World's Top 30 Coaching Professionals for 2020


The Coaching Category would like to acknowledge Marshall Goldsmith as our First Corps d’Elite Member for his Outstanding and selfless contributions to best Coaching practices and achievements

Guru #1

John Mattone

John Mattone - Best Leadership Speaker Trainer

John Mattone is the world’s top authority on Intelligent Leadership and the creator of the Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching Process and Certification (ICF accredited). John Mattone is globally respected as a uniquely distinguished authority who can ignite and strengthen a leaders inner-self and talents, which enables them to realize four “game-changing” outcomes that they can leverage in their business and life: altruism, affiliation, achievement, and abundance (The 4 A’s). The 4 A’s are the seeds to achieving sustained greatness and creating a lasting legacy.

John Mattone is a powerfully engaging, internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and top-ranked executive coach. John is the former executive coach to the late Steve Jobs and the former legendary CEO of PepsiCo, Roger Enrico. John Mattone is now one of the most in-demand C-level coaches in the world.

Whether John is keynoting an event, conducting a retreat, or coaching an executive, he has earned a global reputation for possessing a special ability that unlocks and unleashes greatness in leaders at all levels. Since 2015, the research organization, Globalgurus.org, has ranked John Mattone as one of the world’s top leadership authorities and speakers. In 2015, John Mattone’s Intelligent Leadership was named as one of the three Top Advanced Leadership Development Programs that Change Lives.

Recently, John was honored by his executive coaching peers (The Association of Corporate Executive Coaches), with the prestigious 2015 International Executive Coach Thought Leader of Distinction Award, in recognition of his thought leadership and his work as a global executive coach. John is one of nine executive coaches in the world who have been awarded the coveted Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) certification from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

John is the author of eight books, including Talent Leadership, Intelligent Leadership and Cultural Transformations (all Best-Sellers).

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Guru #2

Paul Martinelli

PAUL MARTINELLI travels the globe spreading the word about unleashing one’s true potential and the power of what the mind can truly accomplish. His plain-spoken wisdom immediately connects with individuals and groups from all backgrounds. From humble and difficult beginnings, Paul learned to tap into his own true potential and became a multimillionaire. Now he shares his life changing message through workshops, retreats, seminars, webinars, coaching services, and keynote speeches. Paul is also a master at training others how to become skilled personal development coaches and platform speakers.

He founded The John Maxwell Team in 2011, and serves as president with over 20,000 members in more than 150 countries. These certified coaches, teachers and trainers are bringing transformation and starting a leadership movement within their own communities all over the world. Through his own journey of becoming a renowned coach and speaker, Paul has shared the stage with personal development masters such as John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Brian Tracey, Mark Victor Hansen, Denis Waitley, Nick Vujicic, and Zig Ziglar.

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Guru #3

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of five books, including *The Coaching Habit*, the best-selling coaching book of the last two years with half a million copies sold and 1,000+ 5-star reviews on Amazon. Other books include *Do More Great Work* (100,000 copies sold), and *End Malaria*, a collection of articles about Great Work from thought leaders that’s raised about $400,000 for Malaria No More and reached #2 on Amazon.com. Michael is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company that is the best-known champion for coaching as a force for leadership development and culture change. More than 80,000 managers have taken their programs, and their clients include Microsoft, TD Bank, Salesforce and USA. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar, one of the first nominees in the Marshall Goldsmith 100, and the first Canadian Coach of the Year.

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Guru #4

Lance Secretan

Dr. Lance Secretan is the world’s top authority on inspirational leadership, a trailblazing teacher, advisor and expert on corporate culture, whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship as well as an award-winning memoir, A Love Story. His latest book is The Bellwether Effect. Lance is a riveting speaker and is acknowledged globally as one of our most insightful and original leadership teachers. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete. He coaches and advises leaders globally (he is ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.

Individuals, entire organizations, cities and states have experienced remarkable transformations through his unique mentoring, coaching, wisdom and approach. He has helped 6 companies to be named to Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for in America list, and 8 others are also his clients, and 30 Secretan Center clients are on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list. Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers and his firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.

Dr. Secretan is the recipient of many other awards, including the International Caring Award, whose previous winners include, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Desmond Tutu. He is a forum Chair at MacKay CEO Forums, current Chair of the Pay it Forward Foundation, and former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics World Winter Games. He is an expert skier, kayaker and mountain bikerand he divides his time between Ontario, Canada and the Colorado Rockies.

To engage Dr. Lance Secretan for a keynote speech, a coaching assignment or to learn more about our work write to us at: http://www.secretan.com/contact-us/

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Guru #5

Marcia Reynolds

Dr. Marcia Reynolds, Master Certified Coach helps coaches and leaders make every conversation a difference-making experience. She has provided coaching and training in 41 countries, to hundreds of thousands coaches and leaders online, is the training director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute in the US and is on faculty for coaching schools in China, Russia, and The Philippines.

Marcia was the 5th global president of the International Coach Federation and recently inducted into ICF’s Circle of Distinction for her contributions to the global coaching community. She is considered one of the world’s leading Coach’s Coach.

Her doctorate is in Organizational Psychology and she has two master’s degrees in Communications and Adult Learning. She continues her research so her teaching and writing is constantly updated, relevant, and offers fresh ideas and practices.

