Stepping On Toes Since 2014
Meaningful change requires learning from new perspectives.
It’s not enough to say you want to grow in your career. Your actions as a leader or executive must create new results at work and with the people you lead. In order to do that, you must shift accountability across the entire team, not just leave it in the hands of your overachievers. That’s where Stefanie Krievins and her Pro Troublemaker collaborators come in.
This team works with Inc. 5000 companies, companies already on a Best Places to Work list, accounting firms, marketing consultants, mid-size nonprofits, IT Teams, and many other leaders and organizations who are looking to create lasting business or cultural change. There’s a Pro Troublemaker expert that can add change management and leadership insight to your expertise.
It’s time to add some more innovation, focus, and strategic direction to your work. The team below will make that happen.
About Stefanie Krievins, Executive Coach and Pro Troublemaker
Hey there! I focus my coaching work on cultures that love their people, want them to stay, and want them to achieve inspiring results, too. If I can help you retain your best people (and that might even be you!) or solve a hairy business problem, that’s a win for everyone.
I’m a loud and proud Pro Troublemaker.
With a newly-minted master’s degree, I first set out to make a difference by working for a regional nonprofit as their one-person marketing department. I worked hard, messed up, and learned a lot. I managed volunteers and served as an internal consultant working through change management problems: creating a consistent brand experience across 7 separate, yet connected agencies; challenging the old ways of marketing during changing times; navigating the politics of a large bureaucracy; influencing Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation as a very young-looking Gen Xer.
I then finessed my way into a high-caliber HR consulting and leadership development company. I wrote job descriptions, crafted corporate training programs, developed compensation plans, recruited top-notch candidates, and updated performance management systems for companies from 15 to 1,500.
Later on, I translated that learning and development work into a national nonprofit, where I wrote and marketed Christian social justice training programs for a network of 40,000 volunteers and program graduates. As a mid-level leader in a small organization, I found the ever-changing priorities of the President confusing. My teammates came to me for focus and clarity. Because I’m a fast decision-maker, they also started pushing accountability and decision-making onto my plate.
They said they wanted change but were unwilling to put in the work to make it happen. I wanted to create change but all I was doing was creating resentment. I pushed too fast and too often.
So, in my mid-thirties, I decided to make a change to figure out where I fit in this world.
After working with a life coach, I learned 3 things about myself:
- I have a vision for this world that I want to create and feel called to do it on my own.
- I want to lead with influence and power, not play organizational politics. This whole “perception is reality” nonsense is just that, nonsense.
- I have a strength that isn’t always appreciated: I say what everyone is thinking but no one will say aloud. Clearly I needed new communication tools and external coaches get to bring out the truth and authenticity in others through this strength.
In 2014, I became a trained coach through Erickson International’s solution-focused coaching program. I’ve built a company that provides tools for others feeling the same way I did way back then so they can define their vision, be a team player that works with trust and accountability, and can communicate with clarity and advocate for their own ideas.
I get to live my mission every day: guiding leaders and organizations toward clarity and focus so they can start innovating and growing again. Ultimately, so that they too can change their part of the world.
Stefanie Krievins & Co. also has its own team of corporate misfits who bring the Pro Troublemaking mindset to small, privately-held businesses across the United States. Our coaching faculty have been intentionally selected for their coaching expertise and industry and career experiences. Our coaching success team ensures that every client has a transformational experience.
A Pro Troublemaker leads himself/herself/themself through individual and organizational change with these skills:
- Focus and adaptability
- Strategic planning and execution with an eye toward the long-term mission and vision
- Optimism and joy
- Influence and charisma
- Consistent process to build long-lasting results
- Collaboration, team building, and individual strength building
Meet the Pro Troublemaker Faculty!
Craig chose to become a business coach because of the struggle of being a leader. He says, “Until you have sat in the chair you don’t realize how isolating it can be and what pressures you will face. I wanted to help leaders find a better way, to make decisions with confidence and to not feel so alone.” He is an ACC certified coach with additional certifications in Core Values Index and The One Page Business Plan.
As a Pro Troublemaker, Craig focuses on the positives and possibilities, while acknowledging and building a plan to face the challenges. Clients will find that Craig is genuinely interested in what they do, is committed to closing the gap between “where they are” and “where they want to be,” and that his goal is to create a fun and engaging experience during the important work of coaching.
Craig previously worked for JP Morgan Chase and Sallie Mae, helping students get the financing they needed to achieve their educational dreams. Later, he launched a nonprofit called Student Connections to help students repay their loans. Student Connections was named an Indy Great Places to Work in 2018 by the Indy Star. He has been a comic book collector since age 10; ask him, or take a guess, at the size of his collection!
