Barbara Poole

Barbara Poole has over 25 years of comprehensive experience in the broad area of organizational, leadership, and individual development. Her background includes both internal and external roles across multiple sectors, including private industry, higher education, management consulting, municipal government and the non-profit arena. Her coaching and consulting practice specializes in working with leaders and their teams to promote more inspired, productive and effective workplaces.

Barbara began her professional career with the assessment services arm of Wilson Learning Corporation, where she focused on the development of tailored assessment center and selection programs for Fortune 50 client organizations. She served as principle researcher and consultant on a project for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission that resulted in a set of uniform standards for the selection of nuclear plant personnel throughout the United States.

After leaving Wilson in the mid-1980's, Barbara became the training director for a division of FMC Corporation in its transition from a unionized plant in San Jose, California, to a union-free operation in Orlando, Florida. Her role in the new plant-start up was to orchestrate building a culture of positive leadership and strong teams in order to preserve the division's union-free status. This strong foundation of connected leadership has carried through to today, with FMC Technologies being named Fortune Magazine's number one most-admired company in the oil and gas equipment industry in 2008.

After leaving FMC, Barbara went on to join a privately-held office equipment company based in Orlando, Florida, as the Director of Human Resource Development. There, she designed and implemented a comprehensive management and leadership development program with classroom training, learning forums, coaching and mentoring components. As a member of the executive committee, she was instrumental in helping to grow this organization and successfully position it as a target for acquisition by IKON Office Solutions, now a division of The Ricoh Company, Ltd., a $22 billion global technology innovator.

In the mid-1990's Barbara elected to start an independent coaching and consulting practice centering around leadership effectiveness, organizational design and development, and career transformation. She has developed strong expertise in helping her client companies build world-class teams, grow inspired and effective leaders, implement succession planning programs and build healthy and progressive company cultures. In this capacity, Barbara is one of the pioneers in the leadership coaching field, and maintains the designation of Master-Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. Her diverse client list includes such representative organizations as AECOM, Lego, Inc., Symantec, Clear Channel Communications, Wachovia Bank and Auburn University.

Barbara holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor's in General Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has completed additional specialized training with Coach University and The Strozzi Institute.

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