Coaching Higher Ed Executives


  • Prioritize
  • Leverage Resources
  • Get Creative & Get Done

1:1 Coaching

It’s ALL about YOU leading from a place of inner strength. Do this so you are at your best for your people and your teams. Become even more Confident, Creative, Re-energized, Satisfied, & Happy!

C-Suite Coaching

Aligns leadership narratives with future oriented aspirations.  We help get your STORY straight and you attract funding & increase enrollment.

Your Trusted Partner

Energize Innate Creativity

And Get More Done

In Less Time

Leading in an unpredictable higher education ecosystem is the new norm – a fantastic Ocean of Opportunity for the prepared leader.

Leading authentically while being transparent does not need to be a struggle. Innovative solutions do not need to be elusive.  It’s a matter of perspective and awareness.

LJ Executive Coaching gets higher ed.

Together, let’s ensure higher ed gets to the future.


Eliminate Blind Spots

for more opportunities & less stress

Get your story straight

with a clear, authentic, & transparent leadership narrative

Accomplish more in less time

transition teams to Level III conversation

Attract students AND funding

be purpose driven first with metrics as support


Identify Blind Spots

Review Personal Narrative

Re-Energize Innate Creativity

Close Gaps

Eliminate Blind Spots

Create Leadership Narrative

Support Innovative Environment

Save Time & Money

Shift to Level III Conversation

Create Coompelling College STORY

Enroll & Graduate More Students

Coach LJ Johnson

Member ICF

20+ Yrs In Higher Ed

Specializing in Coaching Bold C-Suite Leaders

Why Creativity Centered  Coaching® (CCC)

Save Time & Money

Save Time     CCC supports you, the team, or you and the team in cshifting to Level III conversation.  Fearlessly combine re-energized creativity with intuition, new ideas, and what you already know to be true – fast track to new solutions

Save Money     Maximize existing resources, especially skills and talents.  Use existing resources to create an environment conducive to innovation. Fon’y let blind spots mask these hidden opportunities. Take the FREE Blind Spots Quiz.

Advance Careers     Use CCC’s FREE framework to get started and stay organized.  Support creativity development in others and raise the conversation level throughout the organization. The ROI is measurable and the VOI is priceless! 

Innovative Solutions

Creativity Centered Coaching® (CCC) complements recent neuroscience findings to help you quickly tap into the creativity you were born with, your innate creativity.

√   Why bother?  INNOVATION is one reason. Creativity is the key to not only new ideas, but new ways of using what you already know. 

√  Re-energize your innate creativity to creatively move future-forward and enjoy a healthy VOI.

With a just a little bit of practice, you reconnect and re-energize your own creativity.

CCC is there to support you in this quick and easy strengthening process.  Check out Instagram – it’s FREE and related content is steeped in current neuroscience findings and creativity strengthening ideas.

Advance Your Career

√  What do you want?  √  What do you need?  √  What is your MTA to keep you going?

CCC supports you in clarifying your answers to each of these questions.  While seemingly simple at first, the questions become more complex as context varies.  Move beyond work/life balance into Work/Life Integration. For many new clients, the the gap is huge but easily closed wit CCC as an unbiased partner.

CCC provides support in developing and clarifying your Massively Transformative Aspiration (MTA) – the magic ingredient often completely overlooked.  Operating with a clearly defined MTA places you in a position truly conducive to future forward leading. Your unique MTA creates the umbrella under which alignment occurs for you, your family, and the people you lead.

Join with other bold leaders prepared to create something where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts – these are the leaders making a noticeable difference.

Start with celebrating your journey with the FREE Personal Roadmap.

You'll Get The Stories Straight

Looking to enroll more students? Attract more funding? Find innovative solutions? Do you have a compelling story

Why the story so important.  We know mental models often interfere with moving forward, especially through change. Current neuroscience research provides us a better understanding of why this occurs and what we can do about it.  

 When enrolling more students is a goal, wrap your mission in a compelling story to help potential students align their mental modals with the college’s.  