In addition to teaching and consulting, Marcia coaches executives globally. Before launching her own business, her greatest success came from designing the leadership and employee development program for a global semiconductor company facing bankruptcy. Within three years, the company turned around and became the #1 revenue producing IPO in 1993. Many leaders seek to work with Marcia for both her experience as well her coaching credentials.

Excerpts from Marcia’s books Outsmart Your Brain; The Discomfort Zone; and Wander Woman have appeared in business and psychological publications world-wide.

Her latest bestseller, Coach the Person, Not the Problem: A Guide to Using Reflective Inquiry, was released June, 2020 to rave reviews and became an international #1 bestseller in Business and Coaching books.

Marcia is passionate about how coaching contributes to making the world a better place for all. Read more at https://www.Covisioning.com

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Guru #6

Rhiannon Rees

Kindness is her Philosophy. 

Energy, Spirituality, Quantum Physics, Sub-Conscious mind practices, human behaviour and observation against a thorough business plan – this is Rhiannon’s  ideology.  

Rhiannon Rees, Australian-born international high-performance coach and best-selling author, was just recently selected as #1 Business & Performance Coach of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. 

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. 
With over 2 decades of professional experience as a thriving entrepreneur and high-performance coach, Rhiannon has certainly proven herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field.  As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Rhiannon has demonstrated success not only as an international high-performance coach and best-selling author, but she has been successful in creating both Multi-Million Dollar Companies/ Individuals and Champions. 

She is renowned as one of the most refined multi-spectrum, self-development experts in the world.  Rhiannon’s impressive repertoire of accomplishments and clients have included the Spice Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, X-Files, Private Practice cast members, NRL Roosters, as well as the 2014 ABC’s “The Conscious Farmer.” As author of the best-selling book, “How to Climb Mount Everest in Sandals-The Courage to Live an Ordinary Life”, followed by 2015’s “Life is a Choice and the Choice is Yours,’” Rhiannon’s international reputation is one of servicing the survival needs of the most vulnerable as vigorously as sophisticating the success of the elite.

Rhiannon transforms her clients businesses and their lives.  

She increases their business worth, on average between 200% to 500% gross revenue annually. Her greatest strength is not only her capacity to create completely “out of the box” ideas for business, it is also her ability to transform self-limiting beliefs in key team personnel that then sees these team members hitting goals way out of the park. 

She believes that such success has been due to her showing her clients how to break free of both conscious and subconscious self limiting beliefs around money, wealth, health, success and freedom.  

While she is in the business of growing champions, her training base starts with her own team, extends to clients, customers, and other corporations and entities interested in combining business success with conscious self-development and ethical action.

The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Rhiannon for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make.  She is brilliant at what she does and has contributed so much of her wisdom and passion to help empower professionals all over the globe.  She is humble, gracious and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization. We are looking forward to meeting her at the gala and know we will be seeing more amazing things from this incredible woman.” 

Throughout her illustrious career Rhiannon has received many awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2019 she is being considered for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine, TIP Radio and for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award by IAOTP.  Also for 2019 she was selected as Top Business & Performance Coach of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) and she will be honored at their annual awards gala being held in Las Vegas. She just recently was named a winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the “Innovation in product development” category (up against governments of countries and Mammoth Multi-Nationals such as Hilton Hotels and Dell computers.) in the sixth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Rhiannon was presented the Stevie Award at a gala banquet at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore on Friday May 31st.  

For the past 6 years Rhiannon has been voted one of the top 30 Global Coaching Gurus in the world and is currently ranked #10, behind the likes of Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield. She was previously nominated for Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year 3 times, a finalist in the Asia Pacific Coach of the Year 2011 and winner of the Global “Action Man” award in Barcelona 2010. Also in 2010, Rhiannon was a nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year and Runner-up in NSW “Franchise Woman of the Year.” 

Recently, she has teamed up with other fellow Global Guru’s Mark Nation (Harvard Grad and Global Leader)  and Chip Bell – (Coach to Steve Jobs and Pepsi Co’s Roger Enrico) with the honourable Marshall Goldsmith as a Guest presenter. 

Creating possibly one of the very Best and most dynamic Mastermind opportunities available to C-Suite execs anywhere in the world.

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Aside from her successful career, Rhiannon also pays it forward by focusing on single parents that could never afford coaching and helps them get off the street, into jobs, accommodation and reunites many with their children that had previously been in external care.

Looking back, Rhiannon attributes her success to her perseverance, to mentors she has had along the way, and staying passionate in all her business endeavors.  When not working, she enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family. For the future, she hopes to continue to make a difference in people’s lives any way she can.

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10 years ago Rhiannon lost her home, business, marriage and her mind. 

In fact, at her lowest point, she was living in a tent on food bank hand outs with her then 4 year old son. She has rebuilt her life from the ground up. 

Imagine what she could do for you? 

