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"Kimberly has helped our company shape its global culture for the past decade. To date, over 350 colleagues from around the world [have] met together for six-month customized programs consisting of three one-week interactive sessions in our Global Team Leadership Development program. Our culture is rooted in a long history of innovative change to survive in the face of global business headwinds. We have successfully transformed our company many times in the past 90 years, but mainly as a Japanese company. As we invest more around the world, these transformations become more difficult. It may not be 'cause and effect,' but our company has significantly increased its global businesses outside of Japan and is performing at record levels, concurrent with our collaboration with Kimberly." – George Avdey, President & CEO, Kuraray America, Inc

"In one hour Kimberly uncovered true essentials of professional development and networking skills that now shine like diamonds in my head." - A.D.

"Kimberly’s organizational culture work with us was like a journey to discover the hidden common sense shared in our organization and people across the world. Our company’s leaders successfully discovered their instinct and got much more unified as One Global Family after the journey. You can see some images of the journey from this book, just like reading a travel guidebook before taking off." – Shinya Kimura, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd

"We learned from Kimberly's sessions how important it is for each employee to understand our company's organizational DNA. I believe that the bond developed between overseas employees through understanding our shared DNA will result in leading our global business into the future in spite of their different backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities." - Chihiro Sato, Pigeon Group

"Kimberly helped our organization confront some key challenges we faced working as a team. She also assisted us in creating clear and shared goals, and a practical implementation plan that enabled us to overcome our difficulties in achieving results. Working with Kimberly was energizing, and her experience, practical knowledge and wisdom guided us for years after her workshop. I highly recommend consulting with Kimberly and her Silicon Valley Alliances Team, especially to achieve results in your team that at times might seem impossible." - Ardavan M. Tehrani, CTO - ASSIA Inc. (2010-2017)

“Kimberly's 'Leading From Any Chair' workshop is the single most powerful class I've attended, and the highest rated class I've participated in. Her teachings have fundamentally changed me as a leader, a coach, and a team member.” — Lesley Kew, Intuit

“GTT (what this company calls our project-based 15 day/6 month global leadership development program) was the perfect preparation for this project we are running now and so much of what we did during the 3 weeks can be applied to 'real life’.”D.W., R&D Scientist, Frankfurt, Japanese Polymer Company

"Kimberly once again thank you. Almost 1year ago you offered to do a Skype call with me when I was so disappointed. You gave me so much power 💪💪💪and a different view. Since then I stood up and started to take new challenges!! It was really a turning point for my career, life." - A.M., Tokyo, Japan, Japanese Polymer Company

"Keep Kimberly's 'Inspired Organizational Cultures' book within arm's reach. It is filled with many thought-provoking tips and sage advice intended to make us think about what was, is, and could be in our organizations. This book explores organizational culture from a variety of perspectives, but always with the intention of inspiring positive opportunities for meaningful growth. Focus on any of the 140 nuggets and allow your mind to wander and explore within the context of your personal experience." - Kerstin Lynam, CEO, Palo Alto Veteran's Institute for Research

CSIX Event Evaluations Summary Report

Speaker: Kimberly Wiefling
Presentation Topic: Leading from Any Chair - Leadership is Not a Position or a Title
Date: Thursday, 2015-12-17 10:00:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Saratoga Federated Church, Saratoga, CA
Rating out of possible 10: 9.55
Do you feel enough material was covered?   Yes = 22

No = 0

What was missing:  Needed 2 hours or more!


"In a 3 hour workshop you helped to change people's attitude about our challenge from something with too many obstacles to starting to see the big prize and plan the first baby steps, in short a transformative experience." - Dr. XX, US University Dean

"Kimberly is a force of nature and a truly unique talent in a sea of consultants that promise change but never quite achieve it.  I've worked with her both for my own company and together with other clients and I've experienced first hand how she uses her talents as a brain scientist, entertainer, empathetic listener, and engineer to get ideas to become reality and groups to become teams.  With just 1 visioning session with her 5 years ago, she changed my mindset and put my company onto an entirely different trajectory. If you are looking for someone who can motivate, teach, train, or lead a team to greatness, I'd hire Kimberly as a partner." - Ken Chen, Founder and President, EM Marketing, Inc.

