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Go Deep, Be Courageous, Emerge a Winner!

Serving the Business and Professional Community since 1983! 

N. Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D.

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Ranked Among the World's Top 15 Executive Coaching Firms for Three Years Running!

Carlsbad - San Marcos (San Diego), California

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"When Elizabeth and I began working together, the company was in the process of being acquired.  With any acquisition there is always a certain level of turmoil, and we were no different. We experienced significant changes in our culture that affected not only the way we did business but also created dramatic increases in the environmental pace and workforce expectations.  Elizabeth was instrumental in helping me pilot the company to achieve a safe landing through this stormy time.  In doing so, she provided the tough feedback necessary to keep me focused on the organization’s goals.  She consistently held my feet to fire, and did so with humor and sincere encouragement.  For me, she was most valuable in her uncanny ability to quickly synthesize the dynamics of whatever was going on at the moment and simplify it, allowing me to step back and broaden my perspective.   Then she would provide me the precise tools I needed to effectively  address the situation.  I truly appreciated our time together.  I learned a lot, laughed a lot (often at myself), and believe I am a more successful leader because of it." 

 –Brad Lee, President, Breg, Inc., Carlsbad, CA 


"At the time I engaged Elizabeth Fried, my company was growing fast. So why did I need a coach?  For the first 10 years as a co-founder and entrepreneur, I wore many hats, taking on the lion’s share of the operational, sales and marketing roles. Now that I had a competent leadership team to manage these functions, I asked myself, “Where do I fit in?”  Elizabeth helped me to realize that I still had a very important role, just a different one.  I began to recognize that for senior management to drive and meet the organization’s goals, they needed a highly strategic leader whose vision and core values focused on their development.  My role now was to help them become better thinkers and leaders.  To accomplish this, Elizabeth designed our sessions to build my skills and confidence.  She challenged me to stretch my thinking about the business, face conflict fearlessly, and inspire my staff by improving my communication style and skills.  She always held me accountable.  Finally, I am pleased to report that our business is doing great and I feel more prepared and confident as a leader."

–David Duong, CEO, SHOEMETRO, San Diego, CA  (UPDATE:  One year after completing our coaching engagement, David sold his company in March, 2016 to DSW for $62.5 Million--I'm so proud of him!)

It's been said, "No one ever made it to the Olympics without a coach." The same is true of high achievers who want to win at their chosen field and reach their dreams.  Are you a business owner, executive, or professional who is looking for an executive coaching firm that will give you lots of choices and help you sort through sensitive and difficult challenges?  Or, are you in the sports or entertainment fields and want to expand your business opportunities? Would you like someone genuinely in your corner—a coaching firm with a team of highly experienced professionals  who will support your needs and give you practical tools to courageously face down and conquer obstacles as you work on your leadership development?  Then begin a journey with Dr. Elizabeth Fried and her all-star executive coaching company team.  With corporate headquarters located in San Diego County, California, in the Carlsbad - San Marcos area, top executive coach, Elizabeth was not only ranked for three years running as among the top 15 most influential executive coaches  in the world by Coaching Gurus, but was also listed in 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the top12 executive development companies in the greater San Diego area.   She and her international team of executive coaches will skillfully help you gain personal insight and challenge you to be your best as you work toward achieving your objectives. 

Going deep to get the results you want takes courage and practice.  Do you have the courage?  Are you willing to spend the time on yourself, and on others, to achieve what you want?  If the answer is "yes," we invite you to take the first step and begin a coaching program with our executive coaching firm.  It will be the best investment you have ever made in yourself.

If you visit me in person, I provide a relaxing, comfortable place for us to meet and discuss your needs.  If we meet by phone or by Skype, I'll be talking to you from my office.   Whichever you choose, I promise that you will receive my full attention and the focus will always be on you.

If you aren't sure what executive coaching can do for you, please read the testimonials below to get a feel for their experience.  You can also click here for more information or view the FAQ videos below.

Remember, you have to go deep and be courageous if you want to emerge a winner! Give us a call directly at 760-598.8888 to set up an appointment for a complimentary half hour conversation.  Alternately, click on the "quick connect button" in the yellow box above.  It will take you to an email form where you can tell us about your needs.  We'll be in touch shortly to set up your appointment.


What others are saying:

"As a result of coaching with Elizabeth Fried, I'm a more considerate and thoughtful leader who has gained a better understanding of my staff's leadership styles as well as my own. Her firm also provided a separate coach for one of our executives who enjoyed the process and  received numerous positive benefits toward advancing critical leadership skills.    All in all we received a very clear return on our investment."

