• We help technical experts…

  •  become people experts.

Make the Shift

Making the shift from technical expert to effective leader is a challenging one for many senior people in scientific, research and high-tech industries. Just as these individuals have reached the pinnacle of their professions, they find that the intellectual horsepower that has driven their success in the past is no longer enough to propel them forward: they now need to lead and influence people. That’s where we come in.

What We Do

Shift Coaching Group is a specialty coaching firm focused on helping high-potential experts and established technical leaders make the tough but rewarding shift from driving process to leading people. Drawing on our extensive experience working with senior scientists, researchers, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs, and other specialized professionals, we coach individuals and teams to gain the critical people skills that are the foundation of good leadership. Here’s why we’re remarkably good at this:

We’ve been on both sides of this challenge. Together, our team has 80+ years of practical business experience in a range of professional and specialized industries. We know what it’s like to make the difficult leap from technical expert to leader, to build high-performing teams, and to manage dynamic and complex organizations with global reach. This real-world expertise allows us to coach individuals and teams with an insider’s understanding of their challenges and the empathy of someone who’s been there.

We specialize in the shift from expert to leader. We thrive on the challenge of developing leadership in top talent for pharmaceutical, drug discovery, architecture, and other high-tech industries. This specialization has generated an outstanding track record of helping technical experts worldwide to build emotional intelligence and gain the essential leadership skills needed to succeed in today’s global business environment. At the same time we never lose sight of the individual’s need to align their personal values with their work in order to achieve fulfillment and outstanding results, while maintaining an appropriate integration of their work and personal lives.

We offer a rare mix of depth and agility. Individually, our coaches are seasoned professionals with advanced skills and intuitive coaching styles. Collectively, we have a wide range of educational backgrounds, trainings and certifications, and multi-cultural experiences that supercharge our team with a wealth of tools, techniques, and insights. This depth allows us to be flexible, responsive, and creative in adapting our coaching approach for each client’s unique situation. At the same time, our small size makes us nimble and easy to work with.

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Who We Are

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    Christopher Merrill, PCC

    Executive Coach | Founder

    Chris is an executive coach and facilitator with 20 years of experience in the research and drug discovery industry as both a scientist and business development executive. He combines this unique professional experience with decades of leadership training to provide coaching, training, and facilitation for seasoned executives, technical experts, high potential employees, and teams. Chris is an executive coach in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program and is the founder of Shift Coaching Group. He has coached hundreds of professionals in high-tech, drug development, healthcare, financial, and academic organizations, including start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about Chris…

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    Letizia Amadini-Lane

    Executive Coach | Speaker

    Letizia’s coaching is a rare combination of business pragmatism with creative vision and global mindset. A business executive for more than 25 years, Letizia has extensive experience in corporate strategy, business development, strategic alliance creation, business transformation, and government relations. She has a track record of success in private and public sectors, including global pharmaceutical companies and international agencies in developed countries and emerging economies. In the second half of her career, her interest in the underlying drivers of business success led her to shift from profit center focus to organizational and leadership development, with personal development and training in Jungian psychology.

    Learn more about Letizia…

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    Sean Casey LeClaire

    Executive Coach | Speaker

    Sean Casey LeClaire is a speaker, facilitator and executive coach who has worked with a wide range of organizations in the life science, high tech, robotics, consumer goods, and construction industries. Sean has privately coached over 750 business leaders, scientists, artists and athletes, as well as thousands of people in group settings. He is noted for his humor, courage and provocative inquiry. With over 30 years of business experience, Sean Casey LeClaire is a seasoned corporate executive. His presentation style has been called “the perfect blend of a monk and a US Navy Seal.”

    Learn more about Sean…

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    Shea Adelson

    Executive Coach

    Shea brings evidence and wisdom-based insights to her executive clients, integrating her passion for research and analysis and her on-going training in mindfulness practices and somatic learning. Shea provides executive coaching with a focus on professional technical skill sets and leadership in the healthcare, life sciences, natural resources and high-tech industries. In addition to executive level clients, Shea works with academic professors working towards tenure and entrepreneurs launching new businesses, focusing on the dual imperative of managing who we have to be to do what we want to do with a heart-centered, interdisciplinary and customized approach. Learn more about Shea…

What Clients Say

Broad Institute

“My organization retained his coaching services to support a skilled scientist into becoming a stronger, more confident leader. As a direct result of Chris’ coaching sessions, the manager has improved his ability to make decisions and his ability to effectively communicate with his colleagues.”

– Vandy Densmore, Assistant Director, Human Resources

Liberty Mutual Insurance

“My work with Chris gave me new found confidence that allowed me to take on new initiatives, turn challenges into opportunities and ultimately be a more effective leader. I like that Chris’s coaching style is personal and empathetic, that he constantly updates his coaching knowledge and tools and ‘walks the talk’ in his own life.”

– Carine Simon, Director of Predictive Analytics

SOTIO, LLC

“Our company hired Chris to work with a key member of our leadership team during a time of critical transition. His coaching was supportive, direct, and had a measurable impact – I received unsolicited feedback from numerous colleagues recognizing our participant to be significantly more engaged with colleagues, less reactive, and more productive.”
– Head of US Human Resources, SOTIO, LLC.

Unitio

“Chris worked with several key individuals in our organization and it was amazing to see the team’s response to his coaching and the positive impact it had on both their professional development and productivity.”

– Dana Ball, CEO at Unitio

 

 

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(617) 669-7629

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