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Pharma Field

Posted by Cliff Locks On August 19, 2017 at 10:17 am / In: Uncategorized

Pharma Field

“I was extremely pleased with the trainer/consultant provided by ICG Consulting. Cliff brought the optimal mix of business planning, accounting knowledge and real-world experience. He asked the right probing questions and really listened to our answers to ensure that he was meeting our needs.”

– Executive Vice President and CFO, Corporate Finance

Electronics Field

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:16 am / In: Uncategorized

Electronics Field

“I was facing a career change and met with Doug on the recommendation of a friend. At the time, I was opening up a new business and wanted ideas of how to go about it. Doug was the perfect fit. As a seasoned executive, he had just the insight and advice I needed. Time went on and I realized that being an executive, I needed a technical partner. Doug helped coach me in the area of job searching and vetting new potential hires. His advice and encouragement helped me build a very successful company. He is great at clarifying your vision of where you want to go and providing you the steps to get there.”

– President

Business green field

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:14 am / In: Uncategorized

Business green field

“Hiring Cliff Locks as my business coach is without a doubt the best decision I have made since starting my company. I have been working with Cliff since 2013 and have come to rely on his weekly advice as an invaluable part of my organization. “Cliff’s approach to coaching is not just about the professional, but takes all of my goals in life into account in helping me make the best decisions and adopt the best approaches for my team. The best testament to his coaching may be that as issues come up that I want input on, his voice is inside my head telling me the questions to ask, how to approach the issue, and asking me what I want from the outcome.”

“His coaching style is to constantly ask questions to help me work through the issue – he listens exceptionally well, and encourages me to talk through the challenges we all face but are afraid to discuss in the practice of law. Then he provides his perspective. I would liken his ability to cut through the noise and to hone in on the real issue to a CEO of major Fortune 500 company ability to cull an enormous set of facts into a workable vision. He’s that good. Cliff is professional, thoughtful, experienced, grounded and real.”

“I had no real understanding of how coaching worked when I started looking for a coach, but knew I needed someone to help me guide and focus my practice. I would recommend Cliff to any business executive I know who wants to increase their business in a manner that’s consistent with what they want from life — whether you are in your own company, or a small or large firm.”

– Vice President

Manufacturing Field

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:07 am / In: Uncategorized

Manufacturing Field

“Tammy has worked with me in several capacities: as a coach for me and my management team, as a consultant where her assessments helped us determine where to go next, and as a workshop leader. She has the ability to help us see and solve the problems at hand.”

– Vice President of Business Operations

Executive Impact Group

Posted by sabbir On August 12, 2017 at 10:44 am / In: Uncategorized

Executive Impact Group

This program is geared toward helping Board members develop and strengthen essential skills. This would enable them to better guide, influence and share their vision during meetings.

The improved their strategic decision making and empowered the management team to fulfill the company’s strategic plan.

The best corporations invest wisely to mentor, inspire and promote their most talented team members. These individuals are crucial to the future success of the company. This is why, in a challenging economic environment, corporations seek to invest and promote top employees and management – to help develop potential and maintain company success.

The program is intended to consult with and offer mentoring support for your talented team players and assist them in transitioning from functional or operational leadership to rise to effective senior management.

Program Objectives

  • To develop skills in a collaborative, strategically skilled, influential, and challenging learning environment.
  • To help members improve their proficiency in exercising critical judgment, evaluation and decision making capabilities.
  • To support participants in the improvement of their performance in front of key decision makers.
  • To continually reinforce the concept that members become effective in critical thinking skills and continue to practice and improve performance.

Who will this program benefit?

Individuals or members of a corporation’s team of individuals working at senior level across the organization.

Program Delivery

  • The program may be delivered in-house, or participants can attend an open program held externally with participants from other companies.
  • One and a half day workshops held in a small group of 3-6 participants.
  • Two 1:1 mentoring sessions

After the program, the first mentoring session is held within two to four weeks to review immediate needs, identify learning objectives, and opportunities for practicing new skills. The second mentoring session is held 12 weeks after the program has been completed to review performance improvement.

Planning New Futures For Senior Executives

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:42 am / In: Uncategorized

Planning New Futures For Senior Executives

When senior executives are given leave of their organization, part of the exit package may be standard severance and outplacement support as part of their compensation package. This type of support is often helpful when the goal is to assist in finding another role similar to the one being vacated.

Often, this support will be less effective for those who have left senior roles unexpectedly. It will be especially difficult if they are of an age when the probability of finding a similar role elsewhere may not be practical or deemed appropriate. Helping an individual come to terms with the shock of departure, as well as the damage to self-esteem, requires a special approach in an effort to help them rebuild their future.

Our Approach

Senior executives who are within a few years of average retirement age, may find it helpful to have short term one-to-one support that ICG CONSULTING has expertise in providing. We are able to help executives come to terms with accepting their departure and prepare them for a future, which may be considerably different from the one they just left. Traditional outplacement is inclined to concentrate on the practicalities of looking for another job. We focus on the emotional fallout the individual may experience at this crucial period of time. We can help them think through future opportunities and options to assist with finding a positive way to move forward.

