Strategically Directing Businesses and Individuals at the Pivot Point

ABOUT AXIS

Consulting and Coaching for Businesses and Leaders Ready to Shift, Change or Accelerate

For businesses and leaders at the pivot point, Axis provides an actionable process to assess where you are, guide your trajectory, and accelerate you to your next evolution in a strategic and sustainable way.

By deploying a system of tools and proven processes, Consultant and Executive Coach Jim Myers works with businesses and business leaders who are ready to change direction and take profit and impact to the next level in order to achieve the long range vision.

SIGNS THAT POINT TO NEEDING AXIS

You are not running your business-your business is running you
Staff has low morale or turn-over is high
Decisions are difficult to make because leadership is not aligned
You are not meeting sales goals or sales are flat
Your team is not unified or working collaboratively
You are ready to take your business to the next level and need direction!

Axis Consulting & Coaching is specifically for businesses, leaders and individuals looking for innovative strategies and actionable direction to achieve the long range vision.

TRAJECTORIES GUIDED BY AXIS

Consulting Start-Ups or Existing Businesses

Coaching
Individuals, Leaders, Businesses

COO / Leadership Contract
Existing Business

Business poised to start-up, accelerate or scale

Individuals or Leaders directing a company poised to accelerate or scale
Business poised for growth who need additional leadership
Businesses who are at the inflection point and need to sharpen processes or systems
Individuals or Leaders looking to add or sharpen new skills
Business expanding without the right leadership team in place
Teams ready for a launch or implement a major shift in your business
Individuals or Leaders seeking to effectively communicate with your team
Business needing to add to leadership team-temporarily
Businesses who need processes to hold their people accountable
Individuals or Leading who want to identify their unique skills and apply them for maximum impact
Businesses in management staffing or operational crisis
Businesses planning to change direction, merge or acquire
Individuals or Leaders ready to change direction in your career
Businesses that want to add expert support to the team on a contract basis
Businesses needing management or operational support
Individuals or Leaders seeking support or a thinking partner to better align your work with your values
You think you’d like a COO, but want to see how it fits first!

TRAJECTORIES GUIDED BY AXIS

Consulting Start-Ups or Existing Businesses

Business poised to start-up, accelerate or scale

Businesses who are at the inflection point and need to sharpen processes or systems

Teams ready for a launch or implement a major shift in your business

Businesses who need processes to hold their people accountable

Businesses planning to change direction, merge or acquire

Businesses needing management or operational support

Coaching
Individuals, Leaders, Businesses

Individuals or Leaders directing a company poised to accelerate or scale

Individuals or Leaders looking to add or sharpen new skills
Individuals or Leaders seeking to effectively communicate with your team
Individuals or Leading who want to identify their unique skills and apply them for maximum impact
Individuals or Leaders ready to change direction in your career
Individuals or Leaders seeking support or a thinking partner to better align your work with your values

COO / Leadership Contract
Existing Business

Business poised for growth who need additional leadership

Business expanding without the right leadership team in place
Business needing to add to leadership team-temporarily
Businesses in management staffing or operational crisis
Businesses that want to add expert support to the team on a contract basis
You think you’d like a COO, but want to see how it fits first!

CONSULTING

Axis works with your company leadership to improve or shift your business towards your goals.

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What is business consulting?
Business consulting involves providing expert advice, guidance, and solutions to businesses to help them improve their performance, solve problems, and achieve their goals. Consultants leverage their knowledge, expertise, and analytical skills to assess the current state of a business, identify areas for improvement, and recommend strategies and solutions for growth and success.
How can business consulting help my company?

Business consulting can benefit your company in various ways, including:

  • Providing an objective and fresh perspective on your business operations
  • Identifying and addressing inefficiencies and bottlenecks
  • Developing strategies for growth, expansion, or market entry
  • Improving operational processes and enhancing productivity
  • Assisting with organizational restructuring and change management
  • Understanding organizational culture, areas to improve and expand
  • Conducting market research and competitive analysis
  • Offering expertise in specific areas such as finance, marketing, or technology
  • Providing guidance during critical decision-making processes
What are the typical services provided by business consultants?

