Utilizing coaching strategies to help others improve, develop, learn new skills, find personal success, achieve and manage business, personal and life challenges.

  • Leadership
  • Executives
  • Business Owners
  • Individuals
  • Teams
  • Managers


Consulting helps organizations improve performance and efficiency. We analyze businesses and create solutions while also helping companies meet their goals.

  • Strategy
  • Operations
  • Org. Behavior
  • Org. Development
  • Org. Management
  • Capital Structure


Assessments provide psychometric data which aids clients and coaches understand underlying issues affecting performance in areas such as communication, leadership and management.

  • DISC
  • Motivators
  • Emotional Intelligence (EiQ-2)
  • Talent Smart
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • 360°


As a Business Owner and Executive, a Certified Professional Coach and Consultant with over 25 years of corporate experience, Mike works with organizations ranging from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 50 to 1000 companies, as well as non-profits. His experience includes entry level to C-level positions and a diverse background of industries ranging from financial services, food & beverage, and technology, to media, real estate, manufacturing and engineering.

Mike focuses on working with individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, HR, finance, sales, marketing, IT, operations, promotions and advertising departments, mid-level to senior managers and C-level executives on strategies that not only improve but maintain long term results and a high ROI.

Mike is an expert at helping clients identify blind-spots and limiting beliefs, set goals, make connections, become more aware, seek breakthroughs, and take action. He works with his staff and clients to promote a shift from being an observer to a participant, from being passive to active, from teaching to experiencing and most importantly, from telling to becoming a great listener. FULL BIO

ABCCapitol RecordsFremantle MediaMedtronic, Inc.Ross Stores, Inc.
ACGCardinal HealthGE Aircraft Engine DivisionMemorialCare Health SystemScripps
Acon LaboratoriesCedars-Sinai Health SystemsGEC MarconiMGM/UAShimano
Activison/BlizzardChandler Health SystemGeffen RecordsMission EnergyShowtime Channel
AdvantageCheesecake FactoryGlidewell LaboratoriesMission HospitalSignature Eyewear
AECOMChevronGroup Casio USA, Inc.MTV NetworksSmart & Final
AEGCigna HealthcareHazard HubNabiscoSony Entertainment
AllerganCircuit CityHow LoudNalley's Fine FoodsSony Music
American Academy of NeurologyClaim JumperHunt-WessonNBC UniversalSony Pictures
American ExpressClear ChannelHyundai Motor CorporationNestleSt. John's Health Center
AmeripriseCoach, Inc.Ingram MicroNestle Brands Food CorporationSt. Joseph Health System
AmgenCoca-Cola EnterprisesInnovative SportsNeutrogena CorporationSunshine Biscuits
ApptechConsolidated Film IndustriesIntelNew England FinancialTaco Bell
Arbonne InternationalCostcoInterlink ElectronicsNews CorporationTarget
Artisan Entertainment CompaniesCW NetworkIntermix MediaNickelodeonTenant Healthcare
Associated Grocers, Inc.Day-Lee FoodsIrvine CompanyNipponThe Gas Company
AT&TDeluxe Entertainment ServicesJFC
AU.TODial CorporationJohnson & JohnsonNorthrop GrummanTicketmaster
Baxter-HylandDick Clark ProductionsKaiser-PermanenteOakleyTime Inc.
Bell AtlanticDirecTVKelly-Clark CorporationOC Fire AuthorityTime Warner Cable
Ben & Jerry'sDisneyKraft Food ServicesOC Sheriffs DepartmentTri-Valley Growers
Big 5 Sporting GoodsDole Packaged Foods CompanyL.A. CarePacific SunwearTwentieth Century Fox Film
Bio-RadDreamWorks SKGLA Department of Water & PowerParagon Trade BrandsUnified Grocers
Blue Cross of CaliforniaD Richards Interior DesignLDIGParamount PicturesUnited Way
Blue Shield of CaliforniaEdisonLitton Guidance & ControlPowerfull ElectricUniversal Music Group
BMG DirectEisenhower Medical CenterLocal Public MediaProcter and GambleUniversal Studios
Boeing-McDonnell DouglasElan Software CorporationLootCrateProvidenceUnivision
BPEmarcomLos Angeles TimesPrudential FinancialVirgin American Airlines
BradshawEMI MusicLucca Packing GroupQuantas AirlinesVirgin Entertainment Group, Inc
Broadband SportsFAST ConsultingMatson Navigation CompanyR.H. Macy, Inc.Vital Age International
Buena Vista InternetFHP HealthcareMayo ClinicRaytheonWalt Disney
Caesars World, Inc.First American Corp.MazdaRed Bull North America, Inc.Warner Brothers
Calavo GrowersFixed Rate HoldingsMcCormickRite Aid CorporationWellpoint Health Systems
California Emergency PhysiciansFox Networks GroupMed-AmericaRocketdyne/Pratt WhitneyWolfgang Puck Food Company

Coaching vs. Consulting

The end result of coaching and consulting engagements may be the same – but you start from a different place. Coaching focuses on the individual, while consulting focuses on specific tasks or projects.


