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What investment will you make in yourself and your team this year that guarantees results?

Dennis McDavid

Superintendent of Schools

Berkley School District

Top 10 School District
Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award (one of only four the country)

“I don’t like consultants. These guys are different.  Simply put, Tom and Brad have been fantastic and this is the best investment I have made in my time as Superintendent.  They are as committed to our kids as we are.  And their approach is different from anything I’ve seen in my 30 years as a professional.  We will continue to work with them to build capacity within our organization to intentionally grow and develop our school Principals and all of our people. I highly recommend them for any school district looking to improve, grow, and take it to the next level.”

Dr. Daniel Nerad 

Superintendent of Schools

Birmingham Public Schools

#1 School District in Michigan

“Thank you very much for the work you are doing with me.  I think the best way I can express myself is to share with you that I appreciate you serving as both a mirror and a window for me with my leadership work.  The mirror involves you helping me see what exists in the data about my leadership work, but more important, helping me see the blind spots that seem to have developed in me as a leader (I believe this is true for all leaders).  While difficult and challenging, I am grateful for the discussions and ideas.”

What investment will you make in yourself and your team this year that guarantees results?

The Culture Experts

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Brad Zimmerman

Resourceful. Strategic. Insightful.

Brad Zimmerman believes there is unlimited potential in the human spirit, and that we all adopt beliefs that can limit our potential.

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Tom Willis, MBA

Trustworthy. Discerning. Strategic.

Tom Willis believes we are all born with unlimited potential.  As a former classroom teacher, he also believes in the power of lifelong learning. 

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“This work is genuine and authentic. Knowing when to use leadership and when to use management and when to use coaching has been a tremendous breakthrough. It’s terribly exciting to know where we are headed. It gives me goose bumps. So exciting!”

~ School Principle


Create the High-Performing Culture You Want


You have a vision.  You face mounting pressure to generate results. 

You know that the majority of education initiatives today simply do not produce results.
We offer a different approach.

We are the culture experts.  We specialize in turning your vision into reality.

“This approach isn’t for everyone.

I advise other leaders to only take this on if they are really committed to growth for their organization, their team and, most importantly, for themselves.”

Learn more from leaders who can speak to our integrity:

What is the Phoenix Promise?


We guarantee that this will be the best investment you make in your people.


And we will continue to work for free to ensure this happens.  100% of the time.  Just ask our clients.

What game-changer are you bringing to your school system this year?


What are the Cultural Outcomes You Can Expect?


Your School Leadership Team will adopt and foster an intrapreneurial culture throughout your organization.  The characteristics of this intrapreneurial culture are:

  • Accountability exists at all levels and is supportive of personal growth and accomplishment, not punitive.
  • Open communication exists throughout the organization, unimpeded by organizational rank.
  • Confronting difficult issues is accepted as necessary to produce forward movement and is conducted in a manner that strengthens interpersonal relationships.
  • People within the organization are united by a commitment to a common purpose that is superior to individual agendas.
  • Departmental “silos” are breached and new-found ideas are generated.
  • Inspirational leadership exists throughout the organization.
  • Coaching is the norm in relationships and fosters personal and organizational growth.

Our Clients Say Our Approach Works

95% of clients engage us in additional work

90% of our work comes from referrals

100% agree their work has been impacted by what they’ve learned

What significant impact will you make this year?


The Approach


Our approach to building an intentional culture of inspiration, integrity and support in districts goes beyond the standard team-building exercises and individual coaching sessions made popular in the last century.

We specialize in creating future-focused, sustainable coaching cultures in which your team members learn to empower each other through effective leadership, management and coaching.

We employ three distinct disciplines (Leadership, Management and Coaching) and a variety of tools in our work:

The process spans several months, and includes group workshops and coaching as well as one-on-one coaching.  We refer to our programs as Transformational Leadership Projects because they are a catalyst for cultural transformation.  They are comprehensive in nature and incorporate team building, management training, training in coaching, development of inspirational leadership, change leadership, and strategic plan vitalization.

Click the drop down arrows below to learn more about each area:


We Don’t Do PD


A frequently heard complaint about professional development is that people return from training programs or PD (professional development) with new concepts and when faced with on-the-job pressure, revert to old behaviors.  Our comprehensive approach, backed by our promise for results, guarantees sustainable change and measurable results.

“In order for students to prosper, academically, socially, and emotionally, adults in the school system must prosper in the same areas.

This is where Phoenix Performance Partners truly shines."


High Impact Learning


The common technology to all of our programs is high impact learning... learning that makes a dramatic impact in the real world.

We promise to create breakthroughs that can be measured in results that you care about.  We work directly with you to identify the specific results that you want to accomplish (examples include employee satisfaction, productivity, fund balance growth, etc.).

Are you tired of the myopic focus on test results?



and other tough questions you may be too polite to ask:


What legacy will you leave?

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