The keep it real coach.

I support people willing to dig deeper to identify and overcome what’s holding them back, change behaviors, and achieve their goals.

Are you experiencing any of these problems?

Taking on a new role and feel unprepared?

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Define and execute what you need for success

Promotions can be great. Role changes can be great. But taking on a new role can be challenging and uncomfortable. Emerging leaders don't always get the skills and training needed for success. Don't set yourself up for failure. Let's collaborate to identify your strengths and growth areas so you can close gaps and excel.

Missing performance goals and KPIs?

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Hit your performance goals

If you're missing hitting your performance goals it can frustrate you and impact your career advancement. Let's collaborate to get to the root cause and explore actions to support you in achieving your goals.

Feeling stuck?

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You're not a hamster

Feeling stuck can be frustrating. If you're not sure how to get off the hamster wheel let's collaborate to help you shift perceptions and explore actions to reduce the spin.

Need to accelerate your performance?

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If you're trying to reach the next level or need to accelerate your performance in specific areas let's collaborate to help you reach your goals.

Perceptions and misunderstandings impacting relationships?

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Shift your perception

How we perceive the world, our interactions, and our own behaviors, can often blind us to how others may perceive our interactions and behaviors. This can cause unintentional conflict and impact performance. Let's collaborate to raise your awareness, and shift your perceptions, so you can excel personally and professionally.

Too many conflicting priorities?

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Focus on actual priorities

Life is hectic. Often everything can seem like a priority. That can lead to added stress and overload. Let's collaborate to explore your priorities, reduce priority overload, identify what really needs your attention now, what can be delegated, and what can wait.

Frustrated with change and transition?

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Embrace change

Change can be scary. Especially if we feel it was thrust upon us or we feel unprepared to manage it. Be proactive not reactive. Let's collaborate to reduce stress and support you in planning for and executing on change and transition.

Difficulty executing strategy?

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Strategy execution is stressful

If you have developed a strategy for your business, your team, or yourself, and are having difficulties with execution, let's collaborate to get your strategy in motion.

Struggling with adversity and diversity?

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Feeling different can be hard

I get it. I've struggled with adversity from a learning disability since I was a child. And as a member of the LGBTQ community I know what it's like to feel different and struggle with comfort and belonging in the workplace and in life. Let's collaborate to explore how you can be and bring your authentic self.

Ineffective and time-wasting meetings?

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Meetings should have outcomes

Sitting in to many meetings that just feel like a waste of time, go into the weeds, and don't yield actions and outcomes, can suck! Meetings shouldn't suck. Team meetings should be structured for purpose, action and outcomes. Let's collaborate to make your meetings productive.

Are your behaviors impacting success?

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Get out of your own way

Often we don't even realize that our behaviors and actions are harmful to our relationships and our success. Let's collaborate to raise your awareness and adjust behaviors and actions so you can excel personally and professionally.

Not feeling heard or understood?

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Improve communication

What did you say to me? I didn't say that? Why aren't you listening? These experiences can be frustrating. Communication impacts individual and team performance. Leaders and managers must communicate clearly, concisely, and consistently. Let's collaborate to explore your communication style and concerns and step up your skills.

1-on-1 Coaching

Coaching is different for everyone. Wherever you are on your journey that’s where we start. I meet you where you’re at.

• Curious about accelerating your performance?

• Feeling overwhelmed and overloaded?

• Need to improve your personal and professional relationships?

• Navigating change or considering a transition?

• Encountering obstacles to achieve your goals?

• Taking on a new role and feel unprepared?

• Feeling stuck or unfulfilled?

• Does achieving success or reaching the next level require you to broaden your perspective, shift perceptions, and adapt behaviors, but you are struggling with the what and the how?

If if those challenges resonate for you, coaching can help. Let's talk!

Team Coaching

Success of a team requires certain actions and behaviors and team members aligned towards common goals and outcomes.

• Benefit from over 15 years experience in organizational development and team dynamics.

• Create trust, respect, transparent communication, and accountability among your team.

• Support for the creation of a team charter or governance structure.

