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"When I first started working with Jeff, I was a little skeptical that he would understand how to help me.
As a general manager of a multi-million dollar company, it seemed like I always had more creative ideas than time to implement them. I felt overwhelmed and unfocused.
From our very first meeting, Jeff was able to help me get out of my own way and find my focus. But now after every call with Jeff, I have clarity on my next action steps.
I've been crushing my goals and feel more laser-focused than ever before.
If you feel like you have lots of creative ideas but aren't making any meaningful progress on them, I highly recommend you partner with Jeff!"
— Kevin, General Manager and Co-Owner
PARTNERED WITH CLIENTS & COMPANIES
My clients are business leaders, founders, and owners pursuing breakthroughs in themselves, their teams, and their communities:
“I initially signed up for coaching with Jeff during a transition period in my career, when I had to redefine my role inside my organization, identify my priorities, areas of focus, and how to have an impact during a phase of intense flux.
Jeff helped me a lot, bringing great clarity and perspective, and suggesting approaches or methods that helped me navigate this change.
Many of his suggestions are now part of my daily routine. We continued evolving the coaching relationship from there.
I feel Jeff can be a great partner for anyone in a leadership position, having to deal with culture change, innovation in organizations, and how to be effective during uncertain times."
- Gabriel, Marketing Executive & Managing Director
"In the last 3 months, I have gone from one of the lowest performers to the TOP producer on my team by a *wide margin*.
In fact, everyone on my team is asking what my "secret sauce" is and is picking my brain for advice now.
I'd say that is a 180-degree turnaround from where I was before working with Jeff!
I started working with Jeff to help reinvigorate my software sales career.
The top thing I enjoy about working with Jeff is that he asks high-quality questions that help you to create more "flow states" - which is essentially a peak performance state which is *crucial* for success in my sales role."
- David, Account Services @ SalesForce
"I'm the co-founder of a software startup, and I decided to see if coaching could help me get better at setting and achieving my goals.
I did some research on various coaches and picked Jeff because I liked what he had to say in his bio.
My experience has far exceeded expectations. Jeff is a gem.
He asks great questions. He is also great at helping me clarify my goals, and then holding me accountable to keeping them.
I can't recommend Jeff highly enough as a coach. I almost don't want to write this review for fear that he will get too popular, leaving less time to work with me."
- Gabe, Co-Founder & CEO of Medical Tech Startup
“Being an entrepreneur and owner of two restaurants I found I had gotten lost in the minutia of everyday life. I had forgotten my goals and the big picture.
In a very short time, Jeff was able to help me redefine my personal values and carry them into my business and community.
In the beginning, Jeff helped me achieve "small wins" by identifying my strengths. By focusing on my strengths and letting go of my weaknesses these daily "small wins" gave me the momentum to tackle my larger goals.
Now, Jeff and I are working on my "Big Ideas," a five-year plan that will make a lasting impact on my community, my team, and myself.
With Jeff's encouragement, my days are no longer about washing dishes and bussing tables, it is about taking the bold steps to achieve my potential. I am now the pebble that starts the ripple that makes a difference."
- Rob, Restaurant Owner and Community Leader
Creative Leadership Coaching
As your coach, I provide thought partnership, accountability, and a set of advanced leadership playbooks to help you become even more successful than you already are.
I leverage my expertise and experiences in Creativity and Innovation, Leadership Development, Organization Design, Positive Psychology, and Behavior Change to help leaders increase their effectiveness in 3 key areas of Creative Leadership:
Leading the Organization
When you begin to master the art and science of creative leadership, you'll notice that you, your team, and your business are operating at new levels of focus, execution, and momentum.
1) Leading Self
Outcome: An upgraded "personal operating system" that leads to consistently higher levels of effectiveness and creative performance.
When you partner with me as your coach, we will work together to transformyour habits, systems, and mindsets to enhance your creative leadership.
As a result:
You wake up each dayfeeling inspired and energized by the bold goals that you are bringing to life.
Despite an overwhelming number of possibilities, you confidentlyprioritize what will produce outstanding results and the biggest impact (and pause or delegate all the rest).
You make faster and better decisions with confidence (despite facing uncertainty, complexity - or even chaos).
You learn how to transform impostor syndrome and self-doubt to actually fuel your growth.
You eliminate your perfectionism and need for control slowing down your momentum.
You continually push yourself outside your comfort zone, take on bolder challenges, and grow your confidence as a leader.
You strengthen your growth mindset, resilience, and adaptability so you feelunstoppable.