 For more information on Rhiannon please visit: www.consciouscoaching.coach

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Guru #7

Connie Dieken

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for more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchorwoman, reporter, broadcast personality, and talk show host, including co-hosting The Morning Exchange, America’s longest running television talk show. She is a multiple Emmy award-winning and Telly award-winning journalist and her excellence has led to her induction to the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Connie has represented more than 50 companies as their spokesperson, including Intel, Sealy, GE, American Greetings, Ernst and Young and Goodyear. Connie spent her career with the most successful and influential people in business and entertainment and recognized a pattern to their success. After years of research, she learned the common traits each of these people shared, and discovered people could learn how to be influential with the right training. Armed with unique insight into the power that influence has over each of us, she developed a proven methodology to transform any leader or executive into an influencer. In 2000, she founded onPoint Communication to train leaders and emerging leaders in critical influential leadership, communication, media and presentation skills. For nearly 12 years, Connie has been the trusted executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world’s most recognizable brands. She has become the most respected and in-demand executive coach, keynote speaker, author and authority on learning the skills needed to become an influential personality in all forms of leadership and communication. Connie is the author and co-author of five books, dedicated to teaching individuals influential leadership, communication and presentation techniques. Her most recent bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, takes Connie’s knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders and condenses it into a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator with anyone, anywhere.

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Guru #8

Peter Chee

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Dr. Peter Chee is the President and CEO of ITD World, a global leadership development expert with over 30 years of experience in developing leaders from over 80 countries. He has been coached and mentored by Dr Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1 leadership coach, and has been specially selected as a fellow of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches (MG100) global movement. Peter is the chief mentor coach and developer of the Certified Coaching and Mentoring Professional (CCMP) program which is accredited and recognized by ICF (International Coach Federation). He is the inventor of the Coaching for Breakthrough Success (CBS) Metta Model, The Coaching Principles (TCP), Situational Coaching Model (SCM) and Achievers Coaching Techniques (ACT).

He works in close partnership with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith and with award-winning professor Dr. William J. Rothwell, who has written more than 120 books. Dr. Peter Chee and Dr. Jack Canfield are co-authors of Coaching for Breakthrough Success whereas Dr. Peter Chee and Dr. William Rothwell are co-authors of the book entitled Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader and The Leader’s Daily Role in Talent Management: Maximizing Results, Engagement and Retention. He is also the author of the 12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence with Brian Tracy.

Peter specializes in developing, transforming and coaching CEOs, CXOs and top leaders, some of the organisations that he has worked for include: Intel, Citibank, Schneider, Chevron, OSRAM, AIA, Infineon, B Braun, Mattel, Petron, World Scout Foundation, Philips, ANZ Bank, First Solar, MSIG, Bangkok Bank, ThaiBev, DTAC -Telenor, Vingroup, Petorvietnam, Beiersdorf, Sandisk-Western Digital, Nestle, PepsiCo and Nike. His life purpose is to transform leaders and change the world with love for God and people.

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Guru #9

Will Linssen

‘Making Change Happen’ is the foundation based on which Will provides top executives with effective business solutions and practical leadership applications that deliver measurable results for their specific organizational challenges. Will has more than 20 years of in-depth experience in executive positions and managing businesses in Europe and Asia. Currently, he is the Practice Leader for Asia and Europe at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching (https://sccoaching.com/) and in this position he also coaches numerous CEOs and other top-level executives.

Will is known as the “Coaches Coach” and is one of the first Master Certified Coaches at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. For over two decades he has been working with executive teams to measurably improve their leadership and organizational effectiveness. He has held several positions in general management and business management at multinational companies in Europe and Asia and he also serves at the board of several multinationals in Asia. Furthermore, he travels the globe training executive coaches and business leaders in using Marshall’s methodology.

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Clients consistently commend his results-driven personality combined with his confident, energetic and friendly character. A good listener and problem solver with in-depth business knowledge and cross-cultural understanding, he has also been recognized for his creative and analytical skills, and most of his executive clients hold international positions in a wide range of industries at Fortune 500 Cos across Asia and Europe such as Coca Cola, GSK, Novartis, McDonald’s, Philips, ING, Philip Morris, BAT, LG, Standard Chartered Bank, Bayer, Syngenta, AON Hewitt, and SC Johnson

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Guru #10

Brenda Bence

Brenda Bence is sought after across six continents as a transformational Executive Leadership Coach. Having led billion-dollar global businesses herself as a Fortune 100 senior executive, Brenda brings to her coaching practice firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by top leaders in today’s fast-paced world.  Brenda is also recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the Top 50 Leading Global Coaches.

Through her coaching and speaking engagements and as the author of 11 award-winning books, Brenda has inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Trusted by many of the world’s most recognized companies – 95% of which engage her services repeatedly – she is at the global forefront of international leadership coaching.

One of only a handful of professional speakers worldwide who have earned the coveted Global Certified Speaking Professional title from the Global Speakers Federation, Brenda brings to her audiences engaging real-life leadership stories and a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to inspire long-lasting behavioral change – all delivered with a good dose of humor.

Brenda holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has offices in both Asia and the U.S. She has been featured in several hundred media outlets and publications all across the world.

An avid writer, Bence’s 11 books have won over 40 book awards. In 2020, the Advanced Reader Edition of her latest book, The Forgotten Choice, was released to critical acclaim and will be launching globally in early 2021.

