Testimonials

Don’t Take My Word For It – What Clients Say They Gained From Coaching:

“Two years ago I was in a tough place and it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of trying. 16 years into my business and I had plateaued. I thought I was doing all the right things but they weren’t working. I was very frustrated and for the first time in my life I started doubting whether my life’s goals were even possible. I had to make some changes, perhaps some drastic ones. My business was consuming my two most precious commodities, my time and my money. I was so discouraged.

I was introduced to Al Spicer and while I didn’t know it at the time, my life was about to change in a big way.

I had doubts about whether some leadership “Guru” was going to cast some magic spell on me and fix my issues.  After all, I was just a victim of bad luck and perhaps it would eventually just work out. I had to weather the storm like every other entrepreneur. “What’s he going to tell me that I haven’t already tried” I would say.  Was I wrong.

Al took so much care in listening to me and my challenges and really helped me see that all of them were between my ears. I was my biggest liability!

He has given me a perspective that has helped me see with crystal clarity what I needed to change to be successful.  That’s just the beginning of the story.  Over the past 18 months of working with Al, I am now enjoying a record year in my business, my employees love working for me and my family is so grateful to have me fully engaged in their lives, both physically and emotionally.  I have finally been able to enjoy a vacation with them barely thinking about work, all while experiencing the biggest financially successful time in my life.  Al has been instrumental in helping me achieve my life long goals.  Thank you Al.”   –Jim Chakires, President|CEO, APEX CPA’s & Consultants

 


“I have been working with Al for four years now and my leadership skills before I began with Al were not productive to building a great business and culture.  Before working with Al, I dreaded going to work due to the culture and people I had in my organization. To get my old organization to function, I had to shift from my natural style of leadership which was exhausting and, at times, left me wondering what action to take in difficult situations.  Al has helped me understand that I can lead as who I am and be even more effective than before.  With his help, the company culture has changed and I have changed for the better.  I have a business that I want to go to every day, and I now enjoy the process of leading and growing my company.  I can say the ROI of coaching with Al is well into seven figures.  It has been a valuable experience both for my development as a leader and for accelerating my business success.”   –Mark Podl, CEO, Doran Scales, Inc.

 


“This is the first time in my life that I feel like I have total clarity around my career and something I can go after and get excited about! It wasn’t even close to that when we started. It’s funny, but I have more time in my life, even though I’m doing more! Life is fuller and became less frenetic. I’m doing more with less time. I can’t believe the changes that have happened in only 3 months!” –James Kelly, Bond Analyst, New York, NY

 


“The education and coaching was fantastic.  The group, the topics and the dynamics are ALL very difficult.  You did an amazing job mentoring and coaching us.” (unsolicited email feedback, after day-long senior executive team meeting)    –TJ Widuch, Executive VP, FONA International

 


“For so many years I have only been able to accomplish a fraction of what I really wanted. I am now on pace for a record year in commercial real estate sales and have peace in areas that I assumed would trouble me through my life. Al has taught me to fully understand myself and, more importantly, to take control of my mind and overcome poor habits. Every great dream, athlete, or competitor needs coaching. Highly skilled coaches make highly skilled individuals. I am extremely fortunate to have Al’s commitment to my success!” — Jeff Enck, Senior Investment Advisor, Shane Investment Property Group, Roswell, GA

 


“The coaching I received from Al Spicer was top notch! I have worked with other master coaches, but Al’s insights and models for success really struck a synchronous chord with me. One of the first things he did as my coach was to send me the famous “Goethe” quote about commitment to your life goals; “..that moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.” Al set the tone with this information and it showed up time & time again in my life; in ways I would never have dreamed of or imagined. Al’s ABSOLUTE confidence in me and my film project helped propel me to an even deeper level of commitment than before. He showed me how I was creating and moving “providence” through my own actions. It was not a coincidence that I kept meeting all the right people and being in the right place at the right time. It was not a coincidence that with every new interaction & accomplishment I propelled myself further and further into the life I had always dreamed of–the life of a successful, happy, powerful woman, mother, and filmmaker!” –Denice Ann Evans, Entrepreneur & Award Winning Filmmaker, Roswell, GA

 


“During the 4 years I worked with Al, he coached me through several major life and career challenges.  As a result of Al’s exceptional coaching, I grew as a leader, coach, consultant, husband, and father.  Through our work together, I developed greater confidence in my ability to accomplish any goal or overcome any challenge. All areas of my life improved as a result of my work with Al. He brings a rigor to coaching that I admire, whether it is in the assessments he uses, the assignments he suggests, or the discipline with which he documents our discussions, it is always clear that Al takes the coaching work very seriously.  Al encourages, questions, and challenges, with the clear intention of helping me achieve what matters most to me.  I always felt that Al was right there with me, as my reliable, clear-thinking, committed partner!” –David Zacchei, former Director of Learning & Organizational Effectiveness, Pfizer, Inc.

