Steve Cook

Transcend Certified Executive Coach

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Steve Cooik

Expertise At-A-Glance

  • Transcend Certified Executive Coach
  • More than 25 years of experience in diverse senior leadership roles
  • Real-world expertise driving high-performing teams at fast-growing startups and global enterprises, including business ownership
  • Recognized multiple times as a high-potential leader at Intuit, including selection for the exclusive CEO-sponsored FastPath program
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As a seasoned executive who’s experienced both the challenges of fast-paced leadership and the success of business ownership, I bring a real-world perspective. I have nearly three decades of proven expertise in developing, driving, and leading teams in high-growth companies, including the C-suite. I thrive on helping my clients reach breakthrough moments, when they realize they are growing as a leader and capable of more than they ever thought possible.

Whether leading high-performing teams at startups or overseeing large cross-functional initiatives at globally admired companies like Intuit, I have honed the art of leadership and performance excellence. I’ve helped executives across industries move beyond their current state to reach new levels of thinking, empowerment, and results.

As a catalyst for growth, I don’t tell my clients how to run their businesses but rather partner with them in lockstep to increase performance. By blending both the relational and tactical aspects of leadership development, my approach is grounded in proven growth strategies and practical application using Transcend’s awarding leadership tools and processes.

I live in Southern California with my soulmate Paula, splitting our time between our home in beautiful Pasadena and our Airstream trailer exploring the outdoors.

Education & Credentials

  • UCLA Bachelor of Arts in English/American Studies with an emphasis in business management
  • LEAD San Diego Community Leadership Program
  • Six Sigma Process Excellence Green Belt Certification
  • Harvard University Executive Education Program – Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data
  • Blanchard Situational Leadership (SLII) program

Client Highlights

The organizations and leaders Steve works with continue to realize substantial results and transformation year-over-year. Check out Steve’s client highlights below!

Drawing on my diverse leadership background, I am well-equipped to help clients identify their core strengths, pain points, and growth opportunities to crystallize a development roadmap that produces sustained transformation and unparalleled growth for both individuals and teams of executives. My specialties include:

  • Team building with an in-depth understanding of integration dynamics, performance management, managing difficult conversations, and optimizing structures.
  • Managing organizational change during times of strategy shifts, industry disruptions, acquisitions, and digital transformation.
  • Product management and technology leadership by applying best practices to build more successful products and enhance competitive edge.

With more than 25 years of experience building and marketing products that solve important customer problems while delivering excellent business results, I bring a wealth of real-world expertise to his executive coaching practice. Having held senior leadership roles across functions like product management, marketing, operations, and business development, I understand first-hand the challenges facing today’s executives.


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All companies invest in sales, marketing, and technology. The ones that take the time to invest in their own “why,” their own growth and that of their teams, are the ones that reach a different echelon. Our work with Transcend has made us into an elite organization in every sense of the word and it’s easily one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
Jess Rovello CEO, Arkadium
Transcend has been transformational for me as CEO and for my executive team. They connected the mind and the heart of our executive team, driving more alignment, a team working as one rather than individuals, and over-delivering on results. I have worked with many consultants and coaches. Transcend has been the most impactful.
Mark Goldstein CEO, Entertainment Partners
If the time has come to make changes in an organization, Transcend can facilitate the creation of an informed and cohesive plan built around the leadership’s vision while keeping firmly planted in the reality of what it takes for that vision to succeed.
Nancy Novokmet Managing Partner, NEED

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