I help founders thrive.

I’m David.  I coach founders in leadership as a thought partner.

Is it harder to run your business than it was to start it?

After launching your business, founders benefit from experienced guidance, support and perspective to learn the skills necessary to grow, manage and lead successfully.

Without guidance and support:

Isolation and reduced feedback loops

 Challenging or inconsistent finances

 Lack of growth, expansion or development

Challenges with further investments or  investor relations

 Difficult internal communications, missed deadlines and goals.

 Low employee engagement and satisfaction with high employee turnover

 Burnout for founders and team members

Improving leadership for founders improves every aspect of your business.

  Profitablity: your business makes more money and has more impact.

  Productivity: your business achieves more.

  Your investor relationship.

  Employee engagement, retention and job satisfaction.

  Healthy balance between work, family and time off.

  Relationships between co-founders, among the leadership team, and with employees and customers.

Leading your business is something that you can’t hire someone else to do.

The return on the time and expense of leadership coaching is massive – studies demonstrate a 300-500% return on cost –  it’s recommended by everyone from Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt1YouTube, 90 seconds to increasing numbers of investors.2TechCrunch, March 25, 2021   (Detailed information on the coaching pages.)

Leadership development should be part of every startup.

Running an established business is a different animal than starting one, and 80% of founders have no management experience before launching.3Noam Wasserman (Harvard) The Founder’s Dilemmas

Leadership training for founders lowers the risk of failure and losing investments in time, energy and money.

Schedule an exploratory call to discuss coaching or schedule one call for  help right now .   Practical Resources  or our podcast Driving Leadership  are free and are also good places to learn principles of leadership that can help you.

Single Support Call

Do you have a single issue that you’d like guidance on right away?

Book a 60-minute call right now – we will work together and you’ll come away with concrete steps.

The fee can be credited to either advisory option if you continue after our call.

Three Month Advisory

Would structure and accountability in coaching help you make positive change?

Three months of weekly sessions where we address and track change.

We remain in informal contact between sessions for brief answers.

Concierge Advisory

Are you looking to take your business to the next level and solve recurring problems?

My Concierge Advisory gives you constant access and improves business metrics and personal balance.

Address your goals and needs on your schedule.

Leadership Team Reboot

Most leadership courses don’t improve leadership.

Leadership Team Reboot is not like most courses.

Make real improvement and long-term changes during my three-month leadership evaluation and guidance for you and your team.

“There are times we need someone to give us the right answer, and there are times we need them to give us the right question. David has an uncanny ability to know which is which, and to provide exactly what’s needed exactly when it’s needed.”

Patrick Cummings

“Under David’s leadership I knew my work would make an impact. David has a great ability to look at goals from a high level and put the right resources in place to ensure success.  David gets my highest recommendation, and I am happy to be involved in any company that has his name attached to it.”

Jule Slootbeek

“We (the board) gave David very aggressive performance targets on an austere budget, and he delivered time and again, much to our surprise; he was simultaneously able to reduce fixed overhead, improve KPIs (reduce warranty claims, reduce shipping costs, improve fulfillment metrics), and drive new product innovation, again, in a very austere environment.  David’s efforts were instrumental in maximizing equity value for our shareholders and I’d highly recommend him as an operator, leader and steward for your business.”

Joe Franciskovich

“David’s role was extensive and included putting a management structure in place, implementing and monitoring sales targets communicating and building relationships with both our suppliers and customers all over the world, increasing GP and turnover. (Revenue in the UK)”

Julia Kite

“David’s super power was always having the right strategy/idea, but coaching us to come up with it on our own.  David has the natural ability to empower leaders to think more strategically, problem solve creatively, and plan ahead so that they are constantly moving forward.   There’s no doubt his coaching led us to greater productivity,  success, and fulfillment in our roles . You will never find another coach with the business acumen or people skills David will bring to your team.”

Stacy Scott

“A great communicator who gives clear and concise direction but remains open to input. David has integrity in his work and all aspects of business.”

Rick Couto

“I cannot recommend David Foster’s leadership skills highly enough. Our company struggled with low morale issues stemming from lack of role clarity and accountability.  We struggled with making the vital decisions to move to market quickly and achieve our growth targets. We operated by committee, challenged by continuous finger-pointing, and progress was slow to be made. 

David quickly established a new leadership structure with clear roles and defined accountability. With this, leaders were given zones of play with the authority to make decisions and move the company forward faster and more efficiently. 

If you feel you have a great company, but challenged to move forward and achieve the growth you deserve, I highly recommend you call David to help your team understand and overcome barriers to success.  Working with David, you’ll grow faster and with greater ease across your team.

Neil Kirdahy

Do we fit?

I’ve been a founder, CEO and advisor for over 20 years.  I’ve helped small business grow, change and re-invent themselves.

I’ve always listened, been willing to learn, and asked for help when I needed it.  For us to work together successfully, you’re the same way.

If you run an established business you started, coaching will help improve business metrics, team performance and your life around work.

Schedule a free Exploratory Call to talk about coaching options or arrange an immediate Single Support Call to discuss a particular challenge.

If you’re not ready to talk now, please check out FAQ or my free Practical Resources.

Your coach in your inbox

Weekly ideas that help you run the business you started.