I've found Glen's counsel and peer group one of the most important and rewarding investments I've made. His thoughts on culture in this book are exceptionally insightful, and I'd highly recommend implementing the actionable ideas he mentions.

Josh GreeneCEO, The Mather Group

Intentional Leadership Review: “Hellman’s style of writing is entertaining and engaging. He expertly interweaves qualitative research from the sciences and his personal experiences with anecdotes and incredible tools (example: 10 signs you know if you’re already a great CEO) that make his arguments come alive.The best leaders are like great chefs—Hellman’s book will teach you how to transition from a good cook into and magnificent chef.”

Scott SuhyCEO, iCollect Holdings

Glen has been an incredible asset to me as a coach and mentor and this book is the distillation of years of coaching sessions and wisdom shared by Glen. I am thrilled for, and jealous of, those who get to reap the rewards of Glen's wisdom so quickly. Reading Intentional Leadership is like having years of coaching sessions condensed into one transformative experience and this book is a must-read for leaders looking to improve themselves and reach their full potential.

Ryan DetlaffCEO, Trumpet Inc

Glen's middle name is No B.S. He is also a great listener which is not easy for someone with such an active cerebral cortex.

Randy DomolkyVenture Capital Managing Partner, Private Access Network

Advice and guidance from Glen is like having a meal of Red Bull and Filet Mignon steak – you don’t need much of his time to get the protein and caffeine kick or the substance and motivating energy that he delivers with an elegant flavor. In my start-up journey, I’ve met many sellers of consulting services, but Glen is the first black-belt wearing, Supreme Court judge, high priest that I have met. Quite simply, he doesn’t have to sell anything because his insightful guidance which is backed by his mastery of experience reveals itself the minute he begins advising you.

Sara DukeCEO& Founder, CNanny

“Glen really knows his stuff. Seasoned executive, CEO, investor and coach. Highly recommend!!”

Tien WongManaging General Partner, Phoenix Fund, CEO Opus8

Glen is one of the smartest business people I have had the pleasure of working alongside. As CEO he demonstrated an enviable mix of commercialization know-how and operational capability. His creativity and pragmatism allowed totally new and cost-effective solutions to be realized for customers. Glen has the ability to see the big picture in ways that few people ever master and can then motivate and empower people to deliver on that vision.

Kevin MageeCTO, Cross Atlantic Venture Partners

I'm proud to call Glen my mentor, coach, and friend. Since our first meeting, Glen didn't just ask me the right questions, he also had the right answers. He has so much experience (from entrepreneur to turn-around CEO) that he is able to recognize patterns faster than most. This critical ability allows him to assess business scenarios skillfully and provides feedback rapidly.

Dan BergerFounder and CEO, Social Tables (Acquired by Cvent)

There are two observations I would offer about the 2 1/2 years that I worked with Glen as an executive coach. First, he always was "present" in the best sense during our coaching sessions, as a friend, a seasoned businessman, and an inquisitive mind. Glen thinks outside the box, and when we met for our sessions, it was easy to see that his mind was always working. Which leads me to the second observation: Glen has a unique skill for asking the right question. In the process, he separates the wheat from the chaff to reveal what is important. If you're honest and are willing to act, this insight gives you the basis to move your company forward in new ways.

Paul EricksonPresident, LeMay Erickson Wilcox Architects

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Glen during my first year of Vistage. As our group chair, Glen has been an invaluable mentor and coach. Glen's best trait for me is diving head-on into my real issues ... some I don't even see myself. He always leaves me with some new nugget of information – usually about myself or the way I operate – and a homework assignment as the first step to start facing my obstacles. Simple, yet very effective.

Deborah HamlinCEO, Irrigation Association

Best coach I've ever met

David SandrowitzOwner & Principal Consultant, N2E Inc

As a member of Glen's coaching group his guidance was invaluable in helping me negotiate several tricky business dilemmas. I saw or experienced him making huge contributions to exit events, financing rounds, buy outs, co-founder issues, sales organization maturation and executive compensation structures. Glen is direct, funny, and substantive and has integrity, ethics and heart. You couldn't find a better mentor and coach.

Jamey HarveyCEO, Agilian.com

Although I've been running my own small business for over a decade, it wasn't until I met Glen Hellman that I began to truly learn how to run a business. His advice is helping me improve the business for the long run. I've been fortunate to be working with Glen as both a business coach, as well as a facilitator for business owner peer group discussions. Glen has been spot-on with his recommendations pulled from his many years of varied experience and delivers no-nonsense advice and direction where it is needed most. I'm happy to recommend Glen to people who are looking to make their business better.

