Manager as Coach

For decades, we have known that the most effective management style is coaching…while it might be easier to tell your employees (or your children) what to do…coaching can provide a better and more sustainable solution.

Bob, an accomplished coach, will share his thoughts on coaching and give us suggestions on how easy coaching can be….


Bob Ryan is a Partner and co-owner of Shields Meneley Partners, a unique, specialized consulting firm that coaches C-Suite executives whose performance impacts business results or who are in transition. His firm specializes in helping senior executives discover the possibilities of their next and next - next life and career steps and then helps them achieve their objectives. He is also Managing Partner of the Sierra Institute, an invitation-only association of CHROs who work to help each other as well as our HR communities and companies.

Bob has worked with iconic companies including Procter & Gamble, Bombardier and Tate & Lyle. He began his career as an engineer, quickly moving into global strategic human resources and general management positions in four countries. He transitioned to full-time coaching in 2014.

A native of Montreal, Bob attended McGill and Carleton Universities earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California in 2002 and has worked closely with high performing executives internally and externally since that time. Over the last five years, he has coached over 65 executives – including CEOs, CFOs, and CHROs -- across industries, functions, public, private and non-profit organizations.

Bob serves on one corporate board and several not-for-profit boards such as the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) and the British American Business Council (BABC) where he serves as president. He frequently speaks on career management topics in North America and teaches HR Leadership to African and Asian HR executives each year. Bob became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and lives in Chicago with his wife Viki, a wellness coach. His daughters both work in Human Resources in Chicago and in Seattle, WA.

Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30am to 11:30am



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