Christine is super-high bandwidth.
Thank you for all your work in fostering American entrepreneurship.
What is empowerment, really? We wanted to bring our amazing team to the next level, and STI is helping us to do just that. First, it had to start with me. Through coaching I’m learning to let go more, and have optimized my time to do more strategic (and fulfilling) work—and most importantly have more time with my family. I am no longer focused on how activities are getting accomplished down in the weeds, but enjoying the benefits of having a strategic focus and determining the direction of where the organization is headed. The one-on-one attention that STI has given myself and the key members of my executive management team are the reason for us becoming a more strategic and aligned organization.
As a company we now:
- Have clearly defined goals with key results that define the metrics on how we measure the success of the organization.
- Have goals that are agreed upon and aligned throughout the entire organization
- Everyone within the organization knows what we need to do, why, how, when, and the impact our actions have
- Have new fresh skills for tackling challenging conversations, giving rich and useful feedback, aligning and enrolling others
- Have developed a Culture Calendar to ensure we all grow and support one another in creating a consistently great place to work
As a result, together we’re:
- Continuously surpassing revenue goals and getting increasingly comfortable with even loftier revenue targets.
- Achieving new highs in production
- Diversifying our client base while getting closer to and more involved in our key clients business’s
- Gaining visibility on the business and have a lot less stress
- Helping the team across the entire organization to perform at greater levels with deeper fulfillment
- Receiving a “Best Places to Work” award based on voting by our employees.
Now I really know what empowerment is. Our people live it, and so do I.
STI’s energy and emotion along with the specific material they presented has lifted our ceiling–and this is exactly what we needed to have a true opportunity (not only a wish) to scale up our business. As well, STI has truly inspired our team.
We accomplished a remarkable amount at our recent Sales & Marketing Intensive with STI. Over an intense 1.5 days together we:
- Crafted our Customer Journey to deeply understand our client/prospect emotional experience
- Created our Customer profiles so we now know how to speak their language for greater rapport and connection
- Designed our Qualification Process to ensure we optimize both our prospect’s and salespeople’s time
- Developed the training priorities, tools, process, pipeline management, sales stages, accountability to streamline our sales team’s effort and performance
- Planned out our next 6 months of marketing strategy, activities, tools, approaches to increase demand generation
All of the above is helping us to connect more rapidly to prospects, close sales faster, harvest more of our pipeline, build of tribe of fans and friends, and generate greater awareness and desire for our products and services and have a more fun and fulfilling experience at work.
My goal for every person that ever works at Analitek is that they grow and that if they ever leave they do so as a better person and better equipped to continue on with their lives. STI has without a doubt contributed to the achievement of this. We have so much work to do and we have a perfect guideline to do so…what more could we ask for as professionals. Now our business unit leaders have great clarity on what to do, when to do it, and most importantly HOW to do it, thanks to STI’s proven processes. Our time with STI was super high ROI and our already high expectations were exceeded. If you want to align sales and marketing and get greater results faster, consider STI. We’re very glad we brought them in.
In our company we cultivate and we have very strong leaders. So we have been leveraging different tools and frameworks for many years, in order to build the leadership skills of our people. But Christine´s leadership tools are some of the most effective ones I have seen for quite some time. The neuroscience based approach is very new and very powerful. It has made a big difference for our folks, particularly in the areas of fostering collaboration (by helping people better understand the needs and mood of their team mates) and increasing productivity (by helping our managers focus and tell apart the high value added activities from the low value added ones). These tools are easy to reapply to many different business situations and are especially useful in fast changing business environments.
Our sincerest thanks for your fantastic work at our Summit. Your energy is amazing, your expertise beyond valuable, and the STI team is wonderful to work with! Our leaders found the day to be packed with practical tools they can immediately apply to help their teams rise to new levels of engagement, performance, connection. In times of change and growth your powerful yet easy brain-based tools are already making a difference for our tribe. We can’t wait to work together further.
I’ve been to some of the top business growth programs in the country, and I’ve found STI’s methodology to be among the most effective. The positive transformation our company has experienced with STI has been profound.
Here are some of our results from Strategy Days, Trainings and Executive Coaching with STI:
- We’ve powerfully aligned our geographically distributed leadership team with clear communication, needle movers, performance expectations, and proven processes to streamline results and save everyone time and energy.
- We’ve defined compelling values that everyone is rallying around and associate engagement continues to climb.
- We’ve created Customer Journeys, Safety/Belonging/Mattering Triggers, Meta Program Profiles for our top 5 customer profiles. Now we know how to step into their shoes and connect more deeply with them and provide even greater service, communication, joy in working with us.
- We’ve raised the bar on our already high standards of performance, service, and behavior with programs our associates have created.
- The company’s infrastructure is in place now and evolving to support our rapid growth.
- We’re reaching new revenue and customer delight records, and have high visibility on our finances and operations overall
As a result it’s now easier to recruit new associates, to onboard them, to bring them powerfully into our high-performing tribe. What a difference STI’s proven processes make! They have sure saved us time and heartache. And I’m more fulfilled, relaxed, and into strategic work than ever before. We are creating a remarkable organization—and our team is doing this together.
Thanks STI for helping us reach new heights (and have fun in the process)!
Our first year working with STI has been better than I ever imagined. As a result of our strategic planning retreats, coaching, and training our team is:
- Taking greater ownership than ever before
- More engaged than ever before
- Stepping out of the tactical into the strategic more than ever before
- Performing with more clarity, focus, accountability than ever before
It’s as if our whole team has risen to an entirely new level. It’s awesome and energizing! The results we’re getting as a result of our work with STI are tangible too. Together we’ve created:
- Compelling mission, vision, values and company theme everyone loves
- Cultural rituals for engagement (high 5s, celebrations/rewards for modeling our values)
- Performance motivation, measurement and growth process (self-evaluation, leader review, Individual Development Plans, personal improvement process)
- Accountability structures and tracking
- 3 year strategic plan with specific tactics, dependencies, contingencies to ensure execution
- 3 year budget and staffing plan
- 5 year map to our next key inflection point
I knew our team was remarkable, but seeing them dive into greater depths of leadership, enrolling and engaging others, collaborating in new and powerful ways, embracing new skills and helping to cultivate and elevate others has been a profoundly fulfilling experience. I can’t wait to see what our next year with STI brings. Thanks STI for helping us step into our huge potential!
As a finance executive it’s key to ensure you’re seen for the strategic value you bring. That’s one of the many reasons coaching with STI has been so transformative. I’ve significantly increased my ability to deliver strategic value across our organization by raising the bar as a leader. I’m now more present with others, listening more deeply, sharing my vision more clearly, enrolling and engaging people like never before.
As a result I’ve built more powerful connections and greater trust with senior executives, peers and team members—all of which is crucial as our business continues to grow, change and evolve.
My team is responding too. We’re more cohesive, effective, energized and ‘on point’ than ever before. My relationships are richer and closer with more open communication. Together we’re achieving more, influencing more, and seeing conflicts and challenges as exciting adventures. I’m now someone who powerfully and quickly brings people together and delivers results that far exceed expectations. I’m now seen as a strategic asset, a trusted advisor and a cultivator of talent and people in general. Thanks STI!
We tried your suggestion on recruiting and wanted to share the success story!
We have a long time employee retiring in June 2016. She is our VP Finance and has been with us for 22 years. We integrated your strategy for recruiting for value alignment and high accountability into our process. It worked out very well.
We had 70 applicants for the position. Each applicant received an email from us and requested that they answer these three questions:
Please look at our company mission statement and values by clicking this link: http://www.neundorfer.com/about-neundorfer/mission-statement.aspx
Please respond to each of these in a reply email.