CCC helps you find your story and the language of your college’s culture. Use the FREE College Story Framework to get started.

Who Is CCC Coaching For

Anyone in a leadership position.  

Anyone taking a community into the future. 

Individuals Transitioning Into New Positions

Establishing your identity for a new position begins immediately.  The 90 days is for getting comfortable in your new role. One little misstep, one misspoken word can halt the momentum inherent to a new position. 

What skills will you continue to develop? What new ones do you need?

    • Coaches are trusted partners who bring objectivity to your career and personal life paths.

    • Mentors share ‘position specific’ insight.

    • Consultants fix ‘things’ based on their experience.

    • Trainers provide task or product ‘how to’ information.

Transparency is important; it is part of the trust pact. But there are some things you just should not share with a new boss or new team. 

An executive coach is a trusted partner who listens and provides impartial feedback.

Teams Intent On Co-Creative Innovations

Building something where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts is steeped in co-creative processes.  Our ability to communicate, capability to collaborate, and the passion we bring are fundamental to innovative solutions.

To create something different, we know learning to be ‘okay’ with not having the answer is necessary.  Not knowing what you don’t know is fundamental to innovation. Fortunately, neuroscience research is helping us understand why ‘not knowing’ is so difficult for many people.

Future-forward leaders help their teams by establishing environments where living in or with the unknown is re-energizing and exciting.  They establish a culture where curiosity is welcome, and the exchange of ideas is encouraged.

But this is not enough.  Mega-successful leaders develop and support culture specific language for their co-creating teams.  They know the meanings are context and culture specific and thus become the organization’s competitive edge.

The words used to co-create the language percolate into the organization’s compelling story – the story that stakeholders remember.  Get started today with the FREE College Story Framework.

Leaders Moving Beyond A.I. Coaching

Creativity is inherently human and not based on logic. In fact, creativity defies logic.

Creativity is the not-so-secret ingredient for innovation, and CCC helps you re-energize your own innate creativity.

Why bother?  Leaders looking for long-term financial sustainability must search in uncharted waters for undiscovered opportunities. Future-forward leaders tap into their own creativity, embrace the ideas of others, and synthesize the mixture into goals for thriving in the future.

What can you do right now? Download and complete the FREE College Story Framework.  Focus on you, your team, or the organization – it doesn’t matter, just pick one and get it done.  Limit yourself to 10 minutes completion time, then assess and analyze (another 10 minutes max).


Yes__  No__  I’m proud of the extraordinary results.

Yes__  No__  A compelling story exists that will to take the organization, my teams, and my career into the future.

CCC moves you beyond pure logic and into an ocean of opportunity where creativity supports the innovative solutions taking us into the future.  

Advances Your Career

What do you want?  What do you need?  What is your MTA?

CCC supports you in clarifying your answers to each of these questions.  While initially the questions may appear simplistic, they become more complex as context varies.  For example, the difference between work and personal life may be minimal for some clients while for others, a distinct delineation is the preferred context.  The wants and needs will vary by the context of each client.

What is the importance of an MTA?  CCC provides support in developing and clarifying your Massively Transformative Aspiration (MTA) – an often overlooked magic ingredient for thriving in the future. Your unique MTA provides the umbrella under which alignment occurs for you, your family, and the people you lead. 

Operating with a clearly defined MTA places you in a position truly conducive to future-forward leading and to making a mega difference.

Thriving in the future includes celebrating wins of the past.  Begin your journey to create something where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts by downloading the FREE Personal Roadmap.

College C-Suite

Are you looking to:  Enroll more students, Attract new funding, Eliminate Confusion?  

 An environment for collaboration is instrumental in moving an organization forward, and the conversation level is a quick indicator for determining likelihood of success in creating innovative solutions to long-term financial sustainability.

The next time you’re in a meeting, which level of conversation is most evident?

