A transformation is a profound shift resulting in lasting change. My business, executive, and recovery coaching focuses on helping individuals and teams create the conditions that lead to lasting change.
Change starts with action, and GSD (Get Shit Done) is my shorthand for action techniques I developed over a 25 year career leading change and driving big outcomes as an operating executive for many Silicon Valley success stories. Today I’m honored to work with clients to help them get started (or get unstuck), build momentum, and maintain that momentum to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of their transformations.
SELECTED companies I've worked with
selected favorite client quotes
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you’ve done for me and my team. Your positivity, GSD bias, and directness are all things that I value.”
Chief Customer Officer
“You have gnarly real-world experience not common in coaches—unless they’re 65 and retired. Your spirit, drive, and direction is contagious. You’re a rare combination.”
“Today’s gratitude: working with Ben Kiker to GSD. He’s an amazing coach for individuals and teams. After every interaction I’m energized with greater clarity.”
“Your unique combination of business experience—along with your recovery expertise—and how to successfully blend the two has been invaluable. The services you offer are well-suited to executives who’ve hit the wall and are focused on building a productive, engaged life.”
Steven J. Wolt
Financial Services Executive
Following a leadership transition, Halogen’s new CEO led the company through a fast-paced strategic process. One of the key needs? A new story to help Halogen change the conversation in the crowded talent management market.
We developed Halogen’s new breakout story, which included aiming & arming Sales with that story. In a subsequent Breakthrough Jam Session, we guided key marketing, product, and sales executives on the definition and packaging of new product offerings.
Halogen experienced customer growth across all regions and verticals, expanded key partnerships, and continued to garner strong analyst praise. Halogen was recently acquired by Saba Software.
Procura Healthcare Software, a private equity-backed combination of five companies in the healthcare technology sector, was simultaneously pursuing a strategic acquisition while rebranding the company—and beefing up the Marketing team.
Through a combination of Breakout Storytelling and Breakthrough Jam Sessions, we helped the company communicate their acquisition with impact while crafting a new, compelling story around the company's offerings for providers of long-term and post acute care.
Procura successfully rebranded as Complia Health, which included a powerful story about their mission of enabling the business of caring. This provided a platform to aggressively attack the market opportunity—and launch their first-ever joint customer conference.
Forte Consulting partners with high-growth venture-backed companies to help those companies realize their full potential. After several years of strong growth via referrals, Forte looked to build on that foundation to accelerate their growth.
We partnered with Forte’s founders to develop a plan for scaling their business with intention. We also helped Forte create a breakout story to communicate the unique how of what they do, leveraging feedback from jam sessions with key clients.
Forte has moved from a traditional approach of explaining products and services to more emotional and evocative storytelling, using new insights to deepen relationships with existing clients while closing new clients faster.