There is no lonelier person than a leader. I’ve been there. I understand the isolation of leadership. In my 30+ years of business, my leadership teams, boards of directors, and family were all available all the time and yet I was often isolated. I required advisors whom I could trust, who had no agenda and who would ask me tough questions. As an executive coach, I strive to be that safe, non-judgemental, confidential, critical thinking partner. I strive to be the cure for the loneliness at the top.
I believe in:
♦ Asking questions
♦ Questioning answers
♦ Critical thinking
♦ Finding truth
♦ Making a difference
What Others Are Saying
Driving Revenue Growth
Working with Glen has been an enormous help to our business. He is unafraid to ask us difficult questions that make us really question important aspects of our business model. With his guidance, feedback and at times “tough love” we have increased our company’s revenue growth from ~7% Year-Over-Year to ~ 20% Year-Over-Year in the first year of working with him.
Adam Sandman / CEO, Inflectra Corporation
Integrity, Intelligence, & Energy
Glen has the unique ability to identify key product deficiencies and the most expedient method to correct them. He has integrity, intelligence, and energy. He always puts the company's interests first. I would be thrilled to work with him again in any endeavor.
Bill Eacho / US Ambassador to Austria & Former Managing Director, Carlton Capital
Perspective & Pattern Recognition
Having Glen as a sounding board has been incredibly helpful to me in three particular ways: perspective, sharp questions and pattern recognition.
1. Perspective to pull me out of the weeds
2. Sharp questions that force me to face my own hidden assumptions and faulty conclusions (i.e. that cut through any bs that I tell myself or others)
3. Pattern recognition that can alert me to hidden dangers easily avoided but only easily seen unless you've been there before
He's also a really effective group facilitator, keeping the conversation on track and on time while stimulating great group dynamics.
Patrick Smith / CEO, Territory (formerly Power Supply)
Invaluable Mentor & Coach
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Glen during my first year of Vistage. As our group chair, Glen has been an invaluable mentor and coach. Glen's best trait for me is diving head on into my real issues ... some I don't even see myself. He always leaves me with some new nugget of information – usually about myself or the way I operate – and a homework assignment as the first step to start facing my obstacles. Simple, yet very effective.
Deborah Hamlin / CEO, Irrigation Association
Glen is a respected, seasoned business executive who is a great mentor to entrepreneurs and CXOs looking to walk in the shoes he's traveled in. I have spent time alongside Glen coaching CEOs and think his advice and guidance is spot on.
Carl Grant / SVP, Cooley LLP
Mentor, Coach & Friend
I'm proud to call Glen my mentor, coach and friend. Since our first meeting, Glen didn't just ask me the right questions, he also had the right answers. He has so much experience (from entrepreneur to turn-around CEO) that he is able to recognize patterns faster than most. This critical ability allows him to assess business scenarios skillfully and provide feedback rapidly.
Dan Berger / CEO, Social Tables
Glen has his finger on the pulse of the technology business in the DC area. I seek him out for his astute and trusted opinions on market trends, the state of technology start-ups and early-stage capital investment.
Irfan Ali / CEO, Advanced Reactor Concepts & Former President, 3Com Commworks
One of the Smartest Business People
Glen is one of the smartest business people I have had the pleasure of working alongside. As CEO he demonstrated an enviable mix of commercialization know-how and operational capability. His creativity and pragmatism allowed totally new and cost effective solutions to be realized for customers. Glen has the ability to see the big picture in ways that few people ever master and can then motivate and empower people to deliver on that vision.
Kevin Magee / CTO, Cross Atlantic Capital Partner
Glen is the ultimate professional. He is a strategic planner comfortable operating in the board room and a consummate salesman willing to roll up his sleeves. He is a high-energy, creative and motivational leader. Most importantly, he has a strong work ethic and high integrity. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Richard Fox / Managing Director, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
Tells It Like It Is
I am one of the most cynical people on the planet and think for the most part the earth will be better off after the Zombie apocalypse. Having said that, Mr. Cranky is one of the few people I would let into my safe house (at an undisclosed location of course) because Mr. Cranky is one of the few people I know who actually "tells it like it is." No sugar coating, no pumping sunshine up my skirt, just good honest feedback from someone with relevant experience.
Joe Landa / Founder/Inventor/Owner, BriarTek
Best Global Business Executive
Glen was one of the best global business development executives I have ever worked with. He is driven and result-oriented, at the same time is very considerate to the needs and feelings of other people. I often observed that he'd immediately gained confidence and trust from Japanese customers. I really enjoyed working with Glen and look forward to working with him again.
Toyoji Kanagawa / Globespan Capital Partners
Power Packed Hour
A Power Packed Hour - Advice and guidance from Glen is like having a meal of Red Bull and Filet Mignon steak – you don’t need much of his time to get the protein and caffeine kick or the substance and motivating energy that he delivers with an elegant flavor. In my start-up journey, I’ve met many sellers of consulting services, but Glen is the first black-belt wearing, Supreme Court judge, high priest that I have met. Quite simply, he doesn’t have to sell anything because his insightful guidance which is backed by his mastery of experience reveals itself the minute he begins advising you.
Sara Duke / CEO & Founder, cNanny
Asks Tough Questions
Glen Hellman asks tough questions. Glen has the vision to see what's coming and get creative enough to keep his clients on track. Sitting down with me to discuss Sisarina, he was clear I needed to be more vocal about the great things my company was doing to continue the growth I had seen. Being able to talk frankly to Glen about where my company was going gave him the inexhaustible capacity to make me think bigger, do marketing strategic marketing, and grow my business.
Before founding Driven Forward in 2007, Glen worked as a hired-gun turn-around CEO in the employ of Private Equity Investors, where he witnessed the effects of isolation and how it often leads good CEOs on a path to failure. In 30+ years of business, he observed isolation-based organizational failure. Most companies do not fail based on one major bonehead decision. They crumble under the weight of many small bad decisions that could have been avoided if the CEO had an impartial sounding board… a reality check.
Glen received his coaching training and certification from Vistage, an organization that provides coaching a leadership development to over 15,000 members. As a former Vistage Rookie of the year, he facilitated CEO Peer Groups for seven years. He was a board member for The University of Maryland, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and a Former Angel Investor. In 2012 Glen was voted the #1 Angel Investor by Tech Cocktail readers. He’s a Top Rated, Global 100 Mentor for the Founder Institute, and is frequently quoted in print and broadcast for his views on business and entrepreneurship and served as a business analyst for ABC7, WJLA.
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Glen Hellman Business Strategist Driven Forward LLC