Here are some of the nice things people have been saying about us:
I have a much better idea of who I want to be as a leader than I did before beginning coaching with Mark. Starting with creating an inventory of my personal values to defining my leadership philosophy, each session with Mark built upon previous conversations and helped me to envision not only the best version of a leader that I could be, but also how to get there.
Mark provided a great balance between validating my thoughts and feelings and forcing me to question why I had those views. It’s easy to get stuck in the thought pattern of how things currently are or how they were in the past, but Mark helped me to think about ‘future me’ and start to think in a way that will lead to a better version of myself.
Mark helped me look at my ‘imposter syndrome’ in a new way. Rather than feeling stress and fighting the internal voice that contributes to self-doubt and criticism at work, I’ve found myself accepting that it provides value and serves its own purpose. This has been really helpful when I’ve questioned myself professionally or felt out of place in meetings with higher-ups, taking some of the bite out of my nasty inner critic.
Leadership coaching has been so beneficial for me. With coaching from Mark, I was able to realize what my actual strengths are, how to utilize those strengths to be an efficient leader, and how important it is to be an authentic leader…I have become someone who is more confident in my ability to lead others and ready for my next leadership opportunity. Leadership coaching is something everyone should participate in!
My executive leadership coaching experience was a multifaceted journey. Mark is authentic, insightful, and compassionate. His coaching not only helped me uncover the reasons behind my career challenges but most importantly helped me recognize my untapped potential! It has given me the confidence to make some tough career decisions. Thanks to his coaching, I am a stronger leader who is looking forward to new career challenges.
Dear Todd: I want to express my gratitude for the relationship that has developed between us. The approach you've taken in my coaching experience has been very beneficial in helping me understand myself and others. Best wishes to you and Baker & Daboll.
- President & CEO
- The David J. Joseph Co.
Amy is the epitome of what professional women aspire to be. She’s intelligent. She’s funny. She has integrity. People enjoy being with her. She has a great deal of respect.
- Fifth Third Bank
Baker & Daboll was instrumental in the further development of my leadership skills. Sixteen years in leadership positions, and I had never focused as much on understanding what truly motivates an individual as I did with Todd. I expected to improve my coaching skills. I didn't expect to learn so much about myself in the process. Todd challenged and pushed me to look deeper into situations and past my comfort zone. He has an intrinsic value about himself, and always seemed to know when there was something more during our coaching events. I strongly recommend Todd and Baker & Daboll to everyone looking for challenging and exciting executive coaching.
- Director of Construction
- IH Suncoast Homes, Inc.
Having heard Amy present many times, I can say that her presentations are thought provoking and engaging. She is articulate and her creativity always shines through.
- Macy’s, Inc.
Baker & Daboll, LLC was selected to provide executive coaching services based on their professionalism, experience, and proven methodology. And the choice to work with the President and CEO of Baker & Daboll, LLC, Todd A. Uterstaedt, was an easy one for me. As early as our first meeting Todd and I struck up a great rapport. Coaching depends on a working relationship based on trust. Todd established a basis for trust in the first five minutes and worked hard for over 6 months to continue to build that trusting relationship. I count him now and will continue to see Todd as my most valued supporter. You just know that Todd is there for you. He gently but purposefully brings you back to action. With such an insightful, skilled and polished coach supported by an incredibly detailed methodology based on your strengths (not your weaknesses) - you cannot help but improve your leadership performance. Todd is a resolute professional and all-round good guy. I am delighted to stand as a reference for the work of Baker & Daboll, LLC in general and Todd A. Uterstaedt in particular.
- Chief Operating Officer
- Sandor Development Company (formerly of Lauth Property Group, LLC)
Amy is a wonderful partner, and a very good person, and a very very savvy consultant.
- Procter & Gamble, retired
Making a successful transition from a military career into the civilian sector requires the same kind of careful planning, tireless preparation, and dogged determination that many veterans have grown accustomed to during their years of service. However, there still exists a rather large chasm between the military member’s perspective of corporate America and the reality of most situations. Bridging that gap requires wisdom, support and coaching from someone who has been there and walked a mile in those shoes – so to speak. Todd is without a doubt the right person for that job! I interviewed nearly a dozen executive coaches, and consider myself extremely fortunate to have met Todd. His background and expertise made him a natural fit. Todd’s care and commitment to helping fellow veterans was immediately apparent. During the eight months I worked with Todd, I learned a tremendous amount about myself and my place in the corporate landscape. Thanks to his tireless effort and dedication to my development, I gained a new appreciation for what I am capable of achieving – and a belief that I can compete with anyone in the highest levels of business. I can’t possibly thank Todd enough, and would highly recommend him to any transitioning military member or business executive looking to make the leap from good to great!
- CFO, Vice President
- Strategic Projects, General Tool Company
Amy is just a very genuine person, she’s a genuine professional. She is a terrific role model for our students. She is a terrific role model for anybody that comes in contact with her. She’s authentic, first and foremost. She’s authentic with everybody she interacts with. Graduates students have approached me and said I would like to be like Amy. I don’t know of any better compliment than that.
