Debra L. Howard

Debra Howard has helped hundreds of leaders and organizations achieve dramatic improvements and solve their most perplexing problems. By working with Deb, clients get results, such as higher profitability, increased program impact, successful hiring and retention of talent, and stronger executive teams.

Deb has been coaching leaders since well before executive coaching became the gold standard for leadership development. She helps three types of managers and executives reach peak performance: 1) rising stars who have ambitious goals and are seeking the skills, systems, and support to achieve them; 2) superstars who are derailing because they’re so hard-charging that they’re having an unintentionally negative impact; and 3) seasoned, successful executives who are feeling uninspired, unhealthy, underappreciated, or stuck.

She also coaches leadership teams and guides entire businesses, nonprofits, and foundations that are struggling to grow or suffering from growing too much, too quickly. She conducts detailed audits and helps clients reorganize to remove bottlenecks, improve efficiencies, promote the best leaders, and develop systems that support growth. She specializes in redesigning complex, highly interdependent organizations.

Deb is certified in the Myers-Briggs Step I and Step II, and has received advanced training in the FIRO-B personality preference instrument. She offers high-impact Myers-Briggs team-building workshops, and uses the powerful FIRO-B assessment to help teams understand their sources of conflict and how to minimize them. She has also received extensive training in competency-based behavioral interviewing, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and Waterline Action Learning.    

Her clients are based in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Gothenburg (Sweden), London, and, of course, Vermont.

Prior to founding her consulting business in 1991, Deb was a consultant with Cambria Consulting in Boston, a human resource consulting firm that conducted job competency assessments and training for Fortune 500 and government clients. Before that, she was the director of program development for Training Concepts in Braintree, Massachusetts, where she designed stand-alone training programs for telecommunications and high-technology companies, such as AT&T, SNET, and Polaroid. She graduated from Brown University in 1981 with a BA in semiotics and is currently writing a book with the working title How to Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For.

When she’s not working or writing, Deb enjoys landscape photography, gardening, skiing, and hiking. She lives in the foothills of the Green Mountains near the college town of Burlington, Vermont.

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