You maximize your time, attention, and energy so that you are leveraging your strengths,experiencing more Flow, and bringing to life your highest-level contributions.
2) Leading Others
Outcome: An authentically motivated team that is focused, engaged, and accountable to making bigger and better things happen.
When you learn how to deliberately ignite and develop your people's creativity and accountability, you not only maximize their performance and growth - you also are finally able to shift from being a reactive, firefighting "doer" to a transformational, strategic "leader."
I'll show you how to:
Ignite and develop your team'screativity and accountability through specific leadership actions, communications, and routines.
Cultivate a positive work environment and team culture that naturally sparks high performance, continuous learning, and creative thinking.
Foster effective collaboration around a compelling shared vision.
Design team structures and processes that drive consistent progress and extraordinary results.
Coach and give effective feedback to your people for continuous growth and effectiveness.
Implement a 1-on-1 system with your people that will meaningfully ignite and develop their creativity, ownership, and leadership over time.
Identify and activate your people's strengths to supercharge their motivationandsuccess.
3) Leading the Organization
Outcome: Enhanced influence, change leadership, and cross-functional collaboration skills that help take your organization to new levels of success.
Changing your own behavior is challenging enough.
But when it's time to lead change and innovation initiatives that will impact your entire organization (even outside your direct team), you need a new set of skills.
And you could use a thought partner (me!) who has successfully led organization and culture change before.
I'll show you how to:
Strategically approach the process of leadingchange and innovation from beginning to end (and beyond).
Build strategicalliances and networks across stakeholders to ensure buy-in and implementation.
Sharpen your influence and communication skills to energize people's readiness to change.
Harness conflict and disagreement to actually fueltransformation.
If you're serious about transforming yourself into a transformational Creative Leader, I'd love for you to experience aGifted (i.e. Free) 45-minute Coaching Discovery Session with me.
This is what we'll do during our session:
Connect [5 minutes]: We'll get to know each other to see if there is a good fit
Explore [15 minutes]: We'll dig deep into your biggest challenges, opportunities, and most important goals
Strategize [20 minutes]: We'll create a roadmap with clear next actions for momentum and growth
Invite [5 minutes]: I'll share more about my coaching program and we'll discuss what partnering together could look like
What You Get When You Partner with me as your Creative Coach
My 1-on-1 coaching is customizable to you and your situation.
It's intended to deliver the highest Return Per Minute on Your Time & Money as possible.
My 1:1 coaching isn’t a one-size-fits-all training program(Although you do get access to my courses, templates, tools, and curated resources that will give you direct advice).
This coaching is all about helping you get exactly what you need when you need it.
Live 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions via Zoom
We work on what is most pressing to you each session.
My goal for each session is to help bring you closer to achieving the results listed under my 3-pillar Creative Leadership framework above.
Here's what to expect from me during our calls:
To be your accountability coach and make sure you are following through
To challenge you and get you out of your comfort zone
To encourage you to act bolder, more authentically, more purposefully
To bedirect and call you out on your own bullshit
Be your biggest fan and advocate - you're doing amazing shit!!!
My usual live coaching session rhythm is a 1-hour call every other week.
Daily Check-In Support via Text
To maximize your momentum, growth, and accountability, I also provide daily (except on Saturdays) check-ins via text.
Through my coaching experiences and PhD research on learning and creative performance over the last 10 years, I’ve identified a simple, yet effective text-based method to promote continuous momentum towards your biggest, creative goals.
It's called the RPA Method - Reflection, Prioritization, Accountability.
Reflection - To truly grow from experiences (and not just live through them), you need to engage in deliberate reflection. Reflection helps you explore, identify, and learn better ways of working on your creative projects so that achieving your biggest goals becomes more effortless and enjoyable.
Prioritization- The master skill for staying focused. Each day and week we are identifying what truly is most important (and what is NOT) to ensure you are spending time on what matters most.
Accountability - This is all about ensuring following-through and identifying any adjustments that need to be made to get back on track, should things not be going as originally planned.
Each day via text, I am helping you stay set clear goals, stick with them, and improve your effectiveness.
All it takes is 5 minutes a day and for you to simply respond to my questions honestly..
Access to 30 Day Creative Momentum Challenges with Live Coworking and Mastermind Sessions
I also run a30 Day Creative Momentum Challenge communitywhere I host weekly live coworking and mastermind sessions as well as a daily accountability check-in via Discord.
It's a fun group of dedicated creators and entrepreneurs challenging themselves to make daily progress on their creative goals - and when you work with me 1-on-1, you get access to everything that it involves.
