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CEO SERVICES FOR FUN AND PROFIT

I’ve found the leaders who choose to work with me are first seeking a consigliere, a counselor.  Someone loyal and trustworthy. Someone confidential and discreet.   Someone who listens and seeks to understand.  Someone who speaks objective truth without judgment.  

  • I am an effective mentor for a leader whose business is stuck or those struggling with the transition from individual to team leadership.  Mentors have been where you want to be and are able to guide you along the pathway.
  • I am an effective coach who understands how lonely it can be at the top and who wants to examine their own thoughts and follow through by working on their business, not just in it.  Coaches expand you so you can reach more of your goals.
  • I am an effective advisor for areas in my expertise, including new product creation, expanding professional services, and creating client engagement that sticks.
Keith Okano CEO Coach and Mentor

CLOSING STRONG PROGRAMS

CEO Coaching.  An organization can only grow as far as its leader will take it.  I work one-on-one with you to bring clarity to your purpose, definition to your goals and strategies, and the leadership skills to align the organization.  For more information and to schedule a free 30-minute coaching session, click here, or text me at 713-557-1639.

Business Mentoring.  Mentors have been where you want to go and offer advice and guidance to help you along the way.  From an executive chair, I have led multiple small businesses in growing from millions to tens of millions, at times selling for strategic value.  Click here to see if we're a good match.

Team Coaching.  Among the most common reasons organizations struggle with creating a great leadership team is a lack of training and implementation.  Reading a book or taking a course, no matter how insightful, is not enough to make it stick.  Growth and change require new skills, especially "soft skills" like teamwork and improving emotional intelligence.  Closing Strong's six-month Leadership Team Training program includes one-on-one coaching with each executive, assessment tools, exercises to develop team trust, clarity, and alignment, a forum for practice, and observation of executive interaction.  For more information on the Team Coaching program, click here.

CEO Roundtables. How do you find out what you don't know?  A great way is to ask your peers to share their experiences and advice.  But if you don't already have such peer relationships, they can be challenging to find a way to start. One solution can be a CEO roundtable (also called a peer group).  A CEO roundtable is a regular meeting of a small group of CEOs and business owners.  All sessions are confidential, and group membership is managed to avoid any conflict of interest.  It is a place where members are free to ask questions and exchange ideas in a safe place to hear truth devoid of criticism.  To learn more about CEO Roundtables and how they might help you, click here.

Personal Purpose Process (PPP).

Many times when we have difficulty in finding clarity in setting direction, or definition in our goals, it is not because of a lack of planning.  It is a lack of purpose. Purpose is not a plan or a goal.  It is who you are and are meant to be.  It is how you find fulfillment.  So for any of us to maximize our effectiveness and contribution in life (including work), we must know at a deep level 1) who we are, 2) what we have been called on to exemplify, and 3) to whom we will model it.  For more information on the Personal Purpose Process, click here.

Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh's famous image of a defiant Winston Churchill.

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”


-Winston Churchill


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Nooshin Yahzari

Optimum CS: Owner

Keith is one of the most knowledgeable, practical, intelligent, and passionate business coaches I’ve ever worked with. His diverse experience and wealth of knowledge in leadership, technology, culture development, financial management, and business operation is unique and his dedication to his clients is unmatched. I’ve learned so much from Keith and will continue to engage him as an advisor and couch for our business in the coming years.

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Darrell Haun

Solarcraft, Inc.: CEO

One thing I wish I had figured out a long time ago was the value of having a coach. Like him or no, Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks in football history, has a coach. I currently utilize about four coaches and one of the best I’ve seen is Keith Okano.
Keith and I have been working together for about six months. He has a way of asking great questions that get my mind thinking in the right direction which then leads to me asking him great questions. He is not afraid to tell me when he disagrees with what I’m doing – which is what I need.
I am proud to recommend Keith as a business coach. Let him inspire you the way he has me.

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Lisa Anhaiser

LBL Event Rentals: Owner

Some people look at coaching as a luxury but I truly believe it is a necessity for the Owners of businesses of any size. As owners, it is easy to get in your own head and lose focus of goals. Keith has helped get my financials dashboard in order, understand the worth of my business and my value in the business equation. I am taking the steps to become an owner instead of being an operator.
As a small business, I rely on my mentor as a sounding board. Insight from an outside party helps give, ideas as well as problems, perspective, create solutions and define goals. The value of a good Mentor/Coach goes beyond the initial monetary cost and translates directly to the bottom line.

Dan Williams

Mosaic Consulting: Owner

“I began consulting with Keith when I was at a critical phase in my leadership role. I spent so much of my time working on client projects that I was not giving my position as company President the attention it needed. When I reached out to Keith I was struck by his desire to understand and absorb everything about my company that he could. With that clarity, he provided insight and ideas that I would have missed on my own. As a result, I made some tough (but good) choices for the business, and have taken important steps to be a strategic leader with a vision for better management and growth. He's a great resource when external wisdom is needed. You'd be smart to work with him.”

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Chris Denny

Lead Optimize, LLC: Owner

“Keith drives confidence and action. His combination of experience-based advice and mastery of developing financial and strategic models to drive business decisions and action are specifically what helped me most. Keith helped boost my confidence in making the right decisions to take my business to the next stage of growth. Any small or medium business owner or leader should give him a call. I'm so glad I met him.”

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Debbie Elder

Shady Oak Primary School: Owner and Director

"Keith Okano is a true business person's coach. If you are interested in taking your business to the next level, it is time to invest in yourself and hire Keith! His strategies and methodologies are uniquely designed for you and tailored to meet your specific growth plan. As the facilitator of Silver Fox CEO Roundtable discussions Keith allows the meetings to flow and gently keeps us on track and incredibly productive. Do yourself a favor and contact Keith now to see how he can serve your needs."

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