Executive Presence : Assessment, Coaching, Training

Success Stories

In spite of his astute technical experience of 23 years, Shishir was never considered to be an influential leader. Thus, the client organization was looking for a coaching engagement that included a deep assessment of Shishir’s strengths and weaknesses to create a strong approach  grounded in data and integrating the needs of key stakeholders into the process.

Nishit, a talented vice-president in a large engineering company, was doing outstanding work, yet he never received the recognition he deserved. Senior management found that he needed to develop his people skills and had not yet created a credible leadership style to get his ideas adopted especially with other lines of business. The management wanted Nishit to work with a coach who was non-judgmental, open, supportive, and most importantly able to bring out his hidden strengths.

Aditya had trouble communicating at the C-suite level with his clients and felt unnoticed. His persona came across as “nice” – pleasant, but soft spoken and completely forgettable. The HR wanted a coach who could focus on Aditya’s strengths to build his confidence to speak in ways that fostered peer to peer relationships with clients.

For 4 years, Raunak had not been promoted to senior group level leadership at a Fortune 100 Technology company. As the regional head of Sales, he was leading a group of 35 mid-level managers. To help him become a stronger leader, the client was seeking a coach with a background and long experience in corporate communication, management, and psychology.

Annie worked in a publicly traded global company in a male-dominated industry and earned promotion to the CXO level. But soon after her executive appointment, she was delicately informed that her overall presence did not communicate a distinctly CXO demeanor. The board wanted her to work with a coach who would provide practical and engaging ideas for improving her relationships, team dynamics, and helping people become better at what they do.

As CIO of a Fortune 100 company in the consulting space, Ajith primarily needed help to build consensus among his executive peers. The client was seeking a coach who would concentrate on future options and choices of the client and include assessing and developing core communicative leadership competencies.

The senior management chose their new CIO based on his high intelligence, strong analytical abilities, and a drive for execution. However, his shyness led to lack of initiative in interpersonal and networking skills which negatively affected his smooth transition into the new and bigger leadership role. The client was looking to partner with a global coach who could help Leo project immediate impact with sustainable change and measurable results within 9 months.

Mohit had quickly risen through the ranks to his new position as a SVP of a global technology firm. His manager encouraged him to work with a coach to start adapting his leadership style for the next executive-level role, proposing a 3-point agenda for the coach:
1. To be a trusted partner and offer Mohit practical and concrete strategies to develop a firm-wide leadership mindset;
2. To help Mohit support the growth of his team; and
3. To enhance Mohit’s ability to influence global stakeholders.

Lisa, a partner at a leading management consulting firm, was masterful at managing up – but when working with her team and junior staff, her presence came across as condescending and overbearing. The client was looking for a global coach who could encourage this dynamic leader to motivate the workforce and be seen as more approachable and collaborative.

Raunak, a senior group level leadership at a Fortune 100 Technology company was struggling to understand what was stopping his advancement and was disappointed with the lack of promotion. To help the leader, the client was seeking a coach with experience in communication, management, and psychology.

Star Clients

Coach Vikram is a recognized authority on executive presence research and development/coaching and training. 

Since 18 years, we have coached leaders on executive presence at organizations such as: Aditya Birla Group, Asian Paints, Avendus, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company, Bank Of America, BCG, Capgemini, Continental, DBS, DE Shaw, Eaton, Fresenius-Kabi Oncology, Google, Gyanodaya- Aditya Birla Global Center for Leadership, HDFC Life, J.P.Morgan, KPMG, Mahindra, Marico Innovation Foundation, McKinsey, Lightspeed India Partners, MegaDelta Capital, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, More Retail, Nomura, PwC, Rheo TV, SBI Card, TEDx, TrueNorth, UTI AMC, VISA, Young Presidents’ Organization, ZS Associates

Testimonials

Vikram is a natural. He is a very likable individual, both charismatic and compassionate. As an Executive Coach, he is uncannily perceptive and effective. His observations and suggestions are never obvious but often surprising and invariably useful. What a rare combination: always smart but never judgmental. Talking to him is like talking to a friend, a very resourceful friend. I am delighted to be able to give him my strongest recommendation.

