I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort in the past 10 years studying leadership. In that time, I have methodically studied each leading and popular author, including the classic management authors and the biographies of world leaders... I take my development seriously and see it as a conduit to ascend the corporate ladder... None of these books, studies, or assessments prepared me for Dr. Latty-Mann's program…the results were, are, and will continue to be life changing... (read in its entirety)
Jon Babek, Director of Business Development
JC Steele & Sons
Before attending the workshop with The Leadership Trust®, I couldn't even pay a potential customer to meet with me; now my agenda is so booked up with meetings, it is crazy.
John Leary, HVAC/R Sales Representative
Moore's Electric and Mechanical
The Leadership Trust and especially Dr. Latty-Mann's skills as a facilitator & trainer are extraordinary! The session I had with her was a major event in my life and has had a long-lasting positive influence on my life, both professionally and personally. I cannot thank you, Holly, enough for what you opened up inside of me. I continue to be a big fan of yours and admire The Leadership Trust's work.
Ken Middaugh, PhD, Associate Dean
Wake Forest University Schools of Business
Aside from creating the freedom to reach for excellence in leadership and in life, I no longer have asthma. I had been spending several hundred dollars a month on asthma medication and have now been breathing naturally and effortlessly since the PLDP workshop I attended several years ago.
Rick Jess, VP, Merchandising
Millwork Products, Lowe's Companies, Inc
Case in point for "impacting relationships to impact bottom line": Our revenue grew by 60%, our income grew by 149% ...These are tangible, real, take-it-to-the-bank-and-cash-the-check results.
David Noel, CEO
As an executive coach, I have found that my clients may need a more rapid approach, an intervention, to enable change in behaviors that put their careers at risk. Rather than try to do this myself, which isn't my forte, I enroll the services of The Leadership Trust. Recently I suggested a client take the Trust's week-long training. These are her words after attending: "Life changing, transformative, tremendous, super-duper, fantastic, exhausting, reinvigorating, stupendous, exhilarating, and more." Going through this process has helped her to get to a new level of awareness so that our coaching is much more productive. I suggest other coaches look to The Leadership Trust as an additional resource to help their clients make changes fast. Do what's right for the client.
Corliss McGinty, President
The most powerful week of my life. The second day mid-day exercise was more powerful than watching the birth of my two children.
James Glenn, President
Glenn Eagle Lending
(Former Sales Manager of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)
Note. With regard to James Glenn’s testimonial above, a subsequent graduate offered the following comment:
"As I read the testimonials on the website before attending the PLDP, I was in disbelief. There was one in particular that I felt was bogus... It was an individual that claimed this workshop was more powerful than watching the birth of his two children. Although there is nothing more important to me than my children, I can understand now where this sentiment came from. There is NOTHING that you could have done prior to my experiencing this workshop that I would feel this way. I have built in a very short period of time some bonds with my group that I truly feel will last a lifetime. I have learned and reconnected with who I am, the person I like."
Shahin Pirooz, EVP and CTO
I have attended many leadership and industry courses, seminars and workshops including ones that "focus" on self-awareness and greatness. I have never had an experience like this and feel I just went from playing t-ball to playing in the Major Leagues. I have unlocked that which was holding me back, and a direct result will be improved morale, productivity and creativity across my company. This is a life changing experience.
Shahin Pirooz, EVP and CTO
Note. The following graduate co-authored Inspired to Success with Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield et al.
My five days in the Personalized Leadership Development Program were life-changing. First, Dr. Holly's powerful program cleared and released lingering grief I hadn't acknowledged. Then, it finished aligning my heart and soul, so that I could fully accept, and proudly be my very unique self. As a result, I have become profoundly more effective in coaching the CEOs and entrepreneurs who come to me. And, through my teleseminar program that now reaches a worldwide audience, my subscribers tell me that their lives are also transforming. Thus, I am affecting many more lives than I had ever expected to touch. Thank you, Dr. Holly, for your incredible gift of the PLDP!
