Stewart, you are my north star! Thank you for keeping me focused on developing my practice and building relationships when work and personal life is pulling me in other directions! Love our talks!
Amanda Wait, Experienced antitrust attorney to global deal makers; Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
I hired Stewart as my executive coach at a time when my career was in tremendous transition. To be the company adviser I wanted to be, I knew I needed to polish my communication style in “managing up” to the company’s leadership team. My goal was to demonstrate that I not only possess the legal expertise necessary to guide the business, but that I am also a strategic business partner and leader. To do so, I wanted to learn how to demonstrate a strong executive presence and determine how to best put my business development skills to work on behalf of the company.
I am so glad I worked with Stewart on both fronts. I chose Stewart because of his holistic approach to coaching. Stewart worked to gain a solid understanding of not just how I work with the executive team on a daily basis, but how I communicate with my legal team, internal clients and outside counsel, how my background experience influenced my communication style, and how my personality fits into the organization as a whole. His advice on how to adjust my communications with the company’s leadership team has become invaluable.
Stewart brought me a great blend of personal practices and business practices through tools that helped me create positive and lasting habits. In addition, Stewart’s combined legal and business acumen allowed him to provide creative and strategic recommendations on marketing, sales, and business development initiatives I launched and supported. My investment in hiring Stewart has changed me as an attorney and improved my effectiveness as a leader and advisor.
Deanna Sheridan, General Counsel, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Spartan Race
Stewart is a phenomenal coach that transformed the way I attract, engage and advise clients. His coaching and toolkit took me from being someone who was 100% reliant on my colleagues sharing leads, to being a confident advisor that had awoken my dormant network to start generating multi-million dollar leads all on my own – in only a few months! What separates Stewart from other coaches is his gift of teaching complex insights through engaging funny stories. I never thought mastering business development could be so fun (and relatively easy) – you are exceptional Stewart!
Pete Huggins, Principal at Kearney (Australia)
Stewart’s expert coaching assistance has been instrumental in building, and growing a thriving practice, and developing the soft skills and “client first” relationship orientation to become a trusted advisor. I have greatly enjoyed working with Stewart, and cannot recommend him highly enough.
Partner, Am Law 100 Firm
Stewart Hirsch has helped me immensely through the years in dramatically enhancing my client relationship and business development skills, in addition to helping me successfully navigate through numerous sensitive client and internal political situations. Beyond his professional qualifications, Stewart is a very genuine and authentic person of the highest integrity.
Managing Director, global corporate finance and valuation consulting firm
As I think about what the new year will bring and what my New Year’s resolutions will be, I have reflected on what worked and what did not work for me in my career in the last year. One of the most helpful things I did last year was to get an executive coach. I worked with Stewart Hirsch and he reoriented my thinking towards strengthening my professional relationships and thinking more in terms of what clients want and need. He also is a very strategic thinker in terms of solving specific problems and working through workplace and client dynamics. I learned about executive coaches at the conference Women, Influence & Power in Law, and I am glad that I did. Working with a coach really allows you to focus on your professional goals and the specific and practical ways to reach them.
Partner in AmLaw 50 firm
I am a partner in a national law firm having recently retired from government. Stewart helped me develop a client base from scratch by showing me how to maximize my opportunities to get in front of clients in a meaningful way. He assumed the role of coach and mentor and provided ways to “close the deal”. His insight into the legal profession helped me to deliver the products that the client wanted and to better listen to the clients to serve them better. I am grateful to Stewart for sagaciously analyzing the situations I brought to him and for helping me to launch my career.
Partner in AmLaw 100 firm
I’ve known Stewart Hirsch for several years now; we came highly recommended to each other by a mutual friend–who was quite right.Stewart is a very, very fine business coach. He is smart and worldly-wise. He is irrepressibly upbeat. And he is relentless. Once he starts working with you to help you figure out how to develop business, for example, he is an inexhaustible source of good ideas and encouragement.I’ve used him myself, as well as helping him get work with our joint clients. I recommend him unreservedly.
