Executive Transition Blueprint

Who It's For

Designed for the experienced and ambitious cyber executive starting a new role - where transitions are challenging in both expected and surprising ways - to make the most of an opportunity to set a trajectory.

How it works

The Blueprint is a reference for covering key topics and a starting point for possible areas of focus and goal setting. It includes key aspects of real-life clients' experiences and research for each phase of your onboarding.


But as the saying goes, the map isn't the territory. Our coaching sessions tap into your own insight, experience, wisdom, creativity, leadership, and style. The real power is in the coaching.

How it was Built

The Blueprint was sparked by a decade of CISO and cybersecurity executive experience and another decade of working closely with Fortune 500 and public-sector CISOs and cybersecurity leaders. It was built from the insights gleaned from hundreds of interviews with successful executives. It's a distillation, and embodies the wisdom of those few things that make the biggest difference. It also draws upon tools and methods from the Center for Executive Coaching, which have been developed by and for successful executive coaches for decades.

What it is Not

The Blueprint is not about your cybersecurity strategy, program, or technology. It is not training. If that's what you're looking for, the section Training to Become a CISO in resources may be of interest.

What to Expect

The Executive Transition Blueprint focuses on a critical time of orienting, self-discovery, establishing relationships, and aligning to an organization. Those new to significant transitions will be exposed to new practices and approaches, while seasoned executives focus on transition mastery.


I adhere to the International Coaching Federation Code of Ethics.

A Five-Step Process

The Blueprint is phased based on time in the role, but broadly includes:

  • Exploratory session to discuss elements of your transition, personal-professional long-term and near-term goals, likely challenges, current insights and focus areas, and determine fit.
  • Based on needs and goals, with adjustments for specific circumstances or commitments, we start the engagement, draft a contract, schedule your onboarding, and start the foundational work and initial Blueprint activities.
  • On an agreed-to basis meet to talk through focus areas, progress against goals, potentially helpful blueprint mini-plans and/or tools, and next actions. But more importantly, identify and discuss unique transition challenges along with future development, time-sensitive issues and transition-specific challenges, all while replacing past-success practices that may no longer be relevant or useful.
  • Periodic re-examination of progress against your goals, success or difficulty in addressing internal and external challenges, and proposed refinement of approach and next actions.
  • Approaching six months, conclude engagement, or continue coaching under a bespoke arrangement.