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Guru #11

Tom Kolditz

Tom Kolditz is the founding Director of The Ann & John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University—the most comprehensive, evidence-based, university-wide leader development program in the world, named Outstanding Program for 2019 by the Association of Leadership Educators.  Prior to founding the Doerr Institute, Tom designed the Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management and served as chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years. Brigadier General Kolditz has more than 35 years in pivotal leadership positions on four continents.  He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest award for service, is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kolditz has published more than 60 articles and book chapters to date, including in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the proceedings of the World Economic Forum. He has been named Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence.  A highly accomplished leadership coach, he has been highly ranked by several global independent professional ranking organizations.  He is known for expanding the coaching market beyond business schools and across entire universities, creating thousands of coaching jobs globally and hundreds of thousands of coaching conversations with young leaders.

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Guru #12

Brad Sugars

Brad Sugars started the ActionCOACH brand (formerly known as Action International) when he was in his early twenties. Today the company is internationally recognized as the leading global business coaching firm and one of the leading and most awarded franchises in the world today. So how did a twenty-something Australian create this global powerhouse? He did it through hard work, determination and a well-organized, systemized approach that leads businesses to profits.

Brad Sugars has always been entrepreneurial. Even from a very young age, Brad was an entrepreneur. He displayed a natural curiosity for how to work smarter and get measurable results. When still at university, Brad Sugars ran several small businesses. Perhaps due in part to his talents which were developed at a relatively young age, Brad’s ability to make companies from every conceivable industry flourish lead him to be known as “The Turnaround Kid”. Brad Sugars was soon asked to speak to business owners and executives – sharing his tips and advice on marketing, sales, systemization and team building. Audiences were wowed. Brad’s “pull no-punches” approach was a refreshing change from other speakers at the time. The content of his events were filled with simple and easy ways to grow businesses. Brad Sugars’ seminars quickly grew in reputation as the business building event to see.

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Guru #13

Peter Bregman

Recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches, Peter Bregman coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. Having started his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions, Peter is CEO of Bregman Partners, an executive coaching company that helps successful people become exceptional leaders and stellar human beings.

Peter is ranked as a Top 30 thought leader by Thinkers 50 Radar and selected as one of the Top 8 thought leaders in leadership. He is ranked by Global Guru’s as one of the top 30 best Coaches in the world and one of the top 30 best leadership speakers/trainers in the world.  He is the award-winning, best selling author and contributor of 18 books, including most recently, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work. His book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year by NPR, and selected by Publishers Weekly and the New York Post as a top ten business book. He is also the author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work, a New York Post “Top Pick for Your Career” in 2015, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change.

Peter is the host of the Bregman Leadership Podcast, with over 1.5M downloads, which offers insightful conversations with industry thought leaders on how to become more powerful, courageous leaders. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and his articles and commentary appear frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times, PBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

Peter created and leads the Bregman Leadership Intensive, ranked by Global Gurus as the #1 Leadership Development Program in the world, a four-day program that transforms the way people lead by increasing their confidence in themselves, their ability to connect with others, their commitment to what’s most important, and their emotional courage.

Peter designed the Bregman Partners proven, proprietary Big Arrow process to align people to work together to accomplish an organization’s most important work, leveraging the Big Arrow Measurement tool to quantify the leadership and organizational gaps that block successful execution.

Peter has implemented his proprietary solutions with CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, Brunswick Group, Twilio, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Pearson, Citi, FEI, Clear Channel, and many others.

Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Guru #14

Terri Levine

Terri Levine (SAY Luh-VEEN) is the founder of Heart-repreneur® and is a business and executive coaching expert. She assists businesses worldwide with business growth, sales, and marketing. She has more than 40 years of business experience, encompassing work with more than 5,000 business owners and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. She is also a best-selling author of dozens of books, has her own radio and TV show and is also a keynote speaker.

Terri has a passion for helping businesses to grow with her own personal experience gained while building multiple successful businesses from the ground up. Terri has created the Heart-repreneur® cause teaching business owners to do business heart-to-heart.

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Guru #15

Sanyin Siang

Sanyin Siang’s personal mission in life is to enable greatness in others. She lives this out as a board and ceo coach, an educator, author, and a mom.

Recognized as the world’s #1 Coach by Thinkers50 (the Oscars of Management), she leads Duke University’s Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) at the Fuqua School of Business. She is a professor at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, an advisor to Google Ventures, and the author of The Launch Book.

Sanyin helps leaders and teams of leaders create even more value by focusing on mindset, behavioral change, and team and culture building. She has worked with generals, Fortune 500 CEOs, family business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and sports executives.

Her experience in coaching coupled with an understanding of board and executive team dynamics and patterns of effective leadership across industries, has helped organizations and executives identify gaps and lead more effectively in a rapidly changing marketplace and talent space. She convenes interdisciplinary and diverse teams towards finding and implementing new approaches for complex problems. Whether the client is startup founder working on scaling the team, business and culture, or a general or CEO of billion dollar company – every chief executive faces the challenges of scaling self, leading their teams in a disruptive new market, while maintaining work-life integration.

Sanyin draws on insights and patterns across different best practices from her academic work. Her thought leadership has appeared in New York Times, Forbes, INC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

She was recognized in 2017 and 2018 as one of LinkedIn’s Top Influencers and regularly shares ideas and insights on effective leadership with her platform of more than 1,000,000 LinkedIn followers.

