I was running a growing entrepreneurial business and we were really struggling to find what the future of the company was. We had a lot of different opportunities coming our way and we felt like we needed to develop a longer-term strategy for the business. So I was looking for somebody who could help us, someone who could bring in a good strategic planning system, help us build our executive team and through a network of entrepreneurs and business owners Bill came highly recommended.
I think when I’m working with Bill it’s a continuous process. I wouldn’t see it as one problem. Bill came in to help us build a strategic plan for the company and develop our executive team. I wanted to be a stronger leader in the business and help people develop their leadership skills in the company. I’m extremely proud of what we have built together over 10 years. We had a very successful business, which grew significantly, we sold that business. We had probably the best management team I’ve ever encountered. We had great relationships and culture and I think all of that can be attributed to Bill’s methods, coaching, consulting and systems but I do think it’s continuous.
Since working with Bill I’ve learned to allow myself to have really big goals and dreams for my business and to have the confidence and courage to go after them and know it’s possible. Bill gives you the tools and coaching to make your dreams achievable and believable.
Bill is a true professional, he has a deep understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur. I don’t think there’s anybody better that I’ve ever met that understands all the elements of leadership. He is completely dedicated to his clients and completely invested in their success. The systems and processes are practical, and they work. I think the best thing you could do for your business is to bring Bill and his team in and trust that the business strategies and processes that he brings in will work.
-Karen Brookman, President & CEO at West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc.
I had four partners at Weston Forest Products, and we had to decide which of these four partners was going to replace me as president. Bill put together a process that everyone agreed upon and by the end everyone was thrilled with the ultimate result and decision. It could have been an ugly process, but it was a very good process. Unequivocally I couldn’t have done it myself and had it go as smoothly without Bill.
We’ve employed Bill to do ongoing mentoring of our presidents, vice-presidents, senior-managers and some of our young potential rock stars so he’s touching on many levels within the company. They’ve all told me that not only they’ve improved in their professional life but their relationships with their spouses and kids as a result of their work with Bill have improved as well.
Every person he’s worked with has said their overall life and work performance is better because of him. If you want to help your business be better, and your people be better, Bill can help you in general. Specifically, if you have an issue with a high performer or potential successor, he can work to make that person better and therefore, the entire process better.
Bottom line, we’ve been working with Bill for 5 years and we’re still working with him, not just because he’s a nice guy. We’re working with him because he’s bringing value to our company and our people.
-Rick Ekstein, President & CEO at Phaze3 Management Inc.
Bill has a natural ability to build successful businesses through executive and leadership development, with a focus on maximizing team and individual strengths, while helping you navigate and improve areas of weakness. Difficult to describe in words but when Bill leads you to those breakthroughs it makes the hard work, tears and effort worthwhile. Pure magic!
I have had the absolute good fortune of working with Bill Stevens (The Fulcrum Group) for over a decade and can say with 100 percent certainty that our time together has enriched both my professional and personal life beyond measure.
Fulcrum’s organizational coaching and methodologies focused on maximizing the uniqueness of our company culture, reemphasized our core values and purpose which enabled us to develop talent and leadership and in turn drive winning strategies, attract industry leading partnerships, customers and ultimately build repeatable and profitable business.
-Lindsay Duprey Vice President of Technology Services and Innovation at West Canadian Digital Imaging
Bill approaches the coaching very holistically, it’s not your typical coaching relationship because Bill personalizes his approach to you and your most important needs whether that be personal or professional. If you are open to exponential growth in all facets of your life Bill is the person for you. He and I have been working together for over a year now and we’ve probably had 20-30 conversations all of which build off one another. He knows when to remind me to use the strategies we’ve discussed and to recognize when I’ve slipped up.
His insight and intelligence allow him to recognize things that I couldn’t even see. I also want to touch upon the kind of person Bill is. He is warm, kind and humorous and knows when to bring that into his coaching, I was dealing with issues for a long time and Bill helped me not only make light of them but work through them thoroughly and I am much happier with my work.
Bill allowed me to make the most out of my role at the company, I deal with lawyers so they can be difficult to manage but Bill has helped me through a holistic approach looking at my personal life and professional life. I almost feel I’m cheating because I benefit just as much personally as I do professionally from my work with Bill, I feel more fulfilled from my job my life and it all connects and translates through the coaching.
My work with Bill has benefited my marriage, my friendships and my work within my company because it has helped me challenge myself to adopt a different mindset and communication strategies particularly when approaching possible confrontational subject matters. I manage a team of lawyers and they can be difficult to reason with at times but with Bill’s coaching we have found ways to maximize results and effectively communicate strategies with my team and I can see the results.
