I realized 25 years ago that my purpose was helping leaders succeed in change and challenge. I was inspired by the growing evidence that values and purpose could help drive culture and financial turnarounds (as had dramatically happened at Alcoa.)
After leaving a Price Waterhouse office as marketing and PR director, I founded Strategic Opportunities Group. I incorporated vision, purpose and values discussions into strategic planning facilitation for businesses and state/national professional associations. These discussions kept strategic plans on track. I also worked with clients to elevate communication effectiveness which increased team engagement and business growth.
Recruited to Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America to help lead a model workplace initiative and culture change, I co-led a successful values process with nearly 4000 employees. The culture shift supported a business turnaround. Promoted to vice president of corporate communications, government relations and head of the foundation at Mitsubishi Motors North America, I coached teams in 4 locations. After a break to enjoy becoming a stepmother, I returned to Strategic Opportunities Group.
I’ve worked with companies, professional service firms, entrepreneurs, The Conference Board, RAND’s Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, The Ethics Officers Association (now ECI) and Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship; taught business ethics and coached clients in several fields. I publish The Week in Ethics blog, was recruited to write the Ethics Coach column for Entrepreneur Magazine and write a leadership column for Business Ethics Magazine.
Through my Executive Coaching, Culture Coaching, Speech Coaching, speaking invitations and writing, my focus is advancing ways to increase leadership effectiveness, purpose and impact.
Expertise and purpose: Catalyst in leaders leading in purpose and impact through clarity, presence and connection.
Gael O’Brien has worked as a speaker coach for TEDxNatick speakers for the past four years. She is fantastic! …. In every situation, Gael brings passion, compassion, and expertise as the speakers develop their talk content and delivery. She helps them find their story and give voice to it…. If you have the chance to work with Gael, take it!