Sanyin is an advisor for GV (formerly Google Ventures), Sports Innovation Lab, and Ripcord. Sanyin’s board service has included those of The Emily K Center, The Museum of Life & Science, the Advisory Board of the US Congressional Award, and Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

She is the author of the award winning The Launch Book: Motivational Stories for Launching Your Idea, Business, or Next Career, which inspires readers through stories of different leaders and gives them an action plan for leveraging change using behavioral science concepts. Sanyin received a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA from Duke

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Guru #16

David Clutterbuck

David is one of the international pioneers of coaching and mentoring. He works with individuals, teams and organizations to help them have the conversations they need, to bring about significant, positive change. He brought the concept of structured mentoring programmes to Europe in the early 1980s and, with David Megginson, is a co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, for which he is now a Lifetime Ambassador. Of his 60 books to date, more than a third are in the field of coaching and mentoring.

David brings to mentoring not only an immense knowledge of the subject and experience working with hundreds of mentees — from CEOs of multinationals to teenagers at school – but also a wide experience of the practicalities of setting up and growing businesses. His special interests include top team development, growing talent and diversity.

David defines developmental mentoring as helping a client with the quality of their thinking, about issues important to them. The most effective mentoring, he believes, allows the client to have the conversations they need with themselves., to determine and work towards their own aspirations.
 
David has four adult sons, one with Down’s Syndrome and autism and six grandchildren. He and his wife Polly co-founded the UK’s first ice skating club for young people with learning disability and he continues to support this a decade later as a sports coach. He sets himself a major new challenge each year – from sky-diving to becoming a stand-up comic!

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Guru #17

Tony Robins

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The removal of Tony Robins from this category last year was because of our decision to place him in the #1 spot for the Personal Development Gurus but his followers keep on voting for him in the leadership category. Although his focus is not officially leadership, his strategies and methods support and develop leadership across the board making us change our initial decision and provide him his well-deserved title as one of the best leadership speakers in the world. He has taken Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to new heights and created a number of models used by leadership and sales trainers across the world today, Tony Robins is truly a pioneer in the area of Training and leadership development, and a large number of leaders of industry have at least attended a Tony Robins seminar. He is well known international speaker famous for being the most dynamic, energetic and inspirational of all the leadership gurus.

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Guru #18

Carol Kauffman

Carol is known globally as one of the top leaders in the field of coaching. She has been named the #1 Leadership coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith group. Thinkers 50 shortlisted her as one of the top 8 coaches for her contribution as a thought leader and coach.

She is on the faculty at Harvard where she is the Founder of the Institute of Coaching. In addition, she supervises an international fleet of leadership coaches and has created a Coach Approach training program with a global footprint.

Leadership coaching: As a very active practicing coach, her mission is to help leaders raise the bar on themselves, their teams and organizations to maintain peak performance and optimal life satisfaction. She has over 40,000 hours of client contact. Her work focuses primarily on CEO’s and their teams. In order to launch the next generation of leaders, she is now working with millennials, high potentials and some unicorns.

A sampling of clients where she has worked with top leaders, often with their executive committees includes: Ahold, Astra Zeneca, Cisco, ConsenSys (Etherium), Dashlane, Deutche Bank, Egon Zehnder, Genentech, Harvard, Indeed, Informatica, Knowls, Lloyds, Lyft, Mastercard, Oliver Wyman, Owens-Illionis, Rifinitiv, Sonos, Takeda, Telefonica TriNet, Unilever, Vanderbilt and Value Retail and Vertex.

Academic leadership: She is a leader who has profoundly impacted the profession of coaching on a global scale. While on the faculty at Harvard for over 25 years, she received a $2,000,000 gift from the Harnisch Foundation to be the founder of the Institute of Coaching. She also launched the Coaching Conference at Harvard and the IOC Leadership Forum. Our education-based community has 2,000 active members and serves coaches and those who want to use coaching skills to change their worlds.

Dr. Kauffman was also the Founding Editor in Chief of the first academic journal for a major publishing house, Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. Her goal in all these organizations is to bring together evidence-based theory and research and most of all – translate it into practical applications for best practice. Her hope is to be of true service to coaches and leaders.

HBR requested she design their first research project and write “What Coaches Can Do for You,” their most frequently cited article on coaching. She is also published in many venues.

Coach approach training: Dr. Kauffman’s enormously successful Coach Approach training for leaders won the Harvard Medcial Schools Inaugural Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring. A team of researchers assessed its impact at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to its national acclaim as the gold standard, the program is now rolled out in 23 of the top teaching hospitals in the US. Dr. Kauffman has trained hundreds of leaders at ConsenSys, Egon Zehnder, Oliver Wyman, Rifinitiv, Unilever and others.

Of all her ventures Carol most enjoys coaching leaders and partnering with them as they navigate their way forward.

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Guru #19

Mark C. Thompson

Mark Thompson is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.

New York Times bestselling author Mark C. Thompson is a leadership coach for the world’s fastest growing, most innovative companies—from LYFT CEO & Cofounder Logan Green, Pinterest Cofounder Evan Sharp and World Bank CEO Dr. Jim Kim, to founders Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Charles Schwab, for whom he served as the world’s first CXO—Chief Customer Experience Officer.