Peter HesseCEO, Gemini Security Solutions (Acquired by 10Pearls)

Since working with Glen Hellman, our revenues have doubled. Glen brings great business acumen, a tremendous network, and a wealth of resources. He is an incredible supporter and promoter of his client companies and the DC area business community in general. Best of all, he is really darn funny and knows what really matters in life.
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Michelle HoffmanCEO, Hoffman CFO

I am one of the most cynical people on the planet and think for the most part the earth will be better off after the Zombie apocalypse. Having said that, Glen is one of the few people I would let into my safe house (at an undisclosed location of course) because He is one of the few people I know who actually "tells it like it is." No sugar coating, no pumping sunshine up my skirt, just good honest feedback from someone with relevant experience.

Joe LandaFounder/Inventor/Owner, BriarTek

Glen Hellman is an instrumental component to my ongoing success. As a former Vistage Chair myself, I have extensive experience and knowledge around effective coaching approaches and Glen is one of the best I have had the pleasure to work with. Through our monthly one-to-one coaching sessions, he helps me stay focused on what is most important, pushes me to go above and beyond, and “attempts” to hold me accountable to my commitments – which is not an easy task! Additionally, he is always available to offer an ear, provide counsel, and most importantly, ask me the truly hard questions that cause me to stop and think outside “my box” which typically creates better decisions and actions on my part. I highly recommend Glen to any executive seeking to grow personally and professionally.

Michael MataloneCEO, XP3 Talent System

Anyone managing people will benefit from this leadership session where Glen Hellman pulls no punches and teaches you about the hidden forces at work in our brains. You’ll walk away knowing why the best leaders understand that we often make logical decisions in an illogical manner.

Bar KofmanDirector of Global Marketing and Sales Development at SeaLights

Glen is a rare find, one who is totally straight with you (read "no BS"). He will lead you through the process of finding the best answers to your issues. I have found his advice and insights to be invaluable.

Dr. Penn Moody ODCEO Moody Eyes

I love sports and when I think of some of the great professional quarterbacks, I also associate a great coach (think Montana/Walsh, Brady/Belichick, Holmgren/Favre). The quarterback position is much like being an entrepreneur. There's a lot of stuff going on, you're often in the middle of it and you're leading the charge.

As an entrepreneur, I've gotten to pretty "good" but to become "great" I've determined that I need great coaching. Glen Hellman is that guy for me, he asks the tough questions, holds me accountable, doesn't accept self-limiting behaviors, and pushes me when appropriate. If you want to get to "great" then Glen should be at the top of your shortlist!

Pramod RahejaCEO, Airgility & Captain, United Airlines

Glen is absolutely brilliant! No matter what your situation is, he drives straight to the core and helps you understand what's really happening. You can tell he knows exactly how to fix it, but he allows you to arrive at the answer yourself so you own the solution. My business is going to be much more successful thanks to him.

Judy SchrammCEO, ProResource

Glen has the unique ability to identify key product deficiencies and the most expedient method to correct them. He has integrity, intelligence, and energy. He always puts the company's interests first. I would be thrilled to work with him again in any endeavor..

William EachoFormer US Ambassador to Austria and Managing Director, Carlton Capital

Glen is a master sales tactician. I've known him for a decade and he's always been a tremendous help - he not only has a wealth of experience but also a great gut. Our business development campaigns had hit a rut so we brainstormed with him effective techniques. He gave me one of his cans of whoop a** and said 'snail mail them with something funny'. We work in hospitality so we sent dartboards with comically bad Yelp reviews and encouraged our prospects to take aim. The rest is history - we've engaged several prospects who had never responded to our BD campaigns before. One told us 'we are the talk of the office' and another said it was 'genius'.

Winston LordCo-Founder & Chief Evangelist, Venga (Acquired by OpenTable)

Working with Glen has been an enormous help to our business. He is unafraid to ask us difficult questions that make us really question important aspects of our business model. With his guidance, feedback, and at times “tough love” we have increased our company’s revenue growth from ~7% Year-Over-Year to ~ 20% Year-Over-Year in the first year of working with him.

Adam SandmanCEO, Inflectra Corporation

I started my prep for this coming Thursday's class in Baltimore and realized how much I will draw upon your talk last week. It was simply spectacular, and now I understand why you are cited in papers, journals, and TV News. You had them all focused. I wish I had a video of their faces.

