Why You Need A Coach


I hear this question a lot: “Why does any one need a coach?” The answer is quite simple.

Research shows that individuals who engage in coaching are more satisfied with life, have better relationships and are more successful professionally. More specifically, studies show that working with a coach:
Improved work performance/productivity by 90%
Improved Business Management by 61%
Improved Team effectiveness by 51%
Increase well-being and life satisfaction over 52%
Help cope and grow from life experiences
Provide average return on investment of over 500%
Improved self-confidences by 80%
Improved communication skills by 72%

Over 95% of people who use coaching continuing working with a coach well into the future. 86% of companies who hire a coach say they made their return on investment.

Benefits of Coaching:
Improve your overall life satisfaction
Create definable and measurable goals
Develop a road map and action plan to generate results
Achieve your goals and develop personally
Identify self-sabotaging patterns and behaviors
Generate power, velocity, confidence and inspiration
Take action to create real change in spite of any fear
Find creative new ways to solve problems
Become more accountable
Save time and get faster results
Save money
Less stress and frustration than going-it-alone
Insights into yourself
Increased self-confidence
Develop communication and leadership skills
Improve well-being

Coaching is a unique conversation; a way to reflect on your own life. It is a way to figure out what is getting in your way of you living life to it fullest.

What is Business Coaching?
Business coaching is a process used to take a business from where it is now to where the business owner wants it to be. A business coach will assist and guide the business owner in growing their business by helping them clarify the vision of their business and how it fits in with their personal goals.

Why Dr. Foster?

Dr. Foster has coached thousands of Individuals, Business Owners & Leaders around the world to develop clear and concise goals, make executable plans, and adapt those plans, to achieve the success they desire. Dr. Foster collaborates with his clients and engages an honest, open-minded, positive and inspirational approach to navigating life, health, business and relationships.

Dr. Foster has worked with Individuals, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and High Profile Public Figures to quickly set and achieve their most important personal, business, and financial goals so that they may realize the visions they have for their life and businesses.

If you are not satisfied with your current situation and are WILLING TO IMPROVE, Dr. Foster can help you realize greater levels of success, discover new ways of approaching life issues, moving past obstacles and accelerating your personal and business growth each step of the way.

If you are truly ready to make the changes needed, sign up for a FREE consultation! http://www.maximumchange.com


Are you the 4%?


Yesterday, I mentioned that 80% of the people never take action. That means that 80% of those who see this email will delete it immediately. Of the 20% remaining on 4% will actually make a decision to actively work for their dreams and goals. In the end – are you the 4% of those who will choose Success?

If you are still reading this – You ARE the 4% of those I know I can help. You are motivated… you are hungry… you are ready! You can and will achieve your goals up to 100% faster than the remaining 96%. If you have a passion to achieve greatness – if you are still reading this email… then you need to act… Click the link below and book your free Breakthrough Session today.

Are you going to be part of the 4% or are you going to live out your life in obscurity as part of the remaining 96%? You get to choose… Believe that you are the winner I already know you are. So, What are you ready to accomplish in 2018? Are you ready to accept the challenge? Are you ready to receive the help only the Success Coach can offer? Contact me today to set up your Free Breakthrough Session.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Foster – The Success Coach

Mastermind Groups

mastermindgroupNapoleon Hill wrote about the mastermind group principle as: “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.” Using the power of a certified coach and the group dynamics we are forming our first Mastermind Group.

Our Mastermind Groups are 8-weeks of group coaching designed to transform your career, business, and personal life with lasting results. Participants will have immediate access to our members-only group and BONUS content.

  • Do you struggle to make decisions?

  • Do you want to transform your life and achieve lasting success?

  • Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself and others?

  • Do you lack confidence or have trouble influencing others?

  • Are you struggling to make progress in your career or business?

  • Are you having challenges, communicating effectively with your team?

  • Do you feel you are lacking in tools to stay organized and focused?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are not alone. Business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders around the world just like you experience these problems every day.

