Brian L. French
Coaching and Consulting Experience
Brian brings broad experience in Leadership and Organizational Development to his coaching engagements to provide clients a deep understanding of how to increase their leadership competencies and become a positive force for the organization. With each coaching engagement, Brian’s goal is to guide clients on the journey to self-discovery and provide enlightening opportunities for capability growth. This is accomplished through the use of assessments to determine the client’s unique leadership style and understand their strengths and challenges. A plan is then developed to grow in strengths and overcome the challenges in order to reach the client’s goal.
Brian has provided consulting and coaching globally for executives from Director to EVP levels in large corporations, and top leaders in privately held companies. He has also coached High-Potential candidates in preparing them for the next level in their career. Brian has also developed and delivered a wide-range of leadership programs, assessments, models and tools used to develop advanced leadership capabilities for leaders at all levels.
Business and Career Background
Brian has more than 30 years of experience as a leader, educator, facilitator, consultant and coach in corporate settings, privately-held companies and public education. Most recently, he led a consultancy firm providing customized leadership development programs, teambuilding, consulting and coaching to clients.
Previously, Brian spent 16 years with Verizon, leading global, enterprise-wide leadership and talent development programs for 120,000+ employees. He managed a group of senior leadership-development consultants providing facilitation, consulting, and coaching to leaders of all levels. He managed the developmental assessments for coaching usage, including 360-degree, Personality/Behavioral, Emotional Intelligence, Thinking Styles, and others. Brian also oversaw the Mentoring and Performance Excellence programs, coaching leaders on how to effectively mentor and coach their employees. He also developed and delivered an enterprise-wide Top-Talent program and coached participants through the use of 360-degree assessments. Brian facilitated various Executive Education programs on leadership, innovation, ethics/compliance and HR Practices, coaching leaders on effective application of the learning.
Previous to Verizon, Brian was a Director in Public Education at a Technical College where he led the Educational Technology department and managed an educational leadership program providing instruction and coaching to regional K-12, Technical and Higher Ed educators.
Education and Certifications
Brian holds a BA in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University and is FranklinCovey Content certified. He has obtained numerous leadership certifications including Hogan, MHS-EQi Emotional Intelligence, Clark-Wilson 360-Degree, Extended-DISC, EQ, Mindex Thinking Styles, and many other assessments embedded within various leadership programs. He is a certified member of the International Association of Coaching.