J. Robert BaumDirector of Entrepreneurship Research, University of Maryland Business School

Glen Hellman asks tough questions. Glen has the vision to see what's coming and get creative enough to keep his clients on track. Sitting down with me to discuss Sisarina, he was clear I needed to be more vocal about the great things my company was doing to continue the growth I had seen. Being able to talk frankly to Glen about where my company was going gave him the inexhaustible capacity to make me think bigger, do marketing strategic marketing, and grow my business.

Melanie SpringPrincipal, Sisarina

Glen was one of the best global business development executives I have ever worked with. He is driven and result-oriented, at the same time is very considerate to the needs and feelings of other people. I often observed that he'd immediately gained confidence and trust from Japanese customers. I really enjoyed working with Glen and look forward to working with him again.

Toyoji KanagawaGlobespan Capital Partners

Glen is the person every business owner would be lucky to have in their corner. Glen has a very rare combination of someone who both tells you the open, honest truth, but comes from a place of compassion. After our conversation, I walked away 100% confident in the guidance I received based on his years of experience and most importantly his integrity. Until I spoke with Glen one on one, I didn't discover his true superpower -- he cares.

Aaron RoshenthalCEO, Golfswell

Glen has his finger on the pulse of the technology business in the DC area. I seek him out for his astute and trusted opinions on market trends, the state of technology start-ups and early-stage capital investment.

Irfan AliCEO, Advanced Reactor Concepts & Former President, 3Com Commworks

I see good investor pitches all the time, but I rarely hear great stories. Glen uniquely blends neuroscience with the must-haves of an investor pitch to teach entrepreneurs how to win over investors and customers. Think Guy Kawaski meets Sanjay Gupta.

Elana FineExecutive Director University Of Maryland, Dingman Center For Entrepreneurship

I had the opportunity to work with Glen Hellman back when he was with Proxy Governance and they were my client. Glen was excellent to work with and I found him to be highly skilled and innovative. If I were a CEO seeking to improve leadership and collaboration, I would highly recommend considering his complimentary offer.

Susan AssadiMedia Strategist, Gilenstein & Assadi Public Relations

My cofounder & I had our eyes set on an accelerator down in North Carolina. Getting into the accelerator was no easy task as we were competing against 100+ companies for one of ten spots in their upcoming cohort. We spoke to Glen two days before our final interview that was in front of 45+ bank executives. We prepared for our call with Glen by creating a rough pitch for the final interview. Glen listened to our pitch and helped us turn our passion into a story. He was able to find opportunities throughout our pitch to add emotion & empathy that our audience could connect with. He helped us understand what it would take to captivate our audience and how we can relate to them with our presentation. Glen helped us go from pitching a start-up idea to pitching an opportunity. We got into the program with a unanimous decision. Glen followed up with us a week later and kept in contact beyond our initial interaction. Our overall experience when Glen was amazing. We look forward to utilize his guidance and story-telling knowledge as we continue to grow our business.

Abb KapoorCo-Founder, Curu

Glen is a respected, seasoned business executive who is a great mentor to entrepreneurs and CXOs looking to walk in the shoes he's traveled in. I have spent time alongside Glen coaching CEOs and think his advice and guidance is spot on.

Carl GrantSVP, Cooley LLP

Glen was my executive coach for 3 years. He helped me take my business to the next level during a time that was personally very stressful. I highly recommend him!

Andy MillerCEP. Big Swift Kick

Glen is the ultimate professional. He is a strategic planner comfortable operating in the board room and a consummate salesman willing to roll up his sleeves. He is a high-energy, creative and motivational leader. Most importantly, he has a strong work ethic and high integrity. I look forward to working with him again in the future.

Richard FoxManaging Director, Cross Atlantic Venture Partners

Having Glen as a sounding board has been incredibly helpful to me in three particular ways: perspective, sharp questions, and pattern recognition. 1. Perspective to pull me out of the weeds 2. Sharp questions that force me to face my own hidden assumptions and faulty conclusions (i.e. that cut through any bs that I tell myself or others) 3. Pattern recognition can alert me to hidden dangers easily avoided but only easily seen unless you've been there before He's also a really effective group facilitator, keeping the conversation on track and on time while stimulating great group dynamics.

Patrick SmithFounder, Territory (Formerly Power Supply)