Who We Are

NoC is a distributed network of professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and fields. Our core team members and strategic partners share the belief that ethical leadership and effective communication are essential to the long-term success of organizations, whether public, private, or non-profit.

We have built, led, and supported cross-functional, distributed, inter-agency, and international teams, often in austere environments under high-pressure conditions that allowed little room for error when managing numerous complex tasks to meet unforgiving deadlines.

Our Core Team

Our core team members have worked for and advised senior leaders of all kinds, from servant and transformational to narcissistic and toxic.

Each of us strives to preserve trust, integrity, and unity, and achieve goals in the face of conflicting priorities, constant change, limited resources, and information overload in a world that moves at the speed of Send.

We have experienced the challenge of maintaining balance between life and work in a world that all too often drives leaders to choose one over the other and tempts them to sacrifice personal values for short-term gain.

We have witnessed firsthand the power of credible and trusted leaders who can draw the very best out of people and guide them to success when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

Please take your time exploring our site and getting to know us, then drop us a line to talk with one of us about how our team may be of help to yours.

Cliff W. Gilmore, PhD

Cliff W. Gilmore, PhD

CEO & CBL Coach
Camas, WA

BJ Fitzpatrick, MPA

BJ Fitzpatrick, MPA

COO & CBL Coach
Swansboro, NC

Jackie Schwabe, MBA

Jackie Schwabe, MBA

Chief of Education & Training, CBL Coach
Milwaukee, WI

Drew Hendricks, MBA

Drew Hendricks, MBA

Corporate Ethnography & Cultural Insight Consultant
Norman, OK

Nathan Knottingham, MBA

Nathan Knottingham, MBA

Creative Content Consultant
Washougal, WA

Rob Thompson, MBA

Rob Thompson, MBA

Business Frameworks Consultant
Denver, CO

Our Strategic Partners

NoC’s strategic partners span a wide range of expertise and form collaborative task-organized teams on demand to meet the organizational communication, public engagement, and leader development needs of our clients.

They are also available to put their specialized capabilities to work for you. If one of our strategic partners has a specific skill, experience, or knowledge set that appeals to you, we encourage you to reach out to them directly.

Matthew Armstrong

Matthew Armstrong

Independent Advisor
Thalwil, Switzerland

Molly Denham

Molly Denham

CEO, TransitionExec
Fredericksburg, VA

Jeff Pool

Jeff Pool

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Chris Vacano

Chris Vacano

Principal, Lean In Creative
Portland, OR

Who We Serve

NoC serves public, private, and non-profit organizations that value people more than the bottom line, and individual leaders who are — or have the potential and desire to become — the kind of leaders we would want to follow.

 What We Do

Our core team members and strategic partners are experienced professionals who serve as candid advisors to build ethical leaders, improve communication within teams of all sizes, and create the trust of key publics necessary to assure enduring success of public, private, and non-profit organizations.

We use a research grounded, field tested, time proven Communication-Based Leadership framework to provide leaders and their organizations with guidance, support, education and training they need to reach their public engagement, organizational communication, and leader development objectives ethically and efficiently, and achieve their strategic goals.

 

Why We Do What We Do

Evolving technology allows people to communicate at and to the entire world at the speed of Send, but this can be distracting and confusing, if not outright overwhelming. We help teams improve their organizational communication and public engagement capabilities by getting back to the basics of human interaction — because we know communicating with people creates the trust relationships necessary to achieve enduring success.

Being a leader is exhilerating and rewarding, but we know firsthand it can also be lonely, uncertain, and stressful. We help leaders articulate their philosophy and and values, refine their style and skills, and improve their prioitization and decision-making abilitilites —  because born leaders are few and far between, and even the best benefit from the experience of a trusted mentor.

Where We Do What We Do

Our services are available on demand, anywhere, any time.

Our public engagement, organizational communication, and leader development consulting and coaching services can be provided remotely or on location based on the needs of your organization.

To learn more about each of NoC’s services and our Communication-Based Leadership approach to public engagement, organizational communication, and leader development, follow the Hard NoCs Blog and check out our Services and Method pages.

How We Do What We Do

We craft our consultation and coaching services using the four timeless truths, nine guiding principles, six essential questions, and four core process characteristics of our Communication-Based Leadership framework.

Our public engagement, organizational communication, and leader development services are available through adaptive task-organized consulting teams, personalized one-on-one coaching, and a growing range of self-paced online courses, hosted webinars, and tailored on-location seminars and workshops.

To learn more about our services and the CBL framework, visit our Services and Method pages. We also invite you to follow the Hard NoCs Blog where you can join discussions and ask questions about how CBL applies to issues and challenges leaders and organizations face every day in a world that operates at the speed of Send.

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No pressure. No obligation. No SPAM. Just good conversation with a member of NoC's team.

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Warm Regards,
Cliff W. Gilmore
CEO, North of Center

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