Leaders at Every Level

"The content in the Transformational Leader-Manager Workshop is very appropriate for business leaders in today's market. John Wright's professional delivery, the interaction of the group and the workbook activities gently compelled me into a fully engaged participant. Creating results in meaningful and lasting change is the focus of this class. As a result of my participation I created an action plan for both my personal and professional development. Now I am focused on creating meaningful and lasting change for myself and those I influence."
Sarah E. Hurst - Manager, Training, Stewart and Stevenson

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"John is a consummate learner and educator. What I love about his perspective is that it is from not only experience as an executive and manager but also as an encouraging learner then educator. He has no boundaries when it comes to growing as a person and translating that into his work in transformational leadership. His audience is continually involved in his presentations and encouraged to take actions now. He is also a master at follow through; his desire to move you forward and follow up with you as an individual simply lends more credibility to his message. With John, you are challenged, encouraged, and given steps to move forward and higher in the ranks of leadership. No "keep the status quo" with John!”
Sandra Shelton, Executive Consultant, Professional Speaker, Author - D/FW, StrengthBank® Companies

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"John Wright is a dynamic facilitator, engaging participants with his combination of knowledge, humor, and wisdom. As a Leadership Coach, I was interested in attending John’s Transformational Leader-Manager Workshop, to learn new approaches to bring to clients. 

The workshop material pulls from a great variety of excellent sources, and the workshop design weaves quotes, models and practices together to support each participant in walking away with something new and immediately useful in our lives. 

In addition to outstanding content shared during the workshop, John generously offers additional emails after the workshop. Each email contains rich information and important questions, to keep participants thinking about the leaders we need to be. Thanks John!
Courtney Schwarten, Coach and Consultant / Founder, Open Change Coaching and Consulting

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"John's Transformational Leadership workshop was terrific!! The principles he shared truly were simple - though not easy. These principles are critical for leadership success - whether by title or not. I'd encourage all who lead others - whether at work, in service of others or in the home - to tap into this resource!
Tricia Faerber, Founder / President, Presence Coaching

 

"I loved John's reference to a three-layer cake while he taught us about being a transformational leader! His use of this "visual" made learning easy and fun!
Jane Buehler, Corporate Trainer, Mannatech, Inc.

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"John does a phenomenal job of bringing years of expertise in management, leadership, and consulting and blending it seamlessly with a personable, hands-on, and humorous execution. 

He truly understands the importance of his clients reaching the "Ah-ha!" moments themselves. While laying a foundation of guidance with sincere, thought-provoking, insight that leads one to a kind of self-examination that truly is transformational. 

I found myself thoroughly challenged to continue examining myself, time management, and my priorities after attending John's workshop. 

I would highly recommend this workshop to any group with individuals who need or desire to lead in any capacity.
Casey Smith, VP of Sales, Grind Over Matter Productions

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"John Wright is an exceptional leader and trainer. I met John through the ASTD Fort Worth Chapter where I was impressed with his leadership skills in his capacity as president. I was then privileged to attend his The Transformational Leader-Manager one day seminar and was impressed with both the well-researched content and the easy presentation style that John uses. It is gratifying to find a trainer who does not hide behind PowerPoint but rather takes the time to interact and engage his audience. John has long-term vision, his course is not a once off event, and it is a life-changing experience with follow up communication, accountability partners and goals. I have no hesitation in recommending John.
Dr. Brent Stephens, President, Leadership Development

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"John takes fundamental yet key elements of the communication process that are often overlooked in any professional or personal setting and reintroduces them in a manner that helps the class see how they should be applied more effectively. A great class for the seasoned employee, though just as valuable for a newer worker or manager who is looking for common sense solutions in building their character, competence, and vision."
Michael Putnam, Instructor, University of Texas at Arlington

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"It was an inspiring day! Just as you said, none of the information was especially new, but you did an amazing job of wrapping all the knowledge in an inspirational package, tied a big bow on it and called it a ' Transformational Leader.' I plan to share my experience with my Regional and National Managers recommending the workshop for our Branch Managers."
Theresa Tune - Regional Trainer, Western - Haverty's Furniture

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"I attended the Transformational-Leader Manager workshop in Fort Worth on 2/4/10. This was one of the best leadership trainings I have attended so far. The focus on self-development was an important component that most leadership trainings don't cover. I recommend this training to anyone both to strengthen their leadership skills as well as their personal development."
Sue Newman, Learning and Development Consultant, Wells Fargo Bank