We believe that you start from a perspective where there is nothing “wrong” with the individual. It’s not about correcting or remediating; its’ about helping them get to the next level, whatever that level may be. The coach works with the client to establish where they are now, and what they need to do to keep moving towards their objectives. It’s very goal oriented.  Sometimes assessments are needed to obtain a deeper understanding of what the underlying blockages are as well as, to establish how to set realistic goals according to someones "true self".

The coach’s most powerful tool is questions. By asking thoughtful, targeted questions, they allow the client to explore – and to grow.


In the consulting world, you’re bringing your skills and knowledge to the table. The starting point is different: it’s, “We need to do something about this situation.” In consulting, there is a need to accomplish a specific task or objective. Examples of these may be: finish a major project, implement a change, integrate teams from merging companies, etc.

While consultants do ask questions, it’s not specifically to enable the client to explore. Rather it is so they can provide better answers. Their most powerful tool is their knowledge of the content and their technical skills. Again, it’s centered on the task, not the individual.

Executive coaching is the development of an organizational leader through an ongoing relationship between an executive coach and the client. It focuses on the client developing their vision, goals, and desires. Coaching uses a process of dialogue and questioning to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility. This working relationship provides the client with purpose, structure, and feedback.

Common themes in executive coaching are developing key executive and managerial skills, enhancing teambuilding, leadership qualities, identifying and optimizing the use of key strengths, and building the competencies of emotional intelligence.

Consultative Coaching is a blend of Coaching and Consulting.  In the fast paced business world we live in, clients do not have time to spend years in search of "the answers". Utilizing a combination of asking the right questions so the client can participate in the discovery process and helping the client reach the answer by providing guided discussion, the process of reaching goals comes at a much faster pace. A skilled Coach who is also well versed in Business Consulting has a distinct advantage in helping clients reach goals quicker than merely by asking questions of self-discovery as pure coaching entails.

Once the client has engaged the executive coach, coaching sessions will commence. Sessions range from 60 to 90 minutes in length and can occur weekly, every two weeks or monthly anywhere from 3 months to two years. A typical engagement is between 6 months to a year and sessions can vary depending on the client’s goals, needs and vision.

Sessions can be comprised of assessments, evaluations, observations, and interviews. These can take place in person or by phone. For more detailed information on the coaching process, please contact us.

Companies hire coaches to advance the leadership capabilities of their executives. Specifically coaches are used to enhance career development, retain high-potential employees, correct performance issues and support leadership transitions.

Coaching and therapy are viewed to be very similar, but in actuality have distinct differences. Therapy usually focuses on past traumatic experiences to understand the current situation. While coaching focuses on the present and is future oriented by creating goals and action plans.

There are four main aspects you should look for when choosing a coach.

  1. Experience – it is important for a coach to have many years of hands on experience working with individuals ranging from small organizations to large corporations spread across many fields.
  2. Education - the coach needs to be educated preferably a master’s degree or higher.
  3. ICF Affiliation – a coach needs to have training and credentials that prove they are qualified to be a coach.  ICF is the largest governing body for coaches worldwide and coaches who adhere to their guidelines tend to have higher success rates with their clients.
  4. Connection – it is important to find a coach that you can connect with and trust. Someone who will support you in achieving your goals while maintaining a professional working relationship built on confidentiality and trust.

We recommend asking the following questions:

  1. What is your coaching experience - number of individuals coached, years of experience, types of coaching situations, etc.?
  2. What is your coach specific training - Enrolled in an ICF approved training program, other coach specific training, etc.?
  3. What is your coaching specialty or areas in which you most often work?
  4. What types of businesses do you work with most often? And, at what levels executive, upper management, middle management, etc.?
  5. What is your philosophy about coaching?
  6. What are some of your coaching success stories?
  7. Are you a member of ICF?

Coaching success is determined through the goals that are developed and associated with the engagement. In addition, the coach, the client and their leader have several meetings throughout the coaching engagement on progress. During the last meeting, feedback is shared by the client to their leader on overall progress and next steps.

In addition to executive coaching, Alethia offers a variety of services: which include leadership development, team building, mentoring, training, 360 evaluations, assessment feedback, consulting in several areas, program development and public speaking engagements to small, medium and large groups.


For a COMPLIMENTARY 30 minute consultation, email us today.