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Hear directly from our amazing partners.

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Jennifer Valdez

Director of Operations | Lucas James Talent Partners

There’s a huge difference between leading a team at an established company, one which already has established processes and practices, and leading a team in a fast growing startup, where we are building every single thing from the ground up. My training through Raise The Bar gave me the confidence to get messy and embrace uncertainty, and to be okay letting my team know that I don’t have the answer.

We're managing through the toughest time in our company’s history and the Raise The Bar training program is having a big impact on our entire Operations team. Morale could easily be waning and our teams could be tired, disengaged, and negative during this period. For our teams in Chicago and Phoenix, it’s the opposite of that and I think that’s a direct result of the timing of the training.

Adam Kunz

Leadership Team | 

Michael Lewis Company

(Coach) Stacey helped me identify bad habits and recognize things to celebrate well beyond the key points of the bootcamp.

Bobby Cafazzo

Technical Lead | Own Up

Aaron & the team at Raise The Bar are always pressing me to be curious and try new things.

Steve Tanner

Manager, Communities | Relativity

I recently got promoted! I think Raise The Bar had a significant impact on my leadership skills and how I manage people. I thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and appreciated the fact that I could bring examples of my personal life into the fold. I continue to reap the benefits of the goal you helped me distill down: "to see the power in communication". I see this both in work and in the relationship with my girlfriend. We still have disputes, of course, but I found that we are able to resolve them much more quickly.

Parker Pedersen

Sr. Manager, Emerging Modes & Emerging Markets | FourKites

I learned several tips on how to be a better listener, which I now apply as a leader, such as removing distractions, asking questions, and not jumping in immediately to solve a problem.

Brett Monroe

Business Intelligence Manager | Capstone

Brett has stepped out of the small "noisy" day to day items and has started approaching the big picture more. Brett seems to have grasped that leadership isn't just time clocks and lending ears but really defining visions and best practices. It's great to see!

Sara Freeman

Brett Monroe's Manager

VP Information systems | Capstone

The Bootcamp helped me better understand my direct reports, peers and managers and created an opportunity to empower my team. In the end, this is going to grow our organization to higher ceilings. I can't always be the problem solver. I need to be a leader and identify when and how I'm needed as a leader.

Oscar Sandoval

Client Delivery Manager | Lucas James Talent Partners

I think this program teaches a leadership style that fits with the vision and culture of our organization extremely well. I like that everyone we move into a leadership role gets this foundation from which to build.

 

Matt Boldyga

Oscar Sandoval's Leader

Director, Client Delivery | Lucas James Talent Partners

I love that we had the opportunity to practice what we learned in the session and the accountability for practicing outside of the Zoom classroom.

Greg Post

Client Delivery Manager 

Lucas James Talent Partner

I don't wait on tough conversations as much and implement more useful questions. I feel I have a good set of tools to help me continue.

May Parell

Senior Sales Manager | ReviewTrackers

We dove into Stay interviews, why they are important for establishing lines of communication with your team, and how to conduct them authentically, and I began implementing them with my team shortly afterwards.

 

'Stay interviews helped to set a level of expectation between myself and my team that didn’t exist before'

 

When you really try to understand what your employee wants out of their job, and not what you want out of them, it makes managing those employees much easier. The results speak for themselves and my team is performing at a much higher level.

 

As a new manager, attending the Raise The Bar Bootcamp gave me the tools I needed to be successful in my new job

John Babbitt

Field Services Director | RGE

When I first started working with Raise The Bar, I didn’t know my leadership style or who my team needed me to be. I’m now clear who I am as a leader and it started with getting clarity on my commitment to myself and my team. It helped remind me to be myself when I show up for my team on a daily basis.

My team is now more engaged and producing at a higher level because I’m hyper-engaged with them. I’ve even had people from different teams ask to join my team.

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David Waxberg

Area Manager | Industrious

The program had two HUGE impacts on me:

  1. Helped me to shut up and listen! 

  2. Being aware of my blind spots and recognizing them.

 

I am a MUCH better listener now and I encourage feedback in every team setting.

Jenny Gittleson

Sr. Manager, Merchant Care | ShipBob

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Igor Moiseev

Sr. Director of Engineering

Standard Cognition

My prior management style could best be described as a micromanager. Raise The Bar’s Leadership Bootcamp provided me with a framework to be a more effective leader, rather than a micromanager. I’ve learned how to provide clarity to my team by giving both positive and tough feedback regularly. It’s helped create a positive feedback loop and as a result, we’ve built trust as a team. They know it’s a safe environment to speak up, to share feedback, ideas and concerns. I no longer feel the need to micromanage; instead, my team members set the path of where they want to arrive and we are more efficient. 

My overall coaching experience with Bill has been very positive. At the start of our engagement, Bill was intent on clarifying our goals and creating a plan for achieving them. Throughout our sessions, Bill showed up attentively, prepared, and engaged, demonstrated a genuine interest in my development, and utilized tools that helped amplify our coaching sessions. Bill has a strong ability to ask probing questions that lead to critical thinking, creating clarity, and gaining perspective.

John Ballou

Chief of Staff | LogicGate

My time in the Raise the Bar Leadership Bootcamp had a significant impact on me as a leader and I am confident that the skills I developed in this course played a significant part in helping me get to this next level. Thank you all for pushing me out of my comfort zone, sharing some hard truths, and generally for the important work that you're doing.

Lynnley Miller

Director |  Honeymoon Israel Foundation

The Bootcamp was such an incredible and eye- opening experience! Throughout the workshops, homework, and coaching, I was really challenged to step outside my comfort zone and do the next hard thing. The program has given me the baseline to be the authentic leader I always wished to be and has helped me operate my team more effectively.

Lindsay Weickert

Talent Acquisition Consultant

There is this leader in my organization who is invaluable to the work we do. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise and on the flip side, the way he communicates takes a toll on me personally as well as our business.

 

After the session on critical conversations, it became very clear there was a difficult conversation I needed to have and I didn’t wait, I used the process to prepare and hold the conversation with this crucial leader.


I asked him a few open-ended questions, then I shut up and listened. It was hard, and I did my best not to interrupt, instead allowing him the space to express himself. 

 

Once it was clear he’d had a chance to be heard and share all of his thoughts, I let him know with very specific examples how his behavior was hurting our company, our team and me personally. Needless to say, he was absolutely exasperated, his posture and expression reflecting a humbling shock followed by sincere apologies.

 

'By being direct in sharing the impact of his actions, we unlocked something new together.'

 

Our working and personal relationships have changed dramatically for the better. The impact on me personally has really been extraordinary, eye-opening and liberating.

It's clear that having crucial conversations helps to avoid the almost cancerous growth of an employee’s harmful behavior, but more importantly, saved an invaluable member of our team and established a much stronger, a much more open relationship between us.

Tom Denison

Founder & President | SmartHealth Activator

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