By adulthood, you’ve spent years learning about yourself and the world you live in. But how often do you compartmentalize these insights into one area of your life? You can create a more original, impactful, colorful life—both professionally and personally—when you are able to integrate:

    • Integrate your professional and personal identities so they can work together in balance.
    • Integrate your unique leadership strengths with 360° feedback to help you get promoted for being your most effective self.
    • Integrate your choices and actions today with your life purpose and values so that you can see the path to realizing your goals.

    What in your life do you need to integrate? Only you can answer this question. As your coach, I’m here to guide you through the process.

  • The challenges today's leaders and their subordinates face are not, for the most part, a problem of will. The problem is the inability to close the gap between what we genuinely, even passionately, want and what we are actually able to do.

    Kegan and LAHEY


    Coaching is especially valuable when:

    • You want to develop a personalized, authentic leadership style.
    • You’ve spent years working toward a degree or position, but now you wonder if this path was the right one for you.
    • You want to identify your strengths—as well as your potential derailers—so that you can continue to advance as a leader.
    • A shift in your personal life pushes you to reevaluate your priorities.
    • You want to pursue a better work/life integration without sacrificing the career you’ve worked so hard to build.
    • You're leaving a job, either by your own decision or someone else's, and you want to make sure your next move is the right one.
  • Transformation VALUES

    My values on driving professional and personal growth are informed by my own experience and more than two decades of supporting clients, colleagues and direct reports with their own development.

    1. Effectiveness is not innate; you can learn it.
    2. Feedback is a muscle that gets stronger and more comfortable the more you use it.
    3. Building on strengths adds new rungs to your ladder; recognizing weaknesses keeps you from falling off the lower rungs in the climb. 
    4. Achieving meaningful change requires looking at your whole self.
    5. You deliver better results when you integrate rather than compartmentalize your personal and professional identities.
    6. There’s a difference between being good at your work and being energized by it.
    7. Sharing your goals with others reveals opportunities and support from unexpected places.
    8. You are too young to give up on your lifetime goals and too old to put them off for the future.
    9. Your ability to make your mark on the world is determined my your mindset, not your age. 
  • Sustained success comes only when you take what's unique about you and figure out how to make it useful.



    Executive coaching doesn’t have to happen in person. We can connect through a mix of face-to-face meetings, video conferences, audio calls, email or even texting.


    Video Conferencing

    Phone and Text


  • The effective executives I have seen differ...in fact in almost everything that distinguishes human beings...Be yourself.

    Peter F. Drucker



    While I act as principal and sole executive coach, I call my business the Gandolfo Group because of my global network of fellow coaches, consultants and facilitators. They’re vital to the work we’ll do together. By advising me and joining client engagements as needed, they allow my clients to tap into a world of hard-earned wisdom and professional know-how.





    My name is Peter Gandolfo. I am an ICF ACC certified executive coach. I trained with the world-renowned Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Coaching combines my 20+ years of experience in marketing, management, and consulting with my love for helping others succeed. I'm passionate about helping men achieve professionally while being present fathers and about creating a more diverse workforce by helping leaders develop their authentic leadership styles.


    In addition to individual coaching, I facilitate team workshops and give talks on marketing strategy, listening to customers, effective communication and more.


    My life experience informs much of my coaching work. For instance, straight out of college, I enrolled in medical school. Three weeks in, I realized I'd spent so much time proving to myself that I could get into medical school, I’d never considered whether I wanted to be a physician! So I switched to a career in business, which is a much better fit for me. Since then, I've always taken time to find and follow my inner “true north” when making career and life decisions, a process that’s especially important now that I’m a husband and father. All these experiences guide me in my coaching work.

    Before launching Gandolfo Group, I was the senior director of client engagement for the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise grounded in the revolutionary management principles of Peter Drucker. Prior to joining Drucker, I spent nine years in brand management and international marketing at Mattel, and before that I did product marketing for Ford Motor Company and advertising account management at Foote, Cone & Belding.

  • Education & CERTificATIONS

    Hogan Assessment


    Hogan Assessment Certification Program

    International Coach Federation


    Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

    Hudson Institute of Coaching



    UCLA Anderson


    MBA, Concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    University of Notre Dame


    B.A. in Psychology and Pre-Professional Studies

  • Results



    "Peter made all the difference moving me forward in my business and private life. His coaching has given me direction and clarity, calming a few turbulent waters."
    —Cheryl T., Start-Up Founder and CEO


    "I worked with Peter during a particularly intense transitional time in my professional and personal life. He asked the right questions to help me reflect on my goals. His calm, non-judgmental approach was integral to my success in re-entering the workplace and finding balance at home."
    —John B., Program Director


    "Coach is someone you look to for leadership, guidance and helping you accomplish your goals. That is what Peter is to me...coach!"
    —Patrick G., Sales Executive

  • Success Stories

    CEO, Start-Up

    The client wanted to understand what was holding her back from committing the resources to scale her company. Early work focused on adjusting her reactions when her expectations weren’t met so that she could have effective crucial conversations with team members. She built awareness that saying yes to everything prevented her from doing her best work or focusing on her top personal priorities, especially important family events. Aligning her behaviors with her priorities and values pushed her to find ways of being available for business needs, but on terms that allowed her to be fully present.

    Operations Manager, Health System

    The client wanted to engage her team and set boundaries at work. Coaching helped her tailor her involvement in projects to the team member's needs. To address an underperforming and overwhelmed direct report, we worked on leading direct but supportive conversations to get to the root of the issue, which improved the relationship and performance. The client’s desire to set an example for her team unlocked motivation to maintain a healthy work-life balance through a reorganization. When torn between honoring a social commitment and exercising to keep her stress in check, she realized that she’d want her friends to take care of themselves, and she could extend the same support to herself.

  • Creating Your Future: a retreat for gay men

    ReTREAT: Creating Your Future

    We are excited to launch our first weekend retreat. Creating Your Future will help you connect with what’s most important to you now so that you can begin making the changes necessary to realize your dreams. This transformational experience for up to 16 men will be held in Palm Springs, California June 1-3, 2018.

    You’ll reflect on defining moments of your life, prioritize key areas and relationships, bring your professional and person goals into focus, and build a plan to get there. This is not just a weekend to reflect; it will be a collaborative process where you’ll hear from others in similar circumstances and share collective wisdom in a safe and open place.


    This first retreat is dedicated to gay men, and we will be announcing the dates for Creating Your Future for other audiences shortly.


    I look forward to connecting with you. There's no charge for the initial consultation. 

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