Tell us about a time when you most powerfully embodied at least one of these values.
How does this position support your passion for your work? How might working for Neundorfer help you grow as an individual?
What makes a working environment most compelling for you?
We made it clear that if you do not answer the questions you are no longer being considered for the position. 25 out of 70 responded! Our process to filter through these went much faster as we evaluated the responses. Only 7 were contacted and brought in for interviews. 2 were brought back for more than 2 interviews and we just selected the candidate today. Our next step is to have dinner with them and their spouse – the final evaluation.
I think this approach took 30 or more days off the process plus we calculate that the process saved us 60 team member-hours per candidate. We have two positions we are trying to fill so that’s 120 hours. We’re small so think about a firm who is trying to hire 10, 20 or more positions. Adds up quick.
The process also gives you more insight into the individual and you feel you know them a lot better which takes the risk off.
So if anyone doubts this, just have them talk to me. Why would you do it any other way!
At our Sales and Marketing Intensive with STI we set out to improve our sales and communication skills and we came away with that and so much more. As a result of our day together we now have:
- Detailed customer profiles for our top 6 customer types
- Communication plans for how to connect with them to foster deep rapport
- An understanding of the path they walk in making a buying decision and how to best be of service to them
- Sales and Marketing alignment on how to streamline our communications to prospects, customers, referral partners
- Momentum and enthusiasm in our sales and marketing team to deliver even greater results
- A template and plan to move forward in further implementing these essential strategies
We are grateful for STI’s unique approach that fits so well with our culture and where we are as a firm right now. Thank you STI!
In today’s world of constant change, leaders need simple and powerful tools to support their teams. STI’s practical, evidence-based tools that you introduced to our sales and underwriting managers were met with appreciation and excitement. You delivered the workshop in a way that connected with our emotions and intellect. I’m confident that the tools will help us focus on critical objectives and keep our energy high. We found our time together to be of high value.
Christine’s sessions at both the YPO and CEO Council events I chaired were exceptional. The depth of take-home value, the audience participation, the tangible tools and practical application were generous and tremendously helpful. Everyone raved about the insights and tools they gained, and we can’t wait to have Christine back!
Christine Comaford is a dynamo. Her insight and knowledge is matched by her energy and passion. I was impressed by her ability to engage the audience at Brand ManageCamp while delivering tangible techniques to help the audience propel the performance of their teams to new heights. She was a pleasure to work with, the audience loved her, and I would not hesitate to hire her again!
Christine received the top rating at our Fortune Leadership Summit. Her program on building trust in tangible, measurable, specific ways by showing us how it is experienced in the brain was life-changing. Our audience of 650 business leaders were captivated by her message and engaged as we did labs together to apply Christine’s neuroscience-based tools. It’s been over a month and our participants keep raving about it! We can’t wait to work with Christine again.
Thank you so much Christine for your brilliance, passion and inspiration you’ve imprinted on each of our minds and hearts. Your program at our first GoPro Women’s Summit empowered everyone profoundly. We have received so much incredible feedback from our attendees! Now they have new tools to help them generate new insights and help others to do the same, to make new meaning about their experiences, to bring safety, belonging, mattering where it is needed so they can lead themselves, others, and the business with a fresh perspective.
We can’t thank you enough for leading such an impactful session. Your brain-based tools are truly helping our tribe!
Christine’s dynamic session at our annual training event for WPO Chapter Chairs linking neuroscience-based tools with employee engagement was fascinating. Our facilitators, who came from all over the world, were intrigued by Christine’s ‘Safety, Belonging, and Mattering Index.’ We’re very interested in practical applications for creating an environment of trust in order to improve group performance as part of WPO’s signature peer learning method.
STI’s program at our Higher Purpose conference received record high ratings! Christine’s tools to help leaders boost connection and engagement were practical, powerful, and easy to put into action. Our participants were buzzing about her program and many other speakers referenced her tools from the stage. The value Christine brought to our event was palpable. We can’t wait to work with her again.
Christine’s session at the Chamber was received with enthusiasm and profound engagement. Everyone rolled up their sleeves, dove in, and learned tools to apply to real-world people challenges they had currently been struggling with. We all know that emotional engagement makes all the difference—but sometimes it’s tricky to understand how exactly to create it. Well now I can say ‘mystery solved.’ We have the tools, we know how to use them. Here comes more emotional engagement for the teams of our members. And that really makes my day! We can’t wait to bring Christine back.
Thank you for sharing your Smart Tribe story with YPO CLE today. We found the information extremely valuable and worthwhile. There are several great tools and techniques that we will be able to implement immediately into our business.
Over the past six months I’ve been in STI’s Culture Coaching program. Wow! We have achieved tremendous results! They include:
- A complete Cultural GAME (Growth, Appreciation, Measurement, Engagement) plan
- Growth: we have launched Individual Development Plans, Leadership Development Program, Leadership Lunches, neuroscience-based trainings on influence, leadership, change, teams, we have enhanced Performance Reviews and more frequent Feedback
- Appreciation: we’ve enhanced our individual and team-specific celebration/acknowledgement, and have added appreciation techniques that are positively and powerfully received
- Measurement: our new needle-mover-based accountability structures have helped our executives to connect corporate goals to departments and teams—we all have great clarity on how we’re contributing to the greater good, how important our contributions are, we understand what is expected of us and have terrific visibility on how we’re performing
- Engagement: our mission, vision, values have been refreshed to be super motivated and are creating a deep experience of tribe—they are more engaging, and are being embodied across our company, our leaders understand their role and commitment more clearly via our compelling Leadership Code of Conduct, our team members love our CEO lunches!
- We’ve been voted a “Best Places to Work” by our employees
- Our revenue, production, retention levels have reached record highs
We’re completing our company-wide Learning and Development Plan to support all of our remarkable team members in growing to the heights they aspire too.
Our executive team is deeply aligned now and has the structure, path, process to evolve our awesome culture and company to the next level. The company buzzes with excitement and employee engagement is at record highs. Our team knows they are valued, and we’re all investing in one another. The best part is we all know we’re making a positive difference here. Thanks STI for helping us to create the culture of our dreams!
Ok, there’s no way anyone gets a 6.8 out of 7 at their first IMS session…but you did! You scored 6.8 for speaker effectiveness and 6.6 for content value, both at the top of the excellent range. Thank you again for an awesome day!
How do you grow a leader, really? It takes time, courage, heart, commitment. Time, of course, is what most executives have too little of. This is why I coach with STI. Their neuroscience-based approach has helped me to continuously improve my and my team’s performance in optimal time allocations.
I can always count on Christine to gently nudge me out of my comfort zone, to enable me to see into my blind spots and expand my vision. STI’s SmartTribes Playbook is full of their proven processes and practices for leadership, culture, sales and marketing so my team doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel—we’re too busy for that. In the past year we’ve experienced a profound shift in my team’s effectiveness in delegation, accountability, internal motivation, ability to enroll and engage others, and collaboration. Christine has helped us map out a 1 year plan to get thousands of people performing more effectively, and I’m happy to say we are on track.
Thank you so much for helping me on my journey, and pushing me out of my comfort zone so that I can live my life fully and contribute more to others. Now I know how to grow a leader. Thank you for your leadership!
The STI session for our high-potential team members was well-received and impactful. Our early career leaders gained access to some innovative thinking and creative strategies. The tools Christine Comaford introduced are practical and straightforward to implement.
