About Dr. Jeff Kaplan

jeff-bioInitially trained as a psychologist, I always rejected the notion that people were “broken” and needed me to fix them. While I acknowledge that some problems are deeply rooted, the people I “treated” benefited most from the powerful, confidential alliance that we co-created – where they could speak frankly and honestly about their biggest concerns and not only would I not judge them, I would join them in curiosity – what’s this like for you? How does this get in your way? How has it actually helped you? What would be possible if this were no longer true?” I found that through supporting and joining my clients in a noncritical curiosity new possibilities would open up, which would solve the problem and help them gain greater confidence because it was they that created the change.

In the mid 1990′s I learned about professional coaching as it was just coming into its own as a service with unique training and practices. Already having my doctorate and a full private-pay therapy practice, I took three years of additional training earning the designation of Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation because I was quite drawn to their premise that the client is whole, creative and resourceful and the role of the service provider is to collaborate with the client rather than treat the client. I discovered that my knowledge and skill set around helping others develop greater emotional intelligence (such as self awareness, empathy, managing relationships, influence, and having presence) was very much needed in the business world.

So, in the early 2000′s I built my coaching business working with senior leaders of mid and large size company’s, from Director to CEO. In the mid-2000′s I went to business school to better understand the language of business and the types of problems that mid and large size companies faced so as to have greater insight in working with my clients. Having gone to an Executive MBA program, I found of equal value to the classroom learning was spending every other weekend for two years with executives and managers on an executive track – really getting to understand them and their world from so many perspectives.

Today, I absolutely love coaching executives and other senior leaders. Through my coaching work, training and consulting, I have seen leaders and organizations transform. I’ve seen men and women executives gain greater confidence, respect and visibility across the organization. I’ve seen extremely bright and talented leaders shift from a mindset of dismissing those who were not as quick on their feet and identifying the unique talents within each person, leading to a more effective and efficient final product with greater buy-in. And, I’ve seen hundreds more situations where leaders who were courageous and willing to look within themselves and change their own behavior were able to have measurable and sustainable impact on those around them and the organization – from generating more revenue to improving efficiency and morale.

Dr. Kaplan has worked with clients from the following companies:

Abington Hospital
Agilent Technologies
Air Products & Chemicals
Allen and Company
Attic Youth Center
Bank of America/MBNA
Bayada Home Health Care
Boston Scientific
Brother International
Cabrini College
Cavallo Auto Body
Central Montgomery MH-MR
Children’s Choice
Concern Foster Care
Crefeld School
Crozer Keystone Health System
Dansko Shoes
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Delaware Investments
Eli Lilly and Company
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Executive Office Link
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Given Imaging
HOPE Veterinary Specialists
Independence Blue Cross
Internal Revenue Service
International Coaching Federation (6th Annual Conference, Aug ’01)
International Society for Alternative Medicine
Jefferson Health System
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Kulicke and Soffa Industries
Lankenau Hospital
Lihn Center for Psychology
Lincoln Investment
Lincoln Financial Group
Main Line Health
McCloskey & Faber
Medical College of Pennsylvania
MedStar Health
Merck Pharmaceuticals
Merrill Lynch
Methacton School District
Mind Body Connection
Morgan Stanley
Nemours Children’s Health System
New Core Banking System
Newell Rubbermaid

Montgomery Family Practice
Norristown School District
Northwell Health
Northwestern Corporation
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
Pennsylvania Society of Health Systems Pharmacist
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
PJM Interconnection
PrintMail Systems
Professional Business Network
Royal Bank of Canada
Real Estate Companies: Weirchert, Bellevue Homes, Prudential Rittenhouse, Fox & Lazo, Roach Wheeler
Rehabilitation Educational Services
R J Reynolds Tobacco Company
Ricoh America Corporation
Sellars Absorbent Products
Service Master TBS
Showboat Hotel and Casino
Somerset Medical Center
Spring Haven Center
Springfield School District
Standard Steel
Skytop Lodge & Resort
Strategic Vision Solutions
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Temple University
Temple University Health System
Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Tsoules, Sweeney,, and Martin, LLC
Tyco Electronics
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
University of Pennsylvania
Upper Merion School District
UnitedHealth Group
Valley Forge Sewer Authority
Vanguard Group
Vanguard Cruises and Tours
Verizon Wireless
Villanova University
Wallingford Swarthmore School District
Waste Communications
Wawa, Inc.
West Chester University
Wharton Business School
William Penn School District