Stephanie Slavin, Master Wealth Coach and Managing Director
I am no longer a skeptic about the role of self-awareness as a viable intervention for headaches, a painful distraction I had consistently struggled with since my college years. Finding the ability to prevent my headaches alone was a wonderful gift as a part of this unique, life-changing leadership workshop. It has greatly improved both my professional and personal life. Thank you for the specifics regarding what is possible!
Renee Redmond, Human Resources
This program is an excellent foundation and complement to all other leadership workshops. This should be a requirement for all leaders.
Karen Marshall, Senior Vice President
The Leadership Trust® has impacted my life deeply and unexpectedly, well beyond any workshop I've ever attended and far above anything I could have predicted... it's not describable in words. My work life, family life and relationships with friends are so much richer now and I'm able to experience the world around me in ways I'd long since forgotten. My faith was also renewed, almost tangibly. To compare a week at the prototypical leadership seminar to a week with Holly is like comparing a leisurely stroll in a park to a thrilling journey around the globe... they just don't equate. If it were up to me, every one of my family, friends and team members would attend this life changing, renewing, uniquely ordained event."
Lawson Brown, Director National Accounts - East
I shall never be the same. Learning about being in the moment was huge, but learning the how behind it was monumental. I have found peace in my life and now I want to continue that journey and expand upon that.
Allen Peters, CEO
Valley View Medical Center
My role in leadership training has given me exposure to - and allowed me to facilitate - many workshops targeted towards identifying and changing behavior to make leaders more effective. In five 'short' days The Leadership Trust® PLDP accomplished levels of self awareness and understanding I have been striving towards for years. The PLDP is without any doubt the genuine article of transformational leadership development experiences. Better yet, these leadership development experiences are guaranteed to bring authenticity and humanity of leaders into the community and workplace.
Ruth Beedle, Field Development and Management Training
I think this program should be required for all human beings - a pre-requisite for life, if you will. It allowed me to receive feedback in a way I never imagined. Through creating awareness into areas I had not considered, I was able to remove a life-long barrier and begin to see the real essence of who I am emerge. And it only gets better from here.
Sheppard Lake, Organizational Development
The Trust is not just about leadership; it is all about life, living and loving. You just can’t treat leadership in a vacuum. Not only did I learn a better way of doing this thing called "life," I was also able to work through unresolved grief from the death of my mother that had taken place only a few months earlier. I now know in retrospect that I was probably slipping into a depression at the time I attended. It was through an exercise in the middle of this workshop that I had the opportunity to cry silently (crying is something "I just don’t do") and emerged just minutes later with an uplifting sense of freedom that had eluded me for some time prior to this workshop. I now carry a lighter mental and emotional load, feel a profound sense of peace, sweet equilibrium, and calm. Most importantly, I know how to maintain this blessed state for a lifetime. I can say with confidence that this is a workshop that keeps on working."
Martina Gardner Woods, CEO and Executive Chef
Catering to Your Wishes
What The Leadership Trust® is bringing into the corporate world is so groundbreaking. The impact my workshop had on me was huge. The work we did together touched me at my core. What I've learned about myself has helped me chart my course both personally and professionally.
Kevin Hickey, Sales Leader
Military Fabrics, W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc.
Changed me from the inside out. Has made me aware of what life is really about. I am a better leader and a better person for completing this workshop.
John D. Jacobs, Manager - Strategic Manufacturing
This was one of the 5 most important experiences in my life. This workshop is something you will decide to what degree you are willing to chew on and swallow, allowing you however many layers and levels you wish to visit within, thereby rewarding yourself according to the level of your decision. I made the decision to go for it, and my life has taken off like a jet stream both personally and professionally. I went from "an undefined place" to a highly focused, highly confident individual. I went from a company going out of business to a company with $25 billion in sales annually and am wildly excited about how I am contributing further to that bottom line. In summary, everyday I am mindful of the value of this workshop experience and continue to forge a highly meaningful, highly energized life and lifestyle. This workshop taught me how to make ALL life's decisions moving forward--both business and personal. It has given me full license to be successful AND happy! In many respects, Dr. Holly Latty-Mann's workshop was truly a life saver. Doing this sooner than later will only allow you to reap the rewards NOW! She should be charging thousands more, as it is undeniably priceless.
