Master Certified Coach


I coach people who manage people. Specifically leaders who are dealing with difficult employees, situations and conversations. As an evolution of this work, I also now specialize in coaching THE difficult leader or high performer.

Through a combination of my 20+ years of leading and managing high performing teams, my coach training and my experience with thousands of leaders all-over-the-world, I’ve cultivated a simple, teachable and applicable practice for dealing with (and changing) difficult people.

In a time when it seems patience is at a premium, we must do all we can to develop our leadership excellence and presence.

The clients I partner with have gone on to achieve exceptional success in their careers, relationships and personal lives.  Difficult people really are everywhere. And sometimes… even the best of us… can be considered difficult by others.

I’m always eager to partner with individuals and organizations who are willing to learn new methods for detangling the challenges presented by difficult team members.  I’ll look forward to the opportunity for us to connect.

Client Testimonials

Kris is one of the most incredibly talented leadership and management trainers I have had the pleasure to work with. She is very inspiring and has a unique way of helping one see the possibilities every leader needs. Kris blends her wit with the materials and leaves you feeling like you always have opportunities to get better. She has a wonderful sense of keeping it real, but I have always found her to be spot on with developing people. Kris has helped me see areas I have needed to improve and her sincerity in her support of my development has always left me wanting more. She is a tremendous leader and coach for others.
Financial Services Leader

Kris Plachy is probably the most influential person I have encountered in my career. She has an unparalleled energy and passion for her craft. She understands her clients and what their needs are and offers creative and meaningful solutions. I dare you to find an obstacle that Kris cannot offer a solution to. She helps your staff build themselves up up by teaching managers how to develop people. I can assure you that if you engage with Kris Plachy, you will enhance your career immeasurably.

Director, Education Services

I had the pleasure of working with Kris last summer at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. As manager of the Leadership track for that event, I am always on the lookout for outstanding teacher/speakers who can impact our partners’ business in a positive and meaningful way. Kris hit the ball out of the park! Some of the comments from attendees include: “A very engaging and enthusiastic presenter… The best session I’ve attended this week.” and “Kris was engaging, funny, and on point. Great insight on how to approach what we consider “difficult” people by identifying specific behaviors that affect the performance and how to successfully coach them.” I couldn’t recommend Kris more highly!

Marketing & Event Management Leader


Kris is one of those special people you meet in your life that every time you have a conversation with her, you are better off for doing so. She is extremely skilled at zeroing in on your situation and providing excellent ideas, feedback, or just perspective-changing questions. To spend some time with her and pick her brain will surely improve your leadership skills and beyond. One of my favorite things about her is her ability to cut to the core of an issue or problem you may have with compassion and desire to see you improve. If you have an opportunity to spend time with Kris, I highly recommend working with her. Kris is a wonderful person, and I have enjoyed every training event, dinner, and chat with her – hope for more in the future!

Account Executive