Bonus Guides, Tools, Resources
I'm always creating guides, resources, and tools to help creative leaders and their teams be more effective, creative, and productive.
When you partner with me as your coach, you also get access to:
The 4 Shifts You Need to Make as a Leader to Ignite Your People’s Creativity
1-on-1's for Team Creativity
Powerful Coaching Questions to Ask Your People
How to Give Feedback to Ignite Your People's Creativity
Employee Experience for Creativity 101
The Creative Momentum Toolkit
How to Design Flow Experiences
How to Become a Creative Badass
How to Think and Act Like a Creative Genius
The Negative Self-Talk and Limiting Belief Eliminator
Productivity for Creative People
Design Your Ideal Week
Designing Effective Habits to Propel Your Creative Work
Connecting to Your Purpose, Passions, and Play
My library of curated resources from other experts
And more as they are being developed!
Want More Customization?
Want to discuss additional customizations to your 1-on-1 coaching?
Whether it's adding more or different types of calls and check-ins (e.g. weekly 1-hour, extra 15-minute accountability calls), or something else you have in mind - let's discuss!
“Jeff has surpassed all my expectations as a coach. He has helped me stick with the helpful habits and get rid of the bad habits in a very positive and humane way.
Although he offers his deep knowledge and tools without stint, he asks smart questions and shares his insights that usually help me find my real challenges and the right solutions on my own.
I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff as a coach for improving your awareness and effectiveness. You will regret not hiring him sooner.”
- Jussi, Founder & CEO of Tech Startup in Logistics Industry
"I recently started a creative advertising agency in digital media.
I was moving in circles, I had a lot of ideas but very few actions, and I was very stressed and disappointed with my results.
I was lucky to find and work with Jeff. Immediately I started working with him, I realized a big change - I began to do the things I said I will do, my personal integrity and self-confidence went up, and my priorities when I wake up in the morning are now CRYSTAL CLEAR.
I am feeling very productive with the tools and techniques suggested by Jeff. We even worked on a sales script together.
I wish I had a coach like Jeff earlier - I would have accomplished even more. He really goes the extra mile to give insight and show you the way."
- Hassan, Founder & CEO of Digital Media & Advertising Agency
Meet Your Coach.
My name is Jeff Fajans (rhymes with "lions").
I am a certified creative performance and leadership coach who helps leaders master the art and science of creative leadership.
I'm passionate about helping high-potential leaders upgrade their personal operating systems, ignite their people's creativity and accountability, and scale their impact.
In my past roles, I served as Head of Talent and Organization Development at entertainment and retail marketing agencies - partnering with senior executives to bring forth culture and leadership transformations that drove innovation, high performance, and growth.
For my coaching certification, I learned from David Peterson, the former Head of Google's Executive Coaching & Leadership team.
I've designed and produced internationally acclaimed digital courses on creative work and creative leadership that can be found on Domestika, LinkedIn Learning, and Cornerstone OnDemand.
I also serve on the Board of Advisors of OASIS Center International, a non-profit whose mission is to bring creativity and arts mentorship programs to underserved youth.
My mission is to help 1 million people bring their biggest ideas to life through my coaching, teaching, and advocacy of creativity.
The values that drive me are creativity, curiosity, compassion, and courage.
I’ve worked 1-on-1 with hundreds of creative people and presented to thousands of others across the world from every continent except Antarctica (for some reason penguins aren’t into self-development).
My clients come from all creative industries - from technology, design, marketing, software development, filmmaking, writing, art, music, architecture, content creators & influencers, professional speaking, academia, non-profit, and other small and mid-sized creative businesses.
Here are 3 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me
Thing #1: My last name is a Polish last name. My Polish great-grandfather Kazimierz Fajans discovered the chemical element, Protactinium, and ate lunch with Albert Einstein at a table my parents now have in their dining room.
Thing #2: I have a PhD in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where I studied under Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, world-renowned author of Flow. My research focused on how to help people learn, develop, and lead more effectively to better achieve creative goals.
Thing #3: I am an avid music creator and guitar player - and since the birth of my amazingly curious, creative, and energetic 3.5-year-old son, Hendrix, I have been creating funky fresh kids music that captures the authenticity, joy, craziness, and fun of toddlers and parents experiencing the world together. This is NOT anything like the typical cookie-cutter children's music out there. The president of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) described my EP, Trash Truck, as "Beastie Boys for Babies" 🤣.
It's time to master the Art & Science of Creative Leadership and grow your impact.
If you’re ready to reach your next level of leadership, let's get on a call.