Account Executive for an International Company
(Note: Mary paid for her experience out of her own pocket prior to landing this career move!)
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This program really surfaced the issues that had impaired my ability to lead fully. What I liked best was the unique and out-of-the-box process to self-awareness that had the ability to get at the real issues, not the surface stuff. Each format was strategically placed to raise the probability of having a life-changing experience.
Tom Patinella, VP Sales/MW Region
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
We business owners invest in equipment and buildings but invest little to nothing in the development of our people. If we could only measure the difference in productivity between low morale and high morale we would all do more. Developing leaders who authentically care about people has transformed our business. The cost for The Leadership Trust training is nothing compared to the rewards in our workplace. In the last 8 years we have sent over 50 people.
Dale Moore, CEO
Moore's Electric and Mechanical
The workshop blew out all obstacles in my path to success with my business and also success in my family relationships. It has empowered me to actively make conscious choices to change "how I do life". Thanks to your unique method of facilitating the 360+ process, I am confident that in all my interactions with others I will be acting from my "authentic self".
Marlene Pelligrino, President
Andiamo Coaching and Training
This dynamic experience creates not only an understanding but a knowingness regarding how to be a great leader and human being, and my action plan captures it succinctly and with confidence. I can now understand how a former graduate said to me that this workshop for him was the equivalent to years of therapy because of the steps he learned how to take. When people describe it as life-changing, they are not exaggerating. It is true.
Christian Nantel, VP, Finance & Administration
Clariant Corporation - Canada
For the first time in 25- 30 years I really feel comfortable with myself. Not only has my career taken off since attending the PLDP three years ago, but I no longer stutter. Holly helped me identify the root cause of my stutter, which I had hidden from everyone I knew. Holly, my company thanks you, my family thanks you, my speaking ministry thanks you, and I sincerely thank you.
Lee Halverson, Sr. Financial Analyst
No written words can describe the incredible life-changing impact this workshop has had on me and every person I interact with in the future.
Keith Boatner, Director IT
It takes a lot to impress me. But I can say The Leadership Trust® cannot be matched in effectiveness of positive character building. I was skeptical after reading the testimonials...but the one driving motivation I have now is to place my business as one of the best, so that when asked what turned everything around, I can say Holly and The Leadership Trust®. You are not just helping businesses, you are fixing people, and God has really blessed you with this talent.
Billy Shelton II, Owner
I knew all of my bad behaviors, but was blind to the negative impact they had on my organization and family. I really did not know who I was until The Leadership Trust® Workshop.
I was able to see the brilliance in me to see the brilliance in others. I now fully and honestly embrace the leader I was meant to be. This workshop is designed to unleash full human potential and offers a safe environment for each participant to go for it.
Marina Amat, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Amatea, LLC
In the past I had been "trained" to divorce emotion from authority. In essence, that training compromised leadership. Through The Leadership Trust®, I learned how to lead, follow and "dance to the waltz of leadership to the music of emotion". That is a beautiful thing.
Jay Lawyer, Executive District Sales Manager
Powerful process; wonderful leader; incredible group interaction. Key insights into leadership values and a process for building leadership foundation and skills. Dr. Latty-Mann is the Michelangelo of self-awareness.
K.M.T., Vice President, General Counsel
I was skeptical of the claims of this being a "life changing experience," viewing them as marketing and sales hype. However, the Personalized Leadership Development Program™ is exactly that. Rather than leading from someone else's scripts, I lead authentically from my heart.
Jim Morton, President
J. Marion Sims Foundation
This was the most powerful, insightful workshop I have ever been to in my life. I am going to be a better mother, better manager, better co-worker, better leader... better me.
