The Team

Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. - Strategist, Consultant, Executive Coach
Lee J. Colan, Ph.D.

Profile

Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is co-founder of The L Group, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based consulting firm that has been equipping and encouraging leaders since 1999. The L Group was recognized by HR.com’s Leadership Excellence Awards.  Lee is a John C. Maxwell Leadership Award finalist and Thinkers50 nominee for Top Management Thinker globally.  

Lee is an organizational psychologist with a rare combination of skills as a business consultant, thought leader, prolific author and engaging speaker.  

He possesses an in-depth understanding of business, people and organizations.  Lee blends this understanding with his corporate management experience to help leaders and organizations grow. As a result, he brings order where there is chaos and clarity where there is ambiguity.

Lee has authored 15 popular books that have been translated into 10 languages, including the bestselling Engaging the Hearts and Minds of All Your Employees and Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence. He has also created over 50 products that equip and inspire leaders at every level.

Background
Lee brings 25 years of hands-on industry and consulting experience to his clients. He worked in various leadership roles with American Airlines, Sandoz (Novartis) and FoxMeyer (McKesson). He also held consulting positions with two premier firms: Booz, Allen & Hamilton and William Mercer. His last corporate post was as Vice President for Physician Reliance Network, one of the fastest growing NASDAQ companies at the time.

Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pacific Seafood Group, the largest fully integrated seafood company in North America.  He is a former director for Aztec Systems who was ultimately sold to a private equity firm.  He also served on the Advisory Board for ASSET InterTech.

Expertise
Strategy planning and execution, accountability systems, employee engagement, executive coaching, meeting/training facilitation and keynote speaking.

Education
Master's and Doctoral degrees, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, George Washington University. Bachelor's degree, Psychology and Communications, Summa Cum Laude, Florida State University.

You can also read Lee's words to lead by.

Favorite Quotes

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:4

Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius. I failed my way to success. – Thomas Edison

The best managers don't try to put in what God left out; they try to draw out what God left in. – Marcus Buckingham

Julie Davis Colan - Peak Performance Coach
Julie Davis Colan

Profile
Julie Davis-Colan co-founded The L Group, Inc., a leadership consulting firm sdf ing leaders since 1999. She is an innovative business advisor and peak performance coach with experience in sales and marketing to Fortune 500 companies.

Julie has authored five popular books including, Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence, Getting the BEST of Yourself and Others and The Power of Positive Coaching.

She has been coaching and encouraging positive behavior change for 30 years while focusing on organizational health and peak performance.

Background
Prior to consulting, Julie conceptualized and led several successful business units at the American Heart Association’s National Center. Her clients were many of the Fortune 500 including Home Depot, Westinghouse, Dean Foods and Coca-Cola Foods. The American Heart Association was recognized by the Harvard Business School as one of the best managed non-profit organizations in the United States.

Julie is a compelling speaker and engaging trainer. Her passion for leadership and life creates an infectious energy for audiences.

She serves on the board of Engage, a positive parenting organization.

Expertise
Coaching, revenue enhancement strategies and new product development, speaking and training.

Education
Master's degree, Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine. Bachelor's degree, Psychology and Biology, with honors, Florida State University.

Favorite Quotes

Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement. – William Arthur Ward

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. – Hebrews 11:1

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. – William Arthur Ward

Yoram Solomon, Ph.D, J.D. - Consultant
Yoram Solomon, Ph.D, J.D.

Profile
Yoram Solomon, Ph.D., JD, MBA helps leadership teams “un-kill” employee creativity and out-innovate their competitors, based on his two-year research. As an author, he has published four books and many articles, and was named one of the top 40 Innovation Bloggers for 2015 (#12). He is a former professor of technology and industry forecasting at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a National Speakers Association member. He holds nine patents and many innovation awards, and was named “TI’s great innovator.”

Background
Yoram worked for Texas Instruments, Interphase Corporation, PCTEL, and started several startup companies. He is also a former Israeli Defense Forces 35th airborne, and USAF Civil Air Patrol mission pilot.

Expertise
Building a corporate culture, team dynamics, and individual training that support creativity through administering assessments, facilitating ideation workshops, and coaching intervention and implementation.

Education
Ph.D. in Organization and Management, Capella University. MBA, University of Colorado. LLB, Tel-Aviv University.

Favorite Quotes

The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented – Dennis Gabor

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower – Steve Jobs

Culture eats strategy for breakfast – unknown (no, it wasn’t Peter Drucker…)

Lori Link - Executive Coach
Lori Link

Profile
Lori Link is an executive coach and certified behavioral and values analyst committed to helping clients achieve both personal and professional mastery. She understands the role of "manager as coach." Lori's goal is to help both business leaders and individuals look inside for solutions that work effectively and easily for themselves and others. She listens, advises, endorses, and challenges her clients to overcome obstacles and make the most of opportunities.

Background
Over 20 years of successful Human Resources experiences have provided Lori a unique perspective on organizational challenges of all kinds. Her corporate background includes work with General Electric, UCCEL Corporation, PHH, and FirstBank USA.

Expertise
Executive coaching, behavior and values assessments, team workshops.

