Our Mission


The Game Within is a customized approach to executive coaching that promotes individual growth and team advancement for top-level leaders in every field. Just as a tennis player trains for a high stakes match, The Game Within encourages executives to train to get to the next level in their performance and development.

The Game Within recognizes that traditional leadership development program offerings often miss the big picture and focuses on external elements of productivity and management (horizontal development), rather than the internal factors that drive leadership behavior (also known as vertical development).

Through individual coaching sessions, executives are taken on a journey of discovery and exploration of high-level concepts such as:

Individual & Team 
Coaching Sessions

leadership development

Keynote Speaking

Experiential Learning

Christo Schutte

The Game Within was founded by Christo Schutte in 2008. An elite athlete and native of South Africa, Christo established The Game Within after concluding his career as a tennis player and coach.Christo’s journey began through his experience as an athlete. Through the observation that there is a wide competency gap between the top 10 and the top 100 athletes, this discovery led him to explore the habits, basic traits and behaviors of top 10 athletes and—later—business leaders.

Working with a Canadian sprinter for the London 2012 Olympics, along with a national gymnast, only further confirmed Christo’s findings. In short, Christo has discovered that the top 10 athletes and top 10 executives have the same distinguishing qualities in common: a growth mindset, advanced alignment of the 5 domains (mental, emotional, physical, technical and spiritual) and a deep understanding of their “why.”

Since launching The Game Within, Christo has spent over a decade developing leaders in business. He has worked with leaders of Fortune 15, mid-sized companies, and start up growth companies. Additionally, Christo is on a journey to help 10, 000 leaders to live more from their “why.” He is focused on helping executives to become top 10 leaders in the work place so that they can experience sustained productivity, profitability and health.

As a seasoned executive coach, Christo brings a wealth of experience, passion, and a unique approach to leadership development. He has an established record of success in supporting leaders in pursuing and achieving their goals.

Christo has worked with leaders in various organizations including Verizon, The National Institute of Health (NIH), Barclay’s Group, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Coldwell-Banker, M&T Bank, Hartford Funds, and senior leaders at the FBI.

Christo is a graduate of Georgetown University’s globally renowned leadership program and a certified (PCC) member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) with over 1000 hours, one-on-one coaching experience. He also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Client Testimonials

  • When I first started working with Christo over 7 years ago I was very raw and had a lot of areas that needed work as I had never spent the time to really understand myself as a leader. Working with Christo has not only developed my leadership skills but has also changed my personal life as well, for which I am truly grateful. I still have work to do, however with his help, there is a clear plan that we are working on to build up the areas that need help. I can recommend Christo with 100% certainty that he can add value to everyone.

    David Waxman
    David Waxman Managing Partner, MMPartners
  • The “What is your why?” workshop that Christo facilitated for us was truly transformational!!! What an opportunity to slow down and listen to what is most important. It allowed each team member to explore their individual purpose while at the same time binding our shared purpose together. Thank you!

    Almero Steyn
    Almero Steyn Integralis IT Consulting, South Africa
  • I will never forget how Christo was able to take our group of senior sales leaders and open their eyes and hearts in a way that I never thought was possible. His talk around “What is Your Why?” was transformational, a true stepping stone for deeper change. If you are looking for a speaker that is truly different for your next “National Sales Meeting,” Christo is your guy!

    Jeff Reiss
    Jeff Reiss Head of Retail Sales, Hartford Funds, Philadelphia
  • When I first met Christo, my challenge to him was to help me work out who am I going to become. I wasn't looking for another self help guru, or assistance with goal setting and how to get what I wanted, I already had a clear understanding of that process. What I needed, was to unlock the deeper potential in side of me, by overcoming some deep rooted beliefs that were holding me back, and to really discover my 'why', and be confident that I was headed in the right direction with my life. Christo has helped me re-discover my inner light, and strengthened my faith so that I can follow my star.

    Richard Daw
    Richard Daw CEO, Clone Systems Philadelphia
  • Christo has changed my life, and I would recommend him to anyone. I have never experienced an engagement where someone was so committed to me as a person and was able to so quickly affect change in my life. Everything I do and all areas of my life have been transformed—my overall family and work life is so much more valuable to me and I am able to approach these spheres in a way I never was able to before. Christo particularly showed me the power of accepting and now I operate well in the most difficult of situations, bringing out the best in myself and in my team. Christo went above and beyond and I recommend him with 100% confidence.

    Jeff Reiss
    Jeff Reiss Head of Retail Sales, Hartford Funds, Philadelphia
  • Christo's incisive coaching has given myself and Elysian Fields the vision to think bigger and bolder about what we want and the impact we can have in the world. His astute feedback pushed me to discover more about my motivations, my inspirations, and what I want to build in this lifetime than I ever had before. As a result, our revenue has grown exponentially, but more importantly, we're happier in our work and crafting the kind of business that aligns with our values and the positive and vibrant world we want to create. If you know deep down that there must be "more", call him.

    Kate Strathmann
    Kate Strathmann Elysian Fields Philadelphia
  • Christo is very open and flexible, but at the same time he will push you to develop beyond your immediate leadership needs. I am certainly now able to tackle more complex business issues in high-pressure situations, without the great levels of stress I was previously experiencing. I also found it valuable to simply take time to pause and reflect over my current business challenges and have someone like Christo help me see them with new eyes and begin to make the changes to handle them differently.

    Toomas H. Truuumees
    Toomas H. Truuumees Senior Managing Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Decision Strategies International
  • I would highly recommend working with Christo. He has a strong and diverse tool kit of approaches to address professional development and realize goals and was able to find the right mix of approaches along the way to support my objectives. He also has a nimble approach to coaching, able to turn a dime and pursue emergent directions that arise through the coaching process. As a result of our work over the last year or so, I have doubled my leadership presence in my field, as well as my salary. I have stepped into a space in which my work is viewed on a national stage, not just local. And I have greatly refined my way of communicating and advocating for my core beliefs and professional vision.

    Thaddeus Squire
    Thaddeus Squire Managing Director, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
  • We were essentially a “high-performing, working group” but not a true team. Christo inspired our ten person Senior Leadership team to attack the underlying issues holding us back. We made huge breakthroughs. Three months later after a second two-day offsite, the group emerged genuinely feeling that we were well on our way to actually being a Team. Christo helped us crystallize our collective purpose, goals and how to align these priorities—Client, Firm, Team and then Self. These sessions have become invaluable. We are committed to having Christo lead all our Quarterly offsite meetings.

    Jac McLean
    Jac McLean Head of Distribution, Hartford Funds, Philadelphia
  • “What’s You Why?” Perhaps one of the hardest and most challenging questions for anyone to answer. Christo has spoken to our salesforce, over 125 individuals, numerous times on this subject. He has helped us not only collectively articulate our core purpose but to also rally around it and execute it at a new level. Morale is now at an all-time high across the sales teams. We are certain we will see a correlation between that heightened morale and increased productivity.

    Jac McLean
    Jac McLean Head of Distribution, Hartford Funds, Philadelphia

Schedule A Free Coaching Session

We begin every relationship with a free initial 2-hour coaching session. This allows you to meet with an executive  coach and experience the value of our work and for us to listen best to you and identify the best way forward. Schedule your free coaching session below or call 484.483.4600. We look forward to hearing from you.