• Accelerate performance for teams that are newly forming or changing functions.

• Align teams that have new leadership or are re-forming after organizational changes.

• Implement the Breakthrough Leadership Team System (BLTS) to achieve rapid results.

If that sounds like your team, team coaching can help. Let's talk!

Team Coaching Process

If you are considering team coaching you may be interested in the Breakthrough Leadership Team System (BLTS.) This program consists of:

  • A team relationship questionnaire
  • Identification of shared priority projects
  • Development of an aligned and comprehensive Picture of Success
  • Development of 10 to 15 core team habits and behaviors supporting execution and deliverables
  • Team Agreements for improving factors critical for team effectiveness
  • Proactive recovery plans to get your team quickly back on track if needed
"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance."
-Timothy Gallway

Group Coaching

Unlike teams who have a common goal, group coaching supports people who come together with a common interest but do not always have the same goal.

• Group members may or may not work together.

• Each person has their own goals and outcomes to which they apply their new skills.

• Clients benefit from peer learning and collective wisdom of the group.

• Sessions can focus on goal setting, deepening awareness around key issues, taking action, accountability and more.

• Group coaching can open up communication between silos or group members in different parts of an organization.

• Is useful to follow up training to support learning retention and application.

If you think group coaching may be a fit for you or those in organization. Let's talk!

Diversity & Inclusion Coaching

It’s difficult the excel if you’re not comfortable bringing your full self to relationships and the workplace. I get it. I've struggled with adversity and diversity since I was a child.

• As someone with a learning disability and a member of the LGBTQ community, I know what it's like to feel different and struggle with comfort and belonging.

• Receive support in accessing your authenticity and being and bringing your authentic self.

• Increase trust and psychological safety and develop strategies to create more inclusive work environments.

• If you are part of an inclusive team we can collaborate to develop and share strategies throughout your organization, supporting a high-performance culture.

If you think diversity and inclusion coaching may be a fit for you or those in organization. Let's talk!

Coaching Approach

About Me & Coaching

Coaching is about the process, and I am a process guy. I don’t need a deep dive into your industry or expertise. The first thing to know about me is: I get stuff done. I call it GSD. My role is to is to guide you to achieving your desired outcomes. Sometimes that's guiding you from point A to point B. Sometimes it's helping you figure out your point B. And often times it's supporting you to raise awareness, shift perception, and change behaviors to hit your goals and increase your success. My clients have called me…the workplace therapist, boat rocker, system viewer, change wizard, dot connector, truth teller, and keep it real coach. They’ve told me I bring needed levity and humor to difficult situations. I excel at shaking hands and kissing babies and building trusted relationships. I’m the guy who gets people to buy into personal and professional growth and change before they buy out.

About You & Coaching

You value authenticity, transparency, and accountability. You’ve got a sense of humor. You’ve got a super highway vs. single lane mindset. You want to build a positive and lasting legacy. You embrace change. You embrace DEI. You aren’t just looking for a quick fix. You don’t run from ah-ha’s. You can appreciate a direct and honest approach . You desire to be a ripple effect leader, manager or entrepreneur. You believe in sharing your growth and learning with your team or organization in hopes to create a positive ripple effect and improve the employee experience and customer experience for others. After all, we don’t live in a vacuum. Your success has a direct impact on the success of your organization, or if an entrepreneur, on the success of your business. And when you accelerate your performance you accelerate the performance of your team and organization.

Client Profiles

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Senior leaders, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, executives, individual contributors, high potential employees, managers, business owners.

Client Positons

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C-Suite, human resources, technology, operations, project management, organizational development, talent, strategy, innovation, research and development.

Client Industries

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Healthcare, technology, non-profit, education, entrepreneurship, finance, government, creative arts, professional services.

