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The best leaders understand the cost of trust and know how to build it. Because building trust builds companies.



This is us.

Business Management Hallmark and Dr. Brian Harman (PhD, Mba) provides leadership development through executive coaching & retreats, leadership assessments, corporate training workshops and validated organizational surveys. Our research, practice, teaching and focus is TRUST within the employee-manager relationship.

Becoming an executive is exciting! You’re finally in a place where you can make a difference. You’re set to crush the job and have a true impact on the world. Except it doesn’t go that way. Instead, you get stuck being busy. Nothing seems to run as it should. Deadlines swish by unmet. Goals are missed by a mile. Your team devolves into chaos and it feels like nobody even cares anymore. But there is no one else to take the blame: you’re the leader; it’s on you. But you don't have to drown.


There's a heavy cost to bear when trust is low. Just picture any relationship with low trust. It takes more time, effort and resources to get things done.


Most leaders need to work on their communication. It's not intentional, but most people trust strangers more than their own boss because of it.


There's a reason why great teams can accomplish so much more than weak departments. It's because of the safe climate they build together.


It's not all soft stuff and people skills. I don't trust a leader who can't generate consistent results and drive excellence into everything they touch.


Most leaders don't have an articulate code of conduct or core values they follow. That's a mistake because it shows in their executive presence.


Nobody is how they appear. There's much more beneath the surface and the best leaders can go deep and really understand peoples' motivators.


Transformational leaders have a clear understanding of how to balance a concern for people and a concern for results. There's a balance.


Stop giving advice before listening to people. Learn how to escalate your communication as a coaching style leader who empowers others.

Transform yourself into a high-trust leader. If you’ve been struggling with being an awesome boss (we all have!) and you want to morph yourself into a leader that:

  • Creates a strong atmosphere of openness, where information flows easy, people trust each other and have each other’s backs
  • Can get people “on board”, creating a team that works together fast without  the usual corporate BS
  • Is aligned and laser-focused on hitting meaningful goals

...then schedule your HIGH-TRUST HELLO by clicking the button below.

Let’s not waste another day of your potential. As soon as we begin your customized high-trust leadership program you will gain access to the intake form, online content, our client community groups on LinkedIn and you’ll immediately schedule your first session.

Are you paying the trust-tax?

Great executives understand the value of trust for a leader — and the expensive cost of lacking trust inside your team and organization.

The data is crystal clear. According to a Watson Wyatt study, high-trust organizations have 286% higher returns than low-trust organizations.

 That’s almost 3x. And that’s why trust has been defined as a “hard-edged economic driver”…

How does the lack of trust wreck your results?

Like a disease, it damages your team’s work every step of the way, and you pay dearly for it.

There is no open and constructive communication. Employees distrust management and become actively disengaged from their work, unable to thrive and express their potential.

According to Gallup, this problem hits up to 85% of workers worldwide.

It chokes your team’s productivity. Without trust, bureaucracy and micromanagement fester; things grind to a halt. Everything takes ages, and it’s all frustrating busywork to jump through hoops, instead of getting things done. 

In this situation, you are unable to align your team towards a common goal. Instead of them rallying around you to crush objectives, it’s like herding cats. As a result, you see no results, and your confidence as a leader is wrecked.

The good news? This can be changed, and it all starts with you.

What kind of leader do you want to be? As an executive, your job is to be a leader. Maybe you like to get in the trenches with your team, or you prefer to set a goal and let them rise to the challenge. But no matter how you decide to do it, no team can thrive if they don’t trust you or each other.

When you become a high-trust leader, however: 

  • Communication just works. Issues are discussed and resolved instead of being buried. There is no politicking, no festering conflict. You know exactly how to talk to them, and they know they can talk to you.
  • There is less time wasted with busywork. Your team is more productive, and yet it feels easier than before: just like a well-oiled machine. As a result, you can aim even higher.
  • You’re confident because you’re aligned with your goals. Your team rallies behind you, and moves towards the objective in harmony like true believers. Now you’re not just a manager, but a leader.

I am Dr. Brian Harman and I help executives like you transform into confident high-trust leaders that are aligned to their mission and able to lead engaged teams to breakthrough results. And I've worked with top global corporations and Fortune 500s.

See us in action. We do real research.

From biopharma to construction and startups to establish companies, we've helped organizations increase levels of trust by up to 40%. We love to make a real impact so we measure our results by using validated survey instruments and meaningful metrics that drive strategic change.

So why should I trust you, Dr. Brian?

Let me answer the question I know you’re thinking about...

There are so many coaches out there. So many. And who you choose to work with is critical: we’re talking about building you up to do great things, here. So what makes the perfect coach? That’s honestly a question for Aristotle but I can tell you why you should work with me.

Everything we do together is based on validated peer-reviewed research, real science and thousands of hours of coaching experience. No woo-woo here. I take all these proven techniques and build a customized program tailored for you: there is no off-the-shelf solution because everybody is different.

And let’s be honest: anyone can become a coach. But here's what I did before becoming a coach.

After completing an MBA degree, I went on to finish a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine, doing research on the very things I can help you with as a leader. I also earned two executive certificates from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, in Executive Leadership and Global Enterprise Management.

It's not all academics. I spent 15+ years in construction management, ultimately becoming the senior corporate buyer for the world's largest landscape company, negotiating more than $250 million in contracts annually. And most recently, I headed up global strategy and sourcing for a top biotechnology company based in Northern California where I worked in multiple countries to support senior executives.