Here are what’s included:

  • 8 weeks of live group coaching via video link with Dr. Philip A. Foster

  • Access to recorded video sessions.

  • Access to an exclusive, members-only community where you will receive ongoing support and guidance.

  • Access to Dr. Philip Foster 2 times during the 8 weeks for personal coaching.

  • Access to tools and support materials to help solidify your coaching process.

This is not your typical coaching program and it is not for everyone. This is a LIVE group coaching program where Dr. Philip A. Foster will be able to answer your specific questions and offer personalized advice. There is a limited number of openings so that I can provide you with one-on-one support and guidance to overcome real-life challenges.

You will have access to 8 live group coaching sessions where you can ask me anything related to your specific situation. No other coaching program offers this level of personalized coaching.

Support and Accountability

The number one reason people fail to achieve their goals is that they don’t surround themselves with supportive and like-minded people. Even well-meaning family and friends can deter your new motivation and enthusiasm with their lack of understanding, negativity and limiting beliefs.

Being a part of a supportive Mastermind group is so important.  Your new friends can support, motivate and keep you accountable until you reach your goals. They can also help you stay on track whenever you feel overwhelmed. When you join our Mastermind group, you will get instance access to a like-minded community of supportive people who are all on the same journey as you.

Support beyond the program

Once you have completed your 8-week program, you will continue to have access to our private group where you will continue to receive support and accountability from others in the program. Even after the 8-week program is completed, you can continue to post questions in the community, network with other members, access all the materials and recordings online and get feedback and advice whenever you need it. Unexpected problems and frustration are a lot easier to face and deal with when you know that you know that you have a whole community of supportive people you can turn to.

Who Should Join our Mastermind Group?

Our Mastermind Group has been specifically designed to help:

  • Executives who want to fast track their career, get promoted to higher paying positions or become leaders in their own companies.

  • Business Owners who want to become superstar performers who motivate themselves and their teams to achieve their business goals and objectives.

  • Senior Level Managers who want to become better leaders that inspire real change and higher performance from their employees and teams in their organizations.

Anyone wanting to master and experience real transformation in their career, business, and personal life.

Who is Dr. Philip A. Foster?


Dr. Philip Foster is a Master Certified Coach with over 15 years of professional experience in coaching and over 24 years of experience in business and leadership. With clients around the globe, Dr. Foster empowers individuals by quickly cutting through the noise and developing innovative and lasting solutions. Dr. Foster is known as an encourager, motivator and powerful accountability partner. Through his deep desire to help individuals grown and become more than they knew possible; he builds robust partnerships with his clients.

Mastermind Registration

  • 8 weeks of live group coaching via video link with Dr. Philip A. Foster

  • Access to recorded video sessions.

  • Access to an exclusive, members-only community where you will receive ongoing support and guidance.

  • Access to Dr. Philip Foster 2 times during the 8 weeks for personal coaching.

  • Access to tools and support materials to help solidify your coaching process.

To Register – CLICK HERE

Maker Me… Welcome to the Maker Economy

A recent Forbes Article caught my eye: 3D Printing In-Stores Is Very Close and Retailers Need to Address Itprint-970-80. I have been writing and thinking about the impact of 3D printing for some time. At the 2014 International Leadership Associations Annual conference and later at a Global Conference in Panama City, Panama I spoke on the future of work and more specifically my book The Open Organization. My discussion focused on the nature of organizational structures. I outlined the scenario that was pushing us toward more open flat organizational structures. One scenario I presented was focused on the idea that we will become a maker society. Springing off the emerging 3D printing, I challenged the audiences to imagine a world in which we were able to print products we ordered off Amazon or other retail websites from our desk on our 3D printers. For larger products I posed the idea that we might pick up our order from a corner store – much like going to the local drugstore to get our film developed. I talked about how this would disrupt manufacturing, logistics, and retail itself. I surmised how this could produce new products and services not yet imagined as a result of the maker society. New cottage industries of 3D print shop drive through pickup windows and one hour delivery could possibly emerge form this era. Perhaps we will see companies begin to switch from manufacturing products to producing and distributing raw materials we could purchase for a host of items. The Maker Economy could end much of retail as we have grown to know it. Already, malls around the U.S. are shuttering their doors and windows as they can no longer compete with the likes of Amazon and Walmart. Retailers who imagine a new reality will be left as other fade into retail history [Think Block Buster and Sears].

