Who Am I?

Hi, I am Paul, but my friends call me Gilby. I am 51 years old. I have never had a birthday party. I almost went to Law School. I have been thrown out of a professional sporting event. I have thrown up on my own front door (not from the flu). I have screamed at my kids. I have sent out emails I regret. At times I swear like a sailor and at best my language is marginally acceptable. I had to tear down the entire exterior of my home because of mold……………but that’s just part of the story.

I am a recovering CPA. I was with the same woman for 34 years. That is over but I have amazingTrickle Down Happiness Logo Hi Res memories and two awesome children. I was a stay at home dad for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1988. I love football. I am a wine junkie. Becoming a sommelier is on my bucket list, so is visiting every major college football stadium on a game day. I am the youngest of seven kids. I know how to cross-stitch. I am deathly afraid of snakes and heights. I have learned more from Dr. Seuss than any other doctor I know. I once belonged to an all male pom pom squad. I cry when my kids do well………..but that’s just part of the story.

I grew up in Wisconsin. I live in Missouri. I once ran a marathon. I took aerobics in college. I have never been skiing. My favorite dog is an Airedale, especially one named Otis (RIP my friend). I sent Joe Montana an invitation to my wedding. I was hit in the arm by a foul ball off the bat of Reggie Jackson. I love the Three Stooges. I once slept in the back seat of a VW Bug. I love to cook. I am 23 years chewing tobacco free……..but that’s just part of the story

I haven’t always been happy or known my purpose or been sure why I’m even here. There have been times life seemed so easy and there have been times I was not sure I could make it another day. But the story continues to be written and everyday brings a new paragraph, a new page, a new chapter.


What makes me the coach for you or your Organization?

I spent 15 years in corporate America. Eight of those in the high stress world of public accounting and seven as a controller and consultant. Five of those years I had kids at home. In the first five years of having kids my wife and I both worked. We made a decision as a family when our kids were 5 and 3 that one of us should stay home. I became the stay at home parent…..for 12 years. Now I own my own coaching practice, I am no longer with my wife and our kids are in their teens.

My background in my own life has allowed me to live the life of trying to “have it all” from almost every perspective. I understand the demands and environment of corporate America. I have held leadership positions in that environment and now work with leaders in organizations such as KPMG, Deloitte and Bloomberg Corporation. I know what it is like to struggle with being true to yourself, true to your career and true to your family. Work/Life balance is the new American dream……but is it attainable? Can you be the leader you want and need to be and still honor what is most important to you?

This is what I offer my individual Clients:

  • A stronger relationship with the most important person in your life….you!
  • Tools to navigate your own definition of work/life balance
  • Effective leadership
  • Reduction in stress
  • A better, stronger, happier you
  • Passion and purpose
  • A new refreshing way of seeing your world…at home….at work….and in all areas of your life

This is what I offer Corporations:

  • Group and individual coaching programs for key personnel about:
    • Work/life balance
    • Leadership development
    • New parent transition
  • Workshops on:
    • Stress reduction
    • Energy leadership
    • Confidence
    • Purpose and passion
    • Self Development
    • Team Building
  • 360 Leadership Assessments
  • Group Facilitation

No matter where you go or what you do, the one constant is yourself. Invest in what you use, every second, every hour, every day. The results will change your life!

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