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Bruce Hodes, President and Founder

Bruce Hodes, President and Founder of CMI, is dedicated to helping companies grow. The focus of his work is developing work teams, business leaders and executives into powerful performers. Bruce has an MBA from Northwestern University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work.
As a business strategy consultant and a former psychotherapist, Bruce brings a diverse blend of skills and education to his work with teams, business leaders and executives. Bruce developed a methodology, called Breakthrough Strategic Business Planning. This planning format is specifically designed for small and mid-sized companies; it is also useful for departments and corporate divisions.
Bruce has 30 years of experience working extensively with privately held companies from five to 100 million dollars in size. He is an expert in small business advising and family business coaching. Bruce’s diverse skill set and adaptable approach allows him to work with a wide variety of companies including food processing, manufacturing, insurance, health care administration, technology, staffing and commercial laundry sectors. Bruce has coached and planned with numerous companies that have experienced real tangible revenue growth. Bruce has also facilitated team building retreats for employees of the Chicago Public School System, and other Not for Profit Organizations.
Bruce is a prolific writer. Bruce’s writing often appears in Textile Rentals Magazine and on the Strategy Driven blog. His book, Front Line Heroes: Battling the Business Tsunami by developing Performance Oriented Cultures was published in February of 2012.


  • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

    The Five Behaviors Model will be used to help team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and to become a more cohesive team.

    A productive, high-functioning team has a lot of upside:
    - Makes better, faster decisions
    - Taps into the skills and opinions of all members
    - Avoids wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics over and over
    because of a lack of buy-in
    - Creates competitive advantage

  • Everything DiSC Products

    Everything DiSC helps people:
    - Discover their DiSC style
    - Understand their reactions to coworkers
    - Build more effective work relationships

  • Strategic Planning

    CMI’s Breakthrough Strategic Business Planning is specifically designed for growth-oriented companies. The process is centered around researching and assessing critical issues. This process also includes assembling a key leadership team and coaching them to commit to the company’s strategic direction. CMI’s Breakthrough Strategic Business Planning results in strategies, goals, objectives and action plans that lead to implementation and execution of your strategic business plan.


    A focused and aligned corporate leadership group
    An analysis of the current and future business environment
    An examination of your market segments and your competitors
    A strategic assessment your company and its strengths and weaknesses
    Clarification of strategic goals and objectives
    Action plans with designated leaders and due dates
    A process to monitor, give feedback and to implement the action plans
    A one-page plan

  • Team Building

    CMI’s corporate team building programs are built around business simulations that focus on developing collaboration and teamwork and improve business performance.

    High Performance Team Building
    In CMI’s High Performance Team Building groups explore ways they could work better together to create high performance work teams.

    Communication Team Building
    CMI’s Communication Team Building utilizes and features the Disc profile system to enhance individual and team performance.

    Customer Service Team Building
    CMI’s Customer Service Program teaches applicable and relevant tools and techniques to build customer focused teams in your workplace.

  • One-on-One Coaching

    One-on-One Coaching
    CMI’s One-on-One Coaching consist of 1-2 hour business coaching sessions customized to meet your needs. The sessions are focused on improving productivity and leadership skills. Sessions also focus on overcoming professional and/or personal challenges. Sessions are held monthly until the desired results are accomplished.


    Increased productivity
    Leadership skill development
    Action plans and tools to overcome challenges

  • Keynote Speaking

    Achieve Sustainable Business Growth

    Can you grow a powerful, profitable organization in these challenging times? “Yes, but it takes courage, determination, and actionable techniques that work,” says business coach and consultant Bruce Hodes, who has 30 years’ experience working with privately held companies from five to 100 million dollars in size. As a business consultant, author, and former psychotherapist, Bruce brings a diverse blend of skills and education to his work with teams, business leaders and executives, and as President and Founder of CMI, he’s dedicated to helping companies grow. The author of Front Line Heroes: Battling the Business Tsunami by Developing Performance Oriented Cultures, his entertaining talks are powerful experiences as Bruce illustrates his strategies with real-life stories and provides step-by-step guides that create outstanding results.