Executive Business Coach Dallas:
Your Brilliance, Experience, and Brand Amplified.
Accelerating leadership development, team efficiency, and communication success.

Executive Business Coach Dallas. We work with business owners, CEOs, and executives who want to make more of their expertise.

Our headquarters are in the greater Dallas and Fort Worth area.  We serve local business owners and executives and work with clients all over the country.

Our specialty is to leverage your brilliance and make it immortal.

  • That means higher and more sustainable revenue, profit, and income.
  • It also means creating a greater impact from what you know and do best.
  • We also think it is quite okay to have more fun while doing it.

Simply put, we are here to support you to make more from your hard-earned expertise.

Your Thinking Partner

What We Offer

Our Philosophy

Our Results - Selected Highlights

As your Thinking Partner, you can count on complete confidentiality.

  • Unbiased listening
  • Sounding board
  • Fresh eyes
  • Opportunity realization
  • Leadership excellence
  • Agile thinking
  • Organizational leverage
  • Accelerated results
  1. We honor you, your brilliance, experience, and talent.
  2. We are committed to supporting you wholeheartedly.
  3. We are profoundly curious about you and what you are up to with your endeavors.
  4. We will nudge when you need it and encourage you when you need that.
  5. Your goals, ideas, and visions are always first.
  6. We will not accept to work with anyone who we don't think we can help.
  7. We are open and honest.
  8. We like humor and are a little crazy about puns.
  9. We love life, making a difference, and having fun.

Here are selected highlights of results we achieved with clients

  • Moved a company from extensive losses to $1.5M profits in 6 months - 30% per year growth since then
  • Raised annual revenues by 41% during the 2008/2009 market downturn
  • Tripled revenues in a specialty digital marketing agency
  • Assisted a top executive to expand his leadership role and the perception of his role in the company
  • Created growth and a succession strategy via capturing and streamlining the business processes
  • Enabled a smooth succession of the CEO role
  • Established systems for contract bidding and for hiring new employees - saving millions
  • Saved a company by reshaping the team’s roles and functions

What Makes Us Different as Executive Business Coach Dallas?

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Your Brilliance Is Leveraged

The old model of using your expertise ("Brilliance") no longer works. We use the new model of vigorously leveraging brilliance.

We also "uncuff" you from spending a lot of time managing your expertise and the ideas you already thought of.

We leverage your brilliance and give you back time to think of new ideas. 

 

Your Brilliance Is Immortal

Do not take your expertise, your passions, and what makes you tick, to the grave. Leverage it, protect it, make it immortal. Your expertise becomes building blocks for the future.

We make your brilliance immortal.

We "Get" You

Whether you are a business owner or executive, you have a lot of expertise in your head. You also have a lot of responsibilities.  You have ambitious goals and visions. We "get" you, what drives you, motivates you, and makes you "tick."

We love working with smart people who demand the same in their thinking partner aka executive business coach.

Fast Results

We are focused on you getting tangible results fast. We don't waste time on fluff.

Besides your expertise, you earned your current success because of your current habits, business skills, and leadership abilities. Working together we leverage your brilliance to get the results you are seeking now.

Expect breakthroughs because our methods make them inevitable.

Long-Lasting Success

You are a business owner or executive in a company where expertise matters. You want success now AND in long into the future.

Get results now. Make those results sustainable.

We future-proof your business - one piece of your critical expertise at a time.

Executive Business Coach Dallas: Supporting Local Growth

The economy in the great Dallas and Ft. Worth area is booming. Many businesses - especially those that need trained staff - have trouble attracting, training and retaining sufficient personnel to sustain the business growth. In many sectors, the job market is tight.  Executive business coach Dallas can help. Chat with us to find out more.

Executive Coach Dallas: Our "Superpowers"

We asked our clients to tell us what they think our business coaching "superpowers" are. Check out what they said and how we apply them to accelerate your success.

Our approach adapts to your unique culture and goals. The superpowers are building blocks we use for your custom solution.

Many of our clients have never worked with an executive business coach and they said they wouldn't - until they meet us.

Give us a try - we are happy to gift you a free executive business coaching session that will bring you real value, and we can see whether we are a good fit for each other.

executive business coach dallas Dr. Stephie Althouse

Dr. Stephie Althouse ("Dr. Stephie") is passionate about working with executives and business owners (typically small to mid-cap organizations) and enjoys being a part of their success! This attitude is reflected in the often life-changing results she jointly creates with clients.