-John Thatcher Director, Managed Review Services at Ricoh Americas Corporation
Bill is a really effective partner in synergistically bringing forward solutions for optimal organizational performance. He is the best at seeing individuals’ unique abilities and coaching them to use these abilities in the best interest of their personal and professional lives. He works to identify qualitative issues to create quantifiable results. He is the best at seeing individuals’ unique abilities and coaching them to use these abilities in the best interest of their personal and professional lives.
One of Bill’s really great skills is team building. He harnesses individuals’ abilities and strengths to create great outcomes where 1 person +1 person =3 when they are on one of his teams. If you’re wondering whether or not you should partner with Bill, trust me and just do it. I’ve never seen anyone else like him bring a team of all different Executive personalities to work so cohesively together. Since working with Bill, I’m a stronger leader, with much more confidence in my own professional life, and I trust myself and my team a lot more.
-Jennifer Brookman, Vice President Marketing at West Canadian Digital Imaging
As I entered into my partnership with Bill as my coach and advisor, I was distracted and was having difficulties defining my role within my company, and he said to me, ‘What are you there for and who are you being?’ At the time my answer to this question was not clear but Bill allowed me to see how I was failing to fill my role at the company. My role is now very well defined. I’m adding the value I wanted to and it has been an amazing experience to gain that clarity and have the company understand my clarity. This has resulted in me being rewarded tremendously in all areas of my life.
Bill has been an advocate for me professionally in areas that I could not manage myself. No one else in our company could have brought me to that level. He has helped me solidify my position within my company and has made it clear to myself and others what my role is and how I am most valuable to the company.
He speaks to my professional and personal life hand in hand, very focused and personalized. His work is driven professionally, and he effectively makes it personal, it’s really about me.
My CEO told me that no one had been as instrumental in helping him take on the leadership of the company and achieve the role of Chief Executive Officer as Bill and as a result he believed I would benefit greatly from him.
Since working with Bill, I’ve grown to become very focused on the big picture and the future as opposed to only what’s right in front of me. Now I practice projecting where I’m going to be in one two years from now. I have a much more clear view of my role in the company.
I feel that Bill has helped me become an integral part of my company and a welcome part of the team here. I have gained a sense of fulfilment with my work and I enjoy my job more than I ever have in my life. I truly appreciate Bill so much.
-Earle McCandless, Commercial Account Director at Reliance Insurance Agencies
Bill has created a very deep and unique level of trust in our leadership team and across our organization. This trust enables us to do more than we would have ever done without him. He leverages creative insight into human nature and creates synergy for breakthrough performance. Bill fine tunes strategic development and creates new, more effective ones to develop a sense of cohesion within the team and organization. He is a wise, unbiased voice who became part of our leadership team He brings unprecedented and actionable insight to our leaders and the organization as a whole. He has enabled breakthroughs in our performance.
We are a high performance team since partnering with Bill. I wouldn’t be the leader I am today without him.
-Jennifer Johnson, Vice President Services Strategy & Innovation at Ricoh Canada Inc.
Bill has coached both the senior management team and junior managers to a new level of leadership abilities.
-Michele Lemieux, Human Resources Manager at Ricoh eDiscovery
Bill is great for individuals who want to get to know themselves better, I think that when you’re willing to do the work and really dig deep and really face your own weaknesses but also you strengths I think he’s that person who will help you acknowledge them then utilize them in the best way possible, Weaknesses become strengths and strengths become stronger. He’s a pleasure to work with. My brain continuously works for 48h after I’ve met with him. It doesn’t just happen in the hour you work with him. He ‘sits’ with you for two days after that.
Bill has helped me figure out what I don’t want to be…to focus on and hone in on the ideas I do want to be focusing on. It’s helped me coach my colleagues in a much different way because he’s given me a new lens.
My biggest obstacle was trying to figure out what my unique skill set was. There are areas of my job that I’m good at but not necessarily passionate about while there are other areas that I’m good at and am passionate about. I wanted to figure out how I could focus on and enhance those skills and figure out what unique qualities I could bring to my organization. I would say that we haven’t resolved it all yet, but we are absolutely on the path of trying to figure out what those things are. Every time that we do work together, he helps me understand myself in a way that I never have before. He is able to look at the qualities I have and how they can be used to make other people in my organization better. it’s a path, a journey and I feel we are on that journey.
-Stephanie Shapiro, Vice President at Phaze3 Management Inc