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Coaching/Consulting Testimonials:


Dr. Liz Bywater is a talented consultant and coach. She has become a highly valued partner to us at Atlantic Health System, providing leadership development and onboarding coaching to more than a dozen of our key executives, including all three of our hospital Presidents. Liz possesses a keen understanding of the developmental needs, opportunities and challenges of an organization's leaders and, as such, she has made a lasting impact on our team.

With her engaging personality and sophisticated approach to working with senior executives, Liz has developed an outstanding reputation among our Officers and Directors. She is well liked, trusted and highly respected throughout the organization.

- Joseph A. Trunfio, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System


I had the pleasure of working with Liz once I assumed a world-wide executive role as head of Clinical Research at Cordis, Johnson&Johnson. This was coincidental with a relocation from Germany to the United States and the responsibility of leading a larger group of research directors and managers located on both sides of the Atlantic. There were lots of changes starting from the immediate environment over cultural differences even within the team, over new performance expectations, and finally the need to adjust the research approach to varying business situations.

I have found Liz to be of superior help and impact in this difficult situation. She is a good listener, a totally trustworthy individual, she understands with minimal explanation even the most complex situations, and I have quickly started to engage her once conflict seemed to become overwhelming. She has a deep and good understanding of leadership principles and qualities, a good perception of the commercial situation of companies, and a rapid and reliable judgment of people. I have followed her advice frequently and believe it helped a lot. Even more, after the engagement, I keep connecting with Liz in a regular dialogue, because most of all, she is a very good person whom I trust.

- Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Stoll, MD; WW Vice President of Clinical Research & Medical Affairs; Cordis, Johnson & Johnson


Liz,

I can't tell you how grateful I am to you for all of the assistance you gave me.

As it turns out buying the company I bought was one of the best moves I've made. Over the last two years I have been able to position things in such a way that I am now semi retired. I practice law part time, I run my company very much part time and spend a heck of a lot more time with my wife and my kids. I'm also actively looking for other companies to buy.

In no small part I owe this new life to you and to the advice and attention you gave me.

- Chairman and General Counsel, Manufacturing Company


Liz's expert insight, straightforward style and personable nature are why she is so good at what she does. I came through the process with not only a deeper understanding of my professional strengths, but also with a clear career growth pathway leading to greater personal and professional satisfaction. Soon after my sessions with Liz I was able to define and achieve actionable goals that led me to where I am today, and I could not be more appreciative of her helping hand.

- Suzann Schiller, Executive Vice President, Strategic Collaborations MedErgy HealthGroup


Liz and her firm are a valuable asset. I first retained Liz's services in 2013 to assist with talent management inside one of our agencies and to provide some personal coaching and development for key employees. Liz is all that you would expect: a subject matter expert in personnel management, career coaching and development. She is also some of the unexpected: great business acumen to see "the big picture;" deft and graceful to work across multiple industries and with diverse groups. I view her as extremely capable, trustworthy, and valuable.

- David Paragamian, Worldwide President at The APO Group of Huntsworth Health


Dr. Liz Bywater is an outstanding organizational consultant and I strongly recommend her to any client seeking to improve individual and organizational performance. I know Liz well, as she has mentored with me, participated in my intensive professional development program (The Million Dollar Consulting College™), and is a member in good standing of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting. I can tell you that Liz demonstrates the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and dedication to the field of consulting. She is absolutely committed to improving the condition of her clients.

Liz does exceptional work, is a pleasure to deal with, and has earned her place alongside some of the best consultants working today.

- Alan Weiss, Ph.D., President, Summit Consulting Group


As my executive transitions coach, Liz helped me integrate, in the best possible way, into my new organization. I greatly appreciated Liz's commitment to making this process a success. Liz is a person with the ability to create trust with the people with whom she works and she uses her natural talents (e.g., intellect, open mind, multi-cultural awareness, dynamic personality) to make it happen. Liz's insights and straightforward advice made it easier for me to build a strong foundation for moving into my new role. After working together, I'm even more convinced of the added value of a strong coach during important personal and professional transitions.