Dr. Stephie is an award-winning technologist and innovator who then became an executive, turnaround authority, executive business coach.  She is also sought out to write and speak about her business growth and turnaround expertise. Dr. Stephie created the Top-Notch CEO Freedom™ process and the Bringing Your Expertise to New Heightssystem which is at the heart of the proven executive business coaching offered by Top-Notch CEO™.

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Client Feedback

Our business has doubled in monthly retainers since working with Dr. Stephie. She helped us get laser-focused on our niches and who are customers are. We were trying to be all things to all people. Now we lead with what we are brilliant at doing and work only with clients that appreciate and value our work. Dr. Stephie literally transformed our marketing agency.

Irene Donnell, P5 Marketing

“Working with Stephie has been life changing and eye opening. Through Stephie’s guidance, my team is now maximizing their strengths, creating a much more efficient and productive business. More importantly, we are all excited to come to work every day! With Stephie’s coaching, I am now a much happier boss, wife, and mother. I am not only reaching my vision, but I am also meeting and exceeding my goals.”

Jill Harris, Farmers Insurance, Lic#0F70123, www.JHFARMERS.com

ESOP and related options are far too under utilized. Stephie is a CEO SPACE Platinum leader in this space and her ability to place any venture in hyper growth and keep them there is so ahead of the pack of consultants she is in a league of her own. Stephie carries our corporate and my personal HIGHEST POSSIBLE ENDORSEMENT. Want to grow faster? Call her and just explore what is possible - no kidding on detail and tools and tactics no BS ever - just the truth.

BJ Dohrman, Founder of CEO Space

Dr. Stephie is a powerhouse. She has an innate skill to extract the knowledge in your brain and organize it. She then takes that knowledge and helps you put it together is a way that others can clearly understand your concepts. This is a critical business plan skill!

Robert Donnell, P5 Marketing

“Thank you for your strategic guidance and the “Fresh Eyes Assessment.  Through your leadership, and in a short time, we exceeded our expectations in revenue and profitability, and Giroux Glass has emerged as a stronger, independent employee ownership managed company.”

Anne-Merelie Murrell, CEO, Giroux Glass, Inc., Girouxglass.com

Wow, I honestly did not expect to get so much value from Dr. Stephie’s “Top-Notch CEO Coaching Circle.”  In the beginning, I thought I already knew the tips we were discussing.  Then, as we got deeper into it, I realized that — to reach my goals faster and with greater ease — I needed to reflect more on many of the tips.  I am fleshing out my ideas in more detail and, more importantly, I now write them down instead of carrying them only in my head.  Many times when I’ve been promised tremendous business improvements through one program or the other and I have felt ripped off afterwards.  Dr. Stephie, however, is the real deal and delivers way more value than you would ever expect.

Ted Przybylek, President, Rancho Ted Real Estate Loans & Investments

Dr. Stephie’s CEO coaching program is right on the mark. It is pragmatic — no fuss — and gets you on point quickly. I appreciate the teleconference format as it makes it very easy to participate. It is obvious she has a lot of experience and has spent a lot of time researching and developing the program to get the maximum results. I highly recommend it for anyone that is driven to be successful and wants to further improve strategies and tools needed need to get there.

Karen Taggart, President, Shades of Light, San Diego

“Dr. Stephie is a driven and highly energetic executive. She has kept the team focused, and the company growing, even during the recent economic cycle. Last year’s revenues increased 41%. Stephie has expanded the company’s portfolio of products and skills into new technology areas. Client satisfaction is very high.”

Jim Waring, Executive Chairman, CleanTECH San Diego

My experience with Dr. Stephie was that she was very professional and she offered great insight into how a company should be run AND the tough decisions which need to be made.

Andy Gull, Project Manager, Giroux Glass

Top Notch CEO rocks! Dr. Stephie is adept at keeping you focused and moving forward, after she expertly supports you in developing your plan of action. The result? Your business will grow in the direction YOU want it to with you firmly in the driver's seat. Thank you, Top Notch CEO!

Sarah Coolidge, Director of North Tahoe Public Utility Board, Author and Message Wizard

I must say, when I began, I did not think I was going to need the help of an executive coach for my business. I could not have been more wrong! She has been an invaluable asset, providing me with frequent feedback and coaching that has allowed me to go above and beyond at work and in my life. I highly recommend Dr. Stephie to anyone looking to grow their business and empower everyone around them.

