Growing Leaders - Innolect, Inc.

Innolect… Grows the Leader in Everyone

To succeed, organizations need to find the right people, hone their skills, tap into their inner genius, foster a high level of performance and retain talent. Innolect partners with clients to:

  • Attract and retain great people
  • Accelerate leader development
  • Strengthen talent pipelines
  • Build lasting, positive legacies
  • Develop leaders as key communicators
  • Foster “growth” mindsets that allow for “big” picture thinking

Executive Coaching and Onboarding

We help senior executives expand self-awareness, creative insight and leadership capability to address organizational issues. Coaching provides a confidential and powerful foundation to examine complex business, system and human issues. We inspire leaders, through self-reflection and experience, to gain new ways of seeing. As breakthroughs occur, leaders form deeper relationships, make wiser decisions, perform more creatively, and act with greater integrity in the workplace. 

Whether virtual or face-to-face, our coaches partner with leaders to explore various organizational challenges and scenarios. We help leaders "see the world anew" and develop meaningful and productive insights. 

Using a strengths-based foundation, we collaborate to build on the skills and capabilities that have made each leader successful. At the same time, we address potential career derailers and identify developmental capabilities required for future success.

What Our Clients Say

“… I will say that this is the first time that I have worked with consultants who engage authentically. (They) gained the trust of the team and took personal interest in the outcome.”

“We were able to put together a strategy to improve my work life balance…Having worked at a higher intensity level for the last couple of years, I’ve noticed I am more productive and effective…”

Vertical Development

Innolect is differentiated by our vertical developmental coaching models. We meet leaders where they are. We pay attention to the relationship between the leader’s developmental stage and the developmental demands being placed upon them by the organization system. We help leaders understand their predictable and understandable development stages to:

  • see differently
  • expand their capacity  
  • learn to draw on new possibilities 
  • make new choices  
  • lead in new ways

Group Coaching

Group coaching (peer coaching) adds an alternative coaching methodology based on action-learning with a group of leaders. A cost-effective method for leader development, it is impactful and effective. Typically, at similar levels of leadership, key principles guide the group, i.e., confidentiality, future orientation, etc.

Team Coaching

Based on the work of Caillet and Wahl, team coaching happens in real time, with the coach attending actual team meetings. Coaching adjustments are typically targeted initially to the leader, in front of the team, and subsequently to the team as a unit, based on the leader’s chosen points of focus and the coach's observations of the dynamics being displayed as the work unfolds.

Onboarding and Transition Coaching

Onboarding accelerates success, right from the start. Recent studies indicate that 30-50% of newly hired leaders fail and leave within 18 months. Successful transitions support executives’ need to “hit the ground running.” We expedite how quickly new hires learn and leverage their assets. New leaders need to:

    • Learn the business and culture
    • Cultivate key stakeholder relationships
    • Assess individual team member capabilities
    • Build a high performing team
    • Leverage their own strengths

Innolect offers a customized process to ensure that essential leaders are properly oriented, launched, integrated, developed and retained.

Leadership Assessment

When leaders achieve greater awareness and understanding about their aspirations, abilities and others’ perceptions, they make better choices. Using various assessment tools and strategies, we provide accurate perceptions of each leader’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. Innolect’s assessment expertise allows us to:

  • Identify success factors of top talent
  • Determine self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Determine strategic thinking, business acumen and decision analysis ability
  • Measure leadership agility, creativity, learning and influence
  • Interpret CEO and Board assessment and feedback

Innolect uses three types of assessment to help leaders learn about themselves for the role, opportunities and challenges they face.

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Horizontal Assessment

Horizontal assessment measures leader behaviors and competencies needed to perform well in a role or position. We often use 360s and multi-rater assessments to identify leader strengths as well as skills, abilities and behaviors they need to deepen to enhance their performance.

Vertical Assessment

Vertical assessment measures leaders’ progress through predictable stages of mental development. Using the Leadership Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), we determine how leaders make sense of the world as well as their abilities to learn and perform in complex environments, set new direction and lead change.

