Coaching for communication and change with Emerging Step

Our Credo

Professional success depends on both communication and the ability for a leader to mobilize his or her relational intelligence to share a vision with others.

What are our services?

Our coaching prepares managers to meet communication challenges, to speak with impact before a public, hold meetings and negotiate with a powerful sense of purpose.

Get professionals to perform well with multicultural teams by creating a climate for constructive exchanges.

Develop the ability to adapt to change processes, train managers in problem-solving techniques and to actively seek opportunities.

Act in such a way on project teams so that they gain in effectiveness and mobilize themselves to succeed with their initiatives.

Emerging Step, a company specialized in business development and in mobilizing resources for corporations.  Created in 2009, by James DILLON & Brigitte WARNEZ, both certified coaches, management trainers working in HR and talent development challenges. 






Co-development Practice Group

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A Christmas photo of our Co-Development Practice Group, celebrating a successful cycle of our monthly sessions since September 2018. This group was inspired by Janet Harvey’s ICF webinar in June/July 2018. Our initiative was organized by Dana Lefeuvre and James Dillon. 

The sessions are held on-line and in English and based on the principles of Claude Champagne and Adrien Payet. An exercise of collective intelligence, each participant takes a turn as Challenge Owner, proposing his or her challenge. One member of the group serves as Facilitator for the Co-development process and the other participants ask clarifying questions and explore the challenge together to help the Challenge Owner find solutions and a strategy.

This first group is now operational. We are interested in organizing another group, either in French or in English. Let us know if you are interested by contacting:


(33) 6 60 87 92 55




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Jean-José Wanègue, Engineer and expert on renewable energy
For a week-long program on Sustainable Development, James made the first keynote conference introducing the theme in a dynamic way, preparing the public of young engineers to listen to experts and corporate officers who followed him, each explaining the projects of their companies. James knew how to mobilize his public, to get them to be aware of strategic issues as well as the opportunities for innovation they could work on.

Patrick Frinault, International Directeur of Quality and Innovation at Thomson
James DILLON coached me when I was WW Quality and Continuous improvement Director at Thomson Tubes and Displays. This was an international assignment in Europe, North America and in Asia.
I was part of an executive and multinational team. My main responsibility was to advise on methods and quality for production sites abroad (15 plants, 12000 employees) and to initiate associated changes. For example, I dealt with lean transformation projects for these production sites. Among my objectives, I needed to convince my operational counterparts to change their methods, work on their product flaws and upgrade their quality.
James and I worked on ways to get these operational counterparts to adhere to my recommendations and to mobilize them to make changes and investments that had become imperative for continuing the activity. One thing I understood was that I had to do more lobbying at all levels in the corporation, really "pre-selling" these changes.
James stimulated me to work on different ways of making these arguments. I felt ready, with the right tactics combined with cross-cultural awareness that enabled me to create greater impact.

Karin Cudd, Project Manager, Corporate Awareness, Dassault Systèmes
As co-Chair of the FWE conference in Paris, "Invest in Successful Women Entrepreneurs," I asked James to be the final speaker at the event.  He understood that he needed to be energetic at the end of a long day in order to keep the 100 multinational attendees interested and finish the conference on a high note.  Emphasizing the purpose of the conference, bringing international investors to Paris to meet women entrepreneurs, the public responded very positively to James's lively wrap-up session.  It is without hesitation that I recommend James as a both a business speaker and facilitator.