 


“Working with Al changed my life.  6 months ago I was at a standstill in my life and career.  Today I am at the start of a thrilling new career.  Al helped me see what was holding me back and to find the path that truly excited me.  No more fear or doubt.  I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to work with him.”  — J.T. (Munster, IN)

 


“Partnering with Al for my personal and professional growth has been of of the smarter decisions of my life – and it wasn’t even my idea! Thanks, as always, for your support, guidance, and challenging me.  It really helped me to learn how to quickly shift my perspective, in my desire to be far more effective both personally and professionally. Since working with Al, I’ve earned certain professional designations and awards. I am also far more nimble in my response to challenges. When my wife comments positively on how I respond to things, I know the work Al and I have done has given me lasting benefits. I wholeheartedly recommend Al to anyone interested in engaging him as his or her personal coach. You won’t be disappointed!” — Chris Toft, VP of Development, Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

 


Al and I have worked together on my career path, and major decisions more than once. Al’s efforts in helping provide focus, priority, and real objective viewpoints have been invaluable. I highly recommend Al to anyone who is looking to take that next step in both professional and personal prioritizing and growth.” –Mike Rojewski, North American Sales Director, Cool Gear International

 


“I have worked with Al for a number of years and on more than one occasion. My experience has been one of discovery about myself and a real focus on creating the life that I want to lead. I originally hired Al to help provide clarity and direction for my career and professional life. And because of my work with Al, I have better clarity and direction for my personal life as well. We were able to set goals and re-define values.  Al is an excellent executive and career coach. He has a unique ability to listen, ask questions and provide insight. He is both professional and personable. I’m certain that I will work with Al again to continue my professional development.” –Kellie Forman, Senior Leasing Representative, Simon Property Group

 


“I worked with Al from November 2008 to September 2010. It was an eye opening experience for me. Even though I am introspective by nature, each coaching session often brought a great new insight into my behavioral and/or thought patterns that for whatever reason I could not see. I would have never achieved this amount of self awareness with just my own self reflection and for this I am very grateful for my coaching experience with Al. I highly recommend him.” –Neil Rochlani, CFO, QualSight, Inc.

 


“Al’s coaching is one of the main reasons that I am now a successful independent businessman. The time we spent together helped to raise my awareness about strengths, challenges, and fears that affect my level of success as a professional. Our discussions were about more than just being aware; they were about deciding who I was going to be and what I was going to do in order to make positive changes. The results I achieved were definitely worth the investment!” –Mitch Bienvenue, President, Accomplish, Inc., Chicago, IL

 


“Al has a wonderful ability to help professionals clearly see their reflection in the mirror. He provides an unbiased perspective into leadership strengths and weaknessess, revealing behavioral styles that define how we interact with the world around us. Al quickly created awareness around my own behaviors and showed me how to act purposefully and powerfully while embracing my personal values. I use these newfound principles and processes to enrich my life experiences and to positively impact others. I found my coaching experience with Al to be eye-opening, empowering, and extremely impactful on all aspects of life, both personally and professionally. I highly recommend Al as an Executive Coach!” –Ray Hartman, Technical Director & Flavorist, FONA International

 


“In the last 30 days I have become extremely productive, more focused, accomplishing a lot more, eliminating what’s getting in the way ‘outside’ and ‘inside’. I’ve felt more happy and optimistic now than in the past two and a half years!” –Paul Budvitis, General Manager, DriveChicago.Com, Chicago, IL

 


“I found coaching with Al was a rewarding and productive experience. He helped me more clearly define and prioritize my goals, and effectively implement a plan for achieving them.” –Joe Reynoso, President, Anteros Capital Markets LLC, Chicago, IL

 


Regarding Team Coaching… “Thank you for your team coaching on our Performance Excellence Team.  The results really hit the mark we intended and then some! Please join us in owning this accomplishment [following the acknowledgment by the COO for the team’s impact and results].  Thank you for coaching us to success!” –Kim ter Horst, Corporate HR Manager, Tuthill Corporation, Burr Ridge, IL

 


“I’ve known Al as a colleague for a few years, and enjoyed his wisdom in casual conversations. But when I experienced Al as a coach in Radical Leadership III, I came to appreciate his coaching expertise. Al is adept at asking the right questions in a tough-yet-supportive manner to bring about fundamental shifts in perspective. In this intensive experience, I came to a deeper awareness of what I truly want in my life and business, and Al helped me create a clear path to making it happen much sooner than later. My personal relationships are stronger as a result, and my business continues to flourish because of how I’m creating connections from this new perspective.”           –Bob “The Teacher” Jenkins, Business coach and Marketing strategist, Bloomington, MN


“Al Spicer helps you access your power and make change as a natural process that reflects who you are and what is important to you. Before you can make any kind of changes, you need to become aware of what you want. Sometimes that’s the hardest part of the journey. Al’s warm and insightful presence helps you cultivate that awareness, and once you have it, taking steps and committing to them becomes easy.” –Jeff Brandt, Life Coach, Chicago, IL