Contextual Assessment

Contextual assessment measures how leaders navigate and understand their organization’s culture and political environment. Leaders accelerate their transition success when they understand unwritten rules, performance expectations and cultural norms.

Our consultants are certified to administer and interpret over 40 assessments including:

  • Leadership Circle 360
  • Leadership Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP)
  • DiSC
  • Resilience Inventory
  • EQ 2.0
  • Innolect Behavioral 360
  • Lominger Voices
  • Denison 360
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • Advocacy-Inquiry Inventory
  • Communication Preference Profile
  • Listener Preference Profile
  • Watson-Barker Listening Test

Leader Development

Leaders are expected to perform across departments and borders while honoring diversity and inclusion. Whether modernizing traditional, top-down hierarchies, or elevating agile, collaborative organizations to new phases of productivity, leaders are expected to build teams that accelerate results and assure sustainability of the enterprise. 

We work with organizations to grow leaders, build strong talent pipelines and improve workplace performance. We:

  • Develop leaders using creative, non-traditional methods 
  • Help leaders build teams that collaborate in new ways to perform wisely, faster and more creatively

Equip leaders to guide strategic change in organizations to align culture, strategies and processes to achieve financial objectives while “doing good”


Cohort, Classroom and Online Training Capabilities

Innolect is known for fresh, innovative approaches and trademarked technologies to engage and support adult learning and development. Our designers and facilitators:

  • Apply highly interactive instructional strategies to engage participants and maximize long-term retention
  • Create an open, non-threatening learning environment
  • Incorporate blended-learning techniques that are both fun and meaningful
  • Apply “learn by doing” principles and strategies
  • Deliver personalized feedback 
  • Integrate accelerated learning to maximize skill transfer
  • Align learning approach and design with requirements of the client system 
  • Engage learners where and how they “live”

Diverse Leader Development

Since diverse business leaders are typically more visible, it is challenging to identify “safe” environments for them to learn and experiment with new skills. Innolect is committed to exploring ways to reconcile, influence and appreciate cultural, ethnic and individual differences. Our leadership development programs support the advancement and effectiveness of under-represented groups including women, people of color and military veterans.

Women Leader Development

Founded by senior women, Innolect is committed to other women’s success. We design, develop, and facilitate unique women’s conferences and initiatives. Widely published, we deliver keynote presentations to address gender issues.

  • Emerging Women Leaders
  • Beyond the Yellow Brick Road – Who Needs a Wizard?
  • Meetings with Remarkable Women
  • Retention: How to Plug Leaks in the Women Leader Pipeline
  • Coach to Advance and Retain Women Leaders
  • For Women and Men Who Think Like They Do
  • A Seat at the Table
  • Invention of Wings
  • Mentorship across Your Career
  • Surmounting Barriers and Bias
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People of Color

People of color, the muted culture, face challenges often overlooked and unnoticed by dominant cultures. Innolect’s diverse ethnic and cultural team helps leaders and their teams recognize differences and diverse ways of being. We acknowledge the complexity of remaining authentic while gaining cultural competence to support diverse leader advancement. Our goal is to help leaders build skills and movement along a continuum, while retaining their own voice.

Military Veterans

Military veterans bring valuable experience and expertise along with strong core values and discipline. While corporate leaders believe they understand the advantages, challenges and risks of hiring veterans, few actually do. As noted in Innolect’s Harvard Business Review article, “How Your Company Can Better Retain Employees Who Are Veterans,” we help organizations successfully integrate men and women veterans into corporate life.

  • Effective Communication: Bridging the Cultural Gap
  • So, That’s What You Meant 
  • You’re Spot-On…and Way Off
  • Family Matters—Challenges When Leaving Active Duty
  • Purpose Driven

Executive Communication

What, when and how to communicate is often left up to chance. Rather than a reactive approach, we work with leaders to view communication as a strategic advantage. Our experts help leaders invest in and value communication as an asset rather than liability. Effective leaders deliver: 

  • Messaging from the listener’s point of view
  • Clear strategic change messages
  • Compelling and powerful stories
  • Proactive and intentional communication

Communicate with Impact

Effective leaders possess at least one communication asset — and most develop two or more. Whether storytelling, clarity, passion, simplicity, authenticity, empathy, responsiveness, executive presence, or charisma, Innolect works with leaders to understand the communication choices they make to create “strategic in the moment” impressions during presentations, meetings, and informal interactions. 