Christine’s program at YPO Cleveland was one of our best ever. Her rating was 9.4 out of 10, and we’re a tough group to impress. Here are a few things our members liked best about our event with Christine:
“Great take away tools! These techniques can be implemented ASAP”
“The information presented in a way that can be easily understood and applied”
“Very useful tools, great examples”
“Great insights on solving problems and recruiting”
“Fast pace, lots of great insights”
“The real world applicability of the concepts. Worth spending the time”
“The ability to take information back to grow my business and improve culture”
“Tremendous take home value”
“Speaker and content were inspiring”
“Great take home value, helps us fill the gaps in our systems”
“The focus on how to apply the learning”
“The interaction, the learning, the new ideas to an old process”
“Discussion of the various responses of the brain and connection to changing behavior”
“Great information, engaging, exciting speaker”
“So many terrific takeaways to put into action and take our organization to the next level”
“Passion of the speaker and culture building information. Interactive approach was a positive”
“Very interesting topic and content. Based on my business situation, I came prepared to leave early to deal with some other issues but based on quality of program I found myself more and more engaged as the day went on and was delighted to stay to the end”
“I would love to have something like this every year”
Thanks Christine and SmartTribes Institute for an outstanding event!
We all want to build deeper connections and more trust with our teams, colleagues and clients. Comaford makes this easy by providing a proven playbook for increasing engagement, alignment, and results.
STI has helped our team to profoundly raise the bar in the past 6 months. Before STI we were running in many diverging directions, we hadn’t optimized our sales and marketing processes and plans, and our team didn’t feel like a cohesive tribe. Here’s how we came together with STI’s help:
- STI led a Cultural Assessment to find our greatest points of cultural leverage. Their SmartTribes Playbook provided templates for a fresh set of company mission, vision, values, employee surveys and celebrations.
- With their Leadership Training and Playbook, we aligned our leaders around needle movers and simpler ways to get greater results.
- With their Influence Training and Sales & Marketing Playbook we are building processes that are propelling our team’s effectiveness to new levels.
STI’s elegant yet simple brain-based programs and Playbooks have helped us to enroll, engage, align our team to optimize our performance. Now we get more done in less time, we are more motivated, we are all speaking the same language, and we all continue to collectively raise the bar. We’re more accountable, aligned, and effective than ever before. We can’t wait to see what we achieve next!
Often the results of coaching are hard to quantify. Not with STI. In our initial work together we’ve continuously moved the needle. STI is super flexible too—if we’re having a specific challenge, they’ll create a custom training or enhance our playbook to help us tackle it swiftly. With STI’s potent neuroscience techniques we’ve created:
- Marketing: 300%+ increase in open and click thru rates, a powerful brand promise, rich brain-based client profiles and more effective communication
- Sales: 25-30% increase in team member performance and revenue results on plan
- Culture: initial Growth Appreciation Measurement Engagement plan, Leadership Levels and initial program launch
- Leadership: increased communication, engagement and performance across the whole team, leaders rising up and owning their areas even more powerfully, increased focus and accountability
The net-net is I now can focus where I make the greatest positive difference: in cultivating our terrific leaders, growing the business, and guiding our future.
STI’s Building Brilliant Teams training is a key course in our Leadership Development program. Our leaders like the high interactivity, the hands-on labs, the practical brain-based tools that are easy to learn and immediately create high impact results. The case studies which help clarify STI’s key tools are popular too. Here’s direct feedback from our leaders and what they found most helpful:
· The need to be more aware of what drives others and how to realize and react to it. Everyone is a valuable team member.
· The various tools, like outcome frame and Safety/Belonging/Mattering in particular – also perceiving my team in the terms of a ‘tribe’ with common values that define who we are is good
· Very helpful class – new ways to perceive old and troublesome issues and challenges in our teams and potentially address them going forward
· Learning skills to provide Effective Feedback and Effective Delegation
· Instructor was very knowledgeable and her presentation was full of energy–her experience with other companies was very helpful in putting things into perspective
· Very interesting – tying in the neuroscience and emotional drivers of satisfaction and motivation to drive team performance and happiness
· Feedback and Effective Delegation – these tools I can implement myself
· Great class! One of the best I’ve attended!
· Insights to recruiting
· The experience of the instructor and her ability to link real life/behaviors to the technical field of neuroscience opened my eyes quite a bit.
Thanks STI for helping us to invest in leadership growth. As a result our leaders are raising the bar on building brilliant teams.
The Smart Tribes event starring Christine Comaford was an absolute ‘knock the ball out of the park’ HOME RUN. Christine’s rating was an extraordinary 9.4 out of 10. Quite frankly, hearing the term and topic ‘neuro-science based techniques’ was a bit intimidating for my team and me…. However, Christine’s unique ability to reduce the complexity to highly relevant action items was incredible! My key associates are super-pumped to begin the process of implementing the STI strategies this week. From my vantage point, the content Christine delivered had more applicability to my business and my team than any YPO speaker presentation I have heard in the last five years!
“STI’s event with us was a home run! Christine’s practical neuroscience-based techniques were easy to learn and apply, and our chapter cited countless scenarios in which to use them. The pace was fast, the approach was fresh, our members were highly engaged and the enthusiasm was contagious. We can’t wait to have her back!
Wow—our team had several ‘ah ha’ moments at our recent Sales and Marketing Intensive with Christine. Now we clearly see what we’re not doing, what we can be doing, and how exactly to do it to get the increased results we want. Christine helped us fill in the gaps to streamline sales and marketing processes, identify the profiles (and surprising similarities) of our diverse prospects, launch powerful neuroscience-based messaging for a new service, further align our sales and marketing teams around common objectives, all while laying out a clear path.read more
We had a very specific set of deliverables for our Intensive, and Christine masterfully kept the team on track, focused, and stretched them to see in entirely new ways. Both during and after the Intensive Christine continues to provide us with tools, techniques, examples of approaches for programs similar to ours. Our team is jazzed—it’s as if the lights have been turned on bright and we can see farther and with greater detail.
If you want to jump start your sales and marketing, get better results with a lot less effort, bring STI in to help. Your team, like mine, will thank you, and you’ll love the results.
How do you captivate a room full of HR professionals? Christine Comaford, that’s how. Christine’s pragmatic, potent, easy to apply neuroscience-backed tools had our audience fascinated and focused. They learned practical techniques to problem-solve some of their most vexing HR challenges. We can’t wait to see what happens next, and plan to bring Christine back in short order. Thanks Christine for helping us raise our collective HR bar.
Christine provided tremendous take home value at our forum retreat. We gave her a complex set of challenges, both business and personal, and she skillfully and compassionately navigated them all.read more
What moved me most was her depth of experience—from resolving conflicts, to deeply enrolling and intrinsically motivating others, to compensating sales forces, to building teams that can be relied on. Her 30 years of helping to grow some of the most successful businesses in the world truly shines through. We also found Christine to be super generous with her time, resources, and ensuring that we all had a clear plan and knew how to execute it.
Most importantly, Christine has offered to follow up with our plans on an individual basis so that each one of us can act upon the wonderful work that we accomplished during the retreat. This is the second time we’ve brought Christine to San Antonio. We’ll certainly bring her again!
When I first met Christine I knew we had to work together, but wasn’t sure what the return on investment in coaching could truly be. Now I know what it is: I think bigger working with Christine – we will double (or greater) our revenue this year as a result of my increased ability to create new strategies, expand my vision, see into my blind spots.read more
Christine helped me see it was time to bring on a seasoned COO, scale up my team and bring them new resources. She helped me create accountability structures and communication rhythms for my team so everyone is aligned and charging forward. We’re rapidly growing the company in a safe and sane way while preserving and increasing the fun of our culture.
In less than 120 days we closed the largest deal in our company’s history using the strategy Christine and I created together. I know what’s going to happen next–we’ll exceed our sales quota. Again. This is now how we roll. Thanks STI! Thanks Christine!