- Stef Vermeiren, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Ethicon, a Johnson and Johnson company


Liz is a seasoned executive coach. She is adept at understanding organizational dynamics and using this insight to develop practical solutions and implementable development plans. Liz is an active listener who processes and distills large amounts of data. This allows her to help develop plans that are tailored to the individual she is coaching. She builds relationships easily and earns the respect of clients and stakeholders through her coaching skills and collaborative style.

- Jonathan Zung, Vice President, Global Development Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb


I highly recommend Liz Bywater as a consultant and coach in the areas of leadership, organizations, teams and people. Liz is smart, straightforward, engaging and excellent at what she does. She helped me to gain valuable insights into the behaviors and underlying dynamics of my organization and developed practical and effective strategies for bringing out the best in others. She taught me how to offer genuine praise and encouragement while holding individuals accountable for the highest degree of effectiveness. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Liz, even when she was challenging me and my approach, and would greatly recommend her.

- Miri Seiberg, President, Seiberg Consulting


Liz Bywater is a leadership and organisational transformation expert.

She is one of the few consultants I have worked with that brings deep domain expertise to the psychology of leadership and combines it with strong commercial acumen.

Liz's style is intelligent, enquiring, authentic and pragmatic. It is this style that underpins an amazing ability to achieve outcomes for her clients.

If you're looking for a thought leader who will make a lasting difference to your people and your business I would strongly recommend speaking with Liz.

- Steve Johnson, Managing Director, Transfirmation Partners


Working with Liz has been the most rewarding and impactful developmental experience I've had in my 26-year career. I would highly recommend Liz to any leader who wants to get to the next level of leadership.

- Senior Vice President, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson


Liz, you are truly a thought leader and it is amazing how “spot on" you are with embracing change, creating winning cultures and optimizing performance across organizations. Kudos to you!

- Greg M. LaPolla, Director, Business Process Improvement, GenOmind, LLC


I worked with Liz Bywater for a little over a year in an executive coaching exercise. I have to admit I was skeptical going into the experience. I've been in industry for over 30 years and thought I was pretty set in my managerial and personal interaction style. But I went into the coaching with an open mind and was very pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the outcome. Liz created a very relaxed atmosphere for our interactions and outlined a clear agenda for our engagement. While we had a few “opportunities" on which to work, she continually emphasized that there were a lot of strong points on which to base the improvements - and that it was more a matter of fine tuning than major changes to my executive behaviors that were needed. (We often forget about that when we get involved in these efforts.) Liz helped outline a great action plan (where most of the heavy lifting was up to me, as it should have been) and was available throughout the exercise for face-to-face meetings as well as phone call discussions. The overwhelmingly positive feedback from my stakeholders was the evidence I needed to see the improvements Liz helped me achieve in a short period of time. Working with Liz was an excellent experience that I probably should have done a lot earlier. I'd recommend her without reservation to any of my colleagues who want to improve their managerial or soft skills.

- VP, Regulatory Affairs, Global Biopharma Company


Liz is warm, smart, patient, a good listener and skilled coach.

- Vice President, Sales Operations, International Multimedia News Agency


I have had the pleasure of working with Liz in a professional capacity for more than 3 years now and it is without hesitation that I can recommend her for her professionalism, intellectual capital and ability to move leaders forward on their journey towards leadership excellence. Liz is warm, outgoing and able to bring out the best in her clients.

- Tracy Duberman, Ph.D., President & CEO, The Leadership Development Group, Inc.


Atlantic Health System partnered with Liz Bywater, PhD, for several executive coaching engagements. Liz brought significant value to key leaders within our organization while working with them on their personal and professional development efforts.

I highly recommend Liz for her coaching skills and professional demeanor. Executives within AHS consistently stated that their experience when working with Dr. Bywater was extremely positive.