Forbes Magazine says Mark has the ‘Midas’ touch as a sought after coach, speaker, and venture investor.  His New York Times bestselling books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last – Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for Forbes.cm, Inc.co, and FastCompany.com. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to “Most Admired Leaders”.

Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets over $3 Trillion. He is a co-founding advisor of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres.

Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and served as a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University, and adjunct faculty at the World Economic Forum, World Business Forum, and John F. Kennedy University.

A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix and founding board member of Esurance. He has been a Board Member for many well-known technology, biotech and retail companies, including Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod.

Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned ten nominations and five Tony Awards.

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Guru #20

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh is the CEO/Founder of Business Coaching/Venture Capital firm Powerteam International. Bill hosts and speaks at events all over the world! His passion is to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to create massive success. He loves to help people to understand specifically what it takes to build successful companies. He is an accomplished author, speaker, radio personality and movie celebrity, He has a very successful background in finance and marketing. He has spent two decades working with start-ups to major global brands increasing sales, productivity and overall success. He is an innovator with a remarkable ability to determine and dictate success strategy to Bill has an extensive background in foreign currency trading, real estate development and building companies around the world. Over the past two decades, he has specialized in helping companies launch, grow and create exponential valuation in the market. The Rainmaker Summit and WIN University® programs offered through Powerteam are designed to assist entrepreneurs in creating the focus, plans and partnerships required to build multi-million dollar companies!

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Guru #21

Mark Nation

Mark Nation is a globally recognized management expert, bestselling author, keynote speaker, executive coach, and leadership consultant. He is personally driven to discover what makes individuals, teams, and organizations amazing—those elements that power the heart and soul of individuals and businesses worldwide. His bestselling book, Made for Amazing: An Instrumental Journey of Authentic Leadership Transformation, helps people to identify and sharpen their unique talents in the workplace and beyond. Made for Amazing received a Gold Medal in the 2018 Gold Ink Awards. Global Gurus rated Mark one of the world’s Top 30 Leadership Coaches in 2018 and 2019.

Mark has built and managed companies across five industries, developing people, products, and partnerships on six continents. He has worked with a wide range of clients, from top executives, corporate managers and young leaders, to Fortune 500 organizations, start-ups, schools, churches, and non-profits. He is an active member of Forbes Coaches Council and a Fellow with The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate. Mark has appeared in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox, NBC, ABC, Christian Post, SmartBrief, Leadership Freak, Boston Business Journal, Faith Radio, Channelnomics, MarketWatch, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Chicago Daily Herald, and Silicon Valley Business Journal.

In 2019, Mark launched the premium mastermind program, Success 2 Significance. The program is targeted at CEOs, high-growth entrepreneurs, and global leaders who have experienced great marketplace successes, yet still want to discover deeper meaning and satisfaction in their professional and personal lives. Nation’s goal is to bring together a variety of world-class leaders who support each other on the path to building an enduring legacy. Success 2 Significance is a “tight-knit leadership ‘family,’ where no one ever leads alone.”

In his presentations, workshops, consulting and coaching sessions, Mark focuses on developing authentic leaders who seek to operate with strong values and high integrity. His most sought-after topics have included purpose-driven leadership, personal branding, executive advisory services, career development and transitions, expat and global management, team building and corporate engagement, effective partnership design, and service leadership.

Mark is Founder of Nation Leadership, the Made for Amazing Project, and Harvard Help Circle. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a former professional musician and Ironman triathlete who enjoys skiing, running, biking, and meeting incredible people all over the world. Mark’s work and travels have taken him to over 40 U.S. states and 35 countries, where he has managed, performed, or spoken to over 300,000 people. When not traveling, Mark is based in Tennessee.

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Guru #22

Jonathan Passmore

Jonathan Passmore is a thought leader on coaching and coach training, through his integrated coaching framework, the LEAD organisational culture and his research into behavioural change. He holds two professorships, one at  the University of Evora, Portugal and second at Henley Business School, where he is director of the Henley Centre for Coaching.

Jonathan is a regular commentator in the media. He has written and edited 30 books, and over 100 scientific papers and book chapters. What’s distinctive abut Jonathan’s contribution is his ability to cross the divide between practice and academia, influencing both theory and practice. His book titles range from popular titles aimed at leaders and manager such as ‘Coach Me !’ and ‘Mindfulness at Work’, to coach practitioners texts used by coach trainers across the world such as ‘Excellence in Coaching’, ‘Becoming a Coach: The Essential ICF guide’ and ‘The Coaches Handbook‘, to serious scientific textbooks, such as the 500,000 word ‘International Handbook of Evidenced based coaching’ and the Wiley Blackwell series of seven organisational handbooks totally 2 million words aimed at coaching scholars. This has led Jonathan’s work being recognised through awards from both academic and professional bodies including the British Psychological Society, Association for Coaching, Association of Business Psychologists and EMCC for his practice and research.

Jonathan has wide experience in consulting, having worked for both bespoke leadership development consultancy firms including Embrion, and global companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting. He has held several board level roles in the public and private sectors, including chief executive for a not for profit and Board chairman for a sports and leisure company.

