Our Business-Centric Approach
Our Mission is to Help Leaders Get Better Results.
Even the best leaders get stuck. After several years of double digit growth, a business softens and the owner struggles to get it back on track. The Chief Technology Officer of a Fortune 500 company is stumped because she has a great plan and solid talent, but is still getting poor results. A top leader at a manufacturing company loses sleep and his family over competing priorities. A high potential leader is at risk of not getting selected for the promotion she is hoping for. Great reputations today do not guarantee success tomorrow.
Leaders are paid to deliver business results. Our difference stems from a highly business-centric approach that bridges the gap between personal development and business growth. While many coaches and leadership consultants are focused 100% on a leader’s personal and professional growth, we address business needs from day one. At the start of each Executive Coaching, Senior Team Development or Consulting engagement, we work with leaders to:
Understand industry drivers that shape how customers buy their company’s products or services and the stress this is putting on their business.
Discuss their company’s strategic response to changes in the industry, business goals and and what success looks like.
Identify internal organizational issues that are constraining their success (e.g., talent, structure, cultural norms, senior team effectiveness).
We use this business context to help our clients understand the type of leadership needed going forward, how it is different from what was needed historically, and what habits, attitudes or beliefs may be holding them back. And then we coach them through behavioral and mindset shifts that maximize their success.
After working with Gramercy Consulting, here’s what happens:
Thana Sakas brings 20+ years of line management and consulting experience that gives her a unique perspective when coaching CEOs and senior leaders. Throughout her career, she has developed a keen understanding of what it takes to succeed in leadership and drive change in the context of a variety of industry drivers, business imperatives and operational issues. She has held several key leadership roles, most with P&L responsibility and accountability for significant growth targets.
There is no better way for key executives to get unstuck and live their best lives than to align themselves with the right confidante. I’ve always been that person; it happens naturally for me because I’m comfortable in my own skin and not intimidated by title, high IQs or big egos. I show up in a way that is direct, yet affable. I’ve run key business areas, managed sales organizations and consulted with Fortune 100, small and mid-sized companies on how to get people to do what’s needed to achieve their plans. Senior leaders are comfortable with me. They trust me. And I’m passionate about their success.”
Thana spends the majority of her time coaching top executives and their teams, playing a faculty role in leadership programs and delivering key-note speeches.
The Story Behind The Name
Over 100 years ago, my grandfather came to the United States from Greece and sold flowers with a flower cart on 14th Street in New York City. In 1904, he built enough capital to establish the Gramercy Park Flower Shop on the corner of 21st Street and Third Avenue in Gramercy Park. The Gramercy Park neighborhood has always been an enchanting place with a private two-acre park in the middle. The Gramercy Park Flower Shop is still flourishing. My father took over after my grandfather, and my brother after him. This family-run business has lasted for over 100 years, despite hundreds of new entrants to the market, because three generations of leaders stayed true to their focus on quality, integrity, hard work and a passion for delivering value to their customers – regardless of whether the order was a single rose or a wedding at The Plaza. Gramercy Consulting is founded on the same principles.
– Thana Sakas Owner/Founder