Business consultants offer a wide range of services tailored to the specific needs of their clients. Some common services include:

  • Strategic planning and business development
  • Process improvement and operational efficiency
  • Financial analysis and management
  • Marketing and sales strategy development
  • Human resources consulting, including talent management and organizational development
  • Employee Survey insights, opportunities
  • IT consulting and technology implementation
  • Risk management and compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions advisory
How much does business consulting cost?
The cost of business consulting varies depending on factors such as the scope of the project, the level of expertise required, and the consultant’s reputation and experience. Consultants may charge fees based on an hourly rate, a daily rate, or a project-based fee. It is common for consultants to provide an estimate or proposal outlining the expected costs and deliverables before starting the engagement.

Once the scope of work, project length, and commitment is defined a more precise cost can be furnished tailored to your preferences. Typically, I work within a 3-month minimum with a set expectation of hours per month. Extensions are optional based on need and availability.

How long does a typical consulting engagement last?
The duration of a consulting engagement depends on the complexity of the project and the specific goals to be achieved. It can range from a few weeks to several months or even longer for more extensive projects. Consultants work closely with their clients to establish a timeline and milestones, ensuring that the engagement aligns with the desired outcomes.
What qualifications and experience should I look for in a business consultant?

When selecting a business consultant, consider the following qualifications and experience:

  • Relevant industry knowledge and expertise
  • Proven track record of successful consulting engagements
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability and the ability to work well with diverse teams
  • Professional certifications or advanced degrees in relevant fields
  • Positive client testimonials and references
  • Alignment with your company’s values and culture
How can I assess the ROI (return on investment) of hiring a business consultant?

Assessing the ROI of hiring a business consultant involves evaluating the impact of their recommendations and solutions on your company’s performance and financial outcomes. To measure ROI, you can consider factors such as:

  • Cost savings achieved through process improvements or efficiency gains
  • Revenue growth resulting from new strategies or market opportunities
  • Increased customer satisfaction or retention
  • Time saved in decision-making processes or project execution
  • Improved employee productivity, culture engagement or morale
  • Long-term business growth or market share gains
  • Personal goals identifying balance within the integration of work and personal time
Can business consultants help with specific areas such as strategy development, process improvement, or organizational restructuring?
Yes, business consultants often specialize in specific areas and can provide expertise and guidance in various aspects of your business. Whether you need assistance with strategic planning, optimizing operational processes, or restructuring your organization, consultants can offer tailored solutions based on their knowledge and experience in those areas. It is important to communicate your specific needs and goals to the consultant to ensure they have the relevant expertise to address your challenges effectively.
Do I offer individual skills assessments?
Yes, I am certified as a YouMap Coach and Facilitator. I use a proven framework of assessments defining individual skills, strengths, values and personal wiring to help identify alignment within each of these areas in accordance with the work you do today, and the work that may be suited to within your natural talents. Finally, once these 4 pillars are understood, a plan on how to use your gifts with the work you do now or in the future will be defined.

Coaching

Axis works with you or your managers directly to escalate impact and trajectory.

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What is executive coaching and how does it differ from other forms of coaching?
Executive coaching is a specialized form of coaching that focuses on supporting and developing the leadership skills and effectiveness of executives and senior leaders within organizations of various sizes. It differs from other forms of coaching by specifically targeting the unique challenges and responsibilities that come with executive, owner or management roles, such as strategic decision-making, organizational impact, and leadership development.
What are the benefits of executive coaching for leaders and executives?

Executive coaching offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Enhanced leadership skills and capabilities
  • Improved self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Enhanced decision-making and problem-solving abilities
  • Increased confidence and executive presence
  • Improved communication and influencing skills
  • Fostering engaged and trusting company cultures
  • Enhanced ability to manage and lead teams effectively
  • Support in navigating organizational challenges and transitions
  • Accelerated professional growth and career development
How does the executive coaching process work?