- Lynn Turner, Director HR, OD & Internal Communications, Atlantic Health System


The coaching process was a very positive experience. My motivation for initiating a coaching engagement was that I had recently been promoted and given a large increase in span of work and many more direct reports. Liz helped me clearly define the integrated value of my new group and develop a plan to gain stakeholder alignment.

My personal connection with Liz was the most critical element in making this a success. I trusted her and we had honest and frank conversations about the feedback that was gathered. She was able to guide me to recognize the issues and define the final action plan without handing me the answers. It's been four months since my engagement ended and all of my action plans have continued - I can say for sure that I'm in a far better position now than I was this time last year.

- Vice President, R&D, Bristol-Myers Squibb


For my new role as COO, I did my homework and upon entering the job I had already sought out transition support, read books on new leader assimilation, and developed my own path for change. Working with Liz helped me fast track and structure my plan and allowed me to be successful in the first 90 days.

For example, I executed an assimilation meeting with my direct reports in 4 hours. It would have taken me weeks to do on my own. I was able to have conversations with my boss, facilitated by Liz, that stimulated dialogue that probably would have happened over time, but the structure she brought to the process made it happen in a more rigorous and timely manner which was extremely helpful.

I would certainly recommend onboard coaching to both individuals and organizations. It was extremely valuable for me to jumpstart my new role and it's a great way for the organization to get a quick handle on someone. I was very appreciative for the opportunity to work with Liz. It's been 6 months since my engagement ended and I still feel the value of working with a coach.

- Mark Holtz, COO, Overlook Hospital/ Atlantic Health


After our organization, Newton Medical Center, merged with the Atlantic Health System, I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to participate in an onboarding process as part of my orientation into the system.

Liz Bywater, PhD, served as my consultant and guided me through an extensive process, which included a 360 evaluation and the development of a leadership development action plan. The areas of focus included establishing credibility and trust, building relationships and achieving early wins, while concentrating on organizational and individual goals. The process was of great assistance in my becoming acclimated to the new organization as well as being welcomed into the executive ranks. Dr. Bywater's expertise in focusing on specific behaviors and actions to achieve the desired outcomes was both essential to the process and very much appreciated. Her professional demeanor, pleasant personality and incredible listening skills assisted me in making a successful transition.

As a satisfied client, I'm extremely pleased with the results and thankful and appreciative to have been afforded this opportunity.

- Thomas J. Senker, FACHE, President, Newton Medical Center


The leadership development process exceeded my expectations. As a leader of our organization, it was terrific to be able to reflect on how I am being perceived by others, what's working well and not so well.

Liz and I had a great working relationship. She enabled me to fully reflect on the assessment data, encouraging me to focus on meaningful developmental opportunities. The process allowed me to re-prioritize how I go about my work to enable the best outcome for myself and the organization.

- Linda Reed, CIO & VP, ISS, Atlantic Health


There are certain indispensable qualities that you absolutely must have in an executive coach. These include trust, the ability to share one's thoughts openly; intellectual curiosity, going beyond any standardized testing process and walking in one's shoes, shadowing throughout the course of business events; and integrity, standing by one's principles of confidentiality even when it is inconvenient.

If you do not have this in a coach, you do not have a coach.

Liz Bywater, my coach and mentor, has all these qualities and more. Liz is a straight talker. You can be confident that she believes what she is saying and that it is fact based, not contrived by someone who wants her to tell it a certain way. Liz has contributed significantly to my interactions and the interactions of my team. As a direct result of Liz's guidance, my team and I are now considered a high performance team and one to emulate.

- Worldwide Senior Director, RD&E, Johnson and Johnson


The coaching I received from Liz Bywater has been extremely worthwhile and valuable. While I entered the coaching engagement optimistically, I truly did not anticipate the results that I achieved. Through Liz's thoughtful coaching style, she assisted me in working through actual real-world work situations, which enhanced my awareness and influenced my leadership approach. I would highly recommend Liz to any leader who wants to get to the next level of leadership.