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"I enjoyed the exchange of experiences and opinions. I appreciate the ' better listener' skills as well as the various tools for me to look inside myself and start there to make me a better leader. I thought the workshop was perfect and you kept everyone interested and excited about the topics. I have already recommended this workshop to my co-workers that would benefit from its content."
Roberta Meader, Office Manager - West Engineering Services

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Public Speaking Workshops

"The experience far exceeded my expectations. John is an amazing instructor. His teaching method is extremely effective. I came out of the class with significantly more confidence...Thanks a Million."
Rick Bolanos, Sales Manager, Alps Electric

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"Thank you for a wonderful class. You are truly dynamic and will always leave lasting impressions on each life you touch."
Victoria Radke, Sr. Manager of Franchising, Marriott Corporation

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"Thanks for the excellent training class. I have been to many, many training classes over the years, but this one will have more practical applications than any other event I have been involved in. I appreciate very much the professionalism you showed throughout the training."
Kyle B. Drake, Senior Project Manager, Capital One Auto

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On-site Seminars

 "John is a fabulous speaker. He held their attention, motivated everyone, and gave them valuable information. These foreign-exchange students are already considered leaders and this class will be of great use in helping them take back information to their countries. I learned many things I can use here in the USA."
Patricia Darby, Future Leaders Exchange, Pacific Intercultural Exchange

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"I want to thank you for the development and conduct of an outstanding leadership and management program. The content and delivery was excellent and we look forward to our managers benefiting personally from the experience. I have had many fine compliments about the program. Once again, thanks for an outstanding program."
W.L.Richard, CIC, ARM, AAI - Managing Partner - Insight Consulting Group

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"The class was very profound...I will be a much better leader by applying what I have learned from this workshop. Thank you very much."
Cristina Jaramilla, United States Postal Service

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"Please accept my sincere thanks for once again participating in the Leadership Northeast session on Government & Leadership.  This session would not be complete without the fabulous workshop you conduct for the class!

Time and again you continue to be a shining reflection of what it means to be a true leader in the community!  You are appreciated more than you know."
Kim Tweed, Program Director, Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce

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"John's presentation was wonderful! He is very knowledgeable and very engaging. He really challenged me to think about my leadership style and how I can improve. Here are some highlights of his workshop...When your customers are served by talented teams, you will have customer advocates - not just simply customers, but customers who sing your praises and bring others to you."
Kelly Montgomery, M. Ed - Instructional Technology Coordinator, Birdville ISD

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Keynote Speaking

"John is a very engaging speaker and provides simple, "real-world" strategies to improve the leadership capability of your organization.  I have had the pleasure of hearing John speak on two different occasions and each time found him to be interesting, thought-provoking and in-touch with today's leadership challenges."
Karen O'Connor, Principal Performance Consultant, Rockwell Collins.

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"His message on the transformational leader was right on with how to transform managers into leaders.  He is an enthusiastic speaker, who captivated the audience and left them with a clear understanding of what it takes to be a transformational leader.  I overheard many in the group say how much they appreciated the workshop and that they will be able to become a much better leader as a result.  Thanks John for sharing your expertise."
Dan Robertson, CM, Professional Development Chairman, North Texas Council

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"John’s capability to communicate with young adults is stellar! His compassion for leadership training is obvious, and his ability to work with people is unique…he is always welcome at RYLA! Thanks, John!"
Mark Healy, Assistant General Coordinator, Rotary International

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"As a program chair for ASQ 1416 section, we invited John to be our monthly PD meeting speaker. John provided a well-received speech on leadership. Best part of his presentation is without any PowerPoint presentation. It is extremely difficult to provide content for 50 mins to 60 mins and keeping the audience engaged. We appreciate the content on leadership strategies and Big THANK YOU. He has a strategic vision and our members provided similar feedback to us. I would recommend John...."
Arun Kumar ASQ MBB, BB, CQE, CRE, CMQ/OE

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"Your presentation was excellent and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We appreciate you sharing your time, talent, and expertise with us. I must say, your impressions of Dean Martin were the highlight of the evening. Thank you for blending into our “Hollywood” themed event so well."
Frankie McMurrey, Executive Director, Clayton YES!

