Member Spotlight: Fenner Consulting Group

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April 29, 2019

Tell us about your company.

Fenner Consulting Group (FCG) was founded in 2009. It is a small minority-owned visionary company that focuses on transforming leaders to support a 21st century diverse workforce. As part of the gig economy, FCG collaborates with other small minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned businesses to acquire contracts/projects pertaining to improving workforce engagement, work/life balance, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, productivity, and workforce retention.


What products or services does your business provide?

As the labor market tightens and the workforce continues to evolve, whether it is due to workplace diversity, technology innovation, or the economy, companies will face critical challenges with hiring and retaining top talent. FCG consulting services can be a partner in helping organizations alleviate these challenges. Our services include executive and career coaching, succession development planning, organizational competency alignment, humanistic leadership development, talent management, emotional intelligence assessment, workforce climate assessment, LOMINGER 360 degree assessment, humanistic dating focus group facilitation, team and relationship building, and diversity and inclusion training.


What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

One of the most memorable moment was coaching a client who worked in the White House in Washington DC. The challenges confronting him were: connecting with his staff; improving his work/life balance; and building a positive working relationship with his supervisor. During our first executive coaching session, I asked him two important questions, “What type of leader are you? And, what type of leader do you want to become?” I explained to him the three types of leaders: ordinary, good, and extraordinary. An ordinary leader, for example, thinks inside the box and is risk adverse. A good leader thinks outside the box, but stays closely connected to the four corners of the box - takes little risk. Meanwhile, an extraordinary leader thinks the box does not exist. Curiosity is his/her growth pill. This leader is passionate about exploring and creating new ideas and challenges. He/she focuses more on human compassion, rather than bottom-line profits. Moreover, because he wanted to become an extraordinary leader, his leadership competencies were assessed and debriefed. The assessments included leadership strengths and deficiencies, energy leadership index and emotional/social intelligences. At the end of our coaching sessions, he had developed and implemented a relationship building action plan and work/life balance strategies. A year later, I contacted him and was told his relationship with his staff and supervisor had improved greatly. And, the strategies we implemented resolved his work/life balance problem.


Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

When I was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the San Diego Satellite and Technology Consortium i.e., DEFCOMM, we worked in concert with other small businesses to bid and acquire government contracts. I really enjoyed working with the various small businesses. As a result, FCG was established. FCG collaborates with other small businesses to bid on contracts associated with leadership development, workforce development, and so on. Exploring and developing innovative ideas to solve critical workforce related problems, having many brains working together is better than having only one. I enjoy working with people who are smarter than myself. I meet weekly with other small business owners to discuss opportunities to collaborate on contract proposals. As they say, “If your the smartest person in the room, then your in the wrong room.”


What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

When it comes to improving your customers’ workforce climate, don’t attempt to conquer it alone, joint a consortium. You will be more successful, and the challenges will be less stressful.


Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

As a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), on June 23-26, 2019, I will be attending the SHRM19 Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas (tentatively). In December 2018, I completed the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM SCP) course and will be taking the exam in June 2019. So wish me luck!

In addition, my book, “Humanistic Leadership: Twelve Intelligences Needed to Transform An Ordinary Leader Into An Extraordinary One” will be on Amazon and bookshelves in December 2019. FCG defines humanistic leadership as, “A transformative leader who fosters a framework of intelligences that focuses on a holistic approach toward understanding and accepting the total self and others’ dissimilarities, values, and unique characteristics.” My book, “Succession Development Planning: A Strategy Used to Help Future-Proof Your Workforce” can be purchased on Amazon.


For more information on Fenner Consulting Group visit

Douglas Fenner, Founder/President
(858) 207-7948