April Yeager, Business Line Manager
This workshop took place at a critical time in my life. I was experiencing a yearning to change my approach to life, but did not know exactly what to do. This workshop gave me the tools, understanding and resolve to make the needed changes.
Rhonda Copeland, Director Purchasing
I am a devout Christian, and I told Holly her workshop had brought about a deep spiritual transformation in my soul. I told her I know that God is clearly using her to change lives, offer hope and deepen people's faith. If you truly want to deepen your faith, experience peace, joy and hope and live life abundantly, then you must attend this powerful and unique leadership program. Holly put words to my deepest thoughts and feelings. Her workshop ought to be called the "How to be the absolute best person you can possibly be" workshop.
Philip Adkins, JD, Managing Partner and President
Adkins Law Group
I unexpectedly received two priceless additional gifts through this life-altering experience. I received a cure/resolution with regard to 1) anger management and 2) writer's block. Having attended several workshops and individual counseling specifically for anger management, I found only my symptoms were treated which left me discouraged and no less angry. But through The Leadership Trust® and Dr. Latty-Mann's incredible talent, for the first time in my life I got to the source, thereby giving me control of my life. Thank you for making such a difference - and for my family's life, too.
David Fleming, Director of Operations
North State Storage
This is the first time in 13 years that I have been virtually stress-free. Thank You!
Mike Wilkie, Manager/Editorial Content and Design
Lowe's Internet Business Group
I understand who I am and how to connect my emotional mind with my cognitive brain. The combination of self-awareness and leadership is a welcomed and needed addition to the world of professional growth.
Michelle Beavers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
Virginia State University
I have attended numerous workshops over the years (professional selling skills, cultural, technical, academic, etc.), and this one is by far the most different and best within the context of personal improvement and leadership development. The other workshops I attended added tools for the box. The Personalized Leadership Development Program™ offered me a whole new box. I admit that I had arrived a bit of a skeptic but left counting on a happier life and a more successful career.
Gene Mueller, Business Line Director
I can go forward now with more courage and knowledge than I had as a ten-year Navy Fighter Pilot.
Neil Sullivan, President
Even though I have $90,000 of schooling, I did not feel educated until I attended the PLDP.
Jon Alger, Assistant Vice President
Bank of America
Montessori for adults. Deep permanent change.
Crystal Davis, Strategic Planner
I learned how to connect my mind to my heart. I learned where authentic leadership comes from. This has been a life-changing experience. I have finally discovered my true self which enables me to be a better parent, friend, son and leader.
David Lyons, Senior Manager, Markets Training and Development Leader
I truly feel enlightened by this very dynamic program and feel it has changed my life very much for the better.
William Thomas, Engineering Manager
Unexpectedly gripping and powerful. No executive should be without this experience. It will make your emotional intelligence shine.
Volvo IT North America
Before this workshop I felt like I was holding my breath waiting for the worst to happen...I can now breathe, relax, smile, live. Thank you for my smile once again.
Michele McLeskey, Food Safety & Quality Manager
Basic American Foods - New Bern, NC
It didn't stop with identifying things I need to change. It equipped me with the capacity to change.
Norman George, Owner/Member
Creative School Development
This workshop opened a new world of understanding ME, and how I can use ME in more positive ways - among others, at home and in professional life - and in so doing, be happier and more fulfilled.
Len Preslar, Jr., Former President and CEO
North Carolina Baptist Hospitals
I was a time bomb that joined the Marine Corps; that added a fuse. This workshop defused me and saved my life.
Charles Hancock, North America Server, Team Lead
This is one workshop any executive of any industry cannot afford to not attend. I can also tell you that it helped me get over the loss of what I had felt to be the love of my life. This was more than a healing - I feel whole and at total peace now.
Robert Roth, CEO
I connected with myself in a way that only this workshop would allow. If not for allowing myself these 5 days, I would have settled for less than my personal and professional best.