Madison Meyer, Director for Business Development, Holonis Inc.

Dr. Stephie is an experienced business woman — with experience in diverse companies — including work with skills assessment, marketing, team building, sales, and leadership.  I highly recommend her!

Maureen Mason-Cover, Physical Therapist, Comprehensive Therapy

The Top-Notch CEO Coaching Circle and “101 Quick Tips for high-Talent Companies” book are very helpful.  They force me to step back, pause and reflect on what I want to accomplish, as well as review Hi-Z with a fresh perspective.  Beyond that, the peer group provides an outside viewpoint from other business leaders unrelated to Hi-Z.  Having this type of forum as a sounding board is invaluable.  Thank you, Dr. Stephie!

Jill Elsner, CEO / CFO, Hi-Z Technology, Inc.

What impressed me most about Dr. Stephie is her ability to motivate me to confidently tackle challenging tasks.  She truly cares about getting measurable results for her client and this is obvious from the initial consultation through the actual coaching program.  I would highly recommend her for anyone tackling a new quest or needing to be more effective in the current one.

Mark Baldwin, Founder and Principle, Urban Farm Opportunist

Fantastic CEO!!  Couldn’t ask for a better person to steer the ship of my company.  Great advisor, problem solver, people person, and system analyst.

Joy Megas, CEO, Simply Pay Yourself First

Our clients tell us that we are insightful. They say we are fast to spot the essence of challenges and opportunities. That speed allows us to fast-track the process from analysis to strategy, and on to action. Results come fast. During our years of work as executive business coaches, we see our clients grow within a short time. Business revenues are often doubling and tripling. Careers advance. Challenges that have plagued clients for years melt away.

Business coaching is about a partnership in thinking things through. Your business coach works with you on a peer-to-peer basis. She is listening to you, inquiring about your thoughts, reflecting, and brainstorming with you. Executive coaching of expert leaders works especially well when your coach has been in the seat of an executive and has been working as an expert herself. That is Dr. Stephie. Talk to her yourself, and within minutes you'll know what we mean when we say this.

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"By far the most difficult skill for me to learn as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology. Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring, and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared to keeping my mind in check."

Ben Horowitz, American businessman, investor, and author of
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

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What Harvard Business Review says about Executive Coaching:

There’s no question that future leaders will need constant coaching. As the business environment becomes more complex, they will increasingly turn to coaches for help in understanding how to act. The kind of coaches I am talking about will do more than influence behaviors; they will be an essential part of the leader’s learning process, providing knowledge, opinions, and judgment in critical areas…. As coaching has become more common, any stigma attached to receiving it at the individual level has disappeared. Now, it is often considered a badge of honor.

Ram Charan in a Harvard Business Review article “What can coaches do for you?” by Diane Coutu and Carol Kauffman

Important Questions about Executive Coaching

Why is Executive Coaching So Important to Your Success?

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In sports, athletes always have coaches. ALWAYS! Usually, they do not just have not just one coach either. At the peak of his career, Tiger Woods had 7 coaches.

No matter how brilliant and experienced a CEO or executive is, no matter how much past success he or she has, this is ALWAYS true:

  • You cannot give yourself a fresh perspective - no one can
  • You cannot effectively coach yourself (even if you successfully coach lots of other people) - again, no one can do that
  • Without appropriate coaching, you will stagnate at whichever level you are at now (even if that level is a very high one)

Yet, especially, innovative or highly visionary companies are founded and often led by highly visionary and creative people.

The trap this group of brilliant people often runs into is that they do not hire a coach because

  • They don’t realize that they need one.
  • They see it as a cost rather than an investment
  • They see it as a time investment not worth their time
  • They don’t even consider the option
  • They are not willing to be coached because they feel they have everything well in their hands

What is the cost of not having a fresh perspective, impartial feedback and a pinch of appropriately applied accountability?

The sad truth is: Most innovators and visionaries have never been taught how to think like a CEO.

Is Executive Coaching Only for New CEOs or Executives?

No. Executive coaching is equally important for new, seasoned and veteran CEOs and executive because of all the reasons we just cited. As a recent article by Harvard Business Review points out, executive coaching is no longer viewed as a way to fix a weak CEO or executive; it is a badge of honor strong executives proudly wear (besides, since executive coaching is confidential you have to choice whether you want to show that badge to others and if so, to whom).

What Makes Our Executive Coaching Unique?

