Transition Coaching

Combining your current success with our 25 years of experience to help you achieve your career goals

We customize our advice to each coaching client’s unique situation. We do not do the clients’ work for them. We help them help themselves. We provide a savvy sounding board not available anywhere else. It is secure, confidential and comfortable. It allows the client to articulate career options perhaps not yet shared with anyone else. The point is to allow the client to think outside the box and “test drive” ideas without the risk of embarrassment. After this effort, the client is in a position to make superior decisions about what to do based on what he or she truly wants to do.

Participation in the Transition Coaching program does not preclude the client from being a possible candidate on an executive search. If the client becomes a participant in one of our searches, the transition program is formally suspended and the relationship with Mitroff Consulting & Associate focuses exclusively on the search.

We identify what it takes to assess each opportunity and position the client to stand out optimally from others wanting the same opportunity. Additionally, we are prepared to guide our coaching client during their first few months in the new position to maximize his or her initial success.


“Who exactly seeks out a coach? Winners who want even more out of life.” 
– Chicago Tribune 

“People who use a career coach find jobs 15% to 46% faster than those who don’t, according to a study by talent management firm Lee Hecht Harrison.” 
– Wall Street Journal 

“Business Coaching is attracting America’s top CEO’s because, put simply, business coaching works. Asked for a conservative estimate of the the monetary payoff from the coaching they got, these managers described an average return of more than $100,000, or about six times what the coaching had cost their companies.” 
– FORTUNE Magazine  

“A coach may be the guardian angel you need to rev up your career.” 
– MONEY Magazine 

“If ever stressed out corporate America could use a little couch-time, it’s now. Trust in big companies is at an all-time low. Baby-boomers have been burned; Gen Xers aren’t expecting the Corporation to take care of them. Under the circumstances, employees are much likelier to go outside and get independent advice to help them be better managers.” 
– Karen Cates, Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management 

“Between 25 percent and 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use executive coaches.” 
– Suvey, The Hay Group, International 

“Across corporate America, coaching sessions at many companies have become as routine for executives as budget forecasts and quota meetings.” 
– Investors Business Daily 

“Coaches are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback. All coaches have one thing in common, it’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented.” 
– Fast Company Magazine 

“Coaching is the universal language of change and learning.” 

– CNN 

“Executives and HR managers know coaching is the most potent tool for inducing lasting personal change.” 
– Ivy Business Journal 

“Part therapist, part consultant, part motivational expert, part professional organizer, part friend, part nag — the personal coach seeks to do for your life what a personal trainer does for your body.” 
– Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune

 Background Information
Norman S. Mitroff has over 25 years of experience working with executives and top management teams in a broad array of industries. He has executed hundreds of top-level senior executive searches. Norm has worked closely with thousands of executives over the course of his career. He knows how CEO’s and hiring executives think and can meaningfully coach senior-level executives to greater success as they pursue new career goals. These executives are either contemplating leaving their current positions or have done so in recent months. Norm is an executive coach to senior level executives and professionals. His focus is on leadership skills, career development and transition, performance improvement, and assimilation into new roles/organizations. Norm has helped many highly placed executives to become more effective leaders. The benefits to the executive’s company include improved financial performance, retention of key employees, and successful organizational change.
   The Transition Coaching Curriculum
The program is designed around a two to four month curriculum that consists of weekly consultations focused on specific topics. The coaching work is done by telephone so the geographic location of the coaching client is not an issue.Three phases of the coaching program are designed to build upon one another:

  1. Setting the Stage
  2. Transition Hurdles
  3. Personalized Action Plan
Setting the Stage
A concise internal analysis designed to focus on further developing your career upon the foundation you established.
Steps: Analysis of your professional and personal accomplishments to date, with special emphasis on how these define your future aspirations and goals. Examination of your short and long term transition goals and how they converge. This involves much more than just contemplating another job.

A clearer understanding of how you want to reach the next phase of your career. Dynamic feedback pertaining to your aspirations. Establishing a set of goals to pursue when seeking your next position.
Transition Hurdles
Gain insight into negotiating the transition challenges that arise as you define what to do next.
Steps: Examine issues that traditionally arise when you are pursuing your next position, as well as when you are in place. “Branding” your image, highlighting the relevance of your background, and “data mining” your existing contacts to maximize their value will be a few of the techniques discussed.
Benefits: Enhance your ability to think and present yourself as the veteran executive that you are. Maximize the number of opportunities you will consider. Position yourself for the ones you want most. Confirm that your expectations fit those of the people with whom you will work. Enhance the likelihood of taking a successful next step, rather than a misstep.
Transition Action Plan
Connect your goals and ambitions with an action plan that will be a path to your ideal position.
Steps: Integrate your goals with the knowledge gained in the Transition Hurdles phase to form a comprehensive plan to survey the market and win the opportunity that is right for you. Walk through the mechanics of attaining your ideal position. Prepare for being offered the position you want.
Benefits: An experience-based strategy tailored to your search for an ideal position, centered around your career growth goals. Most importantly, you will be clearly focused and primed to seek and close on your ideal opportunity.

Please Note:  Participation in the Transition Coaching program does not preclude the coaching client from being a possible candidate on an executive search.  If the coaching client becomes a participant in one of our searches, the transition program is formally suspended and the relationship with Mitroff Consulting focuses on the executive search.

To learn more about the program and build a coaching relationship designed to help you evaluate your next opportunity and succeed as a leader, please contact us.