The Maker Economy will disrupt business and government in the way we view laws, img_0112negotiate tariffs and how we identify and engage an already fractured workforce. When dealing with laws, suppose we used a 3D printer to print a pair of Adidas Shoes – Who will actually own the product? Who could own the data produced from 3D scanning your body? Would the website selling the design own it or could they sell your specific dimensions to other retailers? Imagine targeted advertising that now depicts you wearing the product that the designer is trying to sell you on.

We want the obvious answer to be that the end consumer would own the product and their data. But, what if printing a shoe or uploading your 3D scanned files signified your agreement to lose control of your data or to even “borrow” or lease the shoe for the life of the shoe itself and that once the item has reached its normal end-of-life it must be returned for recycling? Imagine how this could affect not-for-profits that collect and distribute old cloths. Or – what if the designer of the shoe could sell advertisement space on the product you just printed? All of these questions and more come to mind.

The dawn of the Creator Economy is upon us. With the election of Donald Trump many have surmised that we will see a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. I would argue that we will, but it won’t be what we might have imagined it to be. As 3D printing improves, the manufacturing in the US will likely hold another 10 to 20 years before the Maker Economy hits full swing. With the emergence of 3D printing, we will see the carbon footprint of manufacturing decrease as they switch to support a mostly raw materials output. We will also see technologies and techniques related to recycling improve and become mainstream. Intellectual property laws will need to be re-imagined to protect the branding of products produced by individuals. Prototyping will also change the speed at which products reach markets. Houses, cars and everyday objects will be readily accessible anywhere in the world in which the end producer has access to bioprinter_500x360the Internet and a 3D printer. 3D scanning will revolutionize the knock-off counterfeit industry. Mining and extraction of raw materials will increase as we source raw materials for our 3D printers. Cottage recycling industries will take on the status quo and we will find new ways to improve the economy. 3D printing will revolutionize health care. We will see technologies increase whereby we can start to grow replacement parts that are built from our own DNA thereby ending organ rejection and waiting lists. Pharmaceuticals will also be challenged in this new era of Maker Me. The Maker Economy is sure to shake up the world. Now is the time to plan for change and to minimize its impact.

cropped-img_0100-001Dr. Philip A. Foster is a Thought Leader focused on the Future of Work and the 21st Century Workplace. He is a prolific writer, International Lecturer and Best Selling Author of “The Open Organization” – now available on Amazon. He is an Ambassador to the OpenSource.com community and holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with emphasis in Strategic Foresight from Regent University, Virginia. You can contact him at http://www.maximumchange.com

The Open Organization – 2nd Edition

OpenOrgCover2ndEditionIn 2014 I published what is thought to be the seminal work on the subject of Open Organizations. My goal was to present a text that provided a template for developing an Open Organization.

Nearly a year after my book was published, Jim Whitehurst CEO or Red Hat published his book The Open Organization. Igniting Passion and Performance. What I love about Jim’s book aside from the cool title is that he approached the subject from his perspective as a leader leading an Open Organization. Jim’s book put skin on the idea of Open. I would argue that Jim humanized the concepts. It is one thing to write about an organization from a case study perspective and an entirely new experience when the writer is living it out in real time.

Since the publication of my book, I have continued researching and writing on the subject of Open. I am proud to say that I am now an active member of the OpenSource.com group as an Ambassadors and Open Evangelist. Because the idea of an Open Organization is still evolving I felt it time to produce a 2nd edition of my book and address some of the changes. While most of the text remains the same and changes were mostly mechanical in nature, there are four major changes in this edition. They are:

  1. The book is now in softback and the price is much more reasonable than the original text. $30.00 on Amazon.
  2. More detail was added to Chapter 4 under the heading of Meritocracy. I begin to address some of the early challenges researchers have noted in Meritocratic organizations.
  3. More detail was added under the heading of Holacracy in Chapter 4. Where in the early text I recognized Holacracy as a form of Open, I have since stepped back from that idea and no longer consider it to be a pure Open system.
  4. In this text I begin to more deeply address the concepts of a distributed workforce. The implication of a growing distributed workforce is central to the expansion of the 21st century workforce.

