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Chris Pienkowski

20+ years of business and leadership experience ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 corporations. Specializes in leadership development from frontline managers to C-suite executives.

20+ years of business and leadership experience ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 corporations. Specializes in leadership development from frontline managers to C-suite executives.

Full Bio

As a business leader, Chris has been passionate about mentoring and coaching high potential employees to prepare them for significant career advancement, rising from individual contributors to mid and senior-level executives across multiple industries. As a leadership coach, he has created and implemented leadership development programs for individuals and teams in privately held companies and publicly traded corporations to build deeper internal pools of talent to grow into management and executive roles. Chris has a special place in his heart for working with new and emerging leaders who have recently transitioned to management from individual contributor roles. In addition, he works with high-potential mid-level managers in preparing them for senior leadership and executive positions.

Chris has a deep understanding of what it takes to develop people into High Impact Leaders and is passionate about helping others to achieve their professional goals while becoming the best versions of themselves in life. He is excited to help you do the same!

Notable Client Achievements

Provided negotiation and interview coaching to a financial analyst resulting in accepting a new job at a more senior level and more than a 40% increase in compensation.

Helped explore a new career direction and applied transferable skills to successfully transition to a dream job.

Implemented tools and strategies to allow senior leaders to remove themselves from day-to-day functions that were causing a bottleneck in productivity.

Helped an emerging leader to address relationships with former peers where they felt taken advantage of to become more productive and accountable.

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  • Vice President of Business Development
  • Managing Director
Transit Systems
Director of Strategic Initiatives
City of Philadelphia
Director of Legislation and Communications
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  • Graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 20+ years of leadership experience across multiple industries
  • Certified in 360 Reviews, stakeholder evaluations, and leadership strength assessments
  • 10+ successful exits of client companies
  • 4x successful business owner
  • Helped more than 50 small business leaders break through the $5 Million revenue plateau.
Computer Software
Information Technology
Performing Arts
Professional Services
Real Estate
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Accounting Auditing
Business Development
Customer Service
Product Management
Project Management
Strategy Planning
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Early Career
Mid Career
New People Manager
Experienced People Manager
Value Identification
Goal Clarification
Performance Productivity
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Describe your coaching style.

My coaching style is open, honest, and encouraging with no sugar coating. I take a journey with people to help them uncover answers rather than provide them with east solutions. I guide people to explore and question their assumptions, learnings from past actions, and future goals.

Who is your ideal client and why?

My ideal client is someone who wants to take their career or personal life to the next level and realizes they may be stuck or uncertain of how to achieve their goals. My ideal clients understand that a coach is a force multiplier who is there to help unlock their potential and get past any limiting beliefs. This person has a winning mindset and wants to be pushed to achieve big things.

How do you measure success with a client?

Success is measured by clients achieving their goals and milestones along the way. I always encourage my clients to have measurable and objective goals to truly understand when progress is being made and when goals have been achieved.

What is your coaching superpower?

My superpower as a coach is my ability to connect with anyone almost instantaneously. This allows me to establish rapport and create a relationship based on trust and openness.

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