Factor 1: We speak your language

Women in STEMTop-Notch CEO’s founder, Dr. Stephie Althouse (often called “Dr. Stephie”), is no stranger to the world of innovation and highly visionary work. Her colleagues and her, focused on cutting-edge technology and making the impossible happen. For example, they worked on challenges such as detecting the tiniest amounts of TNT in landmines, which were buried deep enough to be undetectable by existing technologies. Science and innovation left little time or attention for improving leadership skills or business acumen If skills were improved it was the fly, by trial and error. “We are smart, so we can figure this out”, was the prevailing attitude. Yet, much time and money could have been saved, with a bit of top-Notch CEO Coaching. This is precisely the reason why Dr. Stephie Althouse created Top-Notch CEO.

Leading business to growth and success

Factor 2: We coach from the perspective of extensive business experience

At Top-Notch CEO, we coach from the perspective of having solid business experience (see more below). There are many executive coaches, even with great certifications, who have never actually run a business, led a team or been successful at company turnarounds. We have. We have worked with CEOs of companies with multiple locations and revenues in the many millions, to CEOs of funded high-tech start-ups.

Our coaching has saved CEOs and high-level executives. Our coaching has saved companies.

Factor 3: We understand the art and science of leading international teams

Understanding the art and science of leading international teams is important because it is very common in innovative, highly visionary companies to have teams composed of talent of different nationalities and ethnicities.

Factor 4: The Top-Notch CEO Methodology Itself

A fourth factor is the actual coaching methodology.

Our executive coaches know how to lead a team.

How Does Our Executive Coaching Work? What Methodology Are We Using?

At Top-Notch CEO, we use solid coaching principles and methodologies and customize them to the needs of our executive clients.

Steps include:

1. Start with a Sample Session

A sample session where we get to know you and your goals and objectives. You and your Exceutive Coach will find out how well you fit with each other.

2. A Formalized Fresh Eyes Assessment™ - (Optional Although Strongly Recommended)

Fresh Eyes Assessment (FEA) is a very powerful tool. Depending on your goals and objectives, we may recommend that you utilize the FEA to uncover unseen opportunities and challenges in eight critical areas that determine the sustainable success of your company. The Fresh Eyes Assessment can be done in the beginning, or after you have begun your executive Coaching.

3. Goals Setting and Your Business Plan

  • Your Executive Coach will ask you about your goals. Often the conversation makes the goals clearer and more specific. Larger goals get chunked down. We help you overcome any overwhelm you might sometimes feel (all of us feel that at times - it is normal).
  • The Executive Coach will also ask you about your business plan. In some cases, the existing business plan is either outdated, not yet written or too large to be of practical use for successful day-to-day leadership. Your Executive Coach can help you with that using a simple, yet very powerful tool called the Business Power Plan. With this plan, you and your Executive Coach distill the overall goals down to specific strategies and bite-sized action items.

4. The Weekly Session - and Proven Tools to Accelerate Your Success

  • In each (typically weekly) session, you will discuss with your Executive Coach what you have learned this week, what challenges you have encountered, thoughts you want to discuss etc. Everything is confidential.
  • The Executive Coach also celebrates with you because, in our experience, you will not celebrate your successes much on your own. There is a tremendous uplift in your success that comes from that brief, but all so important moment of acknowledging how far you have come.
  • Each session you will report on the action items you committed to working on the previous week. During each session, you will set new actions items for the new week.
  • We utilize the Top-Notch CEO Success Wheel™ in conjunction with the Business Power Plan to help you stay on target and achieve your goals as efficiently as possible. This tools also facilitate a greater opportunity for work-life balance and stress reduction.

Proven Tools to Optimize Building Team, Culture and Leverage

Another aspect that is instrumental in our coaching is that we work with our CEOs on building leverage, greater team harmony, synergy and positive company culture. We offer several proven tools for that purpose. One of them is Talent Positioning™. It is a great tool for optimizing the productivity and job satisfaction of teams by having them work in the flow of their respective top talents. Another tool consists of a set of rules for basic conduct in organizations. These rules are proven to work very well for innovative, highly visionary companies where the idea of having rules is often viewed as constricting creativity.

Our Credentials - Accelerate Your Success and Save Yourself Time, Frustration and Money

business consulting, coaching and leadership training with Dr. Stephie AlthouseDr. Stephie Althouse — known as "Dr. Stephie" to her clients — is an experienced business growth advisor and Executive Coach who is an innovator herself.  Her background is a rare combination of science, innovation, business growth experience, and proven leadership.

