"Jo Smith offers a rare combination of professionalism, insight, intellect and empathy that truly make her a 'coach's coach'. She takes the time to understand her clients, their particular aspirations, pressures and obstacles, customizing her approach to draw on their strengths and passions. I only wish I had enjoyed the benefit of her teachings earlier in my career."
"It is difficult for me to take everything Jo has done for me and turn it into a few meaningful sentences. I could write a book. Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of working with Jo on several occasions. She has the unique ability to meet me where I am and then guide me over the hurdles, most of which are self-imposed, that have made it difficult to be the leader I aspire to be. My career has flourished since working with Jo!"
"As a consultant for more than four decades, I am fully aware of the value, or lack thereof, that a consultant can bring to an engagement. My experience with you and the depth of your experience, your easygoing manner, remarkable insight, and thoughtful advice has been extremely valuable to me, to my organization and the people within it. The test for any truth is experience and I can certainly say that my life is fuller, our business will have its very best year by a long margin, and the progress is clearly measurable."
"I have been involved with many nonprofit groups over the years and have participated in many strategic planning sessions, but have never worked with a leader as well prepared and able as you. Your level of preparedness and ability to bring our diverse group together, allowing each voice to be heard, is the reason for our successful strategic planning. Your skills are amazing. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone seeking organizational development expertise."
"No matter where I focused, Jo was there to offer insight, guidance and inspiration to go higher and achieve more. Jo brings pragmatic insight and advice as well as the gift of motivation. She helped me to see what was in my way, formulate a plan to move beyond it, and take steps toward building the life and practice that once seemed impossible."
"Our meetings and your assistance helped me to gain the following:
a) Increased understanding of the importance of goal setting and how to set effective goals (that have personal meaning and purpose),
b) Better self-awareness of both my strengths and weaknesses, along with action steps and tips to address and overcome weakness and the self-confidence to acknowledge and see value in my strengths,
c) Perspective that only a third party can provide; open dialogue, a sounding board, helpful feedback. Without this, I don't think I would have gained the deeper understanding into the topics that we discussed...,
d) A helpful and gentle push...[as a result] 1) I accomplished action steps 2) I was successful in delegating because it was logically the only solution to getting both client work done and my action steps accomplished without overexerting myself,
e) Helpful resources on the topics of communicating, goal setting, delegating, marketing, time management and book recommendations,
f) Cohesion and clarity in understanding the "big picture" and how the pieces fit together."
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