Dr Michael Frisch

Michael’s expertise covers many human resource topics, including competency models, executive development, training, succession planning, and performance management. His primary focus is delivering executive coaching services, which he has been doing for over 25 years.

He has worked with coaching clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, media/publishing, telecomm/high tech, professional services, and consumer goods. He also serves as a supervising coach and coaching instructor for both internal and external coaches through his affiliation with iCoachNewYork, a coach training and consulting firm. iCoachNewYork partners with the Zicklin Business School of Baruch College (CUNY) to deliver a certificate program in professional coaching.

Michael derives deep satisfaction from helping his coaching clients embrace new approaches to challenges and in so doing, foster their professional growth. Versed in many assessment tools and a highly perceptive interviewer, he deepens his clients’ self-insight, especially on gaps between their intentions and their impact on others. Michael challenges his clients’ thinking and assumptions in a direct but supportive style. He also has a well-honed ability to align his clients’ developmental goals with sponsoring organizations’ agendas. Clear insights, savvy observations about organizational realities, real-time perspectives that add value, and persistence in overcoming obstacles makes Michael’s coaching a win-win effort for all stakeholders.

In the past, Michael held the position of Senior Consultant and Director of Coaching Services for Personnel Decisions International’s (PDI) New York operating office. Earlier roles included consulting on training and career topics, and a full time position as Manager of Management Development for PepsiCo.

During the course of his career, Michael has presented to groups such as The Conference Board and the Human Resource Planning Society. He has been quoted in magazines such as Fortune, Working Woman, and Personal Excellence. Michael’s publications cover topics such as interviewing, performance management, and coaching. Recent publications include a chapter in Advancing Executive Coaching, published by Jossey-Bass and co-author of a book, Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach published by AMACOM.

Michael received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice University and his MS from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and Division 13, the Society for Consulting Psychology (SCP). Michael is a licensed Psychologist in New York State.