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“For those interested in raising their game and building a team committed to winning, I highly recommend CatalystCoach. I have worked with Dan Foxx for three years and he has been instrumental in my success as a first time CEO at ConSentry. There is tremendous value in going beyond what is safe and embracing the impossible. Dan assisted me in that journey. Whether it’s executive team building, dealing with a poor executive hire, or board-level management, Dan’s experience with over 400 CEO’s proved to be invaluable.”
Milpitas, CA, Tom Barsi, CEO ConSentry Networks
“I have worked with Dan Foxx for a period of almost 3 years. His ability to cut through the clutter and get to the heart of the matter in identifying not just the underlying problem, but also be able to identify the possible ways to resolve the problem, was extremely helpful in making some very important decisions with big impact on the business. His varied experiences, positive approach to finding solutions, and honest feedback about what I was doing well and what I was avoiding (for whatever reasons), had a big impact in improving my leadership skills. I also used his help with a number of my other executives, with very positive results. Dan is a good friend for every executive who can relate to the phrase – “it is very lonely at the top.”
Sanjeev Kumar, COO Portal Player Inc, San Jose, CA
“Dan is exactly what a startup CEO needs in a coach. His biggest talent is to lift you up from the impossible constraints and odds that surround you as a CEO, and to help you shed an objective light onto what is really happening to you and the company; and it is always sobering to realize how much of it is really just team building. He embodies the best elements of proactive thinking and management, and he is as good as they come as a partner in thinking through tough issues and arriving at actionable ways to make you and the company stronger. Dan is definitely in my corner.”
Dave Zabrowski, CEO Neterion Inc, Cupertino, CA
“Dan is exactly what a startup CEO needs in a coach. His biggest talent is to lift you up from the impossible constraints and odds that surround you as a CEO, and to help you shed an objective light onto what is really happening to you and the company; and it is always sobering to realize how much of it is really just team building. He embodies the best elements of proactive thinking and management, and he is as good as they come as a partner in thinking through tough issues and arriving at actionable ways to make you and the company stronger. Dan is definitely in my corner.”
Vacit Arat, CEO Microfabrica Inc, Van Nuys, CA
“My work with Dan Foxx has been invaluable in developing my ability to lead. As a result, we’ve been able to raise a large amount of venture capital, hire and retain top notch people, and accelerate our path to success.”
Gene Wang, CEO Bitfone Corp, Laguna Niguel, CA
“I would like to strongly recommend Dan Foxx as a facilitator for building executive teamwork. Dan worked with my team at MMC Networks over several sessions, including an all-day offsite. He simultaneously got some thorny issues on the table (which we later resolved) and energized me and my team to adopt some stretch goals, which, I am happy to say, we ultimately achieved. Dan’s positive, humorous approach and natural enthusiasm made the entire exercise both memorable and effective.”
John Harte, CEO NeoVista Software, Cupertino, CA
“Dan provided us with an intensive, personal, and invaluable coaching service that we used very effectively. Dan is outstanding at unearthing the latent passions and commitments which helped our team’s performance improve from about a “7? to a “9? (on a scale of 1 -10) in a matter of months. I recommend Dan enthusiastically and unconditionally to any exec that finds himself wondering whether his team is really performing at a “10?.
Pat Burns, CEO Demandline, Inc, San Bruno, CA
“I’m excited to say that you have helped me re-focus and tune some very basic “principals of operation”. Overall, I’ve found our sessions to be both useful and motivating. I would highly recommend your services to others.”
Rick Onyon, CEO fusionOne, San Jose, CA
“Dan has helped me work through some difficult leadership issues both in regards to my own leadership style and in regards to specific leadership and management situations with my executive staff. Dan has also worked in two separate sessions with my executive staff. Both of these sessions were highly affective and exceeded my expectations. In the first session Dan was able to completely turn around one executive and get him moving in a more positive, optimistic and supportive direction. Dan’s efforts have helped my executive staff start to congeal as a team and work closer together.” “I have the highest recommendations for Dan to those who would like to improve their performance and leadership capabilities as an executive. Dan’s approach requires a willingness to change and try new approaches. With this attitude in mind I believe that the possibilities and potential are virtually limitless.”
Bruce Scott, CEO PointBase, Inc., Mountain View, CA
“I want to thank you for the excellent coaching and consulting you provided me while I was CEO at Neuron Data. There’s nothing more important to an organization’s success than great leadership. It’s so easy to say and so hard to do for a CEO. If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times; “It’s lonely at the top.” The stress of the job takes its toll and there are not a lot of people to talk to. Your insight was very helpful to me. It allowed me to realize that passion was the essential element to leadership. Once it’s lost, it becomes obvious to everyone and leadership gets tougher to execute. Through your coaching, I was able to ignite the flame and make the right decisions for my company and myself. Thank for your help and support.”
Mike Braun, CEO Neuron Data Inc., Mountain View, CA
“Dan has helped me produce a fundamental shift in my perspective and actions. I renewed my passion and brought focus and precision to the future that I envisioned for the company. You must be open to shift your perspective and overcome outdated limitations. It is amazing how a thoughtful, committed coach can provide guidance to get the best out of you”
Maria Martinez, CEO Embrace Networks, Sunnyvale, CA
“In my career I have been part of many classes, and one on one coaching. I have to say without a doubt I took more away from our one on one, and the executive retreat with you then any of the others have attended before”
Lisianna McManes, V.P. Sales, Aberdeen Group, Boston, MA
“The difference that Catalyst has made for me and Whistle Communications in 1997 was substantial. Dan Foxx proved to be a valuable sounding board, thinking coach, and idea partner. He senses the essence of the situation at hand and cuts right to the core of an issue, then discusses ways of thinking and acting to make a bigger difference. Although things worked fine before, fine isn’t good enough these days.” “There is tremendous value in going beyond what works, it is about going into what is possible, and having a partner committed to pushing and stretching my thinking. In the competitive world we live in, it is essential that we put more than one good brain on every tough problem, and Dan’s perspective, having terrific experience and being from outside the company, is an important aspect of our decision making process. He can bring fresh, creative and challenging ideas and perspectives to any situation–or just to brainstorm scenarios of action for the future. In short, Catalyst has been helpful and valuable to us in charting the new territory that every high-tech start up inevitably encounters. I would recommend Catalyst as a partner to anyone interested in staying a step ahead of the market and the competition.”
John Hamm, CEO,Whistle Communications, Foster City, CA

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