joel garfinkle
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Joel Garfinkle

Leadership, Workforce & Life Balance


High Impact Leader: Improve perception, increase visibility and exert influence

Executive Presence: How to Stand Out, Gain Visibility and Become an Influential Business Leader

Power of Perception: Take Control of How Others See You

Your Work or Your Life: Be Balanced, Save Time and Double Your Productivity

Unlock Your Gifts: How to Express Your Talent at Work

Joel Garfinkle recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in America, Joel Garfinkle has worked with many of the world’s leading companies. He has first-hand experience working closely with thousands of executives, senior managers, directors and employees. His more than a decade of executive coaching experience has provided him insight into the secrets of what turns business professionals into influential leaders, making him one of the nation’s most sought after personal leadership coaches.

Joel’s expertise covers career transition, personal business coaching, job fulfillment and business leadership excellence. As one of the country’s top personal leadership coaches, Joel is frequent speaker at national and international conferences and is regularly featured in national media, including ABC News, National Public Radio, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Fast Company.

International Change Management Consultant

Joel has worked as a consultant for two of the top consulting firms in the world: Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Accenture in San Francisco. The executive coaching insight he gained from this prior experience in performance improvement and change management provide him with a well-rounded approach to coaching.

Through work with a wide variety of industries, Joel has developed a broad understanding of business, organizational behavior and personal dynamics. He has helped clients discover that, in times of transition, a personal business coach can be critical to ensuring a productive outcome for both the employee and the company.


Traveling frequently from his home in California, Joel’s a keynote speaker who addresses national and international gatherings, a successful coach, and a widely published author. His works are read in more than 25 countries and include:

Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Executive Presence: Sixteen Characteristics to Help You Advance Up the Corporate Ladder Quickly and Effectively Through Increased Exposure, Visibility, and Self-Promotion

Time Management Mastery: Stress-Free Productivity in the 7 Key Areas of Life (time, projects, people, schedules, information, work/life balance, and abundance)

Get Paid What You’re Worth: How to Negotiate a Raise or Higher Starting Salary

Love Your Work: Make the Job You Have the One You’ve Always Wanted

Land Your Dream Job: The Last Career Search Book You’ll Ever Need

Find a Job in 14 Days: A Practical Guide and Process for Finding the Job You Need Fast!

Joel has also written numerous articles on executive leadership for local and national publications. More than 60 are available free on this website at the following link: articles.html

He also publishes a popular bimonthly newsletter “Fullfilment@Work,” which is delivered to more than 10,000 subscribers around the world.

Professional Speaker

As one of the nation’s most trusted personal leadership coaches, Joel is also a sought-after California keynote speaker who is regularly called upon to address conferences across the country and around the world. He has delivered more than 1000 workshops, speeches and keynote addresses to groups such as the Commonwealth Club of California, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Haas School of Business, Financial Women’s Association and the University of California Berkeley.


From its roots in San Francisco, Garfinkle executive coaching now serves companies throughout the United States and in countries around the world. Here is a partial list of clients who have benefited from Joel’s coaching knowledge:

  • Microsoft
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Google
  • Charles Schwab
  • Cisco Systems
  • Bank of America
  • Eli Lilly
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Gap Inc.
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Nissan
  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Genetech
  • Peoplesoft
  • Intuit
  • Shell Chemicals
  • Citibank
  • Starbucks
  • Aetna
  • Deloitte
  • Oracle
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Sapient Corporation
  • Electronic Arts
  • Capital City Bank
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Macromedia
  • Union Bank of California
  • Visa International
  • Macy’s
  • Portland Parks Foundation
  • Intuit
  • Corning
  • Levi Strauss & Company
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • EDS
  • Motorola
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc.
  • New York Times
  • Morgan Stanley
  • BEA Systems, Inc.
  • Fidelity
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Many employees, managers and executives, attempting to navigate the rough waters of career transition, discover a personal business coach can serve an important and constructive role. There are many circumstances in which coaching can be of benefit.

For example:

Joel has helped:
A manager develop an executive plan with phased objectives that will generate more than $60 million in new revenue over the next 12 months.

A manager increase morale and empower her employees to excel.

A client increase her level of responsibility and compensation within six months despite two companywide reorganizations and an acquisition.

A client improve his decision-making skills and noticeably increase his efficiency and productivity.

A mid-level manager advance to senior manager in just two months.

A regional manager generate $800,000 in cost savings and $4 million in increased revenue while decreasing expenses by $1.5 million.

An executive transition from managing a few people to becoming the highly respected leader of 150 employees.

An executive land a promotion and boost her income by more than 30%.

The Senior Vice President of a medium-sized company create and execute a six-month plan that resulted in fast tracking to the CEO position.

A client jump two levels in 18 months.

An executive secure a coveted position after being passed over for several promotions.

A client who was bored with his stagnant, but comfortable, position find fresh and exciting new opportunities in his work.

Results like these often extend beyond the client in the form of improved teamwork, enhanced relationships and a higher level of motivation throughout the company.  Hire Joel Garfinkle if your business or organization is looking for personal leadership coaches and has need for:

San Francisco-based executive coaching
an expert in career transition
a personal business coach

Joel Garfinkle’s proven expertise is the executive coaching solution your company needs.

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Topics: Leadership, Employees/Workforce, Life Balance, Management, Motivation, Persuasion / Influencing

Industry specialties: Corporate, Consulting