The executive coaching process typically involves the following steps:

  • Initial consultation to assess goals, expectations, and compatibility between the coach and the executive
  • Goal-setting and development of a coaching plan, which may include specific areas of focus, desired outcomes, and a timeline.
  • Regular coaching sessions, usually conducted one-on-one and customized to the executive’s needs.
  • Exploration of challenges, strengths, and areas for development through various coaching techniques and tools
  • Action planning and accountability to ensure progress towards goals.
  • Ongoing support, feedback, and guidance throughout the coaching engagement
How long does an executive coaching engagement typically last?
The duration of an executive coaching engagement can vary depending on the executive’s needs, goals, and the complexity of the challenges being addressed. It can range from a few months to a year or more. The frequency and duration of coaching sessions are typically determined collaboratively between the executive and the coach.
How can executive coaching help me improve my leadership skills and achieve my goals?
Executive coaching provides a supportive and confidential environment for executives to reflect, explore their strengths and areas for development, and receive personalized guidance and feedback. Through a combination of coaching conversations, assessments, and targeted interventions, executive coaching helps leaders gain self-awareness, develop new perspectives, acquire new skills, and apply them in real-world scenarios. This process enables leaders to enhance their leadership effectiveness, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals more effectively.
What qualifications and experience should I look for in an executive coach?

When selecting an executive coach, consider the following qualifications and experience:

  • Relevant coaching certification or training
  • Extensive experience working with executives and senior leaders
  • A solid understanding of organizational dynamics and the challenges faced by executives
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • A track record of successful coaching engagements and client testimonials
  • Alignment with your goals, values, and preferred coaching approach
  • Confidentiality and ethical standards
How is confidentiality maintained in the executive coaching relationship?
Confidentiality is a crucial aspect of the executive coaching relationship. Professional executive coaches adhere to strict ethical guidelines that prioritize confidentiality. This means that anything discussed within the coaching sessions remains confidential unless there are legal or ethical requirements to disclose certain information (e.g., if there is a risk of harm to the client or others). Before beginning the coaching engagement, coaches and clients typically establish clear expectations and guidelines around confidentiality to ensure a safe and trusting coaching environment.
How can I measure the effectiveness of executive coaching and track my progress?

Measuring the effectiveness of executive coaching can be done through various methods, such as:

  • Regular check-ins and feedback sessions with the coach to evaluate progress towards goals
  • Self-assessment and reflection on changes in behavior, mindset, and leadership approach
  • Gathering feedback from colleagues, direct reports, and other stakeholders regarding perceived improvements
  • Reviewing performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track changes in areas targeted for improvement
  • Conducting formal assessments or 360-degree feedback surveys to gain a comprehensive understanding of the executive’s growth and impact
  • Ultimately, the effectiveness of executive coaching should be evaluated based on the extent to which it helps the executive achieve their intended outcomes and positively impacts their leadership effectiveness.

Contract

Need outside support during transition or to improve performance? Choose Axis for COO or Fractional Leadership Support!

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What is fractional leadership?
Fractional leadership refers to a business arrangement where an experienced leader or executive works with a company on a part-time or interim basis, providing leadership and expertise in a specific area or role. Fractional leaders typically work with multiple companies simultaneously, offering their skills and knowledge to help businesses achieve their goals.
What are the benefits of hiring a fractional leader?

Hiring a fractional leader can offer several benefits, including:

  • Access to high-level expertise and experience without the cost of a full-time executive
  • Flexibility to scale leadership resources based on business needs
  • Objective and unbiased perspective from an external professional
  • Faster implementation of initiatives and projects with dedicated leadership
  • Support during periods of transition, growth, or change
  • Knowledge transfer and mentoring opportunities for existing team members
  • Cost savings compared to hiring a full-time executive
In what areas can fractional leaders provide expertise?

Fractional leaders can provide expertise in various areas, including:

  • C-Suite and executive leadership roles (e.g., CEO, CFO, CMO, COO etc.)
  • Sales and business development
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Human resources and talent management
  • Marketing and brand strategy
  • Technology and IT leadership
  • Financial management and strategy
  • Change management and organizational development

My particular areas of focus are underlined above however I have a range of experience within each area that may be relevant to your organization’s needs and timing.

How does the fractional leadership arrangement work?

