Our partnership

We met at our local chapter – ICF North Texas. We enjoyed partnering on a variety of chapter activities. We led a business development community of practice and we created a program of small interest groups called LINC’s. The acronym stands for Laugh, Interact, Nurture, and Contribute. We based the program on recent research on learning communities.  The program has been very successful and played a part in our chapter being recognized by ICF International in 2018. We found we really enjoy working together and we make a great team. We both have a strong desire to bring learning to the greater community of coaches and other leaders.  We created our company, Masterful Leaders, with this exact purpose in mind.

We hope you’ll take (less than) a minute to listen to Sara Smith’s thoughts on how we work together to make our programs compelling and valuable for our clients.

We hope to see you soon!

Jim and Cheryl

Cheryl Close

Close Coaching & Consulting assists leaders in reaching their peak performance for the benefit of themselves, their families, their teams and their organizations by providing professional certified coaching, research based training, and customized consulting.

Our coaching and training is focused on helping senior leaders achieve sustainable change within their organization. We also specialize in assisting new and aspiring leaders grow into their leadership role. We utilize a combination of high-impact leadership thinking and practical application in an encouraging, positive environment. By listening intently and asking the right questions, we challenge our clients to hone their leadership skills in their organizations beginning with themselves. Learning is accelerated and our clients realize powerful results because our training is customized to each client. Our clients achieve business and leadership goals by focusing on key areas such as building and navigating relationships, communication, self-confidence, problem-solving, decision-making, values clarification, planning and organization. 

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Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper is the founder and principal of Ascendent Leadership.  As a credentialed executive coach with over 2,500 hours of coaching experience, Jim has served hundreds of leaders, individuals, and teams as they strengthened their skills and led others to address their toughest challenges. Jim works with clients from high potential individual contributors to the senior most executives of his client firms.  Those firms include include 7-Eleven, Bell Helicopter, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cisco, Cornell University, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Southwest Airlines, and the University of North Texas.

From a partner: “I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Cooper since 2002.  I have collaborated with Jim from selling major and complex projects through to developing and delivering comprehensive global consulting engagements.  During that time Jim led customer relationships resulting in millions of dollars of consulting and training workshops and personally led and personally delivered programs that reached in excess of 12,000 sales managers and professionals spanning North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.  I have personally participated in workshops with Jim across all of these continents.    

“His mastery in facilitation and the delivery of workshops is reflected quantitively in his training feedback scores (consistently in the top 10%) and qualitatively by the warm and positive feedback participants offer.  He is the most often requested facilitator across our group.”    (Martyn Lewis, President and CEO, Market-Partners Inc.)

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