Talk Less. Ask More: Michael Simpson, Maria Sullivan, and Kari Saddler

Join the authoring trio of Michael Simpson, Maria Sullivan, and Kari Saddler as they discuss the relevant, important, and practical leadership coaching tactics from their newly revised book, Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations.

Guest Bios:

Michael Simpson

Michael K. Simpson has worked at FranklinCovey for over 24 years as a Senior Consultant in Global Delivery and as Managing Director of Executive Coaching. He is an author of seven leadership and coaching books. Michael has coached some of the top CEOs and senior executive teams from global organizations in over 35 countries.

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Maria Sullivan

Prior to becoming a Managing Director at Robert Gregory Partners, Maria (Sully) managed executive coaching for all U.S. Partners, Principals and Directors at Deloitte. She also led their high-potential leadership development strategy, design and delivery team. Through her 13 years of experience at Deloitte she understands all facets of developing, deploying, managing and delivering world class coaching and consulting programs.

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Kari Saddler

Kari Saddler believes that everyone deserves a leader who inspires and empowers them. She has 20 years of combined experience as a consultant, executive coach, and business manager. She has been a leader at JP Morgan Chase, WellCare, and at Tampa General Hospital. In partnership with FranklinCovey, Kari led one of the largest implementations of Culture Care: Leading at the Speed of Trust® at Tampa General Hospital.

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About the Author

Scott Miller

Scott Miller is a 25-year associate of FranklinCovey and serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. Scott hosts the world’s largest and fastest-growing podcast/newsletter devoted to leadership development, On Leadership. Additionally, Scott is the author of the multi-week Amazon #1 New Release, Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everyone Deserves a Great Manager: The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team. Previously, Scott worked for the Disney Development Company and grew up in Central Florida. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and three sons.

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