“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”

– Leonard Cohen

Speis means courage, spirit, lightness, hope, vitality, warmth, joy and aspiration. These states can drive energy and effort, provide direction, and accomplish goals — in business as well as all of life. Who wouldn’t want it? Because we all aspire to be the best version of ourselves. To be and to give our best is to be deeply happy. But the paradox is that real life can get in the way, or so it seems. The fast pace of work leaves little room for error, never mind time to fix the cracks that limit us. Yet who hasn’t been dismayed when stress exposes our fault lines, exactly when performance demands the full throttle of our best skills and functioning?

Fortunately, as Leonard Cohen says, these cracks are potentially our best ally. Cracks in our personal makeup, our behavioral habits and emotional vulnerabilities harbor deep energy – energy that can either be viewed as an enemy to be battled and suppressed; or energy that can open us to vitality and flow. Inside these cracks lie force vectors that can paralyze individuals and organizations with dysfunction; or which can transform stagnation and frustration to resilience and commitment.

I am a Harvard-trained psychoanalyst and long-time management and executive coach. I’m a trained clinical and organizational psychologist, and over years of training, teaching, and practicing, I’ve met and helped a broad spectrum of people and institutions. Helping thousands of clients has given me unshakable confidence and respect for the human capacity for change.

I pair my comfort with the deep and personal aspects of human experience with enjoyment and interest in systems and institutions. Understanding how global economies, cultures and markets, companies and stakeholders work together and are networked through interdependence and human needs — drove me to study business. Having clients in a variety of sectors is a bonus for continuous learning.

I work with clients across a broad swathe of industries, roles and professions. While most of my clients are business executives, C-suites, Boards, business owners and senior leaders, I have also coached scientists, physicians, athletes, journalists, law firms, artists, activists, government and non-government organizational and non-profit leaders.

Jenai Wu Steinkeller, Ph.D.


Services include leadership, team and organizational consulting & coaching, shadow coaching (real-time observation & feedback), action learning, mindfulness, culture, and conflict management training.

50 Franklin St., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Serving Great Boston, New York, New England, US, UK and Worldwide

My approach can be highly specialized, or represent a fusion between various approaches and disciplines I have been trained in:

Psychology, psychoanalysis, neuroscience

Mindfulness & Positive Psychology approach to Resilience

Goal-oriented coaching and leadership development

Negotiation and conflict management

Culture- and Identity-respecting approach to relationships

Somatic Experiencing (SE™) approach to healing trauma and developing resilience,

a mind-body and energetic approach to self-regulation

Areas of Specialization Include

  • Coaching for Leadership Excellence

  • Consulting on Strategy and Talent

  • Team Coaching

  • Coaching Women Leaders

  • Building Trust and Credibility

  • Governance Boards

  • Global Management

  • Cross-cultural Coaching

  • Conflict Management & Negotiation Skills

  • Executive Presence

  • Mindful Leadership

  • Coaching to Leverage Diversity

  • Stress Management

Fees & Services

My fee is set by project or hourly, depending on the client’s needs and goals. I offer a complimentary initial conversation or meet and greet by phone, video or in-person depending on our respective locations and schedules.

Services include leadership and team coaching, organizational consulting, shadow coaching (real-time observation & feedback), action learning, mindfulness, resilience, conflict management and diversity training.