You might be wondering what comes next. I will continue to publish articles, blogs, and videos on the evolution of Open Organizations. I am also writing my next book which will focus in on some key elements of the 21st century organization.

To get a copy of The Open Organization 2nd Edition – visit Amazon HERE.


Dr. Philip A. Foster is considered a Thought Leader in Business Operations, Organization and Strategic Leadership. He is a prolific writer, International Lecturer and Best Selling Author of “The Open Organization” – now available on Amazon. Philip is certified in both Leadership and coaching. He is the Founder and CEO of Maximum Change Consulting, serving clients from around the world. He holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with emphasis in Strategic Foresight from Regent University, Virginia. You can contact him at http://www.maximumchange.com

The Rise of the Remote Workforce

remote-workforce-360x260We live in an emerging globalized mobile world of dispersed cloud workers. More than ever we see individuals and organizations trading in their traditional offices to work from home, coffee houses and just about anywhere in the world in which they can connect to the Internet. Leading the 21st century dispersed workforce brings its own challenges and requires new attitudes, approaches, and technologies. It requires leadership that is willing to step out of the comfort of the corner office and explore rich new possibilities of workforce engagement. It requires a higher degree of understanding communication, culture, collaboration, and empowerment.

“We live in a time of unprecedented globalism. Businesses, people, and economies are tied together in ways we could not have imagined 40 years ago. Organizations must now compete within a global landscape where clients and even the workforce are culturally diverse and geographically dispersed. Organizations are networked and interlaced around the globe through the Internet and mobile technologies. Crossing and operating within cultural boundaries must­­­ become a skill of the leaders and followers of the future. Organizations of the future must become culturally literate if they are to successfully compete under these emerging paradigms.” – Philip A Foster, The Open Organization, 2014

As we witness the emergence of a globalized mobile world of dispersed cloud workers, more than ever we see individuals and organizations trading in the traditional offices for the coffee house office or what I like to call the Coffice. A cloud based workforce is nothing more than a distributed or remote employee who is not bound by geography, time zone, or national boundaries. These employees are connected to colleagues via technology and therefore are able to work more flexibly via the internet.

Leader flexibility is the key to creating an atmosphere where each employee can become more excited about where they work and more importantly what they are working on. As the world becomes more globalized, the need for a flexible cloud optimized workforce is more evident. With a remote workforce comes the need to re-imagine and retool leadership for the remote worker. What is certain is that the way we approach and engage leaders and followers is quickly changing. There are challenges ahead as we assimilate into the new realities of a distributed cloud based workforce. Leading the charge for change is and will continue to be our Millennials. By the year 2025, it is estimated that nearly 75% of all work will be held by this generation. What is certain – change will happen whether we embrace it or not. As the 21st century organization continues to seek greater flexibility, organizational leadership must also evolve to the pressures and realities of a globalized economy.

While traditional leadership relies on formality, power, and proximity to followers; the Organization of the 21st century is emerging as a nontraditional structure in which authority is not vested in positions and human capital is dispersed geographically. Organizations will begin to abandon traditional leadership pedagogue for leaderless, self-led, and an empowered autonomous workforce. As hierarchies begin to collapse, leaders must learn to adapt to new realities and what it means to lead a more culturally diverse dispersed workforce from a distance.

As our reality shifts, leaders must learn how to communicate more effectively; engage human capital differently; embrace cultural nuances with diplomatic precision; and empower employees. The shift toward a dispersed workforce requires confidence and an abandonment of old models of employee engagement. The new way of working is not for everyone.  These changes will require discernment in the on-boarding process. Because Communication is so different in the dispersed setting, employees must leave ego behind and walk with assurance that they questions are important enough to ask.