Christine Kennedy, VP Advocacy and Workforce
Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
It allowed me to face my fears, understand them, and change my behaviors. Excellent Program! If you want to improve your business and personal happiness and well being - come open minded!
Darryl Threadgill, Manufacturing Manager
It has given me the strength to show that I care for the people who surround me.
Monica Garrell, Engineer
I'm a different person and will no doubt be a different leader. I am at peace. This is not an emotional response; it is genuine.
M.Y., Ed.D; Manager of Educational Services
Lowe's Companies, Inc
Changed my life beyond words! I know that I will always treat people differently from this week forward.
Judy Sims, Regional IT Customer Services Manager
Above and beyond my wildest dreams. Nothing will ever compare to the experience I had.
Terry McAvoy, Service Engineer
Mindready Solutions (USA)
I learned things about myself that were holding me back and how to fix them!
Lynn Price, Head, IT Governance, North America
I now feel much more complete as a leader, follower, husband & father. I can't wait for the rest of my life.
Chris Dewar, Director of Operational Development
Wake Forest University, Baptist Medical Center
Unlike other leadership programs, this one helped me understand why I do what I do, then address changes. Other programs just talk about changes without getting to the root of the behavior that needs to be changed.
P.M., Manager of Manufacturing Operations
Mitchel & Scott Machine Co, Inc.
I came to it unwillingly, but I regretted when it ended. Truly, it's one of the most positive experiences of my life and will help me personally and professionally.
Dell Baker, CPA
Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales, LLC
This workshop has given me the "tool kit" I need to empower my team into an effective, motivated group of people who want to give their all for the greater good of the team and company.
Kent Jordan, Director of Business Technology Services
Weck Closure Systems
I found what I was searching for. It was so close all the time. I just couldn't see it. I had looked for it in so many places that I was about to give up. This workshop opened a door that showed me that place.
Alfred Melka, Head of Leather
Business NAFTA, Clariant Corp.
The honesty of the format - and the honest reflections that this format permitted me to experience - have been and will continue to be a catalyst for authentic change in my life.
Melissa Birdsong, Director of Trend Forecasting and Design
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
The impact this workshop has had on me is significant! My direction for personal and professional improvement is so very clear, and I have been given the tools to move forward.
Heather Johnson, Senior Property Manager
Liberty Property Trust
This workshop allowed me to see inside myself to identify barriers that I did not know existed or understood.
T.G., Director of Information Systems
This 5-day workshop, especially the self-awareness workshop, has helped me to feel safe about facing my fears and hurts.
Terrie Knight, On-Air Personality
Dick Broadcasting Company
This workshop, like nothing I have ever experienced before, has given me the courage to confront the very things that have held me back for so many years. I am thankful I had the opportunity to experience this fairly early in my career. Others will experience the change in me and I know it will lead to change in them. Thank you for giving me this very special and priceless gift.
D.W., Vice President - Marketing
United Way of Central Carolinas
It has opened my eyes to the fact that most managers have a lot of the same problems and fears. This line of work appears to require one to hide most of his/her feelings, which causes some extra stress and personal problems.
C.R., Director of Maintenance & Operations
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
This workshop has shown me that what I experience in life is all about me. If my life is a mess, it's all about me. To go through life expecting other people to make my life special is expecting too much of other people. It's really all about me.
Russell Acuff, Project Manager
Volvo Trucks of North America
This workshop was a moving, eye-opening, mind-opening experience that will create in me the tools and abilities to be my best. It will make me a more effective leader, and a better father and husband.
W.R.W. II, Regional Transaction Director
(Note: this participant is now CEO of a regional NC bank.)
It freed me from a great many barriers I had placed on my life. It provided the tools I need to move forward with my life. It would take a book to describe how my life has been affected. I have a clearer sense of where I came from and where I need to go. Holly was an inspiration in showing how to find the value I hold.
L.S., Division Controller
You have just hired yourself a "salesperson". I will be encouraging all of my customers and sending all key decision makers in my company to participate in this workshop. Thank you for changing my life. I needed your help.
