“I wanted to share with you how your training is still such a vital part of who I am and what I do today, over a decade after I first attended one of your Finishing Course for Executives programs.
In my role at work, I provide oversight on products that my team of analysts produce. We do a lot of thinking, debating, analyzing, and discussing tough problems. One of the products we are currently working on is all about strategy and priorities — a very subjective matter that has required extensive discussions. There are several people involved in these discussions, and we met together recently for a six+-hour brainstorming session to work out how all of these very complex, moving pieces fit together.
I suggested we use the brainstorming technique I learned from you previously of writing every single idea on post-it notes, then moving things around as the best order emerged through our discussions. We ended up with dozens of post-it notes all over the whole wall (we even took the pictures down for more room) and by the end of the day, we had narrowed things down to a solid layout that captured our conclusions.
It was a new technique for my teammates, who described it as “genius” and “brilliant”. My fellow Senior Analyst (who is an incredibly smart person with a PhD) told me, “That technique was a lifesaver. We could not have done that today without it.” So, I wanted to pass on the kudos I received to share with you a piece of the epilogue to one of your training chapters.
I have used so much of what I learned from you in every facet of my life and am eternally grateful for your influence in my life. Thank you for the wonderfully talented woman you are, and for sharing those talents with me.”
—Meredith Shake, Middle East Specialist, United States Department of Defense