The ICG CONSULTING Framework

Planning and assisting senior executives involves mentoring and coaching programs to help them find a new future and are based on scheduled meetings over a three to six month period of time.

Family Wealth Planning Goals & Coaching

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:40 am / In: Uncategorized

Family Wealth Planning Goals & Coaching

What are your Family Wealth Planning Goals?
At IGC Consulting, we help clarify your family’s values and look at stewardship for the family’s wealth for future generations.

At IGC Consulting, we work with you to establish the family’s vision, values and goals. As an executive, you understand integrated management. You run your company with senior managers from manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, accounting and human resources. You have meetings on a regular basis, determine the strategic direction of the company and operate it in a cohesive and integrated fashion.

The same skills and applications used to run your business should be used to approach the management of wealth. IGC brings to you expertise in investment planning, tax, legal and estate planning. We work with you to clarify your vision and develop a workable path to achieve your goals.

Conversations may include: selecting and managing trusted financial advisors, engaging and educating the family, talking about the definition of success, the process to meet your objectives, investment discipline and aligning the family’s values and goals.

You have worked hard to create a successful business. Be sure your vision provides you with the life you have always dreamed. Call IGC Consulting today.

Enhancing Boardroom Effectiveness

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:34 am / In: Uncategorized

Enhancing Boardroom Effectiveness

The role of the Board is one of leadership. In order to lead effectively, you need to present a decisive and undivided course of action.

The boardroom is a politically complex arena. It is a place where:

  • Uncertainties are a constant
  • Evidence is rare
  • Uncertainties are the norm
  • Opinions are not defined succinctly
  • Opinions are diverse
  • There is a need for corporate intelligence
  • Loyalties are continually tested
  • Conflicts of interest thrive

A cohesive Board compromises to ameliorate conflict. Compromise is a legitimate and productive process when used to achieve positive end results. It’s considered an essential element when there is no unanimous decision.

Boards often become consumed by multiple strategic issues. Tactics involve expending resources, whereas strategy drives a vision for the future. Strategic issues should be considered a boardroom discussion, while tactical maneuvers remain the concern for the executives.

Increasingly, Boards are under growing levels of scrutiny from their own operations and shareholders, and are often viewed as more of an expense than a source of value. This is particularly true where operating authority has been largely entrusted to subsidiaries. Boards need to understand how to improve their value both from the perspective of both the company and shareholders.

Our Approach

Investment Capital Growth Consulting has the skill and experience to work with Boards to assist:

  • Chairs to conduct Board affairs and not run the business, while maintaining discretion at all times
  • Board members to outline, present and advocate their position in a succinct and diplomatic manner
  • Board members to improve their ability to discover information through perfecting their analysis skills
  • The Board to enhance relationships between its members and the organization and, specifically, recognize how its values, attitudes and actions impact the performance of the overall organization
  • Gain insight into the [often hidden] dynamics within the Board that can adversely affect performance;
  • Examining and differentiating the dynamic relationships between executive and non-executive, as opposed to the personal relationships between individuals.

Individual and personal issues discovered during the course of this process are usually dealt with separately, during one-to-one mentoring and coaching sessions. This avoids any negative impact on the performance of the Board.

The ICG Consulting Framework

ICG believes advancement can be made in a relatively short period of time. Three two-hour meetings with four to six weeks between meetings is often sufficient to effect change. This allows boards the time to reflect on, experiment with and implement new practices.

To generate the most effective change, we find it best for meetings to be conducted in a neutral atmosphere. We encourage sessions to be held away from the Board’s standard meeting place.

Mentoring Your Family’s Children

Posted by Cliff Locks On at 10:33 am / In: Uncategorized

Mentoring Your Family’s Children

IGC Consulting’s “Written Goal Setting” program provides continuous mentoring throughout the year for young people. This program provides you with briefings and alerts for changes in behaviors or if we have any concerns. Our years of working with Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America has provided us with the expertise needed – built on positive role models – to work with your children.

At IGC Consulting, we work with your Son(s) or Daughter(s), using our unique goal setting process, to teach them the easiest way to attain anything they deeply desire (i.e. planning for success and writing goals down on paper). The mentoring program will allow your chilrdren to get the most out of their lives, have  positive self-image and a “can do attitude” in order to achieve  goals and learn the processes that makes success a habit, dreams a reality, and life fun and exciting. We’ll stress money management, safety, and continuous learning. We encourage and welcome insights from you and your spouse during the process.

Make success a family affair!
Contact IGC Consulting for more information on our Written Goal Setting program.

Business Field

Posted by sabbir On August 11, 2017 at 10:43 am / In: Uncategorized

Business Field

“Tammy has worked with me in several capacities: as a coach for me and my management team, as a consultant where her assessments helped us determine where to go next, and as a workshop leader. She has the ability to help us see and solve the problems at hand.”

– Vice President of Business Operations