How do you inspire a global sales force to adopt new, high velocity sales techniques and get beyond ‘no’ even in the face of a down economy? SmartTribes Institute, that’s how. Your proven tactics for sales and life success left everyone inspired, invigorated, and ready to exceed their quotas!
When we received some of our highest registrations ever for Christine’s webinar we knew we were in for a remarkable event! The webinar was one of our most popular, had some of the highest interaction we’ve ever witnessed, and garnered tremendous accolades. Nearly 70% of the participants filled out the post-webinar evaluation–and with rave reviews too. We were thrilled to bring STI’s potent and easy-to-learn neuroscience techniques to our tribe. Thanks Christine!
By reputation, Christine Comaford is the woman you want to partner with.
Prior to working with STI, we did not have a great meeting and communication routine and did not have focused accountability. This was impacting our performance. We could do better. Christine has been very effective in helping me establish a strong meeting and communication rhythm, which has increased our team’s morale and improved our culture.read more
Christine has provided practical advice on rewards/consequences and increasing our alignment. We have implemented systems to improve our accountability, which has led to our largest pipeline in history and more proactive sales activity across the firm. I am really excited about where we are going and greatly appreciate all that Christine is doing for us.
Christine keynoted our Global Sales conference and received rave reviews! Our team learned practical ways to quickly establish rapport, to rock rejection, and to reinvent themselves—all while keeping an eye on delivering the massive customer value Ariba is known for. Bravo!
The event was a huge success. The Overall Rating was 9 and we had approximately 90 people present. Here are some comments from the members:
- Outstanding take-home value (This comment appeared multiple times)
- Thanks so much for such a worthwhile and useful program. Amazing!
- Rarely do I feel such take-home value… Bravo
- Very practical, high value…Loved it
- Liked the real life examples
- Clear approach
- She is an amazing presenter
- Passionate speaker….Excellent event
- Loved the speaker’s quality
- Very practical
- Great content….Thank you
- It was actionable tools
- Communication, understanding, empowerment
- New approach to issues
- Very good learning
- Simple yet powerful
- Actionable learning – Strong take-home
- Great energy
- Thank you….Great learnings
- Opened my mind to the possibilities
- New & refreshing
- Powerful, knowledge, ready to use
- Great quality of facilitator
- Very engaged
- Lively resource
- Great tools
- Relevant and quality
- New ways at looking at things
- Pace was very good….not too fast
- Excellent event…Thank you
- New dimensions to managing human resources and self-understanding
STI has made a huge difference in the growth of our company, the level of leadership across the team, the sense of ownership in all of our employees. In addition they are helping me perform at new levels I had not known were possible.read more
Before working with STI I had too many direct reports, and although our culture was terrific, we weren’t developing leaders at all levels. STI did a Cultural Assessment where they uncovered what truly motivates our employees, helped us identify our emerging leaders, trained and coached to create a culture of profound innovation, collaboration, accountability, empowerment.
The results have been remarkable. Our employees are more engaged and taking greater initiative, our emerging leaders are learning how to be more effective and are mentoring their reports to be the same, and our company is reaping the substantial benefits. We are on track to double our 8 digit revenue in the coming year.
Our board has commented on our renewed vitality, focus, performance. Our employees are on their way to a ‘Thank God It’s Monday’ attitude. And I have greater visibility and more time to focus on strategy.
I think Christine Comaford is a Rock Star in the modern business world. Her approach to business leadership and management is cutting edge. It will soon be the new norm, as others will become obsolete.read more
Christine’s session at our chapter was our best so far! Everyone stayed well past the ending time, and the comments on tremendous take home value continue to stream in. Her expertise in applied neuroscience is vast—she taught us techniques for optimizing sales, marketing, leadership, execution and she explained them in easy to learn and powerful ways. Christine was generous with her time, working one-on-one with chapter members and even our forum to iron out key leadership challenges. It was a truly invigorating event!
I look forward to working with Christine to have her back at future events for both my chapter and my businesses.
I work across multiple cultures, countries, industries and am always looking for ways to better serve my diverse clients. So when a colleague told me about Christine’s book, which outlines techniques for establishing rapid rapport and trust and for bringing a person deep levels of safety, belonging and mattering, I was fascinated.read more
In my first few executive coaching sessions with her, I quickly learned tools that I could apply to both my business and personal lives. I learned how to help my team perform at higher levels, how to be of greater service to my colleagues and clients, and how to communicate and connect deeply with others—regardless of the topic.
I believe that STI’s techniques are brilliantly simple–and profound. Now I navigate complex situations much more easily, gain consensus and alignment much more quickly, and am becoming known as a cultivator of leaders. The personal return on investment with STI is significant. If you want to harness ways to perform at your peak, consider STI.
How do you keep a room full of high energy bright brains engaged for 3 hours? Christine Comaford, that’s how.read more
Her fascinating and highly interactive program had our chapter engaged, having insights, and gave them terrific take home value. We were thrilled with the reception to the event, and our Christine even stayed late to help some members through specific business challenges. If you want to inspire, motivate, enthrall your chapter, invite Christine. She’s a remarkable and generous resource, and we look forward to hosting her again.
STI has helped me to become a more effective leader in the eyes of my team members, my colleagues, my strategic partners and the loved ones in my personal life. A true coach has your back, tells you what you need to hear, helps you grow even when it is uncomfortable. Christine’s commitment to my evolution as an executive and a human being is significant. She’s the real thing… a true coach.read more
Our team loves working with Christine. They are now more aligned, are closely tracking to our goals, and are more emotionally engaged and accountable. We’ve recently had the two best months of our history, and the trend continues upward. We’re on track to significantly increase revenue and profitability in the coming year.
STI has truly ‘moved the needle’ for our business.
I’ve been in the sales and marketing world for decades, and I can be a bit skeptical of consultants. Christine changed all that. From the start she was generous with her time, ROI-focused, and profoundly accountable.read more
The results have been amazing. In two workshops Christine’s potent neuroscience techniques have completely refreshed how our marketing leadership team approaches messaging, customer experience, optimizing our marketing process and aligning with sales. Our team has called the experience nothing short of ‘amazing’—and we’re not known to gush.
We now have a set of highly effective tools to approach our markets in fresh new ways, and to increase customer intimacy and engagement. Working with Christine and using an Agile Marketing methodology, we have discrete time bound deliverables for 90 day marketing sprints. The best part is that Christine continues to coach us to success. We now want to expand our work together so everyone in sales and marketing can leverage these powerful tools. Thanks STI!
Christine’s program at our chapter retreat was one of our best ever! She taught us fascinating and effective neuroscience techniques to deliver high leverage results in three areas: to boost our leadership by enrolling and engaging others deeply; to shift our culture and create positive behavior, belief, identity change; and to successfully impact revenue and profit by applying her techniques in sales and marketing scenarios. Everyone was wowed by the take home value and thanked me for ‘raising the bar’ in our YPO chapter.read more
Our retreat theme was ‘Make A Difference.’ Christine sure did so for us, and taught us how to do so for our employees, team members, board members, families, friends. This was a game changer for everyone who attended. Thank you Christine for merging heart and mind in your power-packed session.
When my boss said he wanted me to increase our top line sales by 30% fast I was wondering how I’d do it. We’re a huge company, and growth like this doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been in sales for decades and increased quotas are nothing new to me. I thought I knew the ropes. Then I met the team at STI.read more
STI helped us to use the latest neuroscience techniques to shift the state of our sales team to a more positive and empowered state, to streamline our sales process, to develop rapid rapport with our prospects and partners, to more deeply engage with our sales and service teams. They’re also helping us to propel innovation to new heights via an Innovation Incubator, Innovation contests, and an Innovation Advisory Board—all of which are getting our sales and engineering teams super excited.