Client Testimonials

Janine Tursini
Janine Tursini CEO
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As a direct result of working with Scott as a coach I increased my confidence as a leader. I learned to develop a culture of inquiry. Our work together supported me to improve team dynamics with my staff and create a positive organizational culture. He was extremely helpful supporting me to think through processes and concerns of adding new staff and adapting to a virtual work environment. Scott offers a great balance of not giving advice unless asked, being curious, and pushing me to dig deeper and think through my decisions and impacts. He’s also great at holding me accountable when needed.
Dr. Kathryn Walters Conte
Dr. Kathryn Walters Conte Director for STEM Partnerships & Education
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I was looking for guidance on how to take my career to the next level. I knew something was holding me back but I wasn’t sure what. Scott’s insightful coaching style and powerful questioning helped me achieve clarity of focus and direction. He supported me to figure out where I wanted to go next in my career and why. Scott’s authentic and empathetic style of coaching helped me uncover what was holding me back and identified actions I can take to get me to the next level. Added bonus of working with Scott, is his sense of humor. His balance of laughter and learning always made me look forward to our coaching sessions.
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher Owner, Home Inspections (Former Director of Sales)
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Being new to coaching I wasn’t sure what to expect. Scott was patient and flexible and together we developed a structure that provided me value from our first session. He is a great collaborator and strategist and very good at providing clarity and cutting through the noise. When I began working with Scott I was transitioning from my prior role as a director in the corporate world to founder of my own business. Scott helped me to think in different ways and supported me to uncover things that could have impeded my success. Personally, and professionally. He helped me spend time on the most important topics, tackle problems from different angles, and provided me with extra accountability when needed. My business is continuing to grow as a result of working with Scott.
Saran Baker
Saran Baker Financial Strategist
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Scott’s great fun to work with – we work hard and play hard. I began working with Scott when I launched my new business. Scott supported me to align my business strategy with who I want to be as a person. He understands the ups and downs of being a small business owner and the hustle it takes to build a business. And the balance required to sustain one. He’s always got great tips and resources to share. Scott is really good at giving me space to think and share while encouraging me to clearly articulate my own thoughts and ideas. And he provides accountability.
Ron Romanski
Ron Romanski Public Education & Administration (Former VP of Digital Marketing)
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I began working with Scott when I realized I hated my job. I worked hard to climb the ladder to become part of the executive team. But I felt unhappy and unsatisfied. I was stuck, bored, and frustrated. Scott guided me to identify my strengths, align those to career interests, and map those strengths to potential job opportunities. After just a few coaching sessions, I was able to identify 3 potential career moves and discovered what it was exactly that I hated about my job - I felt I was considered just a number and I wasn't making a difference in the world. Scott's direct communication style kept me from going into the weeds and kept me on track. His style was refreshing, real, and productive. I left every coaching session feeling like I was heading in a better direction. And I now have a job I enjoy and I feel I’m making a positive difference in the world each day!

Client Results

Senior leader looking to get to the next level

Client needs:

  • Knew what direction they wanted to go but unsure the steps to get there

  • Something was holding them back from progressing to the next level but they weren’t sure what

Coaching results:

  • Co-created strategy and actions to support career goals advancing client to the next level

  • Identified perceptions and behaviors holding client back and developed an action plan for changes that got client on track in their desired career direction

New business owner defining strategy and brand

Client needs:

  • Wanted to develop a brand identity aligned with authentic self and personal values

  • Required clarity on identifying personal values and building a business strategy

Coaching results:

  • Uncovered things blocking client from actively using their voice and supported them to be and bring their authentic self to their interactions

  • Guided client to identify their personal values and develop actions integrating those into brand and business strategy

Executive wanting a career change

Client needs:

  • Unhappy with their 15 year career and wanted a change but unsure of the what or how

  • Needed to identify what career options were a fit for them and actions to make a change

Coaching results:

  • Provided various assessments to identify industries and roles of fit and interest

  • Collaboratively developed plan and actions to support a career change leading to client securing a new role in a new industry increasing professional and personal satisfaction

"Self-optimization is not about fixing something that's broken. It's about becoming the best version of ourselves, with whatever life throws at us."
-Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex


Coaching is not a one size fits all. Whether you are interested in one-to-one coaching, team coaching, or group coaching, the offerings and process can be customized to meet your goals. Whether you are trying to accelerate your performance, navigate your career path, build a business, align your team for success or anything in between, together we can create a package or options to fit your goals and your budget. It all starts with a discovery call to discuss your specific needs and goals and determine what offerings are the best fit for you.