Deseri works with top-level executives, directors, managers, and business owners to provide transformational coaching, team building support, and leadership development. Her goal is to genuinely connect with people and identify with them in an effort to improve both team and personal effectiveness. Deseri is an accredited facilitator of 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, certified in ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) certified and holds a certificate from the Coaching Clinic–Corporate Coach U and Predictive Index. She has a bachelor’s degree in small business and entrepreneurship.
Deseri began coaching and leadership development work in 2004. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years in Corporate America, where she gained invaluable insight into the value of building relationships in the business world. She worked in International Business Development for Langham Transport Services for over 13 years and in operations and sales for Roadway Express for over 5 years. Her Pro Troublemaker skill is straight talk: “I won’t step over much. I make direct requests. I give straight advice and I expect your best.”
Deseri is a multi-sport adventure racer/endurance athlete and has completed seven marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2000 and 2002.
Nikki spent a 20+ year career working in technology teams to deliver complex projects with direct and matrixed leadership. She understands complexity and loves to solve puzzles. When she works with clients who aren’t sure what they need, Nikki helps them to figure out where to go based on the clues they give her.
Nikki helps leaders and teams bounce back from setbacks, change and disappointment. Starting with gaining a clarity of vision and a common language to use to work better together, she supports the shifts necessary to move from setback to bounce back or bounce forward. She co-creates a plan of action to drive results and loves hearing the Aha that happens for her clients. Nikki says, “I believe dedicated people willing to make small shifts can accomplish huge things”.
Nikki’s Pro Troublemaker habits derive from her curious nature. She finds sharing ideas, setting a vision and working toward a goal energizing and rewarding. Clients will love Nikki’s use of metaphor and humor in their work together. Her clients are often surprised at how much can be accomplished in a short time. One client recently shared with Nikki that the new perspectives they get when working with her helps them to solve problems better and faster.
Nikki is a certified professional coach and holds a PCC credential from the International Coach Federation. She is also certified in Energy Leadership from iPEC and am a Certified DNA Behavior Consultant and earned a BA in Psychology and an MBA.
Tricia helps clients globally execute strategies to grow their businesses and themselves. She is certified by Co-Active Training Institute as a Co-Active Professional Coach (CPCC), certified by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), a certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor, and certified by the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative as an entrepreneurial mindset educator.
She also speaks and teaches on entrepreneurship and many other topics relating to business, leadership, and personal development. One of the highlights of her speaking career has been at the inaugural Hive Africa Global Leaders Program in Abuja, Nigeria in 2017 and continuing that relationship for another three additional events through 2018.
Her clients also include the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity which contracts with her to provide training and technical assistance to business owners who are social equity applicants.
Tricia is also a writer with a monthly column in the Danville Commercial-News and the author of the book Football is Just like Shopping. She founded Plethora Publishing, Inc., in 2002 to provide book consulting and publishing services to authors. In June 2012 the company began publishing the Progressive Black News, a Danville-based newspaper focusing on positive news in and about Danville’s African-American community.
Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in Communications-News from Bradley University and a master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Every problem has a solution. Put yourself on Stefanie's calendar to start the conversation with a strategy call.
Meet the Coaching Success Team!
Chris Stovall is our Business Development Director. He is a Pro Troublemaker helping us find more people who want to become Pro Troublemakers. This is what he says about his role on our team, “I love being that initial interaction with potential clients as we discover the exciting possibilities that could be realized through working with our incredible faculty.”
Chris started his career in corporate banking and then spent decades entrepreneurially building and selling businesses. He also has worked extensively consulting with non-profits and in the fundraising arena.
Ask Chris about his collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Some might contend that his office doubles as a Coke museum.
Lea is the glue that holds all operations together, supporting Stefanie and the faculty to ensure every client has a seamless and transformational experience through scheduling, onboarding, assessments, and learning tools.
She has this amazing ability to solve operational puzzles and always finds a way to not accept, “That’s not possible.” And turns it into “Here’s how we’re going to tackle this.” After becoming a trained pastry chef, she led a custom pastry shop and managed large-scale catering events. Because she loves to learn, she also has a certificate in HR management.
Lea says this about our clients, “Small business leaders make things happen. They just get things done. Checking items off a to-do list is my favorite thing to do. I like to help others cross things off their to-do list as well.” In her free time, you’ll find her whipping up homemade chocolate chip cookies in less than 20 minutes.
Why You Shouldn’t Reach Out
Stefanie Krievins and her team know the Pro Troublemaker mindset isn’t for everyone and that’s okay! You may not want to reach out if you:
- think the reason you can’t succeed is someone else’s fault and aren’t willing to look in the mirror.
- want to blame the past more than design your future.
- think there’s only one way to be successful
- don’t want to believe you’re a badass.
- aren’t curious about next-level growth.
- think you can just continue doing what you’ve been doing but somehow get the success you deserve.
As executive coaches we don’t believe any of that either. We’re here to support your next-level success!