"Working with Kimberly is a transformative experience.  She is deeply insightful about how to create healthy, high functioning, effective organizations. Her business savvy, her tremendous ability to make connections and her profound understanding of how teams of people operate, are invaluable! When Kimberly facilitates a meeting or conference, you can be sure it will be focused and productive; it will have meaningful and measurable outcomes and it will be a lot of fun in the process. Kimberly's work for Sustainable Silicon Valley has been instrumental. With her intelligent support and guidance, our organization and our board are stronger, more focused and having an increasingly powerful and positive impact. We are truly grateful to Kimberly." - Olivia Teter, Board Member, Sustainable Silicon Valley

"I would like you to know how much I have so appreciated all the help you have provided me. Even though there have been some times of hardness and difficulties, you successfully and strongly put me though during the workshop. Through the workshop, I really felt your professionalism, and positive thinking with great energy. Thanks to your continuous support and advice, I could learn to become a real global leader (Woo Hoo!!!)." - Section Manager of a Global Japanese Company

"The recommendation of a transformed cynic: Kimberly is a bit like a cyclone – she will turn your world upside down and blow you away. Unlike a cyclone, however, she will be sure that all of the important pieces remain; neatly reorganized and stronger than before she met you. She will also, undoubtedly, leave many gems behind for you as well – some ready to display and others for you to continue polishing throughout your life and career. You will definitely be richer for having crossed her path. With unrivaled passion, Kimberly effortlessly blends principles of transformational leadership, communication, cultural understanding and relationship building and links them directly to operational excellence with brilliant simplicity. I learned more practical skills in a six day program led by Kimberly than I have in nearly three decades of management education and experience. These lessons will not only allow me to foster an environment that is both enjoyable and highly-productive, but will, as a result, make the company I work in stronger and more successful. Without question, Kimberly merits my highest recommendation."  - Ross McClure, Manufacturing Manager, SuperPower, Inc., a Furukawa Company

"Thank you so very much for assisting us in putting structure into our 2-year plan for the Reshoring Institute.  You are a remarkable facilitator, capturing the spirit of our organization and, at the same time, adding clarity to our roadmap. We really appreciate your help!" - Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

"Nothing is impossible in Kimberly's world. At a point of career change several years ago, from Silicon Valley CEO to something fun, I participated in Kimberly's "Create a Vision" workshop. We were friends through a professional organization and I just wanted to see what she did for a living. The result: I was, and still am, amazed and delighted with this brilliant woman and the results she helps others to achieve. Kimberly has a unique ability to infect her listeners with transformative optimism. She helps people to believe in themselves, unleash their hidden potential, experience the empowerment of success and find their right livelihood. Thanks Kimberly for helping me to achieve my dream." -  Alan Lattanner, Manager, Alan Lattanner Capital, LLC
"Ultimate facilitator to inspire your group to achieve breakthrough results, gain new insights, remove roadblocks and achieve what might have appeared to be impossible results prior to Kimberly's leadership. Kimberly leads from the front and adeptly works with groups to gain their trust and confidence. She uses humor and scientifically proven methods to begin the critical work of helping groups get unstuck and see their own greatness. I have worked with Kimberly for more than 20 years and she consistently exhibits an interesting combination of courage, practicality and generosity. Kimberly has my utmost confidence and I will absolutely hire her again. Thanks Kimberly. You Rock!"  — Carol Smith, CEO Oak Grove Enterprises
"Kimberly, I continue to be in awe of your leadership skills. Very impressive!! I am so very pleased with how well our retreat went. I could not have asked for more. Inspirational, transformational, and built our team unlike anything I’ve seen before. You have a gift to bring out the best in people and to help them to believe!" - Rebecca S. Cole, Vice President for Advancement, President, Wright State University Foundation, Wright State University

"As an old program manager myself, and now as President of a large technology company, I find your book spot on the money.  Your readers would do well to read the book several times and practice what your write until it becomes second nature.  The world around them would become a much better place - and the satisfaction that goes with high achievement would fuel a long and successful career.  While your book was written for program managers, it applies to anyone who works with people.  It is a must read, not just for leaders, but for anyone who depends on other people to get their work done."   - Rick Cassidy, President, TSMC North America