“As an attorney, CFP, and business consultant, I need to be able to serve clients from a particular place balancing strength, openness, and analytic solutions. There is an inner game I’m playing to maintain this particular balance. We are all playing an inner game, and how well we are playing often shows up in our life. Al “gets” this. We discussed in detail what I was trying to achieve – not necessarily big changes: more like fine tunings with big consequences. I followed the process in the way right for me, and the process rewarded me with several distinctions, points of awareness and fine tunings that helped me achieve more than I hoped for.  The coaching process is like looking in a mirror and having the mirror tell you what has to happen for you to get what you want. Al never professes to know what I need to do – in fact he always says he does not know. The process brings the right answer out, and I was never let down by it. Coaching is a strengthening process that I encourage you to undertake with Al Spicer. You will emerge stronger and more effective than you are now. More importantly you will have a new level of awareness in your life that supports you for years to come.” — Martin J. Fogerty, Attorney, CFP, and business consultant, Chicago, IL


“Your coaching has helped me to create a whole new meaning and definition for who I am and what I want out of life. Your ability to help me really see ME, has created an awareness of my potential and the positive impact I can hold for myself, and others I come in contact with everyday. Wow, how lives can change, and I will forever evolve with the heightened awareness of which you helped me see.” — Randy Minier, President, Tuthill Drive Systems, IN


“Joe got so much out of working with you. You should know that the changes in Joe are outrageous. Really. I never would have hoped for such a change and it has started to build upon itself. He is able to catch himself when he starts going down a bad path. He is so much more in control of everything, while enthusiastic and positive. I can see the change in his eyes (if that makes sense). It’s all good and I thank you for the impact it has had on our family. I know he will want to continue to follow up with you…until then thank you for what you do!” (unsolicited email from wife of my client) –Wife of Joe Hohman, Sales Manager of WORD FM, PA


“As always – you have been my coach in all of the amazing transformations and growth I have experienced in the last few years.  If not for our relationship and your amazing listening and coaching, I shiver to think where I would be today compared to where I am! You are my fast track to the life of my dreams and I love who you are for me and others.  Thank you so much, you make a world of difference.”  –J.V., Business owner and Chiropractor, Chiro One Wellness Centers


“After having had quite a few sessions with Al I would upgrade his title from ‘Personal Effectiveness Coach’ to ‘A Directional Force.'” –Don Moravick, Design Director, Moravick & Associates, Chicago, IL


“Who could believe that after three months I would be where I am now relative to when we began! When I first started this process, I was skeptical of the results. I thought the best you could do was skill identification and help me get a better job. As it turned out, that wasn’t the focus, thankfully. You helped me realize that strength really comes from within, that a change in focus and drive is all that I needed to change my future. it’s the best I’ve been in over a year and a half! It’s sad that my company doesn’t provide your services to its employees. I can’t see a person out there that couldn’t benefit from your assistance.” — Bob Dolan, Sales Director, Chicago, IL


“Al is a highly effective coach dedicated to helping me discover the more powerful, response-able leader within myself. Al has worked to understand what makes me tick, what’s made me effective and engaged in the past and where I get in my own way now. He does a superb job in listening to me and challenging my assumptions and complacency. He’s most interested in helping me access my authentic, relaxed, confident self in a consistent manner. I’m grateful for his partnership and recommend him to anyone or any organization looking to become more effective and powerful in the real world.” Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative (from LinkedIn) — Joe Hohman, Sales Manager of WORD FM, PA


“I was engaged to coach Al on ways to grow his business. I must say it was somewhat challenging at first. Al is very focused and has a very clear understanding of what he wants. As a fellow business coach, I realized quickly that our relationship was going to be equally beneficial as his knowledge within the coaching profession is so evident and present. I have no doubt that if you are looking for sound leadership guidance and a comprehensive understanding as to how to harness your inner greatness, Al is my pick as someone who could usher in the change your looking for. I want to thank you Al for bringing value to my life and appreciate beyond words the work you do.” –Jason Garey , Business Mastery Growth Coach , Chet Holmes International 
(formerly a consultant to Action for Breakthroughs, Inc.)

 


“This coaching has made a tremendous impact on the way I think and the way I deal with every day challenges. I can’t say enough on how happy and confident I feel today compared to when we started this journey.  Most of all, I don’t feel stuck anymore and have the confidence that I posses most of the tools to get any job done. For all this the credit goes to you and your coaching. The decision to work with you is one the best decisions I have made. I am at a point where I can utilize what I learned from the coaching and further improve myself.  Once again thank you for all the help!” –Swetha Mandadi, Pharmacist, GA

 


“I really enjoyed working with Al.  He is personable, knowledgeable, and pushes you to challenge yourself in this journey.  He helped me identify, probe and clarify work/life balance issues that I was struggling to make clear.  I came away from the experience with a greater understanding of actions and habits I could develop to take ownership of that life balance.  I continue to utilize the tools we developed together.  It was a great investment!”  —Christine Chin, President, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Gannett Newspapers

 


“The work we did together has absolutely been vital to my success! Your coaching got me on the proper “trajectory” and I’ve sought to continue that.  I refer to my notes and other tools you gave me regularly.  Thank you so much for your help over the years – you are changing lives my friend!” (unsolicited response from a check in email 4 years following coaching completion).          —Christopher Saenger, Principal, Reliant Star Capital, New York, NY