Coaching

The 12-Steps were originally created in 1935 as part of the program, Alcoholics Anonymous. The basis of this blueprint for living was designed to help those living with alcoholism not only abstain from drinking but also help them to develop better relationships through self-assessment, admission of wrongs done to others and ultimately improving one’s connection with a Higher Power as well as “carrying the message” to others who may suffer from a similar malady. 

There are many parallels that can be drawn from the principles found in the 12 Steps and those utilized in the world of leadership. While these themes are spiritual in nature, they are also universal. Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness are but a few of the principles that can be applied to the decision leaders make. 

Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps is a workbook that can be used by the reader as a means of self-exploration and professional development. It is written for executives, managers, and anyone who wants to grow professionally. Not only does it provide an explanation of the correlation between the principles found in recovery programs and leadership, it also includes questions that are designed for the reader or to be guided with the assistance of a coach or mentor as well. 

Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps takes a unique approach to the concept of leadership development. It is guaranteed to provide the reader with the tools they need to work towards the potential they have and become the leader they aspire to be.

My Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps Mastermind Class is based on my over 28 years of professional background in the for profit and nonprofit sector. It also encompasses my experience as a 2019 graduate of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York Health Leadership Fellows Program.

The cohort-based program is an excellent resource for individuals and organizational teams that want to increase their efficacy in the workplace and create a practical plan for leadership development.

The outcomes of the Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps Mastermind Class include:

  • Professional development
  • Employee retention
  • Improved communication and relationship between supervisors and teams
  • Better supervisor engagement which leads to improved employee morale
  • Team building
  • Emphasis on empathy and better understanding of emotional intelligence


The class also includes a pre-post assessment to measure areas of improvement.

Hear what others have to say about Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps Mastermind Class:

“Leadership through the Lens of the 12 Steps is for both a new leader as well as a seasoned leader. The discussions amongst the group during each step brings to life real examples of how the leadership principles are put into action. Excellent job Karl!”

Joseph DiStasio – Chief Financial Officer, BestSelf Behavioral Health

“This leadership program is very unique. I appreciated the 12 Step perspective and enjoyed the opportunity to consider leadership strategies through this new lens.”

Pam Kefi – Associate Vice-President, People Inc. and Executive Director of Deaf Access Services

“Karl developed a unique and creative way to teach leadership skills by utilizing the 12 Step model originally designed to help support people in recovery.  I recommend ‘Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps’ to professionals who want to learn how to develop their skills to become leaders or enhance their skills in private and nonprofit businesses and organizations.”

Marlene Schillinger – Retired CEO, Jewish Family Service of Western New York

One-on-One Coaching 

Do you want to achieve your goals but don’t know how to, Karl can help. He’s been there. Karl also offers coaching services with an emphasis on mental health. By combining his professional background and personal lived experience, he will help you reach new heights and break free from the negative thinking that keeps you from living the life you want. By tuning in to your needs he will guide you by both providing feedback as well as keeping you accountable to your goals and objectives.

Karl’s coaching philosophy is based on the principles of potential, faith, and strength.

Potential: You can break through your self-perceived limitations. You have the ability to do far more than you believe is possible. It all starts with saying, “Yes, I can!”

 Faith: This is an important part of triumphing over adversity. When you are in a difficult place, remember that there is a Presence that is supporting and guiding you. There is also the concept of having faith in oneself which helps to promote self-confidence and positive self-esteem.

Strength: You have the ability to overcome seemingly impossible odds. But you are designed to be strong and capable. Sometimes you just need some help. This can be your first step.

The first step is to schedule a discovery call. Just sign up below with your contact information. During this time he will speak with you so he can learn more about what you want to achieve and determine if the two of you are a good match. It’s as simple as that!