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Alan Scholnick
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Leadership coach, mentor, and highly effective finance executive with 30+ years of extensive leadership within accounting, finance, tax, and business operational teams. Along with coaching leaders and facilitating leadership training across all organization functions.

Leadership coach, mentor, and highly effective finance executive with 30+ years of extensive leadership within accounting, finance, tax, and business operational teams. Along with coaching leaders and facilitating leadership training across all organization functions.

Full Bio

Alan is a Professional Certified Coach leading others on a journey of self-awareness, clarity, confidence, results, and impact. He partners with his clients to help them unleash their full leadership potential so they can bring business and people together to deliver outstanding results. He finds passion and energy lie in helping professionals excel in their careers, and he has a thorough understanding of the challenges that leaders face in today’s business environment. He brings 27+ years with IKEA, holding Executive roles in Finance, Operations, and Leadership\Competence Development, with cultural experience working in the US, The Netherlands, and Sweden. He also has experience as a Peer Mentor for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Global Alumni Mentor at Gonzaga University and Temple University, and an Adjunct Faculty at the Temple University Fox School of Business. Alan’s coaching focuses on working with the whole person, who may be seeking a higher quality of life, reduced job stress, stronger workplace bonds, enhanced workplace performance, stronger work-life balance, or eliminating burnout. One or all leading to increased happiness at work, at home, and in life. Alan believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to leadership success; instead, he believes that true leaders are dynamic, embracing each day with a genuine passion for their work. He uses transformational coaching and facilitation to help develop individuals and organizations, fostering change at all levels of leadership and creating vision and success in today’s business economy. He adeptly draws from both his professional and personal life experience when coaching. His clients find him an authentic, curious, and enthusiastic coach. He is understanding and thoughtful, yet he says what needs to be said to help clients think and act to move forward. Alan describes himself as A Coach (ICF PCC) and a Leadership Practitioner, Mentor, Servant Leader, Financial Executive, and Volunteer who is Always on a Journey.


Notable Client Achievements

  • Coached a VP of Retail during a corporate transformation, which led them to decide their fulfillment comes from their current role and not in another role.

  • Coached a Commercial Real Estate Developer through a “sticky” transaction that they were going to disengage from; their change in perspective turned the transaction into a huge success.

  • Coached an Engineering Manager to build confidence in their communication and develop their executive presence.

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WORK HISTORY
IKEA
  • VP of Finance
  • Controller & Tax Manager
CREDENTIALS
  • ICF Certified Coach (PCC)
  • 500+ hours of coaching
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • 25+ years of Experience in CFO roles
INDUSTRIES
Accounting
Higher Education
Professional Services
Retail
Manufacturing
Finance
EXPERIENCE WITH
Accounting Auditing
Customer Service
Finance Investing
Operations
Project Management
Consulting
EXPERTISE
New Grad
Early Career
Mid Career
New People Manager
Experienced People Manager
Executive
Goal Clarification
Career Transition
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Q&A

Describe your coaching style.

My style creates a trustful and nonjudgmental space to reflect, and be brave, vulnerable, and honest. Explore all your possibilities, believe in yourself, build upon your experiences, and be open to unlearning and relearning. My clients find me an authentic, curious, and enthusiastic coach. I am understanding and thoughtful, yet I say what needs to be said to help clients think and act to move forward.

Who is your ideal client and why?

My ideal client is a leader who is seeking to become the best version of themselves; is someone who may be seeking a higher quality of life, reduced job stress, stronger workplace bonds, enhanced workplace performance, stronger work-life balance, or eliminating burnout. One or all leading to increased happiness at work, at home, and in life. My ideal client is open, curious, and willing to explore. Why? A client must be open to coaching, a willing participant on a journey, rather than a leader being sent to be “fixed”. They may not know what they seek or feel they have lost, but they are willing to explore.

How do you measure success with a client?

I measure success based on the goals and measurements the client sets. I have the client seek feedback from others and have them share feedback they receive from others organically. Having the client discuss with the leader during 1-2-1Assessments (either internal or external)Paying attention to client's approach, presence, and growth

What is your coaching superpower?

Holding space (uncomfortable silence) for the client to have self discovery.

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