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David has provided human capital consulting services to over 500 companies through AustinWorkNet and Austin HR. His direct work has been in partnership with executive teams in guiding them to produce the best results from their organizations. He’s led strategic planning sessions as well as consulted on projects such as M&A’s, reorganizations/change initiatives, succession planning, total compensation planning, HR leadership development/mentorship and much more.

The leadership development progression reflected below moves from the basics, to individual coaching and development to high level strategic competencies. These programs are either led by David or in partnership with expert affiliates.

There are fundamental elements to successful leadership. AustinWorkNet’s leadership learning series covers the basics in effective people management. The Lunch-‘n-Learn training series reflected below provides organizations an opportunity to align their leadership teams to a baseline of knowledge.


Core Curriculum

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  • An overview of the process and elements of performance management.

  • Creating a culture of accountability.

  • Aligning vision to annual corporate goal setting to organizational goal setting to individual results

  • How to create SMART goals

  • Real time feedback process and methodologies

  • Linking performance to pay


Addressing Conflict

  • Moving towards greater trust for cohesion and stronger productivity

  • Tools for trust building

  • Review of the Thomas-Kilman conflict management model

  • Avoiding the traps of trust busting

  • Active listening / influence with respect


Legally compliant interviews

  • An overview of behavioral interviewing process

  • Method and tools

  • Sample behavioral interview questions

  • Overview of legal obligations to conduct a compliant interview – the do’s and don’ts

  • Ensure you’re hiring for high productivity and fit – avoid the “attitude problems” that may derail your department

  • Understanding the top diversity issues

  • Provide strategies for dealing with diversity and inclusion

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of diversity and inclusion

  • Building your diversity program


Behavioral Assessments

  • We help you decide the best fit for your organization – DiSC or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

  • Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress and how you solve problems

  • Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members

  • Facilitate better teamwork and minimize team conflict

  • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members

  • Become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded and effective leaders


(employee population or manager awareness options)

  • Revise or create harassment policies & code of conduct

  • Learn techniques and prevention strategies

  • Delineate “gray areas” such as flirting and dating in the workplace

  • Define unlawful sexual harassment

  • Identify varying examples and levels of harassment

  • Understand how to handle disclosure conversations and incident reporting

  • Navigate boundaries, consent, and power dynamics

  • Receive a culture evaluation and recommendations

  • Partnership includes assistance post-incident to rebuild employee trust

  • Bring in support resources for employees & management involved 

  • All of the above can be customized based on your company’s industry, size, location, and management level

Basic Guidance for Supervisors and Line Managers
  • Expectations & Traits of Quality Managers

  • Employment Law Overview & Discriminatory Practices – “What to be Aware of” & “Know When Pause & to Seek Guidance”

  • Situations & Interactive Examples with Discrimination, Pay Practices, Harassment, Disabilities, Avoiding Retaliation, Protected Absences, Privacy, Hiring Basics, Constructive Discharge

  • Common Types of Unethical Behavior

  • Common Q&A & Practical Tips

  • Overview of Employment and Workplace Laws – What, How, When & Consequences

  • Understanding a Manager’s role as an “Agent of the Company” & Steps to Protect the Company

  • Responding to potential issues that put the company at risk; How to be Good Stewards of the Company & Reduce the Company’s Risk Exposure

  • Professionalism in the Workplace (attitude, gossip, workplace communications)

  • Investigations, Communications & What to do when a Claim is Filed

  • Manager & Leader Role Play Exercises for Practical Application


  • Understanding how stress quietly starts and spreads

  • Learn a 20-minute strategy for rest, recovery, and balance inside the work day at your desk

  • Easy to experience and enjoy, a customized, office-friendly set of techniques that can be done at your desk

  • Empower teams to cope with the challenges that permeate all of work and life


Once the basics of leadership learning are in place as noted in the above curriculum, we can begin the process of enhancing a leader's competencies to perform at a higher level. As a leadership coach, my charter is to help leaders raise their skills in service to the enterprise. Their legacy should be viewed as having left a profoundly positive impact on the people they work with at every level and circumstance.


The discovery process I deploy when working with client leaders includes a series of inquiry in the areas of Insights, Challenges, Objectives and Needs – in alignment with the broader categories of Business, Leadership and Personal.

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The goals for each area of inquiry:

Insights - Understand the customer and their business

Challenges - Uncover business issues and problems

Objectives - Discover where the business is going

Needs - Identify what the client needs in a solution



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