You know that a people-first approach is the best way to lead. I do too.
And though you know it to be true, you struggle with what that looks like on a day-to-day basis. Where do I start? What do I say? How do I interact with my team differently than I do today?
I help you answer these questions. I help you deﬁne your purpose, identify your core values and leadership strengths, and then help you create a roadmap for your day-to-day interactions. Before you know it, you are leading with your heart. You are leading with love. And as Peter Drucker said,
"Work is Love made visible."
As with all servant leadership experts, my own development path shows a dedication to lifelong learning. I received my BA from Arizona State University, my MBA from Western International University, and my MS in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Most recently, I completed Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II®, and the Lego® Serious Play® Methodology. (Nobody said that servant leadership can’t be fun!) Additionally, I am pleased to share that I am a guide at LifeGuides®, helping people by sharing experiences that I have had that they are currently experiencing.
My clients and other collaborations include leaders from Carvana, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, Seagate Technologies, Career Revolution, Climax Molybdenum, Wright State University, and Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun.
Wright State University
"It is a pleasure and with great confidence to recommend Scott Knuttson as a leadership coach.
Recently I had the opportunity to participate on a ten-week coaching session with Scott. My goal is to transition from a corporate career to be a small business owner within the next five years. The greatest challenge in making the transition is not knowing how to get started and the fear of the unknown.
Scott took the time to listen asked questions to understand my experience, skills, goals and objectives, then in a practical and methodically approach he used his extensive experience and skills to develop a path to build on my skills. He was instrumental in developing my awareness by providing research tools, he encouraged me to develop a networking strategy and he provided specific examples that helped me expand clarity and encouragement. At the end of our sessions I was much more confident, I have gained knowledge that I am applying toward my goal and I highly recommend Scott as a leadership coach.
In addition of being experience and an expert in the field of leadership, Scott has great communication skills, he is a good listener and very approachable."
- Yohanna W.
"I have known Scott for over 20 years so when I learned that he is now coaching executives I felt compelled to learn more and engage in a coaching relationship with him. Although I am a financial advisor to individuals and businesses I had not consulted with a coach about my own practice. I obviously believe in the client/advisor relationship but was afraid to be transparent. I knew that I could grow and do a better job but was afraid of the unknown, afraid to share core feelings – I might just be challenged to change."
Scott provided an open space to uncover what is important to me as an advisor. He skillfully guided our weekly discussions to define the objective of our relationship and set a path to get there. I learned a lot about myself as an individual and a businessman. Our discussions reignited my passion and uncovered a new plan to achieve what I envisioned some 30 years ago! Scott helped me build an exciting team of passionate professionals to serve our clients. This team has achieved results beyond my initial wishes and expectations – now I am excited for Mondays to move forward.
I encourage you to engage with Scott and approach the relationship with an open mind. Buckle up and prepare to be the best you possible!"
- Andrew P.
"Scott has been my leadership coach for the past two years and I can't say enough about how enlightening the experience has been.
He helped me define what sort of leader I aspired to be, then helped me set goals and an action plan for my development. During our sessions, he has helped me identify and work through issues in my personal life that were causing roadblocks to my growth as a leader.
When I started the journey with Scott, I was very much in the "fake it till you make it" mode. I was insecure in my own abilities and unsure how to improve as a leader. Working with Scott, I learned I was already a good leader, but lacked the confidence to embrace and own my achievements.
With his support, I have become more sure of myself in both my professional and personal life, am much more in tune with my staff, and am well on my way to becoming the leader I strive to be."
- Kelly W.
Some Hopefully Fun and Interesting Facts About Me:
I have a seven-year-old (as of 2022) daughter – Kaia is the love of my life, who makes life so interesting and fun!
Lost a bet, wore a dress - I made a bet with an employee (I was a manager) and the loser had to wear a dress to work. Unfortunately, I was the loser. Thank goodness for Muumuus!
The Library Tour: When you think about a cross-country motorcycle trip, stopping at libraries in various small towns is probably not part of that picture!
I love classic vehicles - I enjoy working on and showing classic cars and trucks. I currently own a 1972 GMC Sierra 2500 long bed, with a meaty 402 engine, a TH400 transmission and factory air conditioning – It’s pretty dang quick for a ¾ ton truck!
I built a 2600-piece LEGO® Ducati motorcycle. Don’t worry. It's a part of my job as a LEGO® Serious Play® practitioner!
I stopped playing guitar 30+ years ago - until my then 6-year-old daughter asked me about the guitar in my bedroom.
My ﬁrst career was as a sports journalist in Phoenix. There’s nothing better than getting paid to interview the likes of Ken Phelps (Oakland As), Walter Davis and Alvin Adams (Phoenix Suns), and Doug Williams (Arizona Outlaws.)
I lived in Hawaii for 18 months because I had to. We were on our way to Australia and planned to buy tickets in Hawaii because they were cheaper there. Our non-stop partying however kept us from making it to Australia or having enough money to make it back to the mainland.
My family and I were guests of John Wayne for a week.
In college, I once spent an evening drinking with author and gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail). I’d like to tell you more, but I can’t.