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Amiel Handelsman is an executive coach, change consultant, and author. He has spent two decades developing leaders in large companies, foundations, start-ups, and the public sector. He combines the friendly warmth of his Michigan upbringing with the frankness and unflinching honesty of his New York City roots.

“It’s an honor to work with so many leaders who are willing to do the hard work of raising their game. I got plucked into this business at an early age and find it immensely rewarding. There is an opportunity now to improve the way we develop leaders, and I’m happy to be part of that. Remarkable things happen when we focus on the quality of our conversations, deliberately practice new skills, and call B.S. on ourselves when we’re falling short of our potential. I’m especially passionate about helping leaders and organizations in clean technology and sustainability—and the policy innovators who champion them.”

Amiel is the author of Practice Greatness: Escape Small Thinking, Listen Like A Master, And Lead With Your Best and Leading When You’re Ticked Off And Other Tips For Mastering Complexity. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. He is a Certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West. From 1999 to 2004 he served on the External Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

Amiel lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two gregarious sons, a zippy electric car, and six solar panels.

Amiel’s cell for immediate inquiries: 503-522-6383


Media Appearances (online and print)

Fast Company. How To Make Peace With Your Enemies At Work and Beyond, 4/17/14

Ridiculously Efficient. Three-part written interview, May 2014

BPI Network. Pivotal Practices For Leading Innovation, 6/2/14

Being with Jack Butler. Audio interview: the parts of an action conversation, 3/31/2015

Fast Company. How To Keep Your Cool At Work At All Times, 4/10/15

Out of the Box Podcast with Comedian Rosie Tran. Audio interview, May 2015


Radio Appearances

Hot Country 106.5, 4/16/14

Thank God for Monday, WSOU 89.5, 7/12/14


Story Angles

  • How to practice leadership on the job
  • How to change the tone of an important conversation
  • Making peace with your enemies
  • Improving the results of conversations by preparing


Interview Questions

  • What are the biggest obstacles to improving leadership in organizations?
  • How do most organizations develop leadership? How is your approach different?
  • How has your approach to developing leaders changed over the years?
  • Practice is a key to high performance in so many activities. Why don’t organizations encourage managers to deliberately practice?
  • What is the first step to practicing leadership on the job?
  • Why do you suggest managers get regular feedback from people who work with them?
  • How is Listening Like a Master different from the way we normally listen?
  • What are some things all managers need to know about asking questions?
  • What are some tips to arguing better?