When I was 24 years old, I fell in love with the startup life. Working too many hours, no clear understanding of what success looked like, brilliant people trying to solve complicated problems that had never been tackled before — all of it. I loved it.

For the next 20 years, I’ve spent my career working in and around startups, helping them be successful by building the kind of work places that made their best employees want to stay and devote their best effort to the company’s success.

It all starts with management.

Most entrepreneurial founders are visionaries. Very few love managing people. And most startup management teams include a lot of new management talent that has been thrown into the deep end of the pool.

I work with founders to understand their organization as it is today, what they want it to be, build a plan to get it there, and then coach them and their management team on how to build the organization into a company that top talent would never dream of leaving.

What I love most about working with management teams is not only the ability to build a world-class culture that the whole company is striving towards, but the chance to support the least supported members of the organization (front-line managers) in their quest to excel, and model to their teams what it means to be a great leader.

In association with MAPS Business Coaching (part of the Keller-Williams family of companies) and leveraging iPEC’s Energy Leadership model, I my coaching and consulting practice is on how to deliberately and actively cultivate the kind of organizational culture that makes everyone enjoy going to work every day.