Executive Assessment and Performacne Management

Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD

Dr. Barbara A. Trautlein is a seasoned consultant specializing in the development and coaching of leaders at all levels.  Her approach combines a highly client-centered, relationship-oriented style with a business-like, action-oriented focus.  She is a leadership researcher, published author and engaging speaker, invited to make presentations and conduct workshops not only in North America but also in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.   Dr. Trautlein has significant experience coaching leaders from the front line to the C-suite and in various functional disciplines and industries.  She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan’s Organizational Psychology Program and is highly skilled and experienced in a variety of individual/team/organizational assessment tools.

A partial list of coaching and training accomplishments include the following: 

  • Coached dozens of clients spanning from executive level leaders to new supervisors. 
  • Designed a coaching process and lead a team of fellow Ph.D.-level coaches to provide 360-degree feedback to a Fortune 100 company’s top 2,500 worldwide executives. 
  • Conducted developmental assessments and coaching services for high potential manager and director-level candidates in a healthcare insurance firm, nuclear power firm, and utility company. 
  • Trained and coached the entire management staff of a start-up firm over a multi-year period to build their leadership skills to foster a work culture of excellence, teamwork, and high performance.   
  • Conducted coaching training for audiences spanning from lead hourly personnel to lead engineers to human resource professionals to senior executive teams. 
  • Designed and implemented innovative mentoring systems at several client firms, including for non-traditional groups; conducted mentor training to support new mentoring processes. 
  • Created and conducted extensive management development programs on topics ranging from personal leadership styles, to change management, to handling resistance, to conflict resolution, to coaching and delegation, to facilitation skills, to diversity and inclusion, to employee engagement.
  • Designed and delivered training programs geared towards building and supporting empowered teams through their various stages of development, including communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making, giving and receiving feedback, conflict management, presentation skills, customer interactions, and quality management.  Developed training needs assessments to determine the needs of employees in a structured, cost-effective organization-wide process.
  • Investigated dyadic, intra-team and inter-team problematic interpersonal situations, providing coaching, counseling and team-building to reach mutually satisfying solutions.
  • Integrated human resource systems such as selection, assessment, development, and succession planning as well as facilitated strategic change management initiatives, through processes ranging from implementing talent management software to developing and installing competency models.  Created and implemented innovative performance management and compensation systems, including 360-degree/peer review assessments and skill-based pay/pay-for-knowledge plans.
  • Extensive experience in a wide variety of individual, team, and organizational assessment tools, including Myers-Briggs, DiSC, LIFO, SDI, Power Base Inventory, Teamness Index, and the LEA. 

A partial list of clients served include Ascension Healthcare, Baxter Healthcare, Beta Steel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BP, Care Centers Clinical, Exelon/ComEd, Ford Motor Company, Fox & Obel, Hyatt International, Inland/Nippon Steel, Magnetics International Incorporated, the NYPD, Peoples Energy, RR Donnelly, Save the Children, Schneider Electric, Sears, SeverStal, the Sterling Steel Company, United Airlines, United Rentals, US Cellular, V3, Whole Foods, and Winning Workplaces. 

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