The result is that we now have massive momentum… we have a clear and rapid path to our increased sales, we’re getting more meetings, we’re closing faster, we’re having a lot more fun and lot less stress. I have new tools to develop my sales team faster and keep them on track. Sure wish I knew this stuff a decade ago. Thanks STI for helping us sell at the level I always knew we could.
I’d heard that STI helps companies increase annual revenues by 25-110% and net income by 17-200%. Long term sustainable top line growth was something missing at my company so I decided to see what STI was all about.read more
From our first conversation, Christine asked me questions no coach or consultant ever had. She made sure I knew exactly what I wanted so she could help me get it. Then STI performed a Cultural Assessment which yielded a year-long plan to get me the exact results I’d asked for.
In the first 90 days we created and communicated a compelling new mission, vision and set of values—which tangibly increased engagement and alignment within our entire company; launched a vibrant innovation program—which yielded the first results within 48 hours and rolled out new accountability structures.
Our leaders are more focused, more clear in their communication and directives, more accountable, more influential and most importantly the energy behind the innovative process is palpable. I have the 5+ hours of strategic time each week that Christine promised I’d get, and am more energetic than ever. And my executive team is following suit.
STI has provided the exact burst of momentum our team was ready for. Their practical, easy to learn and use techniques quickly engaged our leaders to perform at much higher levels. STI has positively and profoundly positioned us for future growth.
As a Certified Meeting Planner and Conference Coordinator for the past 18 years, I have hired hundreds of speakers for conferences, day workshops, seminars and social events. Over the years, one speaker’s message runs into the next and the thrill of hiring and hearing speakers’ presentations and messages has dulled.
Therefore, when I read Christine Comaford’s book Rules For Renegades, I instantly knew she was different and that I had to hire her and bring her to my YPO client, Global One.
Christine Comaford is a results-oriented speaker who speaks from her heart and her personal experience with a lot of action value ideas to business owners. Christine doesn’t tell you a life lesson story, but shares real information for a real person facing real challenges in their business. Christine’s accountable coaching strategy with executives gets measurably improved results and a positive impact on corporate profits. I highly recommend Christine. My client YPO Global One rated her presentation a perfect 10!!!
Christine Comaford is a results-oriented speaker who speaks from her heart and her personal experience with a lot of action value ideas to business owners. Christine doesn’t tell you a life lesson story, but shares real information for a real person facing real challenges in their business. Christine’s accountable coaching strategy with executives gets measurably improved results and a positive impact on corporate profits.
I highly recommend Christine. My client YPO Global One rated her presentation a perfect 10!!!
Hands-up, hands-down — STI brought inspirational insight and practical tools to both our sales team and the clients they invited.
I have experienced a profound surge of support and renewed connection with my team as a result of coaching with STI.read more
Christine has been tremendously helpful in growing my leadership skills, helping me see into my blind spots, and guiding me through expanding my vision. She has demonstrated time again how seemingly minor steps can pay huge dividends—details like this are so easy to overlook!
You understand me, our team, and the needs of our company so well. You have helped me to connect much more deeply with our CEO, my team and my colleagues. I truly and sincerely appreciate everything you have done to help me and our company to thrive.
Before working with STI I was stuck in a position that I knew I had outgrown, yet I wasn’t sure how to envision and evolve to the next level. Christine and the team helped me clear my limiting beliefs, expand my vision, look into the blind spots that had held me back. Then we formed a solid strategy for how I could best serve my company.read more
The result is that within 6 months I stepped into a remarkable new role that we handcrafted together. I am now contributing to my company in ways I had only dreamed of before. My work is a profoundly fulfilling experience—every day I know I make a difference! Recently I received our ‘Rockstar of the Month’ award for my leadership growth, dedication and passion.
Thanks, STI, for changing and fine tuning all aspects of my life and for helping me to become the woman that I always knew I could be! And to my company, thank you for investing in me and my future.
Rising already had a fantastic culture and tremendous growth over the years, but we can always get better. I’d been through a couple of STI trainings and knew some leaders I respected who worked with STI and had rave comments about their ability to develop great leadership and ensure continued growth, so I was curious.read more
STI has helped us ‘up’ our own high expectations of ourselves. We have streamlined our sales process and provided our team with new tools and techniques, our marketing is more effective and ROI-focused than ever, our implementation process is tight and run by a cross-functional team. The best part is I have more energy, focus and time than ever before.
Our new incentive plans, accountability structure, executive team code of conduct, ranking of high and low value activities, and other techniques have provided the executive team members with 5-10 hours of strategic time per person each week. We’re finally out of the weeds—and you can feel the momentum and excitement in our halls—it’s palpable.
Thanks to STI’s programs and accountability structures we have a clear path to the next five years of growth. We know where we want to go, how to get there, and our team is more collaborative and innovative than ever. The increased performance, communication, accountability across the company has significantly increased leadership at all levels and is just plain more fun.
Any business challenge we come across, teams roll up their sleeves and figure it out together. Christine and the STI team bend over backwards to get us the resources, strategies, connections, outcomes we seek—they do this again and again. It’s great to have a partner in the trenches who has been where you want to go.
I knew we had a great team, and I see now that they’re capable of far more than I could’ve dreamed. Thanks STI!
Christine delivered a thought-provoking keynote at our recent client and team appreciation event. The audience was entertained, encouraged and gently challenged to take their careers and lives to the next level. Christine’s pragmatic techniques for reinventing oneself, increasing connection with others, and delivering results were all spot-on. The feedback has been phenomenal!
Christine Comaford helped our Chapter put together an excellent panel of speakers and program about Talent Optimization. She is an amazing moderator full of energy, enthusiasm, knowledge of the topic, and ability to steer the discussion to keep the audience captivated. It was one of our best programs! We learned a lot of new things as well!
Christine Comaford has turned the traditional VC process on its ear.
Your keynote at our client appreciation event was a smashing success! Thanks for a lively, inspirational, thought-provoking program. I know everyone left with tangible take-aways to both excel in their careers and lead balanced, fulfilling lives. Thanks Christine!
You are one of a kind. Thank you for making the event smart and interesting for everyone involved. You have a passion for what you do and it shows —and, you GSD!! Thank you again for everything.
Our client appreciation event was our best ever-thanks to you, Christine! You reinforced our brand as the financial advisor whose finger is on the pulse of what the high net worth individual needs. Our clients and prospects were enthralled, entertained, and eager to take decisive action regarding their financial future.
I’ve been in board rooms around the world, and I’ve been in the C Suite for many years. I thought I’d learned a great deal about leadership and culture in my roles as COO and CFO at Patagonia, and CEO at Smith & Hawken. Then I met Christine.read more
What blew me away initially was her insight. Christine can see into me, my team members, our challenges, our limitations so easily and clearly. And she does this with compassion, total support, and with the aim of helping us to help ourselves.
And we have. Our team has come together in a way I couldn’t have imagined prior to coaching and training with STI. We now have the right people in the right roles with the right tools on the right initiatives. Our revenue and profitability is rapidly growing, our culture is rich, honest, thriving, and our team is rising up and performing at unparalleled levels.
I always knew we had this in us! Thanks for helping us to help ourselves, STI.
You rocked. Thank you very much for the extraordinary job you did today. People were high from your energy. WOW!! Great presentation. Thank you again.