Charles H. Green, CEO, Trusted Advisor Associates LLC
I have worked with Stewart Hirsch and his firm Strategic Relationships as a coach for many years, and what I appreciate most is Stewart’s crystal clear analytical mind, in addition to his “human” approach in regard to legal marketing. The relationship with Stewart has allowed me to organically grow and increase my business by building strong and long-lasting relationships with clients. The value added by Stewart’s brilliant insight is immeasurable. I highly recommend Stewart and his firm.
Michael Kuhn, Partner, Fisher Broyles, LLP
I wanted to share some good news: this week I brought a new client in. My first true “origination” for a significant matter. Got a call after speaking at a conference, then beat out several other firms in a beauty contest. Thank you for teaching me the skills to get to this point. I really couldn’t have done it without you!
Partner in 500+ lawyer firm (former senior DOJ Litigator)
Just wanted you to know that, last weekend, FIVE YEARS after you gave the presentation at Texas Women Lawyers, I finally sat down and worked on a complete business plan – using your template. Thanks so much – I feel like I have finally put the various “shoulds” and “oughts” swirling in my head into defined goals with realistic, incremental short-term objectives and a specific next-step action plan. It feels really great, and it has already made a difference. Just wanted to say thank you!
Partner, Texas Law Firm
I enjoyed your class so much! You have made networking anxiety a thing of the past for me – thank you!
Director in international consulting firm and workshop participant
I am a corporate partner in the Boston office of an international law firm and have consulted regularly with Stewart for more than 8 years. I continue to speak with Stewart twice a month, and send ideas and presentations to him for his reactions. I consider Stewart’s judgments and sensitivities to be excellent, and highly useful in helping me present my, and my firm’s, legal services to clients and referral sources. Stewart’s assistance has been creative both in terms of content and strategy, and even after all these years I find his continuing input to be of great value.
Stephen M. Honig, Esq,Partner, Duane Morris
Stewart’s intuitive coaching style is second to none. He offers incredible insight and terrific advice on communicating with clients, how to bring in business while maintaining integrity, and how to advance career (and personal) goals. He is trustworthy, consistent, and reliable. I recommend Stewart highly.
Susan Schleck Kliener, Esq., formerly with Am Law 100 firm, now in private practice
I first saw Stewart Hirsch present at a state bar association business development boot camp at which one of our attorneys participated. He had been highly recommended by a well-regarded business development and marketing professional who had repeatedly engaged his coaching services. I liked Stewart immediately as did our attorney who worked with him for several weeks leading up to the boot camp. My law firm subsequently engaged Stewart for a multiple-part series of coaching seminars in a small group setting. His style and approach got everyone engaged, participating and thinking as trust-worthy advisors. He also helped facilitate cross-marketing within the group. Inspiring, personable and caring above and beyond what one would expect, he is simultaneously practical, offering solid advice that’s easy to act on because he encourages within a comfort zone that lawyers find easy to embrace.
Janet Levine, former Director of Marketing & Business Development, Flaster/Greenberg P.C.
Stewart Hirsch worked with our team as a facilitator and coach on a major strategic initiative for a key Fortune 500 client. This project focused on partners/executives and on improving client-facing relationship skills. It spanned over 18 months across all geographies in the US. Stewart was a thoughtful and empathetic coach and facilitator, with an ability to confront difficult patterns of thinking and behaving without forcing the issue. His skill in coaching both one-on-one and in a group situation proved essential to the success of this program. I strongly recommend Stewart as he is both a pleasure to work with and always deeply engaged with any client project that he takes on.
Rani Gill, Project Director, Duke Corporate Education (2007)
…The first coaching call was a little intimidating…I really did not know what to expect. But, there was a client call fast approaching and I KNEW I NEEDED HELP. I quickly found out that talking to Stewart Hirsch, head of Trust-based Coaching was worth the call. He delivered professional coaching beyond expectations and quickly assimilated the information I gave him.We talked about what I had discussed with the client, and then with a few words using the new principles we learned in class, the whole picture fell into place. I realized I had all the pieces needed for my conversation, I knew what was important to the client….Stewart helped me focus on how to say it.
The price of admission … a 15 minute phone call. The outcome…a client who recognized that I heard everything she wanted from us… from Pat Sabatelle’s blog. Read more: The Trusted Advisor Coaching Program
Pat Sabatelle, Senior Vice President, CFRE The Solutions Grizzard Communications Group, Inc.