Mr. Dan Elder, M.S., MKMP, Executive Coach
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Dan.Elder is a leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who has coached and mentored hundreds of leaders at all levels. After 26-years of active federal service as a Soldier, Dan has taken his leadership and supervision experience to industry where he as worked for and consulted with a number of defense contractors and firms and used his leadership talents in the areas of project management, business development, information systems and technology. Today he works as an independent consultant and executive coach and operates a project management company in Killeen TX. Dan is a certified leadership coach and trainer who has mentored hundreds of federal leaders and supervisors at all levels, he is also a trainer who leads Balanced Readiness Seminars and provides feedback and action plan development using 360-degree multi-source feedback instruments. Dan continues to share and contribute to others and has edited or contributed to a number of soldier-related books and manuscripts, and authored three himself. A serial content creator and entrepreneur, you can find Dan’s public domain and freely shared works in his role as an author, blogger, podcaster and sought-after speaker. He earned a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from Northeastern University of Boston, MA and a BS in business administration from Touro College, New York, NY. Dan is a Member of the International Coach Federation and has been married to his hometown sweetheart Gloria for 32-years. They have two daughters Dani and Courtney, and four grandchildren.
Dan Elder, MS, MKMP
|Geographical Location||Central Texas:
Waco, Temple, Belton, Killeen, Copperas Cove
|Business Experience / Background||Topsarge Business Solutions, LLC
Leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who specializes in creating strategies that maximize technological solutions to obtain organizational objectives across an enterprise. Over 31 years of successful management and leadership experience in large organizations:
Senior Director of Business Development for McLane Advanced Technologies, LLC, Temple, TX
Accountable to identify and capture employer and customer-partner contracts for ERP/CIS systems within the Federal, State, and not-for-profit sectors. Provided support in negotiations, risk management and other business development projects in association with other organizational initiatives. Responsible for generating $3-million of revenue annually by closing on new business deals and by creating and managing relationships, identifying and managing risk, and through the process of preparing, developing and negotiating contracts.
Computer Sciences Corporation
Created the strategy to establish the first Knowledge Management cell at a US Army Corps and was responsible for the development of internal processes required to activate and employ that new capability. Developed solutions for the customer in how to use technologies and collaborative solutions, including identifying best practices using networked enterprise platforms and software tools.
Having served on active duty for 26 years he retired as the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Materiel Command at Ft Belvoir, VA that was responsible for the oversight of over 65,000 logistics soldiers, civilians, and contractors in more than 40 different the US and overseas locations.
Responsible for multiple locations and increasing levels of supervision for the health and well-being of enlisted and civilian personnel. Regular duties included assignments, professional development, promotions, training, establishing policies, and administering talent management requirements such as evaluations, training plans, schooling, and maintaining equipment. Disciplined and honest, lead with integrity.
Recognized for excellence on numerous occasions to include being awarded the U.S. Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 Knowledge Management Pioneer Award, November 2003.
|Formal Education / Training||Master of Science, Corporate and Organizational Communication Northeastern University, Social Media and Online Communities concentration, Boston, MA-2016
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Touro College, Touro University International, a branch campus of Touro College, Cypress, CA- 2009
Associate of Arts, Liberal Studies Central Texas College,
Served on the faculty of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the premier educational institution for enlisted soldiers.
|Coaching, Training / Certification & Experience; Other Certifications||Over 31 years of experience as a leader and has coached and mentored hundreds of emerging and successful leaders at various levels. Executive management coach to federal civilian supervisors and managers; facilitates training seminars and provides one-on-one coaching for senior Army leaders.
Certified Authentic Leader Development Coach; Chambers Bay Institute, True Growth® Coaching Certification Program. Successfully completed a 48-hour intensive certification program that qualifies participants to coach senior leaders using a proven, structured development of both the principles and applications of authentic leadership.
Leadership coach for more than three years at the US Army’s Balanced Readiness Seminar, School of Command Preparedness; conducted 10 classes per year, attended by all officers and Command Sergeants Major who are to be assigned to command assignments at the brigade and battalion level in all components, Active, Reserves, and National Guard. Conducts executive coaching and provides feedback via the Authentic Leadership 360° feedback session.
The Defense Logistics Agency Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides Department of Defense (DOD) and interagency personnel the opportunity to participate in an exceptional joint and enterprise-wide Civilian leadership training and development experience. The objective is to promote greater understanding of the overall Department of Defense mission and culture, provide hands-on leadership training that parallels selected military training and ensures cross-component exposure. ELDP is a comprehensive program that provides leadership development opportunities needed to meet their challenging mission requirements today and into the future.
Master Knowledge Management Professional TM Certification (2011) – Awarded by KMPro to experienced practitioners in the field of Knowledge Management based upon demonstration of the practical application of knowledge management. Candidates complete a KMPro CKM certification workshop, then qualify for the KMPro Certified Knowledge Management Professional (CKMP) certification by successfully applying the concepts in completing a knowledge management project.
Member, International Coach Federation
|360-degree Instruments & Other Leadership Assessments Tools||The True Growth® Authentic Leadership 360° – a method of collecting perspectives about a leader’s performance from a wide range of team members. Focuses on seven core competencies and corresponding behaviors that are essential to becoming an authentic leader who people want to follow.
SKILLSCOPE – Skillscope surveys can be used with supervisors and managers, as well as individual contributors. It is designed to be easy to complete and simple to interpret. Participants and raters complete a 98-item checklist organized into fifteen competencies, using a strength/development need format, rather than a numerical rating scale. Skillscope presents feedback data in a straightforward, graphic format. The assessment is based on research designed to capture managers’ work as it really is.
Denison Organizational Culture Survey – The survey is a 60-item instrument that is designed to give a simple, yet comprehensive
|Coaching Philosophy||I use my more than 31-years of experience as a leader and manager, coupled with my education and business experience, to connect with each client using terms and concepts that they can relate to. I work to understand who they are as a person by studying their talents and then help them to decipher messages coming from the participants in multi-source feedback sessions and self-assessments. I share with them strengths and development areas, and what they can do to grow into a better and more authentic leader, one who can positively impact their organization. We then identify organizational goals based on traditional SWOT methodology to create SMART, actionable goals, and then create actions to achieve their desired objectives.|
|Special Areas of Coaching Expertise & Focus|| Strategic Thinking
Authentic leadership in operational environments
Virtual coaching – telephone, skype
Interpretation of leader’s 360-assessment
Professional development in the areas of integrity, conflict, values, character
|Articles Written or Publications, Speaking||Soldier for Life: Leadership Lessons by the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley & Dan Elder (2015) NCO Historical Society, Temple, TX
NCO Guide (10th Edition) (2015) Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA
Sergeants Major of the Army (2nd & 3nd Edition) (2015) Center for Military History, Ft McNair, DC
Central Texas Business Resource Center
American Advertising Federation-Central Texas
Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation
|Interests/Hobbies|| Classic Cars, boating, family|