Things are shifting – organizations are changing. Engagement of employees will change. We can either prepare for the inevitable or bury our heads in the depths of a 19th century hierarchical structure. In the end, you can change or you can become irrelevant. The choice is up to you.


 Dr. Philip A. Foster is considered a Thought Leader in Business Operations, Organization and Strategic Leadership. He is a prolific writer, International Lecturer and Best Selling Author of “The Open Organization” – now available through Ashgate Publishing. Philip is certified in both Leadership and coaching. He is the Founder and CEO of Maximum Change Consulting, serving clients from around the world. He holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with emphasis in Strategic Foresight and a Master of Art in Organizational Leadership, both from Regent University, Virginia.

Twitter: @maximumchange, E-mail: philip@maximumchange.com.

Dealing with New Organizational Models

962dab_84da176577754dacb1b687d5fd2d2458Many that follow my work know that I am deeply focused on the 21st century organization. Specifically, what it means to lead, follow and otherwise operate a business in this new century. I have often made the bold statement that we are witnessing the greatest shift in managerial protocols and organizational leadership since Frederick Taylor adopted the Scientific Management approach in the 1890s.  For many the shift is nearing seismic conditions. In fact, the models we use to define an organization or even an employee is shifting faster than we can comprehend. With this challenge comes the problem of how government regulators approach the emerging concepts. How government regulators define and recognize organizational models and practices have profound effect on everyone involved. Allow me to offer a case study to expound on how such problems in defining the new organization has devastating effects on business owners and their human capital. I have a dear friend and colleague who is working on gaining legal status with a goal of Citizenship in the United States. All he is asking for is to extend his L1A visa which is an intra company executive transfer visa. It was denied for a reason that says “we don’t see that you are doing executive tasks.” While I do not pretend to have all the details, I do have a grasp on the fundamental problems in his case. He owns a micro-corporation. A micro-corporation is one that has a small number of employees and engages in building alliances with other consultants and professionals in their respective field. He, in essence, has a distributed workforce of professionals available to meet the needs of his clients. An interesting fact is that his organization has been growing substantially.  His company grew from over $125,000 in 2013 to nearly $700,000 last year. He has actually hired full time employees who work directly on the payroll of his company. My friend’s business model is the epitome of an emergent 21st century organization. I should also note that he has paid income tax on both his company and his personal income.  His company is very much a legal entity within the context of the state in which his company resides. Here is where the rub comes. The United States Government does not recognize his micro-organization as a true company. They are having a hard time grasping that he is actually a business owner and thusly have denied him Legal Status here in the United States. Not only has he been a tax payer and upstanding citizen, his family is here with him and his children attend American schools. The government has said No to him. In my opinion – they have said no because they don’t understand the new economy. They don’t understand the realities of a globalized, distributed workforce model. I give you this case study as an example of the immense mountain we must climb to help regulators change their view of what a business is much less what an employee is. A recent poll shows that by the year 2025 over 50% of the working population in the United States will be freelancers – consultants. If these trends play themselves out, we are anticipating this number to increase to over 60% by the year 2040. It is unacceptable for regulators to define today’s business under an outdated, out-of-touch context. The time is now for society to catch up with today’s reality of our workforce. We can no longer afford to define organizations using 19th and 20th century ideals. Unfortunately getting the government to change their opinion is a slow process.


Dr. Philip A. Foster is considered a Thought Leader in Business Operations, Organization and Strategic Leadership. He is a prolific writer, International Lecturer and Best Selling Author of “The Open Organization” – now available through Ashgate Publishing.  Philip is certified in both Leadership and coaching. He is the Founder and CEO of Maximum Change Leadership and Business Consulting, serving clients from around the world. He is a Doctor of Strategic Leadership with emphasis in Strategic Foresight and holds a Master of Art in Organizational Leadership, both from Regent University, Virginia. He can be reached at philip@maximumchange.com.