STI has been my coach for 90 days, and WOW have I been blown away from the results.read more
STI have helped me:
- Craft my direct and indirect sales strategy and compensation
- Structure my corporation, advisory board and compensation plan
- Get and maintain velocity in my weekly performance
- Handle key time management and personnel issues
- Get clear on my key priorities
- Get rid of the mental hurdles I’ve had to getting what I truly want
STI is a solid resource for building my business. I know I can count on them to watch my back, always have a fresh perspective, and help me navigate the complex business environment. You want STI on your team.
How do you get a room full of accomplished entrepreneurs and executives transfixed? Christine Comaford, that’s how. Her program invigorated, surprised, and moved high achievers to find more meaning in their work, be more authentic and fulfilled, and ultimately, get more out of their teams. If you want results like this, call Christine. I certainly will again!
Whatever business challenge we’ve come up with, Christine and the STI team have worked through it before—and often across multiple industries. STI has multiple approaches and strategies for us to pick from and match with our culture and the opportunity at hand. STI’s tools and techniques are practical, easy to apply, and are super impactful. They have truly resonated with my team.read more
Christine is all about ROI—she helps me drill down to what will really move the needle in our business, then she helps me and the executive team get the result we want. Whether it’s company-wide accountability and incentive plans, sales process and strategy, marketing measurement and effectiveness, cultural programs to increase engagement, STI has tools and past ROI measurements for each investment we consider making.
Thanks STI—here’s to our next level of growth together!
Before I started coaching with STI my company was growing slowly, without a solid plan. In the first four months working with STI, we’ve created a solid marketing plan, additional revenue streams and a reliable revenue plan, a staffing plan, standard operating procedures for our most crucial company functions, made 2 key hires and I finally feel on top of my business.read more
In addition to coaching me, STI trained my team on the latest marketing techniques and on Needle Movers to ensure we’re setting solid markers for growth. STI’s a reliable, trusted advisor that I can share anything with—she always has a plan, strategy, resource for me when I need it.
Four months into working with STI we’ve increased our revenue numbers for the year by over 30%. With STI’s guidance and support our business is on a growth trajectory I never would have imagined!
I’ve built successful businesses before, but never one that required outside financing. My new endeavor spiraled into a rapid growth trajectory, which is why I sought out STI. I was skeptical about involving just anyone in my new business, but after reading articles on Christine, reading her book and doing my own version of further investigation – I was sold!read more
I couldn’t have been more right; in the first few hours of working together STI helped me determine our top three near term goals, our financing plan, a compensation structure for our operations manager, connected me with a high profile sales and marketing opportunity, and even gave me sample confidentiality agreements for my staff and contractors! As a result of working with STI I have the utmost confidence my business will get where I want it to go.
STI is thorough, creative, energetic and very compelling. The material is comprehensive and ideas actionable – the programs are a fantastic place to lay out your business ideas and get valid and innovative feedback in a friendly and high energy environment.
STI can launch your business and life into the stratosphere. Often funny, always cut-to-the-chase, she delivers the goods to get you where you want to go, exposing her trials and triumphs along the way.
It was a very great pleasure to meet and listen to you. The students couldn’t stop raving about your presentation and about you. On a scale of 1-100, you were a 1000. Many thanks for coming and giving us so much!
Christine lit up the panel with her passion and energy; her practical perspectives and thought-provoking insights on entrepreneurship borne from hard-earned experience were also an inspiration! Thank you, Christine!
Thank you for your great presentation on The New Laws of Leadership. You made it easy for each person to grasp impactful take-aways even after a long day of work and rowing through a rainy drive in. It was a success indeed!
Working with STI has made a huge positive difference for us in sales, marketing, culture, operational efficiency and leadership overall. Our sales plan is now streamlined, and our reps have compelling new incentives—plus we’re getting great feedback from them. We’re now putting in place a solid ROI structure and can cost-justify our marketing–plus STI introduced us to trusted, cost-effective marketing resources.read more
Our executive team is more focused on our key opportunities and priorities and we now have communication and meeting rhythms throughout the company and with our external sales reps. As a result of our work with STI I have increased visibility of each department and can help guide our company more effectively. Operational efficiency at our company has reached a new level—and we’re raising the bar.
The best part is our culture is deepening, our team is emotionally engaged, we know where we’re going and how to get there.
STI is helping us focus in on our highest leverage points in sales, marketing, and management. I plan to have them coach many of our executives.
Christine’s keynote at our annual client conference was a smashing success! 300 Human Resources professionals rated her program as one of our best ever—it was rich in practical techniques, profound insights, and plenty of humor (much appreciated after lunch!). Christine made neuroscience and the brain approachable, and our clients were thrilled to learn how easy and yet impactful her tools are. We’ll certainly have Christine again.
Thanks for making this a very enriching day. Your program was very well received by our members, who found the day to be full of practical highly useful tools they could immediately apply to create positive revenue growth, cultural engagement and individual motivation.
Keep up your meaningful work. You are making difference!!
Sometimes we lose ourselves. Working with STI I realized that for a long time I’d played the victim without realizing it. My self-confidence and self-trust had plummeted as a result of some very challenging experiences over the course of many years.read more
After only one session with Christine a switch inside me flipped. I recovered my self-confidence and self-trust after missing it for two years. Now I’ve taken back my power at work—I am negotiating better, creating win-win agreements with business partners and clients, and diving into projects I had found intimidating. My relationship with my daughter and husband have improved tremendously too. I’m a new and improved me! I can’t wait to see what I can achieve next
With the support and resources of STI we increased revenue 3x this past year! My 10 year plan has been streamlined to 5 years, and I plan to sell my business for multiple millions by then. I wish I had found STI sooner! Work with her & you WILL reach your goals!
STI’s personal coaching in our business plan and on acquiring advisors and investors was brilliant. They de-mystified so much for us and Christine’s personal contacts have been helpful several times.
Because of STI we are approaching billionaires, millionaires and world famous speakers to consider strategic alliances. Thankfully we had the courage to hire STI.
Our members rely on us to provide them with leading-edge speakers and break-through ideas. Christine keynoted our annual CEO conference and got a standing ovation. Need I say more? Nope.
If you want to gain tremendous clarity on your business strategy and priorities, consider STI.
STI’s best value comes in changing mindsets and improving strategies in an environment that is ready to rapidly grow. If you’re a CEO or executive on a rapid growth trajectory, and you want to be the best leader possible for your team, with STI you’ll experience unparalleled levels of insight, growth, and support.
I also benefited from STI’s help in crafting our fundraising story, setting metrics for team performance and structuring deal terms. We’re highly profitable, are diversifying into new markets, revenues continue to exceed our projections, and our team in deeply coming together. Thanks STI!
On behalf of our entire Liberty League family, thank you for the incredible excitement and energy generated by your presentation at our Liberty Conference in Cancun. Thank you for your professionalism, commitment and inspiration.
We’re a high performance service team in a very complex business with very demanding customers.
We’ve been ‘hard at it’ for 4 years since the last merger, tasked with delivering huge savings and other value contributions to the business year on year. We also reduced our headcount significantly during the same time. Get the picture? A lot of committed, but tired professionals. Christine Comaford spent 90 minutes with our team talking about her life experiences and how we could use her learnings to re—energize, beat bureaucracy and put excitement back into the job. We’re a tough group … but it was transformational. She’s the best!
We were thrilled to have Christine lead our recent Silicon Valley Women in Leadership Symposium. She kept the energy, value, and enthusiasm high throughout our three hour afternoon session. Our audience was deeply engaged and the reviews were among our best ever.
If you want an engaging, high-energy speaker, plus high value strategies your audience can immediately apply, Christine is the answer.
If you need a speaker to engage your most difficult audience — “Type A”, dynamic business leaders that are often difficult to engage, you need Christine Comaford.