Level I  Transactional – centered around confirming what we know. Meeting atmosphere reflects sharing information to keep people in the loop, lots of telling and asking, and just give me the facts. People in attendance listen to protect what they know to be true.

Level II  Positional – centered around persuading and influencing others. Meeting atmosphere reflects over-repetition of viewpoints in an effort convince. People in attendance listen to accept or reject ideas. “Have to” attitude.

Level III  Transformational – centered around discovering what we know.  Meeting atmosphere reflects sharing and discovering, idea flow, everyone contributes to conversation. People in attendance listen to connect ideas and co-create. “Get to” attitude.

An idea for you.  Observe your next meeting with an external coach’s objective eye: which conversation lavel is most evident at the meeting?

Yes__ No__ We actually do operate at Level III conversation, and we are successfully co-creating our future.  Yea to us!!

Yes__ No__ Our conversation level is not at Level III

Take a deeper look and download the FREE College Story Framework today. The framework simplifies getting the story straight for colleges with multiple missions and innovative stakeholders. Perfect for those already operating with Level III conversation.

Committed to Life-Long Learning for Everyone.

Creativity Centered Coaching®

Leading in an unpredictable higher education ecosystem is the new norm – a new Ocean of Opportunity for the prepared leader.

Leading authentically while being transparent does not need to be a struggle. Innovative solutions do not need to be elusive.  It’s a matter of perspective and awareness.

LJ Executive Coaching gets higher ed.

Together, let’s ensure higher ed gets to the future.


CCC Works With Colleges, Adult Schools, K-12

  • Introduce Level III conversation to business programs
  • Expand concepts of building mental capacity and capability
  • Share mental creativity strengthening exercises
  • Facutly develoopment

CCC Supports Local Non-Profit Organizations 

  • Keynote
  • Present recent research and implications related to  creativity, learning & conversation
  • Dispel common myths of learning
  • Share mental creativity strengthening exercises

CCC Works With Un-Retirees  

  • Re-Energize & Recenter
  • Define MTAs  & figure out ‘What’s Next?’
  • Dispel learning and neuroplasticity myths
  • Provide activities for re-energizing mental creativity

Free Resources

Personal Narrative

Begin with celebrating your wins. Discover the threads of skills and talents that pull together your fabric of success.

Because browers affect the ability to fill-out the Personal RodadMap digitally, page 2 is a print friendly version that can also be exported to MS Word. 

Get the STORY Straight

Uniting organization stakeholders becomes easier when you share a  consistently compelling yet flexable  story. Creating a mega transformative aspiration provides the large scope within which stakeholders link their personal aspirations.  Touch their hearts and emotions and make a significant difference.

The New C-Suite

Coaching+Creativity+Conversation+Change. Let’s join together in making a difference.

Texas Rangers List Project

Who knew there was no one list of the Texas Rangers? This project is a personal passion to create the BEGINNINGS of a single list that is search friendly and easily accessible by the public.

Disclaimer:  other researchers and officials may not agree with the contents of this list or the resources used in building the list.

Trust but verify. 

More About Texas Rangers List Project

This is a work in progress and will take years to complete. If you would like a copy of the most current list, please complete the Message/Request section below.

Read More . . .

Volunteering at the Texas Ranger Heritage Center in Fredericksburg, TX has turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for life-long learning. Many of our visitors are descendants of the earliest Rangers and delight in sharing stories that have been handed down through generations.

CCC is researching and developing a list of Texas Rangers with the intent of providing open access to the public.  The list includes:

  • references and links to sources,
  • cross-references for names (for example: Wm., William, Bill),
  • rank, company, and senior officer, and 
  • ranging area and headquarters.

Early records have been destroyed by fires, others purged, and still others – well, we don’t know.  For now, this list is in the early stages of being formalized for productive use by others.

People, just like yourself, offer suggestions, provide content, and contribute resources for official documentation.

 If you would like a copy of the most current list or have documents to contribute, please  email with Subject:  Texas Rangers List Project.

Blessings, lj

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