Mark Sturgell is a personal and business strategist who works with teams, leaders and organizations to overcome the challenges they face, improve performance and achieve breakthrough results by providing a no-nonsense structure and process for growth.
Mark Sturgell's Bio:
- Mark Sturgell works with leaders and their teams to get past the difficult, strategic challenges they face and to accelerate their business and personal results.
- Mark works with small to mid-size businesses, corporate divisions, government, non-profits, churches and other ministries.
- He helps decision-makers define problems or opportunities, build and implement solutions with impact, and significantly improve on pre-determined results.
- He helps teams think and act together for the change they want.
- He helps organizations develop cultures where continuous learning and improvement, higher levels of achievement, standards of excellence and exceeding customer expectations prevail...because organizations don't fail, people do.
- He is a highly engaging speaker, facilitator and coach, with professional certifications in Career Development, Business Coaching, and WBECS-GTCI Systemic Team Coaching certifications.
- He lifts up the Body of Christ, the Church, one leader at a time.
Mark Sturgell's coaching focuses on individual, team and corporate growth and performance, providing process, structure and results to culture, team building, strategic planning and implementation, leadership development and values, facilitating your "difficult" meetings, and customized training focused on transferring classroom learning to workplace performance.
Mark's previous coaching through Lifting Arms Ministry is for pastors and other ministry leaders. He has also provide leadership development, strategic planning, group facilitation and other services to churches and faith-based ministries.
His core belief is that most people have the basic skills and knowledge they need to succeed; developing the right attitudes, habits, goals and clarity of purpose drives greater success.
"Mark always asks the right questions that help me focus on what I want and how I need to move forward. As a result, I am more focused than I have ever been before." -- Dave Drook, Regional VP of Sales, Halo Lee Wayne
"His persistent efforts resulted in a highly effective strategic plan to overcome obstacles and stand the test of time." -- Kevin Frye, Vice President, RIMCO
"We hire Mark to do what no one else can do. I highly recommend Mark as a coach, facilitator, and instructor for those interested in stimulating leadership and enthusiasm for stimulating organizational change." -- Megan Devlin-Petty, Org Development Director, City of Bloomington
Mark Sturgell's Experience:
Leadership Development Manager/Coach at Growmark IncJanuary 2019 - Present | Bloomington, Illinois
Responsible for major system-wide leadership development programs for north American agriculture cooperative, including all experienced leader and board director training, as well as executive and team coaching, member board development, group facilitation, strategic planning, conference presentations and special projects.
Program Director at Greater Decatur Chamber of CommerceJune 2015 - Present | Decatur, IL
Helping member businesses grow by building organizational and leadership capacity, developing success strategy, business planning, customer loyalty, employee engagement, individual and team coaching, group process facilitation and more. I maintain current Chamber programs, and develop new ones that address member issues while enhancing our value proposition to members, furthering our mission, and contributing to our financial viability. Current programs include Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI), Leadership MASTERS, business roundtables, Small Business Executive Council, CQI Energy Coop, Economic Gardening, Shop Local programs, and Metro Money. New programs include strategic thinking and business planning, Decatur Emerging Leaders, Cash Mob, Customer Loyalty Institute, Cuisine Teams, Candidates Academy, Welcome Wagon, and more.
Certified Business Coach & President at Performance Development NetworkOctober 2002 - Present
Mark Sturgell is a thought leader, coach and facilitator of strategic organizational change, team performance and professional transformation, a LIFE Leadership member, a Senior Mastermind Affiliate of Resource Associates Corporation, a RAC Coaching Academy and The Institute for Sustainability. He has developed a corporate leadership institute that quickly developed internal leaders and resulted in 77% of senior leadership being replaced from within during a four year period.
Coach at Lifting Arms MinistryFebruary 2013 - June 2017
Mark Sturgell and his partner, Lon Alderman, are lifting up the church, the Body of Christ, one leader at a time. Pastors and other church and ministry leaders need someone to talk to whom they can trust, someone who understands and helps them overcome the challenges they face, both personally and professionally, to continue their role in God's plan. So we listen, console, train, challenge and most of all encourage church leaders through coaching and "Safe Circle" groups. We also provide leadership development, strategic planning and other services to churches and ministries, as well as customized presentations, workshops and retreats.
Director at Millikin University (Millikin Institute)November 1997 - June 2002
Mark Sturgell was founding director of Millikin Institute, a university-based Business and Corporate Training and Development operation.
Career Coach & Marketing Specialist at IL Dept. of Human Services (Rehabilitation Services)July 1988 - October 1997
Mark Sturgell coached hundreds of people facing significant barriers to employment, helping them achieve their career transition goals quickly. Created a unique approach to employment coaching that resulted in some of the highest placement rates in the state. Wrote "The Career Planning & Job Seeker's Guide: Using Your Skills Language to Create Work Opportunities".
Public Information Officer at IL Dept of Rehabilitation Services1986 - 1988
Mark Sturgell created and managed media relations, program campaigns, and all aspects of public relations and marketing for this state agency.
Public Information Officer at Southern Illinois University1985 - 1986
Mark Sturgell's Education:
University of Illinois Springfield1996 – 1997Graduate certificateConcentration: Career ServicesActivities: Academic and practical studies to earn Masters-level certification in career coaching.
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale1983 – 1985Speech CommunicationsConcentration: Phenomenological and ontological studies with qualitative research in group process, human behavior, communication, and the existential experience.
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale1979 – 1983BachelorsConcentration: University StudiesActivities: Cum Laude graduate with an interdisciplinary degree and Honors Studies in communications, community development, business and English.
Mark Sturgell's Interests & Activities:
Mark Sturgell develops leaders and teams with purpose, vision and results. I love time with my wife and boys, reading, outdoors, wild caving, small group involvement, Thai food -- how about some Thai asparagus, chicken with fresh basil over jasmine rice (medium+ spicy)?