Her ideas and techniques are both specific and ACTIONABLE when it comes to generating predictable revenue, building passionate teams and driving profitable growth, and are delivered in a fun and fascinating way. Our clients are still talking about her presentation and consider it our best yet! Put her in front of your toughest audience and you won’t be disappointed!
I cannot adequately express how much I value what you do, the opportunities you provide to people, the lives you touch and how you inspire. What you created last weekend will change my life in deep and meaningful ways. My new friendships are friendships that I feel and hope will last a lifetime.
The Hot Seats, interaction with the other participants, and Christine’s energy and advice were exceptional! I wouldn’t change a thing!
Thank you for your fantastic leadership. I have just returned home robust with direction and focus. These three days were nurturing and inspiring for me. Loads of work to do.
I liked the interactivity within the group, loved the curriculum, loved the openness and the flow of good energy and support with my peers. I have learned more in one weekend than I did at the other business events I attended over the past years!
The tone was upbeat and not the typical workshop mania, the caliber of participants was more than amazing! You are such a wealth of knowledge and heart. I feel safe choosing you as my mentor. Now I connect tangibly with my company’s next 90 days!
I liked the implementation of a 90 day plan with direct feedback. The group energy and connection was incredible. Christine is such a powerhouse of info for entrepreneurs who get ‘stuck’ at a certain stage of business growth. She ‘throws a rope’, pulls us out of our holes, allows us to see the light, provides us with a crystal clear picture of our business.
You have to see Christine to believe her—and even then it’s hard. The audience, tired after several days of intensive training, was captivated. Christine goes beyond mere credibility, intelligence, enthusiasm and humor to something very rare indeed: a feeling in the audience that she is their best friend, mentor and ultimate champion. And she is. Awesome.
Christine was one of the highest ranking speakers at our recent event — no surprise given her sense of humor, terrific content and wonderful energy. At the follow-up reception she was bombarded with Q&A for over two hours and she was happy to stay and share her connections and ideas with each and every attendee. I highly recommend Christine as a speaker at your upcoming event. She will definitely WOW your audience!
Christine is a powerhouse of resources and creativity. Her material is insightful and practical-everyone in business needs it. Find an event where she’s presenting, get her book, get an opportunity to be in the same room with her, you’ll leave with specific techniques you can immediately apply to turbo-charge your business. Thank you Christine!
Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at CINA, the audience really liked your speech and some were asking if we can have back for another one in the future. We learned a lot from your mixed presentation about both intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.
Thank you for doing such a terrific job at today’s SV High Tech Entrepreneurs’ Forum! I received many compliments from the audience about how knowledgeable you are. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell your incredible tale! You are truly an inspiration.
Thank you for your program! The feedback we have received is all beyond positive. Everyone loved it.
Christine’s high-energy presentation style and heartfelt message made a significant impact on women who attended ATW’s Volunteer event. She generously shared personal stories which made the presentation come alive.
Thank you for putting so much energy, charisma, charm, and character into your speech! I know our students will be inspired and then some!
As a result of working with SmartTribes Institute we have accelerated growth by 100-300% monthly—and we are sustaining this level. Further, we have created a guaranteed revenue stream via a distributor network, and negotiated countless complex financing, human resource, and client deals.
STI has helped us achieve multiple business breakthroughs through her incredible insight, guidance, focus, long term thought. The result for our business has been sustained growth, M&A positioning, and IP Protection.
Within the first 6 months of working with STI our company achieved phenomenal results. STI brought us over 2 dozen strategic partners, assisted us in acquiring a competitor for a super low price, helped us quadruple our revenue and optimize our marketing plan, raise venture capital financing, the list goes on and on because we’re working with her to this day.
STI is our secret weapon.
Coaching with STI has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. It’s not often, as a CEO, that you are present to all your leadership opportunities and blindspots and STI has been instrumental in me understanding where our biggest leverage points were in our company and how to capitalize on them.read more
They also have a unique and amazing way of listening and are masterful at equipping a high level executive and CEO with the leadership, communication & influence tools necessary to deal with team challenges and dynamics in a fast paced business. STI often helps me discover unique solutions, perspectives and resources that I need to handle the most complex situations.
Since I started with STI we have increased our overall revenue by $300 per HOUR – adding tens of thousands of dollars to our bottom line every month! We are now reaching revenue targets we never thought were possible. And the beauty of it all is, through my work with STI, I have also discovered a nice balance between work and play, as the head of a high growth company.
Before working with STI we had a terrific group of very capable individuals who weren’t always working effectively as a team. With our rapid growth it was key to raise the bar on leadership and collaboration among all divisions.read more
STI has delivered leadership and sales training across workgroups with rave reviews, as well as trained all employees at a recent quarterly all-hands meeting. Within one day of STI’s training, we had over 25% of our entire company ask for more responsibility and to have the bar raised on their leadership contribution.
STI’s Leadership Development Program is helping our leaders perform at a much higher level. The increase in their level of accountability, influence, focus, clarity in communication, and sustainable results is profound.
From insight gained during my one-on-one executive coaching with STI, I’ve worked closely with the rest of the Talent Team and managers in every division to better align our accountability and reward structures, develop home-grown leadership programs, create tools to increase emotional engagement across the company, and support the management team in increasing quarterly one-on-one sessions with their direct reports by 20%–all in 7 months’ time.
I have a greater understanding of my role and value as a leader. I’ve learned to choose how to respond instead of instantly react. I’m learning to see myself as an insight creator rather than a rescuer of others who see themselves as victims. I have more control over my schedule and more focus on truly “moving the needle.” And the best part is that several other members of our executive team are experiencing breakthroughs of their own—since they’re coaching with STI as well. It’s great to share this journey with my peers.
As a result of our work with STI, our morale is higher. Our retention is up. We’ve had record levels of revenue for several months, and we’re seeing real gains in cross-functional team productivity. We’re developing leaders at all levels of the organization and employees are seeing more potential for career growth. Our CEO now calls Talent the ‘Heart and Soul’ of the organization. All this is very encouraging, and makes me love what I do even more.
I initially hired Christine because I needed a Business Coach/Mentor to help guide me grow my business and provide insight on improving process improvement, efficiencies, and building a great team and company. In addition, STI is known for helping change behavior that can be a hindrance to your organization.read more
The results have been terrific. In our first 6 months working together Christine helped me delegate low value activities and gain 15 hours of strategic time per week, optimize our sales pipeline and process, get me out of stress and into peace and increased performance, streamline both marketing and account management.
Since I am in HR, I know hundreds of self-proclaimed coaches–many are just ‘text book’ coaches and have no experience growing a successful business. I work with Christine because she has achieved great success in her own businesses–she has gone where I want to go and helps me navigate from her own direct experience. Christine has been amazing–she is personable, creative, extremely intuitive and understands the steps needed for a company to consistently grow.
I highly recommend STI for any organization that wants to take their company to the next level and build a great team.
STI has done a fantastic job in helping us with building our culture of opportunity and accountability. They have worked with each of us on finding greater clarity on what stokes our true passion as individuals, and how this can be used in service of our team goals and achieving what we really care most about.
In less than two months so far, we are already seeing important improvements in our communication, our focus, both our teams’ excitement and my own, and ultimately in our output. We look forward to continuing to work together.
STI helped me grow my company exponentially—to 7 Figures! I cannot recommend SmartTribes Institute enough. I received my investment back 100 times. I am working less and making more and now have a lifestyle that is in alignment with what I teach.
Christine has spoken at G2: Growing of Giants, a collection of entrepreneurs from around the world, twice so far. Christine has an amazing mind that moves at the speed the rest of the world should.
She has the unique ability to systematize the often intangible human elements of business, rsulting in powerful and easy to implement techniques.
