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Mike Harden

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Transformational Coaching for Exceptional Leaders®

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​CEOs work under the watchful eye of shareholders, boards, regulatory watchdogs, the media, and the public. Their successes are short-lived and their missteps magnified. There is little room for error, and no room for doubt, hesitation, or resistance to change.


Mike Harden understands the immense pressure and intense scrutiny; he has lived it, breathed it, and succeeded in spite, and because, of it. One of the Greater DC Area’s most sought-after executive coaches, Mike brings decades of experience to clients, helping them grow and develop into strong guides and guardians for their organizations.


Being a “good” CEO is not enough in today’s rapidly changing, unprecedentedly complex business world. Being good is the same as being adequate. Being great is the only option. Mike’s expertise, understanding, and ability to connect, question, and advise helps good leaders become great leaders.

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Being Good Isn't Good Enough Anymore
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​“Business coaching is attracting America’s top CEOs because, put simply, business coaching works. In fact, when asked for a conservative estimate of monetary payoff from the coaching they got… managers described an average return of more than $100,000, or about six times what the coaching had cost their companies.” - FORTUNE Magazine

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​About Mike

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In a career that has spanned four decades, there is little that Mike Harden has not seen. As an entrepreneur, executive, teacher, mentor, and coach, he has honed his skills and developed an exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge. His experience and insight has made him a sought-after coach and advisor for those charged with guiding their organizations in complex times. With nearly 13,000 hours of coaching CEOs and other C-level executives — Mike is committed to helping good executives become great leaders.

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​Mike Harden is:

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- The CEO of Clarity Group, offering top-level executive coaching to CEOs, COOs, Presidents, and business owners.


- A seasoned international executive who has worked for companies including Bank of America, CitiCorp, Sterling Software, BancTec, and Fiserv. With over 42 years of experience, he has spent 24 years at the CEO/COO level.


- The former President of a division of a Fortune 500 company, where Mike started with one employee and no revenue, and grew the division to over 1000 people with revenues of $50-$60 million within 14 months.


- A successful entrepreneur who tackled emerging technology with his ventures, Mike started several new companies in various sectors.


- A business expert - Mike testified before numerous Congressional committees on emerging technology.


- A trusted advisor to business and government leaders from around the world.


- A trusted source on industry events for news organizations including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN.


- A respected lecturer and professor. Mike lectured at George Washington University; held the position of Professor at Strayer University; and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.


- A former Army Ranger and second-degree black belt in Ju Jitsu, Mike teaches executive security and travel safety through his other company, Executive Security Escape & Evasion.


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Mike Harden provides each client with a customized coaching experience guided by decades as a CEO. With empathy and compassion, he helps executives break through the plateau of good and climb to greatness.


Read Mike's story "Good to Great" in Profiles in Success.


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​ONE-ON-ONE COACHING

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Nothing prepares leaders for the enormity of their responsibility and the weighty knowledge that they cannot afford to make mistakes. Mike’s client-centric approach focuses on the needs of the client both as a leader and as an individual. Coaching addresses the real issues facing executives, offering CEOs a testing ground on which they can develop and strengthen the decision-making, communication, and leadership skills that are so vital to their organizations’ future.

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STRATEGIC PLANNING

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​Organizations today are under extreme short-term pressure to perform and their management teams find themselves unable to plan for more than a quarter or two. Mike’s expertise in strategic management (the ongoing approach to strategic planning) plays an invaluable role in focusing companies on the long-term objectives necessary to remain successful in a highly competitive world.

Developing a strategic plan is the easiest part of the process. Most companies that fail strategically, do so in the execution of the plan, not on the formulation of the plan. For this reason, Mike stresses the importance of execution and implementation, and provides the guidance and tools to manage the process through successful completion.


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“Death by meeting” is an avoidable, and curable, affliction suffered by virtually every organization. Rather than leaving participants recharged, invigorated, and sure of their direction, too often, meetings drain the energy everyone in the room. Mike Harden offers facilitation and training that will transform meetings into productive, upbeat sessions that drive business objectives and engage employees and executives alike.

The value of facilitation is having an external expert direct the meeting(s) and give those usually charged with running them the chance to participate. With the pressure off, they can learn from and with the group. Mike’s upbeat style encourages participation, while his zero-tolerance policy for rambling ensures that time is used to everyone’s best advantage.

By utilizing the techniques that Mike models in these sessions, executives can implement more productive, streamlined meetings in their workplace. 


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​An important strategy for a growing organization is to have solid, experienced advisors available to provide guidance, ask tough questions, and give unbiased advice. Mike Harden sits on numerous advisory boards, and draws upon his four decades of business and leadership experience to deliver world-class advice for organizations that need more expertise and knowledge than they currently collectively possess.

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Here is a representative list of some of our clients. Also, please check out the testimonial videos from some of our CEOs.
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