Coaching Approach

Curtis' coaching approach is based on results.. In his more than twenty years of experience working with executives across a range of industries, he has found coaching to be one of the most effective ways for senior leaders to develop, increase productivity, and achieve greater satisfaction in their work and personal lives.

Curtis works with his clients to effectively manage priorities and deadlines, achieve optimal work/life balance, manage their stress level and that of their teams, communicate and build stronger relationships with bosses, peers and direct reports, level-up their emotional intelligence, strengthen their executive presence, and illuminate "blind spots" in their behavior affecting their impact and advancement.

As a trained stage actor in his "past life", Curtis brings a uniquely engaging, perspective to his work with executives on their presence and impact.

Representative Clients

Citibank, Chase, American Express, Pfizer, National Park Service, NASA, Somerset Capital, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRea LLC, United American Energy, American Eagle Airlines

Coachee Levels

CEO/President/Chairman level; CXO/Board Member/EVP level; SVP/MD level; VP/Director level; Manager/Supervisor Level

Functional Experience

Human Resources; Legal; Marketing; Sales Career; Executive Presence; Leadership; Self-awareness; Work/Life Balance

Areas of Specialization

Assessment Instruments & Methodologies
Licensing & Training

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Other Licensing & Training

ICF :Master Certified Coach (MCC);

Newfield Network: Certified Ontological Coach NCOC,

Strozzi Institute: Certified Master Somatic Coach (2002);

Coaching for Personal and Professional Mastery
with The Newfield Network (1999)

Coaching I and Coaching II with New Ventures West (1992)

Leadership Training in Non-Violent Communication with Bay NVC (2004, 2005)

Educational Background

1971 Emory University, BA History

Employment Background

Watkins & Associates
1992 - President

Freedom Printing Co.
1989 - 1997

Lifespring Corporation
Senior Leadership Trainer
1987 - 1989

Total Construction Concepts, Inc.

New York Stage, Television and Film
1972 – 1982

Selected Coaching Examples

Coached the President and CEO of a mid size company as he was struggling to deal with a hostile takeover and simultaneous sale of the company. We focused on being able to run the business while also negotiating critical aspects of the pending sale. Influencing without authority skills, executive presence, and listening skills were the primary coaching areas. After three years the company was sold and all parties were satisfied: my client, the buyer, the management team and the majority stock holder.

Worked with a VP of Sales to create and run a new sales team. Recruiting, interviewing, motivating, and influencing the entire 10 person team. Key focus was on emotional intelligence, listening skills, and team buy-in. The team successfully hit their sales goals and were instrumental in the company being acquired by a larger firm.

Chairman needed coaching to support him in transitioning into his chairmanship of a large international firm. Areas of support were: influencing skills, executive presence and team development. The Chairman successfully merged his company with another industry leader to gain even greater market share.He is still succeeding as Chairman 5 + years later.

Was assigned to coach a female senior director of a bio-tech firm who had been passed over for promotion three times. Emotional intelligence and communication skills were our primary focus. We successfully navigated a very challenging political atmosphere to gain her promotion to Vice-President after 6 months.