more effectively. Her coaching resulted in the
development of a more collaborative work environment. Dr.
Gibbons also worked with me as an Executive Coach. The result
was increased personal effectiveness and increased staff satisfaction
with my management approach."
- C.W., Director of Information Technology
Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing Corporation
sought a management coach when I began to realize that my leadership,
while seemingly effective, could be much more so. This was causing
a great deal of frustration on my part, especially since I tend
to be a perfectionist!
soon discovered that some of my barriers being a more effective
leader had less to do with my day-to-day professional activities
than with my assumptions about and views toward others, both personally
and professionally. My coach helped me to refocus in ways that
vastly increased my level of self-awareness. She has also enabled
me to be more clear about and better able to articulate the results
and outcomes I want--from both myself and others. One benefit
of this has been that those with whom I work are less likely to
be surprised or feel blindsided after-the-fact.
"Even though I knew when I started that there would probably
be some work involved, I secretly hoped that I would find easy
answers and get confirmation for my view of things and approach
to management and leadership. I underestimated the degree of difficulty,
but with lots of support and gentle nudging, she has ensured that
I have maximized the return on this effort. The outcomes to date
have been dramatic for me."
S.W., Corporate Controller and Head Financial Officer
have had the opportunity, first as the HR Manager and then as
HR Director of a large business group, to partner with Tracy as
she worked with several organizations and Senior Managers within
the group. A major advantage of having CoastWise do this work
was that they provided consistency and continuity from group to
group. They have always been careful to keep my staff and me involved
and informed about their work, and they are very collaborative
in their approach. I have been a member of several of the teams
that they have helped to develop, and she's the best I've ever
worked with. I have the utmost confidence in recommending
her for both large scale and smaller change initiatives."
- J.M., Product Business Group Director of HR
Fortune 500 High Tech Company
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