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The Creative Executive: Fostering Leadership Development Excellence

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Jen Spencer, Founder & CEO, The Creative ExecutiveJen Spencer, Founder & CEO
Along with strategy, autonomy, and a stellar business process, leadership plays a vital role in a company’s success, especially in fast-paced, reactive environments. However, nurturing the right leadership is a task easier said than done. Also, talented and creative employees who fast-track their way to higher leadership positions in these companies often miss out on chances to strengthen their leadership skills, which is crucial for their company’s rapid growth and sustainability.

Enter The Creative Executive! As a bespoke consultancy for high-growth companies, The Creative Executive offers holistic executive and team development programs that focus on leadership effectiveness, organizational impact, and workplace culture in support of sustainable business growth. The company brings in coaches, facilitators, and subject matter experts to partner with executives and teams on everything from leadership to executive communications and team dynamics. As Jen Spencer, Founder & CEO of The Creative Executive, says, “How people think and communicate in teams is very different from how they process one-on-one. So developing a leadership coaching plan using the combination of the two is pretty impactful.” As such, in addition to one-on-one coaching, the company conducts team and group coaching as well.

The Creative Executive invests a lot of time building trust with its clients. First, it strives to understand the clients’ vision and values, the unique experiences of its employees, and what they want to accomplish in the long run. The Creative Executive then comes up with a game plan tailored to have a mix of both individual and team experiences. In addition, the company usually works closely with an internal advocate—a C-suite or senior executive or HR partner—to help them navigate through the intricacies of the client’s business processes and understand their vision, strategy, and goals.

Over the years, The Creative Executive built a team reflective of the business landscape it aspires to create in both representation and actual impact. The Creative Executive’s roster of coaches is highly diverse, be it in terms of industry experience, lifestyle, subject matter expertise, training and coaching methodologies, location, race, or gender. Jen states, “We’re always trying to make sure that we have a coach we can offer for anybody, irrespective of the industry.”

Due to their focus on impact and implementation, The Creative Executive has long-term relationships with many of their clients. In one example, the company worked with a client during a major leadership transition after the retirement of one of its founders. The entirely new leadership team, many longtime employees, needed help codifying the vision for the future and creating more consistent management practices across the company. Through a series of assessments, facilitated offsites, one-on-one coaching, and workshops, The Creative Executive was able to set the client’s leadership in the right strategic direction, helping them define and expand their leadership impacts as they continued to grow. As the organization was able to operate with more transparency, the middle managers could better influence the workforce, effectively helping the company scale their leadership. The engagements of executives with their teams expanded beyond normal day-to-day activities, augmenting the clients’ culture and team cohesion. The Creative Executive worked with the client to create a mentorship program, a social impact strategy, and corporate citizenship and DEI councils, helping the client amplify and systemize leadership development opportunities for their employees. As a result, in the five years of engagement, the client’s revenue doubled in size, and it is now a multi billion dollar company.
  • The Creative Executive brings in relatable coaches and experts who offer a breath of expertise across a wide variety of programs.


One of the main reasons The Creative Executive’s leadership programs work spectacularly is that there is a commitment to the client’s goals through the understanding of its culture and the development of its people. The Creative Executive brings in relatable coaches and experts who offer a breath of expertise across a wide variety of programs. There’s a real human connection in addition to a professional one. Fostering leadership effectiveness, the company continues to script great client success stories.

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The Creative Executive

Company
The Creative Executive

Headquarters
Austin, TX

Management
Jen Spencer, Founder & CEO

Description
The Creative Executive offers holistic executive and team development programs that focus on leadership effectiveness, organizational impact, and workplace culture in support of sustainable business growth. The Creative Executive invests a lot of time building trust with its clients. First, it strives to understand the clients' vision and values, the unique experiences of its employees, and what they want to accomplish in the long run. The Creative Executive then comes up with a game plan tailored to have a mix of both individual and team experiences.