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Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D.

T h i s   i s   f o r   e x e c u t i v e s   o n l y.

A success coach is kind of like your secret
business partner who is totally dedicated to your success -- and you get to keep the profits.

 * Here is what busy leaders over the years have said about coaching:

 -- "...insurmountable tasks have been broken down into bite-sized chunks."
 -- "Just by meeting over the phone regularly, this experience kept me anchored, focused, and 
      accountable and gave me deadlines for accomplishing things I have always wanted to accomplish..."
 -- "My spouse would have never allowed me to bounce all those crazy thoughts and ideas around in
      casual conversation..."
 -- "I wish I had invested in myself like this a decade ago."

  * Here are some of the initial fears that have been expressed about the coaching

 -- "Will this be absolutely confidential?"
 -- "Will I be wasting my time? In other words, will it take 8-10 weeks for me to discover that it doesn't
 -- "Will it be too expensive?"
 -- "Will he think less of me if I openly share my vulnerabilities?"
 -- "Is he truly competent?"
 -- "How do I really connect with someone whom I have never met, except over the telephone?"

"Coaching with Dr. Freeman stretched me both personally and professionally..."

Some years back I was speaking at an event in Georgia. After the meeting the CEO of a major firm asked me to dinner that evening. He started the conversation by saying, "I have a lawyer to keep me legal, a CPA to keep me liquid, a secretary to keep my schedule straight, and a doctor to keep me healthy. But I have no one to help me assess the real condition of my internal world. Can you give me a mental, emotional and spiritual audit?"

I had never thought about such a thing. I attempted to be helpful, but felt completely lost in doing what he wanted.

This led me to think about an "Internal Audit", first for myself and then possibly for others. Since then, as chaplain for the NBA Washington Wizards (for 19 years) and as a board certified professional counselor/ behavior analyst, I have successfully facilitated an "Internal Audit" with a number of pro athletes and executives.

I am an "absolute nut" about confidentiality. Working with professional athletes taught me an important lesson: You can either talk TO an athlete or you can talk ABOUT an athlete -- but you cannot do BOTH. I bring this integrity into the coaching relationship.

Specific personal skills are needed to face the challenges and complexities of the work world. Professional coaching at The Freeman Institute provides clients in leadership positions with tools for developing greater personal and organizational effectiveness. Coaching clients are helped to:

  • discover and develop effective leadership styles
  • transform new and established work roles
  • manage organizational chaos and complexity
  • recognize and channel formal and informal authority relations
  • apply and adapt skills to a variety of personal and professional settings
  • find answers to organizational conflicts and dilemmas
  • achieve balance between work and professional life 

Coaching differs often from psychotherapy in that the focus is much more "here-and-now." Attention is given to finding real-time solutions to real-time challenges. Sessions may be held in the Baltimore/Washington region at our office. An approach could include anything from a one-time meeting for specific problem-solving to an ongoing long-distance relationship over the telephone aimed at long-term personal and professional change. Coaching is another way we practice care...

In addition, our organizational effectiveness concepts help individuals get started or move beyond a variety of impasses. We teach organizations the skills they need to create: mission and vision statements, common language, basic infrastructure, collaborative teams, strategic plans, future searches and community. We not only work to alleviate personal and organizational problems, we promote a process of self-understanding, adaptation, and change. 

We custom design training on a variety of topics. Check out our seminar program specialties linked below.

Here are some more of the subjects we discuss:

Beyond career or material success, what is the core purpose of my life? Am I moving from power to wisdom?

  1. Am I content with who I am becoming?
  2. Does my family recognize the authenticity of my life?
  3. Do I have a flow-through philosophy?
  4. Do I have a quiet center to my life?
  5. Is my humility genuine?
  6. Is integrity in the small matters built into my reflexes?

Want a free (30-min.) living brochure? An "Internal Audit" can be experienced by selecting one of two options:

  1. Sixteen-week EXECUTIVE A PLUS COACHING program
  2. On-going, long-distance telephone success coaching

Take the time to also read the e-publication from DiversityInc.com "Cultural Coaches: Help For Executives Who Don't Get It".

*Anger Management / Critical Incidents Coaching for Key Employees*

 To Whom It May Concern,

   This letter is to provide a reference to our affiliation with Dr. Joel Freeman during the past several years at National HME, Inc.   We first engaged Dr. Freeman for our national manager’s conference in 2009 to speak to our leadership, providing methods of improving communication and excellence in service. 

   The success of his presentation lead us to engage in a more in depth relationship joining our team as our Corporate Coach that was expanded throughout our organization to three levels.  All of our executives were involved with Dr. Freeman on a monthly basis and our upper level and mid-level managers were involved on a less frequent basis. Dr. Freeman was involved in our management/leadership meetings yearly.  

   During his four years with National HME, he was able to work closely with our management team developing a company culture that was broad and deep.  Our company experienced rapid growth for several years expanding from one location in Texas to forty operating distribution sites throughout thirteen States. National HME, Inc. specializes in providing medical equipment for the hospice industry serving more than 20,000 patients on a daily basis and 400 teammates.  

   His expertise in developing and implementing a corporate Code of Conduct was invaluable.  The leadership of National HME was very impressed with Dr. Freeman’s ability to ensure that communication and accountability was always in the forefront of the organization.  With the growth of any organization it is imperative that openness and an ability to have a voice in the direction is recognized and appreciated.  This was a valuable and priceless direction that we enjoyed with the skill level that Dr. Freeman provided for our organization. 

   I recently stepped out of the role as the CEO of National HME, Inc. and now in a more passive role as the Executive Chairman.  I have worked with Dr. Freeman in other organizations for many years prior to National HME, Inc. and would certainly recommend him as a great contributor for excellence in your business endeavors.  

   Best regards,

 George R Robertson
   National HME, Inc., Executive Chairman & Founder




Kissinger Financial Services

To whom it may concern:

    Dr. Joel Freeman has been a personal coach, friend and confidante for the past 10 years. We originally set up our coaching sessions to help me find a way to blend my extremely stressful, busy and hectic schedule with my personal and spiritual life. I needed to find a better way to grow.

    In the beginning, the idea of “wasting” one or two hours of my time discussing and seeking guidance for direction in these areas, was counter to my gut instincts. My traditional idea of building and expanding the business was to dedicate every moment of the working day to achieving greater success for our company. I wasn't sold on taking time out of my busy schedule for personal reflection.

    I knew Joel as an insightful and dedicated person and had had many thought-stirring conversations with him. I had also been exposed to his books and videos. So I decided to give executive coaching a try.

    I originally thought that our periodic coaching sessions might last a limited period of time, helping me traverse some bumps in the road and then ending. I am sure that this is what works for some people. However, I have discovered just the opposite. Joel has been and still is a vital personal and business ally. Here we are, many years later, and we are still meeting on a regular basis.

    Our coaching time together has become a priority in my business life because it continues to give me perspective, keeping me balanced in my constant pursuit of greater success.

    William I. Kissinger
William I. Kissinger, CPA/PFS, CFP
       President, Kissinger Financial Services




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(This Rudyard Kipling poem was obviously written

for men, but its message transcends gender.)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you.
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none to much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

                                                         -- Rudyard Kipling


"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstance, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is to play on the one string that we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens
to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes".
  -- Charles Swindoll



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