Welcome to Episode 8 of Building My Legacy


In this episode, Frank Wagner shares his learnings as an executive coach.  He started his career in the academic world, developing emerging leaders. While doing his doctoral work, Frank met Marshall Goldsmith.  They formed a partnership and have worked together developing a coaching process that is so effective, they guarantee results.

So if you want to:

  • Understand why highly successful leaders need a coach,
  • Learn the number one attribute underlying successful leaders,
  • Look beyond your current leadership, you need to focus on your stakeholders

You must use simply, easy to use process that are quantitatively proven to be effective.

Tune in now!

In this Podcast we will discuss:

  • How to enroll stakeholders in diminishing the gap that inherently exists between a leader and his/her stakeholders
  • Why stakeholders want to be involved in the leadership improvement process
  • The importance of follow-up
  • Learn the importance of obtaining quantifiable measures of behavior change.


About Us

Dr. Frank Wagner has been coaching managers and high potential individual contributors extensively since 1999 when Marshall Goldsmith asked for help in coaching a group of high potential managers.

Frank Wagner helps leaders achieve positive, long-term change in behavior. He combines his experience since 1976 in developing leaders through leadership workshops and leadership coach. When working at NationsBank (now Bank of America) Frank was nicknamed “The Consultant’s Consultant.” When working with IDS American Express, he was nicknamed “The Federal Express of Feedback” for assisting the senior executives in their teaching leadership throughout IDS.

As a behavioral coach, Frank brings a broad base of experience working with individuals from mid-level management through C-level positions. Frank’s specialty is leadership behavior, with an emphasis on commitment, teamwork, influence across organizational boundaries, coaching, and faster strategic planning and execution. Along with Marshall Goldsmith, he was one of the first coaches practicing results based coaching where fees are charged only when those who work with the leader determine there was improvement in leadership behavior.

His methodology is based upon helping leaders improve in their leadership behavior using a discipline based upon three principles: These are:

  • Use the leader’s stakeholders as key to successful long term change in behavior
  • Emphasize feedforward (suggestions for the future)
  • Change both the leaders behavior and perception of stakeholders in parallel

Leaders being coached learn and follow a specific 7-step process of involving stakeholders to ensure positive change in behavior. Frank’s coaching experience has included working with CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s, CTO’s, CMO’s, Executive V.P.s, Technical Fellows, V.P.’s, Directors, and Hi Potentials.

Today Frank, with his partner Chris Coffey, overseas the train-the-coach process at the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, Alliant International University. With Marshall Goldsmith Partners, Frank oversaw the training process in Marshall Goldsmith’s method of behavioral coaching for their first two years they were in business. In this capacity, he co-developed and trained all coaches in the Marshall Goldsmith Partners network. Prior to that, he was responsible for all training of Marshall Goldsmith’s network “The Alliance for Strategic Leadership.” He is the principle author of: The Coach’s Playbook; The Leader as Coach Playbook; and The Leaders Guide to Encouraging Development. Frank is now a partner with The Marshall Goldsmith Group.

Frank has a Ph.D. and an MBA from The Anderson School of Management, UCLA where he also served as a Post Doctoral Scholar. His undergraduate degree is in Economics from Santa Clara University.


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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.