- Xavier University
Todd, Thank you again for permanently changing the course of my life. I'll always wish that I had been through this coaching experience with you ten to fifteen years earlier in my life. I can only imagine about the opportunities that I could have capitalized on. You're the best and I'm also looking forward to staying in touch. Steve.
- Senior Vice President
- Construction Operations, Lauth Property Group, LLC
I am grateful for your help, insights and ability to (tactfully) challenge me during our discussions of the past couple years. I look forward to work with you again. Thanks again for all of your help.
- Executive Vice President
- The David J. Joseph Co.
I had a very positive experience with Todd as an executive coach. He is knowledgeable, smart and has a rich range of experiences to draw from. Todd's military background and work he has done with P&G was a great combination to understand the P&G organizational culture and provide leadership examples from his military background. Todd has a great ability to connect, touch, move and inspire you. He is a skilled listener and asks the right questions to make sure his understanding is accurate. Through a series of discussions and assessments I am now more self aware. He took me through steps that led to a perception change on how others view me and increased my effectiveness. I use the tips that Todd taught me daily in my job and with my direct reports.
- Procter & Gamble
I really enjoyed meeting weekly with Todd. Todd pushed me and challenged me at a time when I didn't want to necessarily be challenged. However, with Todd's help I feel I was able to address certain areas of my personality and professional approach that were outside my usual style. I'm excited to move forward in my professional career feeling that I have a resource (Todd) that I didn't have before. None months ago I wasn't sure coaching was for me, but I was looking to try something different to learn and grow. This journey of professional self-discovery is having an impact not only in my professional career, but also in my volunteer life as well as my personal life. Thanks Todd!
- Glendale Place Care Center
Todd has worked on several projects for us. I am always amazed at how well he has come to know our business and has established himself as a trusted advisor. Todd is intelligent, insightful, and dedicated to producing great results. He is a top notch executive and business coach.
- Director of Human Resources
- PAC Worldwide Corporation
Todd was instrumental in increasing my self-awareness of my strengths and opportunity areas in managing an organization of eleven direct reports and significantly improved my collaboration style within the Personal Care Leadership Team. The changes he helped me make around my working style in five months increased my confidence as a leader and led to my promotion. I am forever indebted to Todd for helping me achieve my goals.
- Procter & Gamble
Todd has a very professional style and superior intellect, but truly, it is his unique ability to connect with A-players and challenge them to achieve greater levels of performance that distinguishes him from that of his peers-Todd challenged me to be honest with myself and reflect upon areas where my perceptions were at odds with the diagnostic results.
What has been the most useful aspect of your coaching experience" - "Having a sounding board and a new perspective from which to gain insight.
- President & CEO
- Wright-Patt Credit Union, Inc.
It was a true pleasure working with you and your team over a period of several months. The professionalism, attention to detail and thoroughness of your firm more than met my expectations as we worked together to evaluate, understand and develop our management team. The knowledge gained has been a real asset in understanding what makes us tick and how to reach our collective potential. All involved regularly refer to many of the skills and tools learned throughout the process and we see this only as a starting point, not a destination. On a more personal note, the one on one coaching was excellent and time well spent as I too learned how to utilize my strengths and recognize my blind spots. Thanks for your efforts and patience. All the best!
- President & CEO
- Crane America Services Inc.
I had the opportunity to work with Todd for ten months and in that time experienced more personal and professional growth than ever before in my 20 year professional career. Every expectation I had prepared for in my quest to go from a good manager and leader to a senior executive was exceeded by Todd. In fact, my direct reports and the organization's national leadership team have commented on positive professional growth without even being aware of our business relationship. Todd was instrumental in assisting me and the organization in reaching our common, ever changing goals and objectives. Whether short term or long term, his commitment to our partnership was critical to the Ohio Chapter and my personal success. Together we have solidified my future capacity to sustain our rapid growth and to ensure future successes. The Executive Coaching experience enabled me to explore, refine and practice executive level competencies that are critical to my future as an executive leader and without doubt had an immediate impact in every aspect of this complex business, my life, and career. He allowed me to believe I could make these behavior changes sustainable and he also built my confidence by constantly re-enforcing every small victory I achieved along the way. In addition to the resources Todd made available, he also helped me understand myself and how to adapt to any situation I encounter.
- State Director, Ohio Chapter
- March of Dimes
Invaluable! Todd has helped me identify my strengths and bring them to the forefront of every important relationship I have. The tools and training he has provided to me have allowed me to positively and favorably influence friends, family, and professional colleagues and allow me to markedly improve my effectiveness as a father, friend, and employee. The time, money and effort have been well invested and I could not recommend Todd more highly.
- Global Accounts Manager
- HB Fuller
(Describe any changes you have seen in your style as a result of your coaching experience.) - Improved my listening skills, awareness of co-workers, learning style and facilitation skills. - (What specific learning are you applying and how has this lesson improved your effectiveness?) - Facilitation skills. Build consensus. Working on the same priorities as my boss. (What has been the most useful aspect of your coaching experience?) - An understanding of my Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT).
- Operations Manager - 3M Account
- PAC Worldwide