Cheryl Smith Bryan has more than twenty years of experience in assessing and advising high potential employees and teams, and coaching executives for career success. Her clients appreciate her ability to listen with understanding and empathy as well as her caring approach to holding them accountable.
Previously, Cheryl was Managing Director in the Houston office of Boyden Global Executive Search, led the firm's Human Resources Practice and was a member of the Industrial Practice. She conducted board and executive level searches for global corporations as well as start-ups and mid-cap companies in energy, healthcare, and manufacturing. Cheryl's functional knowledge spans the corporate structure, with particular expertise in organizational change, learning and development, human resources, corporate communications, sales, marketing, and accounting.
Cheryl began her career in the corporate human resources function, first in the energy industry and then in financial services. After an initial focus on staffing, she assumed a generalist role with additional responsibility for employee relations, organization design, and employee development. Cheryl has:
Cheryl is a member of the International Coach Federation and a certified Birkman® consultant, has been quoted in local and national business publications, and has made presentations to a number of industry and professional associations. She received a BBA in Management from Texas A&M University.
- Supported the integration of executives in new roles by focusing on culture fit, relationships, performance against goals, conflict resolution, and staff management
- Developed customized executive coaching solutions to maximize personal and professional potential
- Designed and delivered 360° feedback to identify coaching needs
- Facilitated teambuilding process to ensure peak performance
- Facilitated executive integration: supported the new head of supply chain in a specialized retail organization in learning the corporate culture in a different industry. His predecessor had failed to build relationships at corporate headquarters as well as in the field, so he had to overcome a negative perception of the supply chain function. Cheryl conducted 360 interviews at regular intervals during his first six months, focusing on culture fit, relationships, performance against goals, conflict resolution, and staff management. The Managing Director was successful in all aspects of his role and was given additional responsibility before he had been with the company for a year.
- Coached the Director of Talent Management on culture fit: this individual joined one of the state's largest healthcare systems from a high tech company and was frustrated by the politics and slow pace of change. She also struggled with colleagues who didn't share her sense of urgency and a boss who gave her very little constructive feedback. Cheryl provided assessment results to enable the client to understand her needs and manage her stress reactions, and coached her to communicate more effectively. The client improved her relationship with her boss, staff and internal customers, and received a very favorable performance review.
- Supported the CEO of a global oilfield services company in planning the transition to his successor by helping him define his approach to transferring his knowledge and accepting that the corporate culture would change. In order to minimize the negative impact of the transition, Cheryl coached him through the process of communicating with the board of directors and his employees, and dealing with their emotional reactions, which made him very uncomfortable. She helped him explore his options and timing for considering other opportunities while fulfilling his responsibilities to the company. As a result, the CEO enlisted his direct reports in preparing the information for his successor, and encouraged the employees to maintain their loyalty to the company.
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