Rhonda Morgan, General Manager
This has been the best five days I have ever spent at anything. Truly moving and emotional and positive.
Reynolds Becker, Merchandise Manager
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Life changing... a whole new approach to my work and relationships.
Stephen Van Mol, Plant Manager
Life changing. I was able to peel back the onion further, better understanding how my emotions and feelings are having a negative impact upon my followers. I will lose the fear of failure and be a more supportive and empowering leader. The personalized leadership development plans that we developed at the conclusion of the program will help me put my plans for change into action at the workplace and in other areas of my life.
S.P., Assistant Dean for Executive Education
Wake Forest University
This is probably the single, most important educational training development that I have gone through in my life. Excellent.
L.W., Sales Manager
Betty Machine Co.
What an incredible experience. I can now live every aspect of my life to its fullest.
Teri Brom, Director of Human Resources
Weck Closure Systems.
I understand others and myself much better now than I did 5 days ago. This understanding / awareness I now have is perhaps the last tool I need to be successful as a leader. I will only fail as a leader if I fail to implement this powerful tool.
E.W., Vice President - Operations
I have been impacted to the core of my being. I had emotion stimulated in me that if not discovered could have me yearning for the rest of my life. This was invaluable. Thank you. Now let me go live.
Erik Halvorsen, General Manager
GC Partners, Inc.
I have finally gotten in touch with some core self beliefs that had limited me both personally and professionally. With these new awarenesses, my future is much brighter in both areas. This workshop has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Robert Roesch, Director of Engineering
It has opened the world to me. When I was 18, I attended a 21-day Outward Bound course that affected my personal life from then on. This workshop will affect the rest of my business AND personal life.
Ronald Bodkin, Director of Construction Services
The Dilweg Companies
It is going to make my staff much more productive and secure at work. It's going to make my relationships with others more meaningful. In general, I will be a lot happier with me.
Van Scoy Diamonds
By far the most valuable, self-revealing workshop in my career. More importantly, I'm now a positively changed person with real tools to improve my personal and leadership style.
M.R., Director of Marketing
Corning Cable Systems
The impact was significant. The workshop made me feel fresh and youthful.
Lincoln Baker, Plant Controller
Very powerful. I have made the "breakthrough."
Jim Brinks, VP/GM
It's been about 3 weeks since the workshop, and I can sincerely say my life has changed dramatically. My attitude has improved about 1000%, and fabulous opportunities are coming my way faster than I could have ever hoped. I used to feel exhausted by the weight of the world on my shoulders--now, I feel exhausted from the joy of living! It's truly been fantastic, and I know that this is only the beginning.
Jean Adams (attended by personal decision)
Holly's body of knowledge and work is "without equal" and matched only by her love and compassion, not only for what she does, but for people too. I've been saying for 12 years now that the Self Awareness Workshop should be a prerequisite for being human. If this were taught to young adults in school, our world would be a profoundly better place. Thanks!
Kevin Driver, Director, Human Resources
Valley View Medical Center
The payback for my company was realized within the first week back, and the rest has been 'gravy.' Best investment my company could have made. This is the only workshop that inspires such a strong desire to change dysfunctional, deeply-rooted behaviors that you know you will succeed. My relationship with my wife was good before, but now it is awesome. She can see that an "empty nest" social life with me is not only possible, but will be great fun as well. My life is now whole. If anyone ever asks me if you can really make big changes, my answer now will be, "Yes, you can, if you want."
Chuck Ruth, Director of Marketing
Robert Bosch, LLC
To my biggest surprise, my mind seems more open to thought. It is not cluttered with other thoughts. It was almost like the thoughts in my head were in a traffic jam all the time before attending this workshop. Now, the multilane highway is open and my thoughts of what I am working on in the immediate moment are free to travel as fast as they need to without any traffic to compete with.