Her dept of expertise on both growing a business and influencing human behavior is exceptional. Her applicable and powerful concepts will benefit any organization that wants to scale new heights or position itself for maximum exit value.
The STI session for our high-potential team members was well-received and impactful. Our early career leaders gained access to some innovative thinking and creative strategies. The tools Christine Comaford introduced are practical and straightforward to implement.
Spend five minutes with Christine Comaford and the overriding impression you get is one of energy… velocity… sheer momentum. Christine is a whirling dervish of action and inspiration. She is the rarest of Silicon Valley personae: the bottom-line financier with a top-line evangelistic zeal.
Christine’s coaching has been instrumental in accelerating growth in my company from 2011 to 2012–triple digit this last year. She pushes, she paws at existing structures, and she insists on performance. Great investment.
“Our program with STI was uniquely outstanding! Here are some of the many raves from our chapter:
- ‘This is the best workshop I have ever attended at a WPO Retreat!’
- ‘The content was very relevant to my current business needs and challenges’
- ‘Now I understand what motivates the people I work with’
- ‘Very thought-provoking and concrete’
- ‘You brought so much to light for me… I loved the dialog’
- ‘Christine is a highly dynamic and empathic teacher… she is enthusiastic and thoughtful’
- ‘Great examples and tools I can start using tomorrow’
- ‘Very effective and relevant’
- ‘This helped me understand why my employees sometimes don’t “get” me’
- ‘Christine’s energy level and knowledge shared were remarkable’
- ‘Christine’s presentation was very clear. She took time to explain if people truly needed to stop and deep dive into a part.’
Christine delivered great value with the workshop, and many participants will pursue additional work with Christine independently within their companies.”
When CEOs spend a full day learning about leadership, the expectations are sky high. And Smart Tribes Institute delivered! Christine’s session for the Silicon Valley Chapter was one of the strongest workshops we’ve had. Christine helped us understand the basics of the human brain. We learned about STI’s easy, potent tools to enroll, engage, align, empower our teams in immediate and high impact ways. As leaders, the labs we did during the workshop helped us address our real-world challenges and apply STI’s tools to them. This boosted everyone’s understanding profoundly. Christine was also warm and generous with her expertise. Everyone is still buzzing about the program. We can’t wait to have her back!
Our event with Christine was one of our best ever! The room full of 100+ leaders was fully engaged for an entire day. I’ve never seen anything like it. Christine took the time to learn what would benefit our members most, and then designed a custom program that blew everyone’s mind. The tools were just what we needed to take our teams to the next level, to create deeply engaging company cultures, to market more effectively and close sales faster. We’re all high performers, and it’s rare that we hear something that fascinates us. Christine’s program had everyone diving in, learning new techniques, applying them to key business challenges, and buzzing about how they could share these tools with their teams. What a remarkable session! We’ll have Christine here again.
Incredible event! The program we had recently with STI was one of the highest rated of the year! Christine did pre-work to learn what our members’ top business challenges were, then brought exactly what we needed to solve them. She made sure we understood how to use the tools, specifics on applying them to different scenarios, and she also was very generous with extra tools and extra time. The whole day was non-stop take-home value! Our members didn’t know it was possible to get this much value in a single program. We will definitely have Christine work with our CEOs again. Everyone gave overwhelmingly positive feedback!
The workshop you led for our Mid Atlantic Region WPO members in Harrisburg was incredible. All our members raved about the tremendous value they received and the excellent investment of time the day was for their businesses.
Based on the verbal feedback received after the workshop by Chapter Chairs, I would venture to suggest that this was one of our most impactful and successful events over the past many years. Thank you for giving us a new way to view our employees. We’re all excited to get busy and use the tools to create a ground swell of WPO business Smart Tribes in the Mid Atlantic Region!
Thank you so much for leading an incredibly impactful program for our WPO Members in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The feedback has been has been extremely positive, and members in my chapters were excited to have tools they could start using right away in their work and personal lives. I am pleased to share the following email I received from one of the newer WPO members: ‘I would be remiss in not mentioning how amazing her presentation was. It has been life changing for me. I read the book, but her presentation really brought it to life.’
Christine Comaford offers an awesome combination; she is:
- HIGHLY Evolved
- Extremely Experienced
- and Most Interested in enabling you to attain your goals.
Our first year with STI has been a total game-changer! Emotional engagement is our highest ever: we’re all super aligned behind a vision we share and are totally in sync. Communication is also at an all-time high: we’re open, compassionate, clear, and honest with each other and we now have new levels of collaboration and trust. The results have been tangible, measurable and specific: new clients, increased operational efficiency, some of the best work we’ve ever created, and it feels like we’re just beginning to hit our stride.
Thank you for helping us raise our level of leadership, for helping us optimize our culture and org chart, for helping us set clear and compelling needle movers and so much more. Our marketing is more effective than ever before, our updated values, mission, and vision are inspiring everyone, and our new tools to increase engagement, communication and prioritization are taking us to new heights. WOW. I knew our team was awesome, and they just keep raising the bar. I’m so glad we’re on this adventure together!
What a high impact day at our recent Sales & Marketing Intensive! Lots of great feedback from our team. VERY impactful for us. I was thrilled by how quickly everyone grasped your powerful brain-based rapport tools.
Our team is fired up and charging ahead at remarkable speed:
- They are already working on direct mail concepts using their new rapport tools—they’ll present them in 2 weeks
- Our infographics are being optimized for high response rates with Safety, Belonging, Mattering, Meta Programs, WIIFM, CURVE
- The 4 Customer Journey Personas we created together are ready for validation
- Our Sales and Marketing Needle Movers are clear and all our programs are tied directly to them
- Our new marketing plan has been shared and all are engaged, aligned, enrolled
- The Sales team is on board with the new stages, probabilities, X Factor to streamline pipeline visibility and performance
- Our client success stories are teed up and will be deployed easily, ensuring we amplify the awesome work our organization does for our clients
We now have the tools to support our Sales and Marketing team members to bring their personal best every single day
Our day together was the most productive and high ROI sales/marketing gathering I’ve ever experienced. And I’ve experienced plenty of them! Thank you Christine and STI! I can’t wait to see what we create together next.
I’ve been a sales and marketing professional for decades and thought I knew all the coolest tools. Then I met Christine and the team at STI. Their powerful, easy to use, clear tools have really packed a punch for us!
We’re only 2 months into using our new brain-based tools and the tangible benefits are already rolling in. We recently had our first very positive results using our new Customer Journey, SBM, Meta Program, WIIFM and CURVE tools. Here’s what happened:
- With a key client we had a deep and actionable conversation of expectations that were and were NOT being met.
- We then took action on expectations we hadn’t realized weren’t being met resulting in:
a. Actual cost elimination benefiting both companies and saving our customer $100K annually…
b. We increased rapport using our new tools, creating a deeper business and personal relationship resulting in…
- Implementing a 3 year supply agreement locking in existing business with incentives for new business growth!
In 60 days we went from potentially losing business to an engaged partner willing to participate in a 3 year agreement benefiting both of our companies! This was the customer we chose to validate the customer journey with… and it became a $2 million phone call…
Our sales team is now a cohesive tribe vs lone rangers, they have a clear standard sales process with stages that map to our Customer Journeys and marketing tools per stage. Our sales visibility is greater than it’s ever been before, as we now have tools to accelerate pipeline momentum and reporting, and know how to “unstick and unstall” any accounts that need help
Our marketing is only focused on what will drive solid results via metrics, and we have the playbook to enroll, engage, align with our internal stakeholders, our prospects and clients, our partners and key influencers too. Our new brain-based tools really work!!
Thanks STI—I can’t wait to see where we go from here!”