Jonathan’ now divides his time between his work at Henley Centre for Coaching, which he has led to being the world’s largest university provide of coach training and the only triple accredited coach programme in the world, and a portfolio of commercial clients which include members of the cabinet, MP’s senior business leaders and organizational managers across small, medium and large companies.

Jonathan is an engaging speaker with a dynamic and provocative style which captivates and challenges the audience in equal measure.

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Guru #23

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun is an internationally renowned executive coach and leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies, MBA programs, and non-profits. She has authored two books: Flex/the New Playbook for Managing Across Differences and Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, a groundbreaking bestseller. In addition to coaching professionals to maximize their potential and advance their careers, she advises senior management on building effective multicultural teams and the critical role of the global talent pipeline. The firm’s Cultural Fluency Roundtables and Bamboo Ceiling® Series (leadership coaching program for Asians) have garnered praise from global Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and in key global markets.

Prior to her leadership coaching role, Jane successfully led Operations and HR as VP of Human Resources/Talent Development at JP Morgan, and was Director of Recruiting at Deloitte & Touche. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics and International Studies, she is active with the President’s Council of Cornell Women.  Her insights on leadership, culture, and career development have appeared on CNN and CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business School WorkingKnowledge, Fortune, Forbes, Leader to Leader Journal, and Fast Company. She is an advisor to the Toigo Foundation and the Center for Talent Innovation, researchers of recent HBR studies “Leadership in Your Midst”, “The Sponsor Effect” and “The Athena Factor.” Most recently, she led a research working group for the Conference Board’s Cultural Fluency in Asia study. Jane enjoys helping individuals flourish in their workplaces and in their communities

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Guru #24

Shweta Jhajharia

Shweta Jhajharia is one of the leading authorities on Business Value Building and the creator of the unique 6M Model. Shweta is widely respected as an impactful, intelligent and results orientated professional who helps business leaders unleash their potential to reach meaningful, higher objectives. This realisation of potential and maximisation of performance helps business leaders to significantly increase profitability and long-term value in their businesses while at the same time becoming better leaders and human beings.

Shweta has been widely recognised by external bodies and industry panels as the top business coach in the UK through more than 70 awards including Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year, Global Best Client Results, Hall of Fame Coach, two International Stevie Awards, Top 30 GlobalGurus in the world since 2017, Enterprise Coach of the Year, Millionaire Coach Award, APCTC Judges Award in Recognition of Coaching Services. She has been featured in 127 media outlets and publications. Her blog is consistently rated as the top business coaching blog in the UK and her book Sparks: Ideas to Ignite Your Business Growth is an Amazon best-seller. Her latest awards include Top 5 UK Coaching Blogs, Websites and Influencers (2020), Greater London’s Executive Coaching Specialist (2020), International Federation of Trainers and Developers Top 20 Global Trainers and Influencers (2020).

Shweta’s innovative and well distinguished High Performing Executive (HPeX) programme (https://growthidea.co.uk/hpex-board) brings together the power of a Board of Directors, a world class peer coaching experience and a strong Non-Executive Leadership team to work alongside SME business leaders. HPeX members consistently see measurable personal and professional growth alongside the growth of their businesses. On an average, business sees an increase of 214% in their asset value within 18 months. In her no-nonsense style, she backs all her programmes with her unique and measurable 6-month ROI guarantee – In the unlikely event a client does not generate the agreed return on investment, they are refunded the difference, no questions asked.

And this is what one of HPeX Board members has to say ‘’I’ve worked with a few people over the years and none of them have the knowledge, wisdom, empathy and determination of Shweta, let alone the strength of character to bond with you whether you’re a highly dominant individual or a shrinking violet. Shweta helped me turn myself around and the learning I have had has been vast!’’

Nearly 1000 businesses and many individuals have experienced significant personal and business growth through Shweta’s practical and purposeful coaching, keynote talks, workshops, consulting, guidance and success mindset. Her business clients are one of the most awarded client base all over the world having picked up many prestigious awards at Global & EMEA level; ‘ CEO of the Year’, Best Business of the Year’ Best Culture of the Year’, ‘Fastest Growing Business,’ Youngest Entrepreneur of the year’, Best E-Commerce Business’, Best Team of the Year’, ‘Most Innovative Firm of the year’ , ‘Best Marketing campaign of the year’, ‘Most Community Impact of the Year’, ‘Gold award for Customer Service Company’, ‘Best Overall Business of the Year’ just to name a few. Shweta honed her skills with over 12,000 hours of one to one coaching experience over the last decade and that shines through her clients and their success.

‘’Shweta is an incredible force who drives all her clients forward to achieve their best possible.’’

Shweta comes from a rural village in Western India and despite humble beginnings, with a belief in education instilled by her parents, she is known for relentlessly pursuing her purpose of helping people create better realities.  She does this by helping business executives solve problems and meaningfully engage with their stakeholders. Her businesses reflect her own strong culture of competence, non-negotiable integrity, commitment to delivering results, and uncompromising care.

‘’Excellent professional who deserves her 5-star rating. Hyper talented and experienced who quite simply has your back and cares.’’

To support the communities we live and work in, through her Private Equity firm Growth Idea (https://growthidea.co.uk), Shweta actively redeploys capital and talent in SME businesses. She is also passionately working towards empowering Indian professionals with confidence and opportunities through English communication skills and creating job opportunities for British English teachers through her pioneering Ed Tech firm, the SpeakEng Academy.