Pete Kimbell, System Administrator
I can't tell you how appreciative I am of my Leadership Trust experience. It has made a huge impact in my life as a husband, father, son, brother and employee. Thank You.
Solly Fulp, Senior Vice President
CRM, ISP | America's Home for College Sports
Going to that workshop and meeting all of you simply changed my life. I have changed; my attitudes and expectations have changed. Every day I feel joy. My self-concept has changed. I trust myself and my instincts in ways that I never could before and I know that I am strong. I am defined by my actions and reactions everyday, by what I believe and how I treat others. I am defined by how I love others.
(Excerpt from writing her group, used with permission.)
Carla Copeland, Senior Buyer
AKG of America
I had no libido to speak of when I arrived the first day of my PLDP, and part of that problem could have been linked to the antidepressants I was taking at that time. Before the last day of the workshop I couldn't wait to hurry up and get home to my husband. Admittedly I worried how long this would last. Enough time has now gone by that I can say without reservation that it was this workshop that put me on the path that restored my libido, my sanity, my drug-free health, and my marriage. [My husband]is probably still giving testimonials to his friends and strangers alike, for their wives.
Name withheld by request
It was most gratifying to have a key player in our organization return and tell me that this leadership workshop was the best gift anyone had ever given her. She truly appreciated our investment in her and I am experiencing her changes as profound and genuine.
Robert S. Dendy, Jr. President & CEO
Presbyterian Homes & Family Services
Note. This testimonial is offered with permission from this participant's CEO.
I became aware of who I really am and what I need to do to have the professional and personal life that I look to achieve. Because of this workshop experience, I am coaching and counseling managers in our company more effectively.
Cary Campbell, VP Human Resources
There has not been a more profound experience in guiding my personal and professional lives than The Leadership Trust® workshop. Instead of your typical lecture on how to run a business, how to increase your willpower or how to close the next deal, Holly Latty-Mann takes a completely different approach. She inspires participants to make fundamental changes at the deepest personal levels, for which I am an exuberant walking testimony years later.
Lana Calloway, President
When I graduated from this workshop back in 2005, I remember thinking as I walked out of the room that my future has just shifted significantly as a result of this course. After all, who I am professionally (outwardly) is ultimately expanded or limited by who I am personally. I also realized something that would have always kept me from being great; how could I ever expect to understand other people if I didn't truly understand myself? Its true that I do see others differently now because I see myself differently. I would have never recognized that my greatest obstacle in my life was me. What kind of leader (husband, father, friend, brother, son) would I have been and what kind of leader will I be now. Not because I took a motivational workshop or read the book of the month, but because I changed who I am by understanding AND experiencing why/how I am. You can't get that from a book, and neither can you get that from all those traditional MBA-based leadership workshops out there.
It was only a matter of a few months before I received my first post-workshop promotion. It so impacted my life that my wife Kris noticed the change and wanted to experience it, too. So I sent her to their weekend Self-Awareness Workshop. We now share a common conceptual framework and vocabulary that has made our good relationship a great one. Even now, 3 years later, we have worked to keep what we got out of our workshop experience alive. We've now been blessed with a beautiful daughter and we know we are better parents for the same reason we are better mates. We are going to work even harder to ensure that she grows up understanding what we have learned together. I should add that we still work at it every day because we like what we get back when we do. This course was a light in the darkness for me and truly an emotional and life changing experience.
Doug Gabbard, Market Research
And now a few words from Doug's wife Kris as she writes directly to her workshop facilitator:
I look at my life and the roles I get to be. I'm a woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a professional, a sister, a daughter and so much more. I look at these roles and I can honestly say that I am better at each of these things because of the life changing tools you gave me in a two day period of time. I know that I have helped myself, and Doug has helped me, but you have helped both of us be the happy people we are today.