The specifics of a fractional leadership arrangement can vary depending on the needs and goals of the company. Typically, the arrangement involves:

  • Defining the scope and duration of the engagement
  • Clarifying the responsibilities and objectives of the fractional leader
  • Establishing a regular schedule for on-site or remote work
  • Collaborating with existing team members and stakeholders
  • Providing regular progress updates and reporting
  • Agreeing upon compensation and terms of the engagement
How do I choose the right fractional leader for my company?

When selecting a fractional leader, consider the following factors:

  • Relevant industry experience and expertise
  • Track record of success in similar roles or projects
  • Compatibility with your company culture and values
  • Effective communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with existing team members
  • Availability and commitment to the required time and schedule
  • Positive references or recommendations from previous clients
How do fractional leaders integrate with existing teams?

Fractional leaders should aim to integrate seamlessly with existing teams to maximize their impact. This involves:

  • Building relationships and trust with team members
  • Collaborating and aligning goals and expectations
  • Sharing knowledge and providing mentorship
  • Communicating clearly and transparently
  • Being available and engaged with all team members
  • Providing support and guidance to team members
  • Facilitating smooth transitions and change management processes
  • Ensuring effective handover or knowledge transfer when the engagement concludes
Can fractional leadership be a long-term solution for my company?
Yes, fractional leadership can be a long-term solution for some companies, especially if they have ongoing or intermittent needs for specialized expertise or leadership. Fractional leaders can provide continuous support and guidance, adapt to changing business requirements, and help drive sustainable growth and success.
How do I measure the success of a fractional leadership engagement?

Measuring the success of a fractional leadership engagement can be done by evaluating the impact and outcomes achieved. Consider factors such as:

  • Achievement of defined goals and objectives
  • Improvement in key performance metrics or business outcomes
  • Feedback from team members and stakeholders
  • Cost savings or revenue growth attributable to the fractional leader’s contributions
  • Long-term sustainability and positive impact on the organization
  • Alignment with the company’s strategic vision and direction

Jim Myers

Meet Jim Myers

My Own Trajectory

Over the last 35 years managing teams, business practices and cultures within start-up and fortune 100 organizations, I have changed my focus to help businesses strengthen and sharpen their purpose. Leveraging my professional experiences with new and growing business looking for guidance and a partner to build a meaningful, manageable path forward has revealed itself to be my passion.

My approach is to understand the purpose of each organization and their culture in alignment with their mission. Through confidential individual surveys and assessments, a clearer picture starts to emerge from all aspects of the organization. Once all the data is synthesized a game plan and strategy is shared with top priorities and phases with leadership. Ultimately the integration of the current state and forward vision drives momentum to breakthrough stagnation toward a sustainable trajectory.

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Core Values, skills and strengths aligned with a new strategy and clear communication plan will drive results within the first phase of work. Secondarily, people development, culture engagement and trust begins to emerge around common goals tied to the mission. This is where companies move to refinement in their purpose and long-term goals. As a reverse engineer, root-cause type of person, I work with business owners and leaders as to their past, present, and future in a positive, constructive environment where all team members are supported in their connection to the mission. Tangible results become evident beyond physical measurements but also felt within the atmosphere of the company.

I am happy to discuss with you how this process can be tailored for your organization and its goals. Services offered include Fractional Leadership, Business Consulting and Executive Coaching. Starting today with a quick, no obligation call can help unlock the right business strategy and implementation plan toward a more sustainable future.

Certifications
  • Co-Parenting Specialist Certification – Mosten Guthrie Academy
  • 40-Hour Family Mediation Training – Mosten Guthrie Academy
  • CDC Divorce Transition and Recovery Coach – ®CDC Certified Divorce Coach®
  • Conflict Resolution Certification – Cornell University
  • Karrass Effective Negotiation – Karrass
  • New Ways For Mediation Certification – High Conflict Institute
  • YouMap Certified Facilitator – YouMap LLC.
  • YouMap Certified Coach – YouMap LLC.
  • Coach U Core Essentials Graduate – Coach U Inc.
  • Mastermind Facilitation – The Success Alliance – Mastermind Group Academy

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