In his latest “Moment of Clarity” Charlie Celano explores an often overlooked part of leadership and presents a profound perspective: R...
"Change can be scary, but you know what is scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing." I take this quote to heart and think about the sessions that I had with you Charlie. At first, the task of meeting you and learning new skills to be more effective in my role as a leader was just that, a task. However, it became something more. In my time with you I was able to really rethink some of the things that I have been doing with my staff.
Thanks to my time with you I feel more confident in my approach. I have learned to delegate more and have been able to re-evaluate my goals and look at things differently. Thank you for being so kind and patient with me as my thoughts are not always clear, but you understood and offered solutions.
I am grateful for the time I had with you and while it was not all you, you did play a huge role in helping me make a decision on the next phase of my life. I hope my new journey will be a good change that will benefit not only my children, but myself. Once again, thank you for your time and continued dedication to nurturing and supporting leaders so that they can become effective leaders.
Charlie’s 360 review program shined a light on my blind spots, and his personal coaching allowed me to unlock the power within authentic leadership. I now lead teams with a higher level of engagement, loyalty and commitment. Charlie’s program works because he provides clients with practical tools founded in modern leadership research and theory. His program will be beneficial to any leader, anywhere in their career.
First, I will preface this because I have gone through extensive leadership training throughout my life. I've been faced with significant events in life, listened to numerous instructors, taken lengthy training, and read all kinds of books on leadership concepts. I've also experienced leadership under stressful conditions and been exposed to real-life examples. This training was mandatory for certain personnel at our agency, including me, so I didn't know what to expect. But perhaps some of us can relate to the perception we have regarding the quality of training which is mandated. However, Charlie made this Leadership training excellent. As soon as we met, he was professional, explained the program's purpose, and alleviated any concerns I had. The program is designed specifically for the individual and focuses on improving and utilizing your strengths to your advantage. Charlie was an excellent guide and mentor as his life experiences contributed to the overall leadership concepts and lessons learned. Throughout my training, I constantly ran scenarios by Charlie and explained my thought process, and he was able to help guide and mold those decisions based on so much more I wasn't considering. Lastly, this training is geared more towards your overall life and legacy than being solely an effective supervisor or manager. The quality of the training was excellent. Charlie was a positive influence, a very effective instructor, and I certainly recommend others take this training.
My agency recently invested in me by hiring Charlie to mentor me during a number of coaching sessions. Throughout the process, I learned a great deal about my strengths, my weaknesses, and myself. Charlie answered all of my questions and hypothetical scenarios candidly and without reservation. What makes Charlie different is that he doesn’t just focus on work-related issues, but also on how to create balance in one’s life and overall health. Meeting with Charlie was something I began to look forward to each month because he clearly had a great deal of experience to share and a genuine interest in my success. I really feel like I have a friend and mentor for life.
Charlie performed coaching and mentoring services for me a few times. He mentored two future police executives for me at Huntington Beach PD and then assisted with the development of two major nonprofit executives where I am a board member. In each instance, Charlie was able to identify strengths and weaknesses of each individual and assist them with real time guidance on real life situations to help each of them excel. Charlie has a unique way of connecting with the people he works with and helping them improve in a non threatening environment. I will definitely be calling upon Charlie’s expertise in the future.
I’ve had the privilege to bring in Charlie for several leadership courses at my organization and he always does an outstanding job. Charlie is a great facilitator, well spoken, and extremely knowledgeable in leadership coaching. Anyone who is looking for leadership training, coaching development, or team building facilitation should reach out to Charlie, you’ll be happy you did!
I was fortunate enough to work with Charlie for over a year. What started as an opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills, ended up being a transformational experience. During my time with Charlie, we further refined skills in the areas of decision making, mental health and stress management, communication strategies, networking, relationship building, and being a great human being. I can still hear all his Charlie-isms in my head as I am presented with situations we prepared for. He does his homework to get perspective on his clients so he can tailor his approach to the individual needs. He was brutally honest and direct at times but did so in a manner where one is challenged to get out of your comfort zone. He is a great supporter and a champion of leadership best practices. He was always available to review an email, talk about a pressing issue on the phone, and brainstorm strategies. While our business relationship came to an end, our friendship will continue on. Without a doubt I will be leaning on Charlie in the future as I move closer to my personal and professional goals. I highly recommend you give Charlie a chance! He will further strengthen you as a leader, help your agency pivot in a positive direction, and help your teams reach their potential.
Charlie is so much more than just a coach; he is a great teacher, encourager, and delivers a tough word when needed. Charlie showed me great empathy and compassion during our sessions, he is the best listener I have ever met... Charlie took the time to get to know me as a person and a leader, shared the learning process, and joined me on the adventure of self-discovery... With Charlie’s guidance, teaching and encouragement I have been able to build a more trusting, cohesive team, that cares about others and who work together to accomplish shared goals... With his encouragement and training, I was taking better care of myself, I was more aware of the power of my words and actions, and I developed a desire to care and show compassion to my team. Charlie’s impact is being felt by me, my team and most importantly my family – I will forever be indebted to him!
Charlie and his team provide top-level leadership coaching services to today’s public safety professionals. Many of his leadership coaching clients have achieved higher ranked positions within their organizations, as well as a much improved outlook on their wellness and self-care habits.
Charlie can come into your organization and develop comprehensive leadership training programs to bring out the absolute best in your aspiring leaders. This product is not a “cookie cutter” program off the shelf, but rather a customized leadership training program designed specifically for your needs.
Both public and private organizations can benefit from hearing Charlie’s story of resiliency and wellness. He shares the hard-learned lessons of unhealthy coping mechanisms resulting from trauma on and off the job and the resulting impact of emotional, mental and physical well-being. More importantly, he shares how to prevent it from occurring in the first place. His message is one of prevention, stress management, career survival, and thriving in both your personal and professional life.
At Chief Leadership, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality team building facilitation, where members of your team feel psychologically safe to engage and contribute and they end up feeling “heard.” We specialize in creating safe environments where team members can really dig into the critical and sometimes uncomfortable conversations that will ultimately move the team in a forward direction.
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