Kris Gabbard, Doug's wife
Attended Self-Awareness Workshop
Attending the Self Awareness Workshop (SAW) was one of the most significant experiences of my adult life. The entire program was fantastic, but the most compelling aspect of the workshop for me was that it forced me to look inward as opposed to outward. Like many executives in corporate America, my left brain (analytical) typically dictated my actions. I have found this to be true in both my professional life as well as my personal life. What I realized throughout the workshop is that my right brain (creative) actually has more to offer. Authentic, untapped potential, that has helped me improve in all aspects of my life.
Dr. Latty-Mann provided an unbelievably comfortable setting for this exploration. Her insights, explanations, and cutting edge techniques were remarkable. The setting and program content allowed me to identify my true self. Having the opportunity to actually share those insights with others in the workshop was unexpectedly empowering. I felt a genuine sense of relief, clarity, and strength as I paved my way through this incredible journey, and I continue to feel this to this day.
The hours flew by, and when it was over, I found myself craving more.
As an executive, who has spent an entire career managing people, I felt like this was the "missing link" I have been seeking. I always knew that characteristics like compassion, understanding, listening, and communication should be at the forefront of all relationships. However, what I have found is that these components are usually outweighed by expectations, quotas, convincing/persuading, and blocked emotions. I always felt like I had an advantage over other managers because of my compassion and my ability to connect with others. What I know now is that I was missing the connection with "myself". I was missing the connection between my head and my heart. I have that now. I was well read, well spoken, well respected, and had a history of exceeded expectations. However, I always had a sense that there was something missing.
There’s an old saying; "create distinction or face extinction". This is now more prevalent in business than ever before. Self-awareness will help you create that all important distinction that all leaders and companies strive to achieve. In sales specifically, overcoming objections is the number one deterrent to closing the deal. One of the most prevalent objections that needs to be overcome is self doubt and lack of self confidence. After attending the workshop, I have a renewed and authentic sense of self confidence. I have put this into play already, and closed a major deal just one week removed from the workshop, something I unequivocally attribute to the gains from this program. I am more empowered than ever with this new focus. It’s like a laser beam that helps me increase revenues for my organization, as well as lead me to higher levels of success.
I found self-awareness key to uncovering and unleashing the best ME. Until you dive deep and find your "authentic self", you can not begin to realize your ultimate potential.
Tony Caico, Sales
Note. Don Ferrier came to us in 2004 near despair and determined not to go through bankruptcy. He has given us his permission to share his story as follows.
Don Ferrier, president of Ferrier Builders, Inc. and Ferrier Custom Homes, represents the third generation of the Ferrier family in the quality construction business. This does not mean that Don breezed into business for himself because of something handed to him. Quite the contrary; Don is self-made. But he also created some unnecessary challenges along the way that never would have happened had his leadership skills already been honed.
Don began Ferrier Builders in 1984. In 2005, Ferrier Builders, Inc. started building High Performance (extremely energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and durable) custom homes as Ferrier Custom Homes and is now a nationally recognized leader in his field. What's important here is that Don attended the PLDP in 2004 that helped him achieve his new direction in 2005 that started his pathway to fame and fortune. Yet Don has remained modest through all of this. One thing that was standing in his way was his being too good for his own good, which he courageously put into proper perspective during his workshop.
Don has been continually recognized by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for his commitment to sustainable methods and techniques. He has been noted by the NAHB as one of their most popular speakers and has spoken on numerous occasions nationwide for the NAHB on green building. Perhaps you may recall having seen Don receiving recognition on NBC News?
Ferrier Custom Homes is the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Energy Value Housing Award recipient for the construction of the most energy efficient elite custom home in a hot climate by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, U. S. Department of Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Ferrier was also the first builder in Texas to build a home to achieve the LEED Platinum rating. In 2007, Don was recognized as one of the godfathers of green building by the Green Built North Texas Council. Most recently, Don was one of 20 builders in the nation that took the challenge by walking on stage and receiving a certificate from DOE Secretary Bodman at the launch of the DOE Builders Challenge. Don, you are an inspiration to us all!
Don Ferrier, President
Ferrier Builders, Inc. and Ferrier Custom Homes