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Consulting

"This training helped us to identify our strengths and weaknesses as a team and individuals and to set a MAP to improve. John's presentation was fun, motivational and informative. His presentation style was simple and easy to understand. Great information!! I really appreciate the time he took to do his homework ahead of time and learn about our agency and mold his presentations to meet our needs."
Sharon Daniel, Director of Operations, Clayton Yes

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"I would like to acknowledge your contribution to the tremendous improvement in our subsea operating performance world-wide. Your leadership coaching and team-building strategies have been simple and straight forward allowing our course to have substantial impact on the way we run our business in the field units. You have helped us focus on creating great leaders and great companies develop great leaders."
Scott McGrath, Subsea Performance Team Leader, Transocean, Inc.

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"I enjoyed the day, & I thought all your information was very informative.  The information about three levels of customers really reminded me about the importance of keeping either a board member or a customer.  I feel we sign the member up or get the customer in the door but we forget about what it takes to keep the customer.
I also enjoyed your way of getting to know each other.  I have my list and I plan on typing it up and keeping it with my business card holder."
SJanice S. Tims, Cottman Transmission

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Facilitation Services

"There were many things that I enjoyed.  Particularly, I enjoyed the teamwork challenge of building the bikes.  I also enjoyed the exercise of learning about our fellow board members.   I learned many things about my fellow board members that I might never have known about them. A successful exercise!"
Keith C. Rinehart, Director of Recreation & Community Services, City of Saginaw

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"At our latest board retreat, John organized the business strategies of the board and staff at ARTSNET in a way that built consensus, was incredibly inclusive, and was a model for efficiency. Moreover, he's truly interested in our success by staying informed with how we do on implementing the plans outlined in the retreat. I would recommend him with highest respect and without any hesitation to any company looking to improve their business model. We look forward to using the information to further build our growing organization!"
Cathy Hernandez

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"I really believe you brought a lot to the program; from the team building exercise with the bikes, to your comments concerning the assessment of goal values (a, b, c) to your final statements relating to transforming the organization...everything was, in my estimation, very appropriate and helpful.  It is obvious that you are very professional in what you do, and you have an easy way about you that enables people to relate to you personally.  I know for a fact that many of our board members were impressed with your presentations because I heard them talking afterwards."
Wally Key, President, Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce

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"The program format was entertaining and creative and helped get our Board of Directors over the hump in team values. I'd highly recommend this type of leadership training to any small or large business trying to go to the next level of commitment. "
Bob Hamilton, President/CEO, The Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce

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Personal Recommendations

"I am writing of behalf of John Wright whom, I have had the pleasure of meeting and participating with during my tenure with LinkedIn and the ASTD in Texas. I hope you will give particular attention to his workshop offerings. John is a dedicated professional who served ASTD as Past President. Due to a corporate reorganizations and a reduction in force, John’s development transformational leadership workshops are/will be beneficial to understand transformational leadership. He has much to offer for professional and personal development. 
John is a hard-working self-starter who invariably understands exactly what a project is all about from the outset, and how to get it completed quickly and effectively. He has demonstrated the ability to multi-task without sacrificing the quality and efficiency of his work and presentations. 

On the interpersonal side, John has substantial “people skills” which proved to be a tremendous value in the business of internal and external customer service arena. The manner by which he handles organizational questions about employee and customer concerns was demonstrated with ease, charm and even a bit of humor. He proves to get along extremely well with colleagues and functioned well as a team member. John is highly respected, as both a person and a professional, by colleagues, employees and customers alike. Please consider contacting John to help improve your organization. 

In closing, as detailed above, based on my experience working with John, I can unreservedly recommend him to your company. John’s 
Transformational Leadership-Manager workshops through Simple Leadership Strategies provide development for each attendee. John has an admirable personality and a solid professional business sense.
Wendy A. Tilley, PHR 

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John's focus on leadership ideas and strategies is very insightful. John has a great understanding of leadership concepts and can easily explain the details to course members. John is a great service provider and I would recommend him to anyone looking to improve their leadership skills.
Rob Ackley

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"John Wright is an inspirational speaker and coach! If you want a life changing experience and an incredibly influential conversation, than simply spend some time with John. He is not only personable, but he is creative and completely results driven. I am honored to be work with John and you would be too!"
Victoria Porter

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