Portugal Telecom (PT) Program for Managers
"I learned the rules of improvisation, the value of shifting status in a conversation, and how to deal/manage situations with people who "push our buttons. Congratulations! You are a very motivating mentor. You know how to understand and explain the challenges of these days in our current business world"
"Daena was key to the day's success. She made a connection with us, spoke very clearly and made the focus of the topics easy to obtain. She is an example of an inspirational person who really knows how to communicate and give feedback. Thank you!"
"The program taught me the importance of collaboration and trust. And Daena brought the message of management with a greater purpose, pushing us to better realms of business interpersonal relationships that honestly help build a stronger organizational culture. Thank you."
"Daena's workshop helped me learn the importance of shifting roles in different situation to influence others effectively; how to move the "scene" or conversation forward with positive offers."
"I gained tools for dealing with the "inner critic" and how to develop an inner champion or coach."
"I learned to experiment with different approaches when communicating with others and to not get stuck in one role. Another takeaway: Don't be afraid to be yourself. When we can go beyond our comfort zone we can we are better team members and leaders when we are ourselves."
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Volvo Program for Managers
"I learned more insights in group dynamics. How I can influence a person or a situation through my behaviour. The importance of listening and be there, seeing a situation from the other persons perspective and ‘moment’."
"Careful presence in very important. It is my action in the moment, which is incredibly important to other people. Roles are important to be aware of and try to assume different ones can vastly increase buy-in influence."
"I learned: Be authentic, use improvisation skills, connect to people, empathy, ‘yes and’...make others feel comfortable, be focused and creative."
"Presence is important, being here and now when speaking to people."
"I learned more about the psychological dimensions in the working relationships. Stay authentic and tell the truth with your team. [...]"
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“Daena has a marvelous way of establishing rapport and intimacy with the people she works with, and using this to then pushing them past their comfort zone into new realms of self-awareness and self-learning. Using a seemingly innocuous hook -- improvisation – she pushed my team to develop new ways of thinking on their feet; develop trust in themselves and each other; understand that vulnerability can be an asset in dealing with people, not a liability; and realize that focusing deeply in the present when dealing with others can bring out their best and most authentic selves. The event was the hallmark of our offsite and is an experience that none of us will forget.”
Ashok Divakaran, Manager
Management Consulting and Strategy (MCS)
Capgemini - Consulting, Technology, Outsourcing
“Please convey our appreciation to Daena for taking the time to address the group. I know her words resonated with me and I am sure they did for the rest as well. The topics were right on point and embedded with the reality of what our team faces, so it is very helpful to have a strong representative, such as Daena, to share with our female team the tools and awareness of our actions that will help break down the challenges we as woman face.”
“I thought it was awesome and really enjoyed hearing from Daena... very valuable to us as women in the organization. It helps me to take a step back, think about the everyday situations and how I can also improve and apply what was presented.”
“Her powerful delivery was amazing and I didn’t have capacity for anything else, right that minute. The visual is I was sitting back saying WOW, GO GIRL, and THANK YOU with a big smile on my face.
It made me realize how much in a shadow I have allowed myself to be. It is making me take an introspective look at my related behaviors. It made me realize how important it is to speak up, ask for clarification and without being confrontational.”
I thought today was very inspiring, and Daena provided a unique viewpoint of women’s role in the corporate workforce.
"The talk with Daena was really great. As a new hire, it gave me some perspective/ insight into some of the challenges us women face in the corporate world. Her message to us will surely resonate to me at a personal level as I progress in my career. Definitely a great resource to have for advice or coaching.”
Management Development Partnerships
“Using a highly experiential learning format, Daena enables managers to embody what leadership really is, to have true authenticity and presence, to listen in a way that establishes connection and collaboration. She achieves this not by just conveying a set of skills but enabling others to integrate the essentials of leadership into their whole being. Her approach is quite unique and powerful.”
Managing Partner & Programme Director
Management Development Partnerships
"With excitement and uncertainty, all Imagine Foods employees attended your presentation and training. What came out of that experience is still talked about today. We learned to see each other as people with a shared goal, and to appreciate each other's professional and personal needs and struggles. We learned the importance of balance in one's life. We learned to communicate on an entirely new level.
But most of all, we laughed. We laughed while you entertained us through our fears, our strengths, our successes and challenges. Your performance had us laughing so hard, many of us were in tears. And some of us were in tears because your presentation was so moving. All in all, an unforgettable experience."
|Lisa Vandenburgh Ltd.
"We at Lisa Vandenburgh Ltd. would like to let you know how
much we appreciated all the team building and confict resolution
work you did with us both in Boston and in Washington, DC....Your
skills were many, but we would like to note here the ones we found
--- You created a safe environment for the whole group in
tackle tough issues.
---You grasped clearly and quickly the essence of any situation
---You helped us stay focused, even when we tried to shy away
from a difficult topic.
...Thank you for all you have done for us."
Lisa Vandenburgh Ltd. Interior Design
"Daena has the experience and teaching mastery to use improvisation
to unleash the creative ability in all of us. Improvisation requires
a different mindset – an entrepreneurial mindset – and
it takes practice. Commit and go for it with Daena. Your
life will change."
Heidi M. Neck, Ph.D.
Jeffry A. Timmons, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
“I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful and
actually very touching performance. Already, only one day after,
reactions to your thoughts and actions are pouring into my office!
I know that this whole creativity endeavor at Bentley is touching
the students in a very profound way. So many times, I have looked
into the haunted eyes of overworked and stressed out students
and observed their “inner lions” slowly dying! You
articulated that soul searching reach to fulfill the emptiness
in our lives so well. Thank you.”
Bentley University English Dept.
“What a wonderful experience!!! Daena is really an amazing
person, and she made us realize that business is always about
people interacting, communicating, feeling. This creative workshop
is also fun!"
“I think her message of creativity is an important one.
To say “yes” when presented with challenges. To tame
the self-critic, the lion , within. To put the “general”
in his place. I think she brought up important points that I found
myself pondering after the presentation. She was entertaining
and a good teacher."
Mark A. Milewski
“It was an excellent performance. I really liked the way
of presentation Daena chose to introduce the topics of concern
to almost every business grad student. It really helped to get
some more of that drive and motivation that students usually lack
before entering this complicated business world.”
“With one word she was excellent and I wish we had more
“It was the most awesome workshop I ever attended. I’m
very interested in her creativity thoughts and I’m seriously
considering attending her workshops in the summer.”
Sloan School of Management
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