Welcome to Business Innovators Magazine…Please introduce yourself and a brief thumbnail sketch of your background.
RP: My name is Rich Phillips and my entire career has focused on improving the quality of life of everyone around me. From my days as a trainer of killer whales for Sea World, Inc. and through my 20 plus years of management in banking, finance, and real estate, I have acquired the discipline, leadership and focus required to successfully compete in business. This is evident in my coaching style.
BI: Tell me more about your coaching style
RP: I work with your core challenges, and help you develop an action plan, and hold you accountable to achieve substantial results! Key values include individual and customer focus, innovation, adaptability, collaboration, and straight forward communication. Key motivation is to combine the lessons learned from the 14,000 pound killer whales, the most feared predator in the ocean, with the ownership/management techniques needed to motivate the individual.
BI: Tell me more about your time as a trainer of killer whales
RP: I was the youngest head show trainer, the youngest trainer to perform the killer whale ride-jump and I earned the first ever title of Behaviorist at Sea World, Inc.
BI: What would you say is the area in business that you are most passionate about and why?
RP: The coaching area of business is my love. I get the opportunity to build leaders and mentor them through the process of self discovery and awareness.
BI: How are you different than your competitors?
RP: I teach a systematic approach to obtaining massive growth. Using reinforcement to positively and permanently change their behavior.
BI: Please tell me about any recent business accomplishments that you are most proud of and why?
RP: Publishing “ORCAstration: 5 Killer whale secrets to a better Business and Life”, is my most recent accomplishment. Sharing what I learned from these magnificent creatures makes all the current controversies seem misplaced.
BI: What Leadership qualities in Leaders do you most admire and why?
RP: Integrity is the most important quality in a leader. Now, when one of the business owners I coach needs to hire an individual, the number one quality I want them to look for in the candidate is “integrity.”
BI: What has been a key element of your success?
RP: The power of positive intention. Positive intentionality is about entering into relationships with the success, happiness, and satisfaction of the other party involved. It is about you wanting them to feel passionate about what they are doing and experience their own success.
BI: What are some of business projects that you are currently working on that you are excited about and why?
RP: One project is my on-stage presence and speaking. I am continuously looking for the opportunity to bring forward the positive intention message. Second is the creation of a research foundation for the safety and population enhancement of orcas both in the wild and in zoological settings.
BI:What are 1 or 2 things you would like to say to a prospective client who stumbles across this interview?
RP: If you believe that we are all connected by a source of energy and you want to become a leader that attracts the best talent, let’s start a conversation. Most of all remember: At some point in life, we have to accept that our relationships are really about us! They are about our intentions!
BI: To wrap this up, what are you most excited about in the upcoming months in your business?
RP: The continued growth of the coaching side of my business and the fast developing speaking facet of my business. Getting out the message that everyone of us needs a coach!