Brief Bio

Kurt Schoch is a professional coach and educator with over 30 years’ experience in corporate training and development, organizational development, professional and business coaching, and performance improvement.  He has worked and consulted in health care, higher education, and nonprofit industries.

Kurt holds a BA degree in Sociology from Southern Methodist University, an MDiv from Christian Theological Seminary, and an EdD in Adult Education from Indiana University.

He is a Certified Professional Coach (iPEC) and is an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner through iPEC.

Kurt is an Authorized Partner and Certified Trainer for Everything DiSC® and an Authorized Partner for  The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ through Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions.

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He has served on the national board of examiners of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program for 13 of the past 16 years, most recently as an alumni examiner.  He is on the Board of Trustees for The Partnership for Excellence, where he is an examiner trainer, team leader, member of the Board of Trustees,  and judge.


Coaching Approach

I work from a place of service, to help organizations and professionals achieve their potential.  With a focus on the client, there is virtually unlimited potential, as we work together to empower you to find your own answers.  The iPEC Successful Change Model involves six steps:

  • Assess Current Situation
  • Explore and Create Options
  • Choose Option
  • Create a Plan
  • Perform
  • Results
  • Cycle back to Assessment

So what kind of leader will you be?  Energy Leadership™ is a transformative leadership development system based on seven levels of leadership and eight building blocks that enable powerful changes in you, those around you, and your entire organization.  Click here for more information.

Consulting Approach

I take a systems approach to organizational development, modeled after the values, criteria and framework of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.  That systems approach means to manage all components of the organization as a unified whole to achieve ongoing success.

I value growth, learning, and empowerment, not just for my clients but for myself as well.  I will be learning and growing right along with you.


Certifications and Partnerships:


“It has been a privilege and a great pleasure to work with Kurt as a fellow examiner for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program; as a colleague at Walden University; and as a research partner, co-principal investigator, and presenter at numerous professional conferences. Kurt's focus on effective, honest, and open communications is a hallmark of his leadership style. He engages representatives of multiple interests and perspectives in strategy development and problem solving. His collaborative approach to leadership involves not only teamwork, but also attention to the design and implementation of systematic, effective processes that get results!” - Faculty member, Walden University College of Management and Technology and Chairman, Board of Directors, U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA) – Virginia and Washington, DC

“Kurt is an outstanding leader, mentor and coach. His passion for developing others and leading teams is infectious. Kurt is a dedicated professional who always exceeds expectations. I would highly recommend Kurt as a coach, and for any senior-level executive position.” - President and CEO at the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

"I met with Kurt for a coaching session. I previously worked with him at Walden University so I know him to be a talented, personable educator. He asked very insightful questions about my professional and personal life and values. It was valuable confirmation that I am on the right track in meeting my professional and personal goals in pursuing my DBA degree and working in the career development field. Thank you Kurt!" - Senior Director of Career Services and Center for Student Success Staff Development, Walden University

Research & Publications

View Kurt's research and publications.

Learn more about Energy Leadership

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