Prior to this, Shweta was Global Marketing Manager with Unilever for 9 years. She has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and Honours in Economics.

Shweta practices daily Vipassana meditation, enjoys mountain climbing (having climbed Kilimanjaro), travelling to wild and gorgeous places (like Tanzania, Namibia, Rio’s favellas, Icelandic craters and many more), spending time with her loved ones and living life with awareness and gratitude.

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Guru #25

Jack Canfield

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A coaching guru known as Americas #1 Success Coach, Jack Canfield has been coaching entrepreneurs educators corporate leaders and people from all walks of life and of all ages cultures and backgrounds. A Harvard graduate with a Masters Degree in psychological education, Jack is a one of the earliest champions of peak performance who developed some specific methodologies. He has developed millions of people with his unique and modernized formulas for success and personal fulfillment and is a widely recognized leader in performance improvement strategies. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped remarkably large number of individuals achieve their dreams. His bestselling book The Success Principles How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be has been hailed as the new self-improvement guide containing 64 of the most powerful principles of success. He is an insightful speaker with wit and experiences that enriched his delivery.

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Guru #26

Bonnie Marcus

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Bonnie Marcus is a Certified Executive Coach author and professional speaker. She is the founder and principal of Bonnie Marcus Leadership, LLC, formerly Womens Success Coaching. Bonnie specially assists professional women to position and promote themselves in their careers. With more than 20 years of sales and management experience, Bonnie has an extensive business background including CEO of a Servicemaster company, the VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies. She has held many executive positions in start up companies and Fortune 500 companies. Forbes.com honored her Womens Success Coaching in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as one of the top 100 websites for professional women. Her articles have also been published in Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and she is a contributing writer for Forbes.com. She has been featured several times in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Huffington Post and CIO Magazine. Bonnie is a cool and rhetoric kind of speaker. As a coach she always draws respect and attention from her audience. Bonnie is the author of The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (Wiley March 2015). Her new book, Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Their Workplace Power, will be published March 2021.

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Guru #27

Christy Whitman

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Christy Whitman is a Transformational Leader, Celebrity Coach and the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. Christy is the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Learning Academy & Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products.  Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 200,000 people a month and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim.

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Guru #28

Heidi Heron

Heidi Heron, PsyD, has been involved with the technology of NLP for most of her life, and is known for her integrity, authenticity and simplicity in which she shares NLP around the globe. She is an International Master Trainer of NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapist, consultant and coach in her own practice. She is a Trainer Member and Clinical Member with the Australian Board of NLP, Trainer Member with the Association of NLP, Level 4 Member and Supervisor with the Australian Counselors Association, Master Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, and holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Heidi is also the co-author of sought after books 30 Days to NLP (www.30daystonlp.com) and You Must Learn NLP (www.youmustlearnnlp.com). She is on the leadership team with the Australian Board of NLP (www.abnlp.org.au) and is co-lead of the NLP Leadership Summit (www.nlpleadershipsummit.org).

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Guru #29

Kevin Cashman

Kevin Cashman is a best-selling author, top-ten thought leader, keynote speaker, global CEO coach and pioneer of the grow the whole person to grow the whole leader approach to transformative leadership. He is the founder of LeaderSource Ltd and the Chief Executive Institute, recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource joined Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development. Kevin has advised thousands of senior executives and senior teams in more than 60 countries worldwide. He is an accomplished thought leader on topics of personal, team and organizational transformation. He has written six books including Awakening the Leader Within and Leadership from the Inside Out, named the #1 best-selling business book of 2000 by CEO-READ and is now used at over 100 universities globally. His latest book, The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward, has been recognized as a Business Book of the Year finalist by both ForeWord Reviews and CEO-READ. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Leadership from the Inside Out will be published in 2017. Kevin has written scores of articles on leadership and talent management and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Human Resource Executive, Fast Company, Strategy & Leadership, Investors Business Daily, Directors & Boards Magazine, CNN, National Public Radio, and other national media. He is a leadership columnist for Forbes.com and has been named as one of the Top 10 Thought Leaders globally by Leadership Excellence and one of the Top Ten Executive Coaches by GlobalGurus.org. Mr. Cashman holds a degree in psychology from St. John’s University and is an adjunct professor for the University of Minnesota Executive Education program. He is a former Advisory Board Member for HR.com; a Senior Fellow in the Caux Round Table, a global consortium of CEOs dedicated to enhancing principle-based leadership internationally; and a Board Member for the University of St. Thomas Center for Ethical Business Cultures fostering ethical leadership worldwide. He is also the founder and thought leader for the highly popular Transformational Leadership Group on LinkedIn.

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Guru #30

Michael Neill

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Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of six books including  Creating the Impossible, The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. Michael is often described as the ‘coach’s coach,’ and commands extraordinary respect within his field for unleashing the human potential with intelligence, humor, and heart.​

He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and his public talks, retreats, seminars​, and online programs​ have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and​ in over 60 countries and on six continents around the world.

His TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 200,000 people. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade.​
His weekly blog and podcast, Caffeine for the Soul, is now in its 18th year and going strong.

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