You created an environment for us to think together and recognize what we want.
You listened carefully to our different perspectives, some overlapping, some complimentary, some differentiated. You were able to receive whatever deeper expressions needed to be there without getting lost in philosophy. And you were able to feed it all back, to reflect, integrate, and clarify, synthesize and remove emotionality, and show us how things I might have thought were in conflict were actually complementary.
It was like you had a mandala in your head. It wasn’t a pre-ordained template, but instead you were responding to what we were bringing up. So you filled it in according to what we had to say, and then you could point out what was missing and ask what’s the next step.
There was humor, a sense of lightness, a lot of practicality. There was ease. You didn’t ease off, you leaned in, but there was an ease and a consistency.
Devi and I are very comfortable as facilitators, but leadership is different. Leadership is owning and embodying the call, disturbing the dream, disturbing the space, being more provocative by declaring things. You helped me become more comfortable and more clear about my leadership role.
~ Eric Klein, executive coach, author, and meditation instructor, Wisdom Heart, Encinitas, California
Acting as the Chairperson for a local non-profit, one of my frustrations had been the monumental task of getting a bunch of volunteers and staff to develop and agree on a strategic plan to help us fulfill our vision. It was only with Grace’s coaching, clear direction and communication were we able to accomplish this. She was able to give us a fresh perspective using her years of expertise and insights having worked with a similar non-profit in the past. Without Grace, we couldn’t have gotten it done. With the foundation of communication and process, we now have a method and framework for building our tactical and strategic plans moving forward.
~ Pat Creighton, Founder and President, Transition Architects, Bentonville, Arkansas
Grace offers a unique perspective when it comes to navigating through the nonprofit world, especially in terms of board development and facilitating strategic planning. She allows for the organization to become creative while keeping everyone on task. The time she has spent working with the team at Havenwood has been valuable and I believe has helped us to take the vision of the organization to a place it has never gone before. Grace helped us break through the glass ceiling that we (the organization) created. I would recommend her services to organizations looking to push past barriers and who are willing to answer the tough questions.
~ Debbie Martin, Executive Director, Havenwood, Bentonville, Arkansas
I wasn’t sure that I was going to get what I was after from this offer. I had no question about working with Grace, as I felt entirely comfortable there. I just wasn’t sure that this was the right offer for what I was after.
Not only was there no cause for concern, I sincerely feel that I got back so many times the amount I paid for this work in terms of value received. The work that Grace and I did has really (finally, after all the various things I’ve done over the years!) helped me get clarity and hone in on the bits that had been fuzzy for me for so long. In fact, before we ever even got to the call itself, I felt like I’d already gotten incredible value.
Grace is truly gifted in being able to see and point out the things that may be a bit more challenging for someone in their own ‘stuff’, but not only that – she’s able to then articulate what she can see in a way that is easy to take in and understand. Our work together has been a real blessing in my own life (personal and professional).
~ Angel Sullivan, Dunedin, Florida