Our Competency Based Coaching Services

I Want to Be a Better Leader!


Here are five ways you can benefit from competency-based executive coaching and leadership development.

  1. Improved Emotional Intelligence
  2. Better Use of Time and Resources 
  3.  Better Communication Process
  4. Provide an External Perspective
  5. See a Positive Return on Investment

Our coaching programs give leaders the tools they need to become more productive and energized at work. 

Schedule your free 30-minute strategy session! 

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I Want to Be a Hi-Potential Employee!


Most companies keep succession planning a closely held secret. 

Most employees do not know whether they are candidates for future promotion. 

Being identified, as a Hi-Po will lead to:

  1. Future promotions
  2. Higher Salaries 
  3. Consideration for Special Projects
  4. Company Perks and Trips
  5. Recognition and Awards 

Stop losing money and missing out on all of those perks!

It’s Time to Get Noticed! 

Schedule your free 30-minute strategy session! 

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I Want a Better Career!


We do more than help you find your dream job. We help with career satisfaction, reducing stress during the job search and helps speed up the process of finding a good fit for you.

  1. Do you feel energized by your work?
  2. Are  you doing your dream job?
  3. Does it matter to you?
  4. Do you feel challenged?
  5. Are maximizing your strengths and skill set?

It’s Time to Upgrade your Careers! 

Schedule your free 30-minute strategy session! 

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The Benefits of In-Person Training


  • In-person, classroom training remains a cornerstone of effective employee education.  
  • Learners can ask questions of the instructor throughout the course, review information, and clarify concepts. 

Modern E-Learning Model


  •  Easily deliver video, documents and eLearning content to mobile devices
  •  View content or work and collect data anywhere, even when you’re offline and upload later
  •  Integrate with your legacy LMS, or replace it entirely

Powerful Learning Management System


  • Train employees, effectively with a next-gen LMS.
  • Deliver an enhanced & enjoyable learning experience for your employees. 
  • Reduce skill gaps to manage a learner ecosystem that is engaged, compliant and updated.

Let Dr. Lou be your wingman!

Dr. Lou is a Commercial Pilot, Texas-based consultant, and executive coach with over 20 years experience both as a Texas university Executive MBA Program professor and working in Fortune 100 companies and public sector/governmental agencies on projects relating to individual and team effectiveness. His focus is on helping career seekers, hi-potential employees, leaders and teams create successful strategies that promote engagement and growth.

Dr. Lou has worked on numerous global and domestic assignments— in the role of executive coach, leadership coach, team coach/facilitator, career coach, curriculum designer, trainer, presenter, and doctoral mentor. His clients have included Warner Bros., Texas Children’s Hospital, Peterbilt, Houston Methodist, Touchstone Pictures, NASA, among others.

Dr. Lou’s areas of expertise include emotional intelligence, team collaboration, conflict management, virtual teamwork, mentoring, as well as diversity and inclusion. He has spoken publicly about current dynamics related to the changing workforce and workplace, including generational differences and collaboration on teams.

As an executive coach, Dr. Lou helps individuals reach higher levels of authenticity, effectiveness, and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. As a team coach, Dr. Lou works with teams to understand the multiple realities alive in their unique team dynamic—related to interpersonal issues as well as structural challenges. He works with leaders and team members to find more effective ways of communicating, resolving conflict, and getting work accomplished.

Dr. Lou holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership. He earned his Master in Aeronautical Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Before starting The Smart Executive LLC, Dr. Lou worked as an Astronaut Trainer, and Global Training Director for one of the largest oil and gas companies..



What is a competency?

The word competency is tossed about very liberally and means different things to different people. For an organization, a competency can be defined as the technical capability that differentiates that organization from the competition. On an individual level, a competency can be defined as a group of related knowledge, skills and abilities that influence job performance.
Why Competencies Matter?Companies are increasingly focusing on leveraging human capital as a competitive advantage. To achieve business success, organizations expect their employees to perform at higher levels, to be more customer-responsive, process-oriented, involved in shared leadership and contributing knowledge that adds value to an organization’s capabilities.Human Resource (HR) professionals are now charged with addressing these evolving needs by developing and sustaining methods to:

  • Predict superior performing talent
  • Align individual and team behavior with organization vision and strategy
  • Integrate performance development systems
  • Provide “just in time” learning and development opportunities
  • Build and retain intellectual capital

To accomplish this, organizations must be able to identify and define required employee competencies across recruitment, selection, assessment, development, and appraisal processes. Before selecting and defining competencies, an organization needs to pause for an introspective review. Linking competencies to the organization’s purpose, goals and values is key to positively affecting the organization’s direction and bottom line!
Organizations that know and understand its core competencies and capabilities can use them to attain a strategic advantage. There will be a diverse cross section of organizational competencies that are necessary for fulfilling its mission. These core organizational competencies create a context and culture for what and how the organization expects to operate. Together, the mission, vision, values, culture and core competencies set the tone of the organization.


Client Testimonials

Since I started working with Dr. Lou, my effectiveness and impact at work have undergone a transformation in managing my team of 55 employees, with three direct reports. I’ve learned how to empower my direct reports by encouraging them to take on greater responsibility and accountability.

Marie S., Director of Nursing (ICU)
Methodist Hospital 

“Dr. Lou is one of the most effective and innovative executive coaches I’ve worked with. Thanks to his guidance, I was able to push my limits and discover my true potential as a senior leader.” 

Austin G. – VP Customer Services

I was lucky to be assigned to Dr. Lou as my executive coach. What makes Dr. Lou an outstanding coach is his ability to get you to really think about your goals, identify what you need to change to achieve those goals and help execute on the changes.

Amanda A., Registered Nurse (RN), Outpatient

Texas Children's Hospital 

Because of Dr. Lou's coaching, my team has learned to have more respect for me as a leader. In response to the uncertain times we face, I worked to become a leader who provides certainty through a clear vision and consistent department-wide message.

Robert B. , Advanced Manufacturing Systems Engineer
Peterbilt Motors

“Dr. Lou has helped me raise my team’s game to a whole new level and have learned to delegate more effectively. My relationships with peers, direct reports and key decision-makers have improved markedly, making me a more confident leader.” 

Laurie Z., Flight Lead

Some of Our Clients