Wai@UnleashedLeaders.com • 650-438-4633
Wai Poc is an executive coach, who partners with leaders to unleash their capacity to act. Not just thinking about it. Not just talking about it. Rather, to harness mind, body, and heart, moving from hesitant inaction to spirited action.
His coaching engagements are with leaders who are already succeeding. Their need now is to accelerate their leadership development. They are taking bold steps – in, out, and up. His clients are challenged to risk strategically and grow fast, seeking his support on:
- Strategic influence: building alliances to get big things done
- Power and politics: not to be swept by undercurrents, instead rising above the fray
- Leadership presence: accessing confidence when the stakes are ever higher
- Executive decision-making: amidst velocity, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
- Sustainable success: changing habits of well-being with family and health intact
Wai’s greatest delight is coaching clients who have big ideas for business growth, product innovation, and societal benefit.
Realizing audacious visions require big undertakings with key stakeholders: direct reports, peers, external partners, the boss, boss’s peers, and boss’s boss. The higher up, the more complex web of relationships comprised of people – powerful stakeholders – with ideas, approaches, and agendas different than yours. Who is competing? Who is collaborating? How to decode? How to respond? How to influence? What is critical to focus on and to have the crucial conversations … to build allies, access support, and get big things done?
Partial list of clients: Google, Nintendo, Zynga, Mozilla, LinkedIn, Intel, Facebook, AnswerLab, Kaiser, Sutter Health, McKesson, Genentech, Revance Therapeutics, BioMarin, Mercy Housing, Oliver Wyman, Stanford’s School of Law, Federal Reserve Bank
Instruments / Approaches: LEAP 360, Korn Ferry Voices 360, Insights, MBTI, Enneagram, FIRO-B, StrengthsFinder, Social Styles at Work, TK Conflict Mode, Drexler / Sibbet Team Performance Indicator, Lominger’s from Center for Creative Leadership, Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholders Centered Coaching
In Wai’s last in-house role, he worked at Genentech for over 10 years, partnering with leaders in Engineering, Operations, Research, Sales and Marketing, PD and BD to:
- Facilitate: succession planning for VPs and global Sr. VPs
- Consult: before, during, and after major reorganizations
- Develop: teams of Directors and teams of VPs
Currently, at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Wai facilitates OB 374, a top 3 course that teaches MBAs how to build substantive relationships … fast. There, these millennial leaders are 40% internationals. He has been a TA in OB 372 on leading high performance teams. Additionally, he is a leadership coach for Sloan Fellows, who are high potential mid-career professionals in their mid to late 30s. With senior leaders, Wai facilitates small groups in peer coaching through Stanford’s programs in Executive Education.
Born in Shanghai, raised in Miami, schooled at Stanford University, earned an MBA, certified in OD from Columbia University as well as in Coaching from NVW, working in Silicon Valley, Wai loves people and celebrates diversity. Having majored in cultural anthropology, he has long been captivated by differences – in how people think, feel, and act. To this day, he is a cultural adventurer, having traveled to +60 countries.
Wai practices a therapeutic form of martial arts, eats too much with his family in San Francisco, and provides snore-inducing massages to his dog Teddy Roosevelt and cat Geo. Wai’s love of animals and nature ultimately brought him to writing a book-in-progress with his co-author, MacArthur Fellow, and renowned primate researcher, Patricia C. Wright, on Unleashed: A Field Guide to Power and Politics at Work.