Leaders are who I actually work with. I have helped 100's of senior executives (and 1000's of MBA students / working adults) in organizations including Apple, Salesforce, Google and new start-ups. I facilitate corporate leadership workshops and executive team retreats all around the world. I have also taught 60+ university courses on leadership for top institutions like UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Universidad ESAN. My background is well-rounded, both professionally and academically, because I aim to provide my clients with research-backed coaching.

Finally, on a personal note, I am no stranger to hard challenges. Just back from my honeymoon, I was diagnosed with an ultra rare disease in my spine. I needed 4 surgeries, 4 rods, and 14 screws to remove a bone tumor that had grown around my spinal canal. Everyone's path is different and difficult in its own way. If you have a higher calling and purpose as a leader, we should definitely connect because this is what I help with; purpose and clarity in high-trust leadership.

If you want to make a genuinely positive impact on the lives of the people you serve in the workplace or in your community, this coaching program may be a great fit for you. Let's get introduced to see if we're a good fit.

We get contacted when...

We get contacted when executives are receiving complaints, when leadership teams are experiencing misalignment or having trust or communication issues, when employee turnover is high, when founders are lacking leadership and management experience but they want to level up their skill sets, when executives need to maximize the employee-manager relationship, and when company culture just simply isn't thriving.


This isn't for everyone. Our coaching is for ambitious leaders only.

Our high-trust leadership transformation program is a 1-on-1 coaching program for executives and leaders who want to thrive.

It’s a condensation of over a decade of learning, researching, and applying trust-based techniques in leadership. We also have weekly group calls with our executive community and a library of online content for you to recall on as you practice your leadership. The program is organized to adapt to your life and your needs with flexible scheduling options for our 1-1 sessions.

Here’s what you will learn and put into practice:

We’ll start picking the low hanging fruit — tackling the most immediate, high-ROI issues first — so you can start experiencing breakthrough moments right from the start.

You’ll go through a complete mindset overhaul: we’ll challenge your core beliefs and write down your core values to ensure you are perfectly aligned; then you can work towards your goals unencumbered.

We will clarify your vision, and make a plan to drive change in your life — so that everything you do is laser-focused towards holistic success. This comes with a clear template for planning, goal-setting, and execution you can use forever and share with your friends.

We’ll build a full mental toolkit to improve your mindset and stress tolerance: effective meditation techniques and gratitude practices that will help you nurture your mental health even in the hardest moments.

We will explore self-awareness at the metacognitive level. In other words, you’ll understand exactly how you think and how to leverage that to control your perspective and thought.

You will learn and apply evidence-based strategies for executive-level performance. The techniques I teach are practical, geared to maximize your results while aligning your actions to what you want to achieve.

We’ll go through, and master, key communication skills: how to use storytelling and deeper conversations to create trust and influence, public speaking, and specific techniques to build trust with your team.

You will learn how to use the techniques of transformation leadership: you’ll be able to work with your team to set a vision, plan change, and enact that change successfully.

You’ll develop and improve your emotional intelligence in a dramatic and positive way, making you better at fundamental skills as a team leader: inspiring and motivating others, team-building, giving and receiving feedback, coaching your team, dealing with conflict, negotiating, and managing change.

We’ll also cover other important team dynamics a leader must understand: culture versus climate, teams versus workgroups, diversity, inclusivity and how to facilitate effective meetings. Time management is also a core specialty of ours and you'll learn exactly why our C-level executives make us coach all their leaders.

And more, specific techniques for more technical tasks: process management, decision-making protocols, problem-solving and brainstorming techniques.

Lastly, I will coach you out of the program. By the time we’re done, you’ll have mastered the techniques you need to keep growing on your own.

I offer ongoing coaching (monthly sessions instead of weekly) at a discounted rate so you can sustain your transformational leadership growth. This will also give you access to the group calls and all other resources in perpetuity.

High-trust leaders know how to build and sustain high trust.

You might be thinking, "well, how much can someone learn about trust?" A lot more than you think ...

High-Trust Leaders know:


It starts with you

How to generate the behavioral and cognitive cycle of self-trust so that you can achieve goals and display self-trust to others


Interpersonal trust

How to maximize your 1-1 interactions and turn acceptance into admiration. Leadership influence is built here.


Team and social trust

Relationships are how stuff gets done at work. You'll master the balance within your communication, intensifying trust.


Organizational trust

From culture to climate, you'll learn about the strategies that high-trust companies use to bolster performance long-term.


High-trust leadership

From rebuilding broken trust to avoiding trust-degrading behaviors, high-trust leaders don't squander opportunities to build trust in the workplace, from emails to meetings and everything else in between.

What our clients say

I've worked with several leadership coaches over the years and Brian certainly stands out. He takes a genuine interest in his clients, has excellent listening skills and possesses the ability to help people overcome their challenges with both strategic and practical tactics. He is well-studied, patient, positive, honest and knows how to drive true change. If you're looking for practical tools and inspiration to rise higher and achieve more, both personally and professionally, I highly recommend working with Brian! - Jaqueline Mendes, Fitness Industry Executive

"This has been an amazing experience with weekly breakthroughs. I doubted my power to achieve real change but am now trusting myself and my vision. The momentum has been seen by those around me. Even the relationship with my wife has significantly improved. I recommend hiring Brian if you want a better life." - Dr. Jorge Lopez

"Brian’s energy brings teams closer together and he provides opportunities to explore and communicate at new levels. There is a depth to his work beneath the smiles, and I can tell that he has evolved based on careful research and experience thereby bringing fresh ideas into his leadership practice and methodology." - Lewis Stanton, CEO