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Shift Coaching Group leverages 20 years of drug development and high-tech experience and decades of professional training to provide executive coaching and leadership training that shifts leaders to be their best. Why? Because being a successful leader in today’s corporate environment requires more than just being a technical expert and an individual contributor. It requires many of the same talents top athletes demonstrate — an ability to motivate and manage colleagues, maximize results with limited time and resources, and adapt to a constantly changing playing field.

For some, these skills are as natural as breathing; but for many of us, stepping into or advancing in a leadership position takes us outside our “comfort zone.” The good news is the art of leadership and becoming a “corporate athlete” can be learned. It requires tapping hidden strengths, developing new competencies, thinking differently, and some hard work. In short, it requires shifting gears.


We work with organizations that want to boost the effectiveness of their top professionals and individuals who are ready to make meaningful changes in their professional development.

As former business executives, we appreciate that coaching is an investment that must demonstrate results and a return. Together, we will identify clear goals and outcomes, tools and strategies to reach them, track progress, and measure success. Our commitment is that the individuals and teams that we work with meet their specific goals, and that the process is both insightful and engaging.

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    Shift Coaching Group provides one-to-one executive coaching to professional people at all levels within organizations. Together, we identify areas for growth and...

Meet Chris

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    Christopher Merrill, PCC

    Executive Coach | Founder


  • 20 years professional experience (Tolerx, Inc., LeukoSite, Inc., Harvard Medical School, MarketTools, Inc.)
  • Published researcher
  • Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
  • MBTI® Step I/ II™ instruments
  • Lominger’s VOICES® 360 Feedback
  • Affiliate Member, IOC, at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate
  • Member – International Coach Federation
  • 5x finisher – Mt. Washington Bicycle Race 
I’m an executive coach and leadership trainer, because I am passionate about helping people thrive at work – achieving extraordinary business results, building meaningful relationships, AND finding a deep sense of personal satisfaction in what they do.


In my own life, I followed a winding path that led me from a Harvard Medical School pathology lab (planned as a steppingstone to medical school) to a string of biotech startups. While in industry, I moved from the lab bench to presenting business cases in the board room and took on a host of new responsibilities. These included helping a company raise more than $150 million in equity financing and securing a $760 million alliance with a large pharmaceutical company. Like so many successful people do when they transition to leadership positions, I experienced a mix of exhilaration and insecurity. I was thrilled to be at the forefront of change and challenged by the new set of skills the new role required of me, including managing not just my own productivity, but that of co-workers.


So I’ve been in your shoes. I know firsthand the challenges you face at work. And I know the value of good coaching. It’s the key to success for an elite athlete and the same is true for working professionals. With the right coach in your corner, you can unlock your full potential, develop agility, increase your ability to shape outcomes, and gain greater personal satisfaction and fulfillment.  I’ve coached more than 200 high-achieving professionals to become engaged, confident, dynamic leaders. Together, we work on the core competencies that define effective leadership:  


  • communication skills to inspire people, direct their efforts and build productive teams;
  • strategic thinking and planning skills to adapt and manage change,
  • self-awareness to uncover personal blind spots that limit professional growth, take and give feedback constructively;
  • interpersonal skills to set clear boundaries and expectations and delegate wisely, reframe and resolve conflict.
  • managerial confidence, courage and composure that create executive presence

What Clients Say


“Chris worked with a key team member to build leadership and communication skills. Chris’ industry experience as both a scientist and business development professional makes him unique, and his expertise helped drive the success of the coaching engagement.”
– Kenneth Fan, Senior Director of Finance & Business

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


“Chris’ extensive experience in research and drug development combined with his human development training and warm personality make him a highly unique and valued coach.”

– Dr. Letizia Amadini Lane, Vice President and Head, Global Leadership Culture

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

RaNA Therapeutics

“Chris helped us plan and organize a research strategy retreat which he facilitated. He helped us clarify and find ways to build upon our company culture and provided keys to effective execution that were valuable to us. Chris is an excellent communicator and is well-versed in the issues facing biotechnology companies at various stages. His calm and pleasant personality is especially beneficial in situations in which conflict may arise.”

– James Barsoum, Chief Scientific Officer, RaNA Therapeutics


“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.



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Alba Medical Supply

Barnett Southern Corporation

Bayer Medical Care

Bergmeyer Associates

Broad Institute

CTM Media Group

Launch Capital

Liberty Mutual Insurance

RaNa Therapeutics

Sotio, LLC

Tempero Pharmaceuticals


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