–David Fitzgibbons, Vice President U.S. Operations, Wawanesa Insurance,  San Diego, CA

"I spent a year coaching with Elizabeth Fried during perhaps one of the most tumultuous and complicated periods of my career.  I was transitioning from owning and operating a successful action sports management agency to taking on a much broader role as CEO of Dyrdek Enterprises.  Drydek Enterprises has multiple divisions with lots of moving parts, requiring strong leadership.  During our sessions, Elizabeth helped me to navigate these waters and make a smooth transition without feeling overwhelmed.  This allowed me to maintain my resolve and keep moving forward.  Her piercing questions and ability to grasp my dilemma quickly, helped me to blend the execution of the intense day-to-day operations, yet stay focused on being both visionary and strategic.  Additionally, she also gave me perspective on how to maintain a happy family life while undergoing this challenge.  I truly appreciated that she never let me off the hook and always held me accountable, making it very clear she authentically cared about my success.  It is my pleasure to recommend her to any executive who wants to become a more effective leader."

 –Paul Conroy, CEO, Dyrdek Enterprises, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

"Bottom line, if you want to be a stronger leader, a better leader for the people for whom you are responsible, then spend time with Elizabeth.  During the first sessions, Elizabeth gathered insights about me, through self-assessments and feedback from co-workers.  From there, Elizabeth provided valuable coaching as we worked through those areas for improvement and strengths to leverage.  Elizabeth is an excellent communicator, and she provided me with the tools to be a more effective and impactful speaker.  One of the most important areas we worked on was how to be the best coach and mentor for my employees, so that they can reach their own potential as organizational leaders.  And that is something that all of us can and should do more of.  Each time we met, Elizabeth provided insights that were tangible and actionable.  In many cases, we worked through how best to utilize those insights for current events at work.  Elizabeth doesn’t pull any punches, she is candid and straight up with you, tackling head-on with you those areas you know you need to improve and challenging you with new skills to take advantage of.   I believe whoever engages her as a coach will find these life-long skills as valuable as I have found them to be."

 –Geoff Siegel, VP Innovation, Breg, Inc., Carlsbad, CA 

Dr. Fried's professional insight and experience resulted in helping me at an important time for the company and my leadership role, both current and future.  Her coaching allowed me to take an objective look at myself as a leader and taught me powerful communications skills, which resulted in significant external partnerships for my company.  Her analysis and guidance became strategic regarding reviewing goals and where I lead the company as well as how I coach staff for positive performance.   Additionally, she provided solid advice on companywide succession planning which ensures the company's success into the future.  I sincerely appreciated my time with her. 

–Cindy Haren, President and CEO, Western Dairy Association, Greeley, CO

“Elizabeth is a rare individual who has deep expertise, high integrity and an understanding of the human condition that makes her highly capable of providing consulting and top executive coaching services. We worked with her executive coaching firm more than once when I was the Global HR Business Partner at SAP and subsequently in my current role at ACCO Brands.  In all cases she was able to traverse the specific challenges we were encountering and design an outstanding solution. She brings new solutions and new learnings to those being coached and everyone she comes in contact with throughout the engagement. She is a true professional and an excellent person. I give my highest possible recommendation to Elizabeth and her executive coaching company without reservation."

–Sean Nelson, Vice President, Global Talent Management and HR Shared Services, ACCO Brands, International, Headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL

"I originally hired Dr. Elizabeth Fried to provide executive coaching for executives on our staff. After some initial meetings with her, I was convinced that I should be the first subject in order to alleviate fears among our team. My experience was stellar. I confirmed to my team that Dr. Fried would provide coaching in a supportive, non-judgmental, and totally confidential atmosphere. More importantly, she could help slice through issues, identify needed behavioral changes and work with the executive team to transform them into more effective leaders. Dr. Fried makes you look at the real you and holds you accountable for changes that you need to make. For many leaders, there are few who you can trust to tell you like it is and help you improve. She is one of them. Not only is she an expert  executive coach, she defines the qualities I really want in my inner circle: honesty, trustworthiness and help."

–Robert Westfall, President, Solatube, International - Headquartered in Vista, CA

"An elite athlete has coaches to help develop and strengthen skills and capabilities as well as create focus and confidence in preparing for the championship.  As my executive coach, Elizabeth Fried did just that.  Through her expert advice and coaching, I’m far more effective--in my leadership role, in my job as a mentor empowering my staff, and as a trusted advisor deepening collegial relationships with my peers.  I genuinely appreciated the benefit of having a truth-teller who I could confide in, who supported me, and held me accountable for the transformational work I experienced.  Personally and professionally, I have become a more effective business executive and leader as well as a better father, husband, and friend."

–David Kaput, Sr. Vice President, ACCO Brands, International, Headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL

"Elizabeth Fried is one of the most accomplished executive coaches that I have ever had the privilege of working with. She gives honest feedback, objective overviews and clearly sees what others cannot. Her assessments are always timely, accurate and objective. If your goal is leadership development or  business improvement, you cannot do better than her executive coaching firm to move any process forward."