- Vice President, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson


I found the coaching process to be very beneficial. Liz was extremely helpful in providing me with concrete recommendations and guidance, which has been extremely useful in my integration into my new role. Liz had some excellent feedback for me and her understanding of the key stakeholders within the organization was very helpful. I enjoyed the structured manner in which she operated and how she provided me with timely feedback and guidance. Liz's coaching has helped me rapidly elevate my performance and my contribution to the organization.

- Vice President, R&D, Bristol Myers-Squibb


Career and family life should be well balanced - and advancement in one does not need to take a toll on the other. Liz has helped me link workplace performance growth with personal growth. By drawing better consciousness of my motivations, aspirations and unique abilities, I have been able to create bold but realistic behavioral change goals that delivered meaningful difference at work and at home.

Liz has helped me engage in creative conflict and provoke new thinking in my extended team. As a result, our goals are more challenging but we take pride in the opportunity to bring thought leadership in the categories in which we compete. Liz's guidance has been masterful.

- Worldwide Marketing Director, Johnson & Johnson


In her role as my executive coach, Liz Bywater greatly assisted me in making the transition from an R&D technical project leader to R&D manager. Among other things, Liz helped me develop a concrete blueprint with metrics, which guided me toward achieving my goals. Without a doubt, my coaching with Liz greatly accelerated my transition into this new role.

- Research Manager, Johnson & Johnson


Thanks so much for your wonderful partnership and insights with Paul. I know that he has felt the process has been beneficial - and as a key talent in the organization, it has been a worthwhile investment. I am sure he will continue to carry forward your insights and advice. Look forward to working with you again.

- Vice President, Human Resources, Bristol-Myers Squibb


While completing my MBA at Wharton, I had the great privilege of being coached by Liz Bywater. Liz helped me work through some very tough and important decisions about what to do with my degree upon graduation. She helped me move from a position of confusion and uncertainty to one of confident risk-taking and self-assuredness.

Liz's guidance couldn't have been timelier or more helpful. She coached me through a major crossroads in my life by lending a supportive and analytical ear as well as extremely valuable tactical and personal guidance. Liz's encouragement and expert counsel helped me successfully navigate this very challenging transition in my career and my life. All the while, she has been a true friend, a wise mentor, and a trusted advisor.

- Julie Price, Wharton MBA graduate


Liz Bywater is a gifted consultant and coach. Liz is thoughtful, insightful, and incisive, clearly identifying how clients can inadvertently slow progress toward peak performance. In this way, Liz is able to provide specific strategies for avoiding ineffective behaviors and attitudes, while outlining ways to increase effective outcomes. Her sensitivity toward others gives her the ability to connect with people, engage and motivate them. She's energetic and enthusiastic, and her positive outlook is infectious and inspiring. She's definitely the one to call on for your personal and professional growth!

- Nadine Marty, Ed.D., Director of Counseling Services, Rider University


Liz always has great advice for how professionals can excel and make their work lives better. That's why I often seek her out for expert commentary when I am writing articles for Yahoo! HotJobs.

- Tom Musbach, Senior Managing Editor, Yahoo! HotJobs, Yahoo! Inc.


I have known Liz Bywater for over 5 years. During that time, I have been repeatedly impressed with her intelligence, warm personal presence, and ability to take on difficult challenges. She is one of my "go to" resources when I want assistance in finding creative solutions that take into consideration the individual and the system as a whole. Liz approaches all that she does with the highest of integrity and I feel confident that if I refer a client to her, that they will be well taken care of. I wholeheartedly recommend her.

- Joanne Irving, Ph.D., Managing Partner, The Chrysalis Group


Liz is a very charismatic person with lots of vitality. As a Career Coach, I call her periodically when I have a question or issue to clarify. She is always very generous with her time and extremely helpful. Liz is incredibly competent in her field and I highly recommend her.

- Alex Freund, Career Coach, Landing Expert


I am an avid reader of Liz's newsletter, provides me with inspiration and guidance in my own business development. I strongly recommend Liz to clients whose objectives include improving their executive leadership and management skills.

- Jean Feinstein, Owner, Sound Marketer



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