Education
Bachelors, Psychology, State University College of Oswego in New York. Professional Certified Coach, International Coaches Federation and Coach University.

Favorite Quotes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings. And material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. – W.H. Murray

Genuine listening means suspending memory, desire and judgment – and, for a moment at least, existing for the other person. – Michael P. Nichols

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. – Buddha

David Reed - Consultant
David Reed

Profile
David Reed's mission is to help organizations of all types and sizes improve their effectiveness by getting the right people, doing the right things, with the right attitude, using the right tools and doing it for the right reasons.

David is the author of three books, including Monday Morning Customer Service and A Culture of Service. His focus is on facilitating culture change that will have a long-lasting impact on the way a company treats their customers. By working with leadership teams and teaching simple processes, he helps organizations create and implement common-sense solutions to their problems.

Background
Prior to his consulting career, David worked with Andersen Consulting, Exxon, and Walt Disney World.

Expertise
Customer service, technology integration to streamline processes, process design, improvement and measurement.

Education
Bachelors, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science, Texas A&M University.

Favorite Quotes

If you're not serving the customer, your job is to be serving someone who is. – Jan Carlzon

Despite all of the untold millions of products and services for sale in today's market place, customers will exchange their hard-earned money for only two things: 1) Good Feelings 2) Solutions to problems. – Michael LeBoeuf

There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. – Sam Walton

Terry Warren - Executive Coach
Terry Warren

Profile
Terry Warren, Associate Certified Coach (International Coach Federation), brings more than 40 years of leadership experience in the financial services and healthcare industries in assisting clients by adding velocity to achieving their important business and personal goals, gain clarity of direction and identify solutions to the challenges they face. His reputation as a trusted advisor, his collaborative style and deep experience are leveraged to help his clients achieve their desired results.

Background
Prior to launching his own executive coaching business, Terry has successfully held senior leadership roles in sales, strategic planning, client engagement, executive coaching, and as a chief executive.

For more than 27 years, Terry served in a wide variety of leadership roles with Willis Group a large global insurance broker. He led the company’s client engagement and business retention efforts in North America, provided internal executive coaching to top leaders, and served as Executive Director of The Willis Foundation.

Prior to joining Willis, Terry was in the healthcare industry. He worked for Hospital Corporation of America and other healthcare organizations serving in a number of corporate positions both domestically and internationally.

In addition to his business professional interests, Terry is an artist, has served as the Chair of several non-profit boards and as a mentor and consultant to non-profits, both domestically and internationally.

Expertise
Executive coaching, client engagement, strategic planning and meeting facilitation.

Education
Masters in Industrial Management, Georgia Institute of Technology. Bachelors, Industrial Engineering, Tennessee Technological University. Core Essential Graduate Program, Coach U.

Favorite Quotes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledges him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3: 5-6

Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another. – John C. Maxwell

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. – Miyamoto Musashi

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw

Valerie Sokolosky - Executive Coach
Valerie Sokolosky

Profile
Valerie Sokolosky has earned the reputation as a thought leader in professional presence and personal branding. She is also one of just 15 designated Master Leadership Brand Strategists worldwide. Valerie is the author of eight books on leadership and personal excellence. Her two latest books – Do It Right! and Monday Morning Leadership for Women – are on the best seller list at Amazon.

Background
With over 25 years' experience working with emerging leaders and those who lead them. She has helped thousands address the changing needs in the global marketplace for Fortune 500 organizations.

A prolific and conversational writer, Valerie contributed monthly articles for Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine for 10 years, and is a respected resource for media and publications including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Success Magazine, ABC television. She currently appears regularly on KTXD-TV speaking on Leadership Excellence.

Expertise
Professional presence, personal branding and executive coaching.

Education
Bachelors, Journalism/Broadcasting/Advertising, Oklahoma State University. Professional Certified Coach, International Coaches Federation, MIT Leadership Course for Company Presidents and CEOs.

Favorite Quotes

The most exhausting thing you can be is inauthentic. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In the end, a person is only known by the impact they have on others. – Jim Stovall

Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. – Robert Half

Melissa Farr - Product & Graphic Designer
Melissa Farr

Profile
Melissa Farr founded back porch creative, her freelance design business, in 2003. We were one of her very first clients. Virtually every product we have produced since 2003 has her creative fingerprint on it – book covers, book interiors, training materials and reinforcement tools, posters, calendar, newsletters, web site and more.

Melissa's spirit of partnership, perpetually positive attitude and stellar service create "sticky" relationships and fun customer engagements. She sets a shining example for us as we serve our client partners.

Background
Melissa spent seven years working for a company that provided internal advertising services for JCPenney corporate offices. There she ran a photography studio, did graphic design work and was the company liaison to the JCPenney buyers. She later spent a couple of years working for a small advertising agency in Dallas before going into business for herself.

Expertise
Book design and layout, print communications.

Education
Bachelors, Advertising, Art minor, Texas Tech University

Favorite Quotes

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide

Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up, so you can be all that you were intended to be. – Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

A person of integrity expects to be believed, and when they're not, they let time prove them right. – Unknown