Dr. Eduardo Glandt
Dean Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania

Vikram brings a unique, passionate and contextual perspective to boardroom coaching. I have worked with him personally and for my team for several years now. His understanding of the business context and the ability to weave in global insights are his biggest assets. Vikram nudges for self-improvement in a personalized manner and invests his time and energy with utmost professionalism. Highly recommend working with him.

Aashish Chandorkar​
VP – Invent
Capgemini

It has been a life-changing experience with Coach Vikram. I have become a better leader and a better person after his session. My ecosystem has seen a positive change in me and has been constantly giving this feedback. Coach Vikram handholds his participants well after the program is over too. I credit a large part of my success to him. Coach Vikram is unique and very different from any other coach I have come across. Super Like and Super Recommended.

Dr. Suraj Bahirwani​
President and Global Sales Head​
Grasim Industries Limited 

Vikram brings out the best in a leader and helps them shine in any business situation with flair and finesse! He turns science into smart advice for daily impact and influence. His unique executive presence training is a well-researched program packed with practical tips, techniques, and tools. It not only contains 100 times more info than similar learning programs on presence but also is neatly packed into nicely formed bite-sized pieces. The most memorable training in my corporate life.

Nitin Jain
Head of FX Technology​
Bank Of America

Vikram is an executive presence expert. He knows his area of work very well and is also very enthusiastic about the subject. He likes to get the changes from inside which in my view is more permanent and effective.

Siddharth Dabhade​
Head of Industries
Google

Vikram challenges conventional thinking about performance and offers solutions that allow you to push your performance boundaries, no matter what your level of activity is. Not to mention that his coaching plays a critical role in enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem. He helps you get a positive outlook in your life which clearly makes a difference. Keep up the great job Vikram!

Roshni Alimchandani
Client Partner – Digital APAC
TCS

Vikram is a rare breed! As a facilitator, he brings extraordinary flair and passion to a subject that is a hot topic in Corporate India: Executive Presence. I am floored by the way he coaches our senior technology leaders and unravels behaviors that exude presence. I strongly recommend him as he not only an SME in this space but also a patient coach. Vikram epitomizes Executive Presence!

Gayathri Ramamurthy​
Senior Director, India Learning Head​
Capgemini

I would recommend Coach Vikram’s sessions to people at mid and senior management levels. After a point it is not so much how much you know but how you are able to communicate that, that truly defines you. The Star Leader program has definitely impacted that way I handle myself and in my interaction with others. This program helps you to discover the blind spot one has about oneself, especially in how others see you. That’s been fantastic learning for me. Thanks Coach!

Shabnam Mehta​
Head – Administration & AVP External Affairs​
Aditya Birla Group 

Vikram is an authority on driving Executive Presence and Star Leadership. His sessions combine aspects of neuroscience, academic insights, and practical ways of amplifying one’s leadership and executive presence. He engages very effectively with the audience and is very diligent in helping after the program as well. His suggestions are simple to understand and easy to implement and this makes the time invested in his sessions highly impactful. I’m certain he will continue to make a huge difference in the journey of corporate leaders.

Dr. Ramesh Darbha​
VP – FS Banking & Insurance Practices – Head of India, APAC & Global Ops
Capgemini

Vikram helped our senior leaders make a quantum leap in their Executive Presence. He offers the next big thing in social dynamics that definitely helps leaders stand out in the corporate world. With precise, powerful, and profound feedback he transformed our leaders to become more confident, credible, and charismatic. Vikram’s insights are so out of the box that it leaves you wanting more!

Nagma Malim​
BCOE- Learning & Development, Talent Management​
Aditya Birla Group

Vikram is truly a subject matter expert on Executive Presence. He is passionate and enthusiastic about the subject. We recently had his workshop for our senior leaders and it was one of the best workshops that I have seen in areas of learning. He engages with the audience amazingly and brings out amazing insights through interactions and varied activities. He discusses subtle and sensitive areas with ease and truly brings out the best of the individuals. He connects very well with the audience and influences them positively to be a great leader. Thank you, Vikram for such a great program.

Pooja Aggarwal​
Category Head​
Grasim Industries Limited 

Coach Vikram’s executive presence course is a game-changer program with a Vuja De experience. The course helps you extensively transforming yourself and unleashing your hidden potential and overcoming your inhibitions. I can feel the change within me and others have observed it too. It is ‘a must’ recommendation for every leader and future leader.​

Vikas Madaan​
Sr. Director- Center Head​
Capgemini University