–Dennis Conforto, Chairman & CEO, National HouseCheck, Boise, ID

"Within the first month of working with your executive coaching firm, I  began to see changes that allowed me to accomplish things with more ease and  efficiency. The music business requires flexibility, creativity, and focus--with often impossible deadlines. I'm now able to balance these pieces with much less stress. This enabled me to not only satisfy clients but also strengthen my bottom line—and this year's numbers are proof, nearly doubling those of last year!  I truly appreciate all that you have done to help me achieve this goal."

–Carlos Castro, Owner and Producer, Watersound Productions, Los Angeles, CA

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"I hired Elizabeth Fried as my executive coach during a time of personal and professional transition.  She was a great resource and inspiration for me as I managed the details of ending my 9 years of employment with ASTD and began focusing on building my business. I have now completed the full transition to business owner and am thrilled at the opportunities that lie ahead. In addition to the focus on my career, I also began to focus on transforming my health.  I was almost 160 lbs. and approaching a size 14 when I began working with Elizabeth.  Since then, I have lost almost 30 pounds and 10% body fat, and wear a size 4. Elizabeth introduced the idea of not just losing weight, but having a sculpted body… having a vision for the end result and really connecting with the 'why.' Well one thing turned into another, and I did go from losing weight to sculpting--and, at the age of 47 I competed in my first body building competition on October 2009!   That’s one trophy I am extremely proud of!  Thanks for your guidance and support Elizabeth!

– Maureen Orey, M.Ed, CPLP, President Workplace Learning & Performance Group, San Diego, CA

"Elizabeth coaches me on an ongoing basis. Her knowledge and expertise as an executive coach pushes me to further my abilities and strengths. She helps me to grow my weaknesses into strengths, which enables me to grow and evolve in my business as well as personal life. I would recommend Elizabeth to anyone who wants to enhance their work life or personal life. You have to be willing to want it and work for it. She helps you to be the best that you can be."

–Stacy Hunjadi, Branch Manager, Prime Lending, San Diego, CA

"Having booked Dr. Fried before several years ago for our South Florida conference, it came as no surprise that she was one of our more memorable keynote speakers and an incredible hit  at our 2nd Annual HR Conference at Sea.  Her amazing one-on-one coaching session with an audience volunteer, provided us with keen insight into the process of executive coaching. By using expert questioning techniques, she was able to get the volunteer to open up about her challenges, come up with various alternatives to make changes, analyze and discuss the alternatives, and select the best solution.  And she did this without ever making a suggestion! I very comfortably recommend Dr. Fried as one of the best presenters I have seen."

–Roy A. Lantz, CCP,  SPHR, Executive Vice President,  American Recruiters, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“While I’ve always had confidence and optimism for my career, your coaching helped me to go deep and discover the barriers holding me back from taking my career to the next level. Your coaching also allowed me to discover my strengths and what further value I can bring to clients. I have already begun to see this materialize in my current client engagements.  Now, I feel like nothing can stop me from getting what I want! Thank you.”

–Temre Greene, International Organizational Development Consultant, Sydney, Australia

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Executive Coaching Starts With YOU

Executive coaching is a present-centered program of what it is you and your business want to achieve, how we are going to achieve it, when we are going to achieve it and all the steps we are going to take in getting there.

Let us take an experiment with our Executive Coaching programs to examine what it might take for you to benefit from an executive coach :

  1. Be willing to change. Shortcuts are never an option, if you are not 100% committed to making the effort it will not work.

  2. Be open to constructive criticism. This feedback is imperative for improvement. It is always very hard to see yourself as others see you.

  3. Measure yourself accurately. We will look into the insight from those around you that work for you. Always looking for honest feedback to better aid where we stand.

  4. The difficult truth is, we seldom listen. We must learn to listen to feedback.

An executive coach helps you take charge of your reality: not dance around it.

We require that you ask yourself difficult questions about who you are. This requires time and it all depends on how eager you are to change.


By honestly following through we can ensure better quality and results through our executive coaching programs.


How does having an executive coach sound?


In today’s Companies, executives are in need of new tools to create and utilize the power of collective human behaviors. Consider this, if the results you’re receiving are not the results you expect then maybe it is time for change.


Many high profile executives such as Jack Welch and Michael Dell have realized that people need Coaching. Why? Because it takes courage to change.

Galileo said, "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

My question to you is: how soon are you willing to do something?


Keep In Mind about Executive Coaching...

  • Executive Coaching  is not for everyone.  Do don't beat yourself up if it doesn't work out.  Instead, focus on finding a the right fit with your coach.  You're going to be doing a lot of work on yourself, so it's important to have someone you trust.

  • Executive coaching isn't for every business because the culture must support it.. 

  • Executive coaching can be a leading way to aid in your business success.


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