She's successfully turned around — and then grown high-tech/high-talent companies.  It's her wide-spectrum expertise and ongoing studies — from hard science to interpersonal chemistry and group dynamics that uniquely positions her to work well with innovators, entrepreneurs, visionaries and their teams.

Dr. Stephie Althouse is certified as action coach by Coaching Firm International.  We are affiliated members of the Institute of Coaching which is affiliated with McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

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"My business had stopped growing at the rate I thought it could, and I knew that I needed some help. Dr. Stephie did an incredible job at identifying what makes my business special and helped me to maximize that uniqueness to help grow business.  My business is running much smoother and more efficiently, and my stress level has dropped considerably."

Bill Walsh, District Manager, Farmers Insurance, District Carlsbad, CA

“Thank you for your strategic guidance and the “Fresh Eyes Assessment.  Through your leadership, and in a short time, we exceeded our expectations in revenue and profitability, and Giroux Glass has emerged as a stronger, independent employee ownership managed company.”
 
Anne-Merelie Murrell, CEO, Giroux Glass, Inc.
 

"Dr. Stephie has shown herself to be an effective strategist and leader, with a feel for employee attitudes and motivation. She has taken companies to winning awards for their success in generating top financial performance by building employee commitment and dedication. She gets results!"

Martin Staubus, Executive Director, The Beyster Institute

"Dr. Stephie Althouse excels in the corporate world as a Visiting CEO. She developed a "Fresh Eyes Assessment" and does a turn around with troubled companies. She has pulled them from near bankruptcy to profit in a relatively short time. One of her specialties is working with ESOP companies."

June Davidson, Ph.D., President of American Seminar Leaders Association and Coaching Firm International, Asla.com

Dr. Stephie’s CEO coaching program is right on the mark. It is pragmatic — no fuss — and gets you on point quickly. I appreciate the teleconference format as it makes it very easy to participate. It is obvious she has a lot of experience and has spent a lot of time researching and developing the program to get the maximum results. I highly recommend it for anyone that is driven to be successful and wants to further improve strategies and tools needed need to get there.

Karen Taggart, President, Shades of Light, San Diego

“Working with Stephie has been life changing and eye opening. Through Stephie’s guidance, my team is now maximizing their strengths, creating a much more efficient and productive business. More importantly, we are all excited to come to work every day! With Stephie’s coaching, I am now a much happier boss, wife and mother. I am not only reaching my vision, but I am also meeting and exceeding my goals.”

Jill Harris, President, Harris Insurance Agency, JHFARMERS.com

“Dr. Stephie is a driven and highly energetic executive. She has kept the team focused, and the company growing, even during the recent economic cycle. Last year’s revenues increased 41%. Stephie has expanded the company’s portfolio of products and skills into new technology areas. Client satisfaction is very high.”

Jim Waring, Executive Chairman, CleanTECH San Diego

Our session with you today is so valuable it will more than pay for your compensation for the whole year! While we thought about doing the analysis you did with us today, we would have never done it. For sure, we could not have done it so well. Coaching with you by far exceeds all of our expectations. THANK YOU!"

Ted Przybylek, President, RanchoTed Real Estate Loans & Investments, RanchoTed.com

The Top-Notch CEO Coaching Circle and “101 Quick Tips for high-Talent Companies” book are very helpful.  They force me to step back, pause and reflect on what I want to accomplish, as well as review Hi-Z with a fresh perspective.  Beyond that, the peer group provides an outside viewpoint from other business leaders unrelated to Hi-Z.  Having this type of forum as a sounding board is invaluable.  Thank you, Dr. Stephie!

Jill Elsner, CEO / CFO, Hi-Z Technology, Inc.

Fantastic CEO!!  Couldn’t ask for a better person to steer the ship of my company.  Great advisor, problem solver, people person, and system analyst.

Joy Megas, CEO, Simply Pay Yourself First

"Dr. Stephie Althouse is an insightful and creative consultant and executive coach. Her Fresh Eyes Assessment has been integral to positioning the company for higher profits. She has displayed tireless dedication, tremendous skill and beyond-the-call-of-duty commitment in guiding us in our efforts to create our family legacy."

Eddie Moreno, Vice-President, Sales at The Arrowhead Leasing Company, Inc.

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What’s next?

Wonder what our executive coaching could do to accelerate your success? Find out.  Contact us for a complimentary session.