I have worked with 5 national organizations and have had the opportunity to participate in several leadership development programs, all valuable, but none of which compared to the quality and depth of this program… the quality of the presenters was second to none … I feel so strongly about the program’s worth to both me in terms of the “return on investment” that I have received and to future participants in terms of how they will benefit from the program...I highly recommend this program for leaders at any stage of their career.
— Joe Elmore, CAWA Director, Strategic Development, National Outreach – MS Gulf, Coast Hurricane Katrina Recovery
With warmth I share regarding the impact of Tony’s vision and manifestation of programs / trainings. It was an invaluable experience! I am currently participating in the one year Advanced Transformational Leadership Training. I offered Tony this heartfelt message: ‘What a wonderful first session offered! I truly enjoyed the intellectual stimulation as well as the safe blanket for reflection. It is genius to say the least: offer a haven for a small yet diverse group of leaders to openly share. Thank-you heartfully for the vision you continue to move forward…..your leadership training helped me fully appreciate my inner voice. It has allowed my philosophy of leadership to bloom! It was helpful in allowing me to assess the basket of skills I have developed, and the vision of leadership I have held and groomed over the years. This process allowed me to confidently leap to assume the ultimate goal of CEO.
— Liana Nemes, Toastmasters International
Tony’s “Success vs. Happiness” concept was an important one for me. I consider our organization very successful! However, the emotional price for me was that I had become too busy to stop, breathe, and enjoy the success of our vision. Although my workload has not lessened since the retreat, I have consciously relaxed and smiled a whole lot more! I have in turn asked my staff and Board to do the same. Our passion is the same, we just express it differently.…I believe that many of us learned a lot more than we anticipated we would. Tony’s workshops fueled conversations that continued through dinners, evening walks on the beach, and late night groups who gathered around wine and intense conversation. We learned new information to take back home, information that will strengthen our organizations and ourselves as the leaders of those organizations. I believe that there was tremendous energy produced by so many intense and passionate people coming together in such a beautiful location…
Tony helped us regain our focus and renew our passion and vision!
— Rasmi Misra, CEO, VIDYA, New Delhi, India
Tony has a way of being that is authentic and welcoming. His passion and commitment was evident. The approach was powerfully and passionately delivered…The retreat absolutely exceeded my expectations. PASSION and TRUTH are contagious! Tony is an example of a confident, compassionate, gentle person who has made a difference in this world. He is very special and a treasure.
— Janna Genovese, CEO, Womenspace Unlimited
I was not planning on attending the workshop because there was too much going on in my life. Work was really hectic and I had a deadline coming up. But once I got to the class I realized it was more relaxing to be there, spending sometime focusing on myself, rather than being at home worrying about all that I had to do.
— Francyni Salido, World Bank
What I liked most about Tony’s facilitation was that he was very knowledgeable, had excellent tone and body mannerisms that provided a calming force during the process, and struck a good balance of letting us explore certain ideas while still keeping us on schedule….Tony has a very organized, orderly approach that prevents thoughts of “we’re missing something big”.
— Sharon Gallagher, Board Member, American Red Cross
Tony was the perfect facilitator as he had walked the path I am on…I need more time for myself, I need to find balance and hone skills for my staff. I can learn a lot from Tony’s calmness and integrity.
— Chris Ginieczki, Bank of America
Tony has lots of leadership values that concurred with my own: selfless giving, empathy, passion along with the specifics to make these values work….I most liked the specifics, the ‘How to’. I really liked the mind and heart both needed in leadership being stressed….The retreat met my expectations. I got lots of answers as well as validation of my own views. I liked how Tony stressed the need for listening, something most people need to do better.
— Chandru Natarajan, General Electric (GE), Madras, India
I love Tony’s passion for his topic!
I also am very inspired by how he merges many cultural philosophies….
I like how he makes leadership a ‘concrete’ idea…I wish the retreat had been longer.
— Pamela Hawley, CEO, Universal Giving
Tony’s 15 Principles of Leadership has definitely impacted my leadership philosophy in a very positive way in that I’ve learned more principles and practices of good management that I will set in motion.
— Shaheen Mistri, CEO, Akanksha, Bombay, India
Balanced blend of material! Excellent research. I liked the way Tony asked for permission to facilitate the norms. Good eye contact, voice tone. I most liked the human aspects of Tony’s approach! He touched the emotional core of belief that motivates the person. I needed to remember that even the stuffiest 3-piece suit was once a little boy with dreams…The retreat surpassed my expectations! I want more training from Tony, and I’ll even drive for hours to it!
— Ram Mohan, CEO, Sevalaya, Madras, India
Tony gave an excellent performance. I got a new insight into how we function. Tony has provided many tools to be used.
— Andra Christensen, The Discovery Center
This leadership training influenced my outlook on how long I see myself continuing as a CEO – by reinforcing the importance of being a strong but fair leader…this leadership program reinforced the importance of structure, honesty, transparency, and accountability when dealing with all our stakeholders.
— Viswanath Ranganathan, CEO, Vidyarambam, Madras, India
Tony was very approachable, relaxed and attentive to hearing from as many as possible. His approach to leadership is excellent. I like the empowerment model, and building in leadership within ourselves. I liked the relaxed, approachable, flexible and knowledgeable nature of the facilitator. I liked the organization of slides and his preparedness. I liked that he allowed most of the solutions to come from us, and providing guidance based on research, and how he engaged us in determining the flow of the retreat.
— Fred Mora, Human Resources Consortium
The Compassionate Communication workshops definitely affected my philosophy of what it takes to be an effective communicator. It showed me there is still a long way to go for me to consider myself a good communicator. Also that good communication strategies can really help in your communication style and you need to open your mind to alternatives…I have tried to have more empathy with my communication partners and try to reflect and understand their side as well, following some of the strategies suggested.
— Andres Baquero, World Bank
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