Roberts Golden Launches ‘Executive Sherpa’ Personal Consulting Program for High-Stakes Executives

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Consulting firm responds to increased demand for confidential counsel for leaders who need to frame their most transformative initiatives ‘off the grid’ before acting on them.

Roberts Golden Consulting

We find that part of the formula for a successful transformation is when the executive sponsor has a ‘thought partner’ with whom to frame their ideas for how to structure and lead for success.

High stakes executives are under more pressure to perform than ever, with each decision they make holding potentially tremendous shareholder, employee and market impact. And in this modern business climate, no area holds more leverage than a company’s culture – one that propels the “hearts and minds” that drive innovation, competitiveness and ultimately bottom-line success. But while they’re often expected to have all the answers, executives often lack a necessary sounding board with whom to frame early-stage ideas and to shape their transformation efforts to garner much-needed support and momentum. With this need in mind, boutique management consulting firm Roberts Golden today is announcing the launch of its Executive Sherpa personal consulting offering

Sara Roberts, CEO of Roberts Golden and executive advisor on culture, innovation, and collaboration to Fortune 250 heavyweights like Bank of America, Cisco, FedEx, The Gap, GE, Safeway, and Wells Fargo, says she and her team have been quietly providing the service to clients for years alongside their broader organizational consulting engagements. In fact, the demand for this sort of personal consulting is on the rise in her experience.

“We’ve worked with global companies in a variety of sectors – financial services, retail, technology, media and more – and while we are helping them with large-scale organizational issues, we also keep getting the same request from individual executives,” said Roberts. “They need an early-stage, personal change advisor who can help accelerate results. Someone who can help them frame their transformation efforts, at the earliest stages, and size up and mitigate potential issues even before they are socializing it with their colleagues. Often times because of the high-impact nature of their jobs, they don’t have anyone to help them aside from interested parties. As the saying goes, ‘it really is lonely at the top.’”

“We chose the term Executive Sherpa for a reason. We’re not ‘coaching’ here or trying to help a leader with his or her image or to be better liked,” said Roberts. “A Sherpa, by tradition, is part forward-looking guide, part helper – a trusted companion who understands the terrain and can help you scale dangerous heights. Our specialty is facilitating transformation – and we find that part of the formula for a successful transformation is when the executive sponsor has a ‘thought partner’ with whom to frame their ideas for how to structure and lead for success.”

About Roberts Golden

Based in San Francisco, Roberts Golden is a boutique management consulting firm that helps large, global organizations solve complex business problems by helping them to create the right leadership, processes, organizational structure, competencies and culture to sustain lasting change and performance. The firm’s areas of expertise include organizational change management, employee engagement, leadership development, enterprise social networking, and business transformation. For more information visit

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