Dear Clients, Colleagues, Friends, and Family –

EXec EXcel Group president Ian ZiskinI am very excited to announce that I will be “retiring” as President, EXec EXcel Group LLC effective June 30, 2023! It has been a wonderful 41-year ride during which I have had so many amazing opportunities to work with fabulous people as a business leader, board advisor and member, coach, consultant, CHRO, speaker, author, educator, and entrepreneur.

I had a 28-year corporate life I loved and have spent the past 13 years building and running my own business – which has been an equally remarkable experience. Now, it’s time to take my personal mantra to the next level . . . “Do what I want, when I want, where I want, with whom I want.”

For me, retirement does not mean I will completely disengage from the work-related things I enjoy. However, you can expect me to work hard at not working so hard. It feels great to be able to shift gears to my next phase of career and life.

Over the coming 6-12 months, I will phase down and complete most of my current advising, coaching, and consulting projects already under way with valued clients and partner organizations. I do not plan to seek or accept new clients after June 2023 and will then gladly refer work to trusted colleagues.

In case you are wondering how I will spend my time going forward, I plan to . . .

  • Continue with a very limited number of advising, coaching, or leadership development roles with current clients and colleagues
  • Teach or guest lecture at one or more universities
  • Contribute to writing and podcasting projects
  • Mentor, and run pro bono development programs for, emerging leaders
  • Serve on a board or two
  • Travel for fun
  • Work out a lot
  • Most importantly, spend more time with family and friends . . . especially our kids and grandkids

As lucky as I am to be able to phase down according to my own definition of retirement, I am equally thrilled to hand off many of my business interests to various trusted members of the Consortium for Change (C4C), a community network of 75+ coaches and consultants that I co-founded in 2018 with my business partner and friend, Lacey Leone McLaughlin (Consortium for Change – Business inSITE Group). You will be in very good hands with C4C as a resource.

This announcement is certainly not good-bye, but I am aware we may have fewer opportunities to interact in the future. Therefore, I wanted to provide you advance notice of my plans – in case there is anything I can do to help you with advising or coaching needs before my availability becomes more limited. Thank you for everything . . . especially your friendship and partnership!

Best regards,


Ian Ziskin
President, EXec EXcel Group LLC
Lead Author, The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change
631.828.2722 Office
303.913.9100 Cell