Curious if we are a fit? So am I.

Book a free no strings attached discovery call and let’s find out. If we are a fit, great. if not, I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

Meet Scott Span, MSOD, CSM, ACC

The workplace therapist. Boat rocker. System viewer.
Change wizard. Dot connector. Truth teller. Keep it real coach.

For nearly 20 years I have worked in the trenches of change management and transformation. I have observed and experienced what can go wrong and why: unprepared leadership, frustrated employees, failed projects and pissed off customers. I’ve also observed and experienced what can go right and why: prepared and committed leadership, engaged employees, successful projects, and happy customers.

I support you in making things go right. I want to make a positive difference for you and the people in your organization.

The clients I work with have called me…the workplace therapist, boat rocker, system viewer, change wizard, dot connector, truth teller, and keep it real coach. They’ve told me I bring needed levity and humor to difficult situations. I excel at shaking hands and kissing babies and building trusted relationships. I’m the guy who gets people to buy into personal and professional growth and change before they buy out.

Coaching is about the process, and I am a process guy. I don’t need a deep dive into your subject matter or industry expertise. I work with you or your team to get stuff done. To make progress. To accelerate performance. To guide you from point A to point B.

My coaching work focuses on increasing self-awareness, identifying patterns and ways to shift perception or change behaviors to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. I coach individuals and teams to survive and thrive through personal and professional change and adversity, overcoming challenges that impact success to achieve rapid results.

I understand adversity and diversity; I’ve lived it. As a member of the LGBTQ community and person with A.D.D, I’ve faced the impacts and stereotypes of being viewed differently and learning differently. And I have worked at strategies to overcome those, both personally and professionally.

I coach people at all levels from executives, to middle management, and all the way down to emerging leaders and interns. I also work with entrepreneurs of growing businesses. I stay engaged in service delivery across various industries to ensure my coaching guidance is tested in the real world and that my perspectives and approach remain fresh and relevant.

I’m an author on various topics of organizational development and leadership and the creator of the Recruitment and Retention Lifecycle ™. I have a Masters in Organization Development & Leadership (MSOD) with a focus in behavioral science from American University and the NTL Institute. I’m a certified Scrum Master (CSM) and also certified in various strategy, change, team dynamics and behavioral assessment tools. I hold a government security clearance. I am also a certified coach and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF.)

I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. Some find me to be more like a shot of tequila. If you’re looking for a cup of Chamomile, we’re probably not a match. If you are ready to get to root causes, embrace growth, hop on the change highway, receive direct yet empathetic feedback, and can appreciate a call-it-like-they-see-it guide to support you to accelerate performance and achieve rapid results, then let’s talk!

“If you wish your life were different… do your life differently.”
-Terence Houlihan

What You Get From Working With Me

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You know yourself the best. We collaborate to accelerate your performance and achieve your goals. Quick fixes or band-aids don't produce long term positive results. Commitment to continuous improvement does.

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Change is never easy but that shouldn't stop progress. I collaborate with those not afraid to tackle changes head on and create a positive and successful transformation for themselves and those around them.

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It is possible to achieve rapid results and meet your desired outcomes. I actually prefer it that way. No need to drag things out. Once we meet agreed to goals, we can move on to achieving even more results.

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I believe in being authentic. You should, too. Authenticity leads to trust. Transparency leads to trust. Accountability leads to trust. And without trust, achieving long term positive results can prove difficult.

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I try my hardest to maintain a positive, yet realistic, working relationship. I don't claim things are easy when they can be quite complex. I do try and steer clear of negativity. The most successful clients do the same.

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My focus is you. People can fear change. They need their voices heard. They need empathy from from a coach. Empathy supports you to adopt new behaviors and actions and adapt to changes to increase your success.

Bio and overview of my coaching approach.

“If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.”
-Fred Devito