Communication 360

Innolect’s proprietary assessment process helps leaders identify and address key targets for improvement in the areas of interpersonal skills, facilitation, and presentation skills. The behavioral assessment and feedback report provides recommendations to enhance or build new communication skills/techniques.

Listening Leaders SM

Leaders and employees take short cuts when it comes to listening --- faking attention, making assumptions, rehearsing responses, failing to retain pertinent information and fading in and out of conversations. The most effective executives, managers, sales professionals and customer service representatives understand the power of listening strategically to build relationships and influence others.

Learn how to build listening cultures » Innolect’s Strategic Listening Architecture Methodology and Tools

Innolect is the industry leader with its award-winning research, services, assessments, books and resources. We help leaders:

Adapt to differing listener styles and preferences

  • Increase sales effectiveness
  • Get heard - capture and keep attention
  • Understand other’s perspective and opinions
  • Gain insights across generations
  • Pick-up on nonverbal cues

Build powerful relationship networks

  • Test assumptions and ask for clarification
  • Observe and listen to body language
  • Manage distractions
  • Listen across time – people appreciate that
  • Attend to another person’s underlying needs rather than trying to “fix” them

Develop listening intelligence success

  • Demonstrate empathy - listen for facts as well as emotions
  • Avoid irritating habits or distractions
  • Engage others - ask questions to deepen understanding
  • Reduce costly listening errors and mistakes
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Innolect is accredited to provide Continuing Coach Education Credits for both:

  • Listening Leaders Workshop
  • Effective Listening Workshop

Our workshops help coaches gain and maintain their accreditation. Each program has been approved for the following Continuing Coach Education credits:

Core Competency 6 hours
Resource Development 3 hours

Course Description
Innolect’s Listening Leaders and Effective Listening workshops offer thought leadership and practical applications developed over the last 30 years. Our proprietary listening assessments and research has been published in such journals as Chief Learning Officer, People+Strategy, Journal of Business Education, Personality and Individual Differences, Training and Development, Communication Education and Feedback. Our award-winning programs and workshops have been presented to thousands of people around the globe and help participants both learn and enhance their listening skills and abilities.

The importance of listening is well-documented. Use of effective listening skills helps leaders and coaches learn, develop trust, gain understanding and build effective long-term relationships. Innolect’s listening workshops and webinars include self-assessment, new knowledge and practical skills. Each learning experience is designed to help participants learn how to listen in ways that place them in a desirable position to build trusted relationships and long-term partnerships as well as influence behavior change.


  • Build awareness about the value of effective listening and cost of listening breakdowns and misunderstandings.
  • Identify irritating listening habits, dangerous assumptions and barriers to effective listening.
  • Diagnose and learn personal listening preferences, barriers, and habits.
  • Develop new, practical skills and techniques to improve listening to use immediately and includes skills that build an OPEN-CHECK-CLOSE strategy.

To schedule and in-house webinar or workshop for Continuing Coach Education credit, please send your inquiries to

Sustainable Legacies℠ Leadership

Sustainable LegaciesSM services, programs and tools help clients grow leadership talent while building mutually beneficial partnerships with community nonprofits. Through carefully designed external volunteer experiences, we offer innovative ways to develop new leadership skills and capabilities while providing highly valued talent and business acumen to local nonprofits.


These experiences help clients:

  • Retain high-potential employees
  • Enhance employee volunteerism
  • Engage Gen Y and Z employees
  • Reinforce social responsibility efforts
  • Offer purpose, meaning and significance at work

Sustainable Legacies experiences fulfill the needs of both corporations and nonprofits while building new skills and capabilities for leaders who volunteer.

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