“Kimberly Wiefling recently conducted an outstanding workshop at Stanford University, on the topic of engineering in the face of very large, complex problems, as part of a new graduate-level course I'm teaching on Engineering and Climate Change. The way Kimberly helped the students experience the frustration of an "unsolvable" problem and then helped them experience how such problems are solved was brilliant. Kimberly's approach is so lively and fun that even while you are gratified by her terrific results, you might miss the underlying truth that these great results come from a deep understanding and application of up-to-date research on the most effective ways to help people learn. But make no mistake, she's using that knowledge for you. Kimberly is outstanding. If you need to jump-start a creative process or to make a group's problem-solving more effective, hire her!”Dr. Leslie Field, MEMS consultant. Consulting Prof. Stanford EE Dept. Founder Small Tech Consulting, MEMS Insight, Ice 911 Research

“Kimberly had worked with the team on several occasions on project management and team dynamics. More importantly she had gained the team’s trust and confidence over the series of workshops. One of the projects did not go smoothly and Kimberly was brought in as the external facilitator in the “lessons learnt” debrief at the end of the project. We needed an external facilitator that the team trusted and could confide in. Kimberly chatted to everyone who was directly involved with the project to understand from everyone’s prospective what went wrong and what fixes needed to be introduced into the way we scoped, managed and executed projects. This was a large effort due to the number of staff involved and multiple time zones between Kimberly and the team. Kimberly was able to synthesize down into a succinct list of what went wrong and more importantly what were the changes that needed to be made.” - Dr. Shonna Mooodie, Director, External Collaborations, Entelos.com

"Kimberly is a physicist by training, is active in SDForum and other technical organizations, authored the "Scrappy" Project Management books, is a skilled and engaging facilitator, and is also funny and refreshingly entertaining." - Melissa Demaray, Strategic Planning and Marketing Director

"Working with Kimberly was both a pleasure and honour.  In my decade-plus time in Japan, I've never had the chance to work with someone of her talent and caliber. It was motivating and inspirational for me and I got so much out of working with her. I'm now able to use new activities, incorporate a different approach to learning and add value to my classes as well as connect more deeply with my workshop participants." - Stephen Parent, ALC Education, Inc.
"I plan to recommend attending Kimberly's presentation to everyone I know as one of the best project management presentations I have ever attended. It gives project managers the kick in the butt call-to-action they need." — Brendan Kane, Director-SAP Consultation & IT Staffing, Perceptive Technologies, Inc

“Kimberly took me to the next level in taking on a leadership role. She encouraged me to success.”Sherry Parsons, Executive Administrative Manager, Earthbound Farm

“Kimberly is a whole energy level unto herself. I call it the "Kimberly Factor". Her passion to give, teach and mentor excels people, programs and companies.” Bonnie Savage, CEO Assistant, JDSU

“Kimberly Wiefling of Wiefling Consultants was my last instructor in completing my two certificates in Project Management, yet by far she was the most inspiring, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable instructor of both PM series of classes, particularly in developing my negotiation skills. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to learn from such an expert first hand.” Miguel A. Silva, SCVWD

“Kimberly helped me create an actionable list that was pure gold. Taking the time to work with Kimberly forced me to articulate the challenges I face and talk through possibilities.”Aylon Engler, CEO and Founder, BetaSphere Professional Associations

“You rocked the house with your presentation this morning on effective communication styles! Because of your energetic yet sensible and practical approach, some very conservative people in the room showed a new side of themselves. This is a tribute to your energizing delivery about how to better communicate and more effectively lead. My hat is off to you!”Linda Holroyd, CEO Fountain Blue

“I really liked your workshop and see great possibilities for using "breakthrough thinking" in other settings in both the corporate and educational worlds.”Andrea S., Live Oak Elementary School District

“For Believing in us, showing up, and helping us realize our dreams - we thank you.”Mindy & Ray, TOCWM

“Thank you so much for the insightful, inspiring, and useful talk this morning. You have a real talent!” A.S.

“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your seminar. Last night was a breakthrough for me. All of my negativity is gone, and I have been able to plow through so much stuff today. I am a dynamo!” S.H.

“You provided me so many gifts yesterday. I feel like a large weight has fallen from my back. I'm smiling and feel better about having some direction, thank to you!” P.R.

“Thank you for inspiring me to be the leader I aspire to be. You are a great model of the courageous leadership philosophy in action.” J.R.

“You were so helpful in giving us food for thought with the many processes we need to put in place. Thanks!” Carol Holmes

“Your e-mail is inspiring. You are inspiring. I'm bawling my eyes out right now just from pure awe. When I think of what we have accomplished over the last five years, who would have guessed? Thank you for your support in this Kimberly . I really mean it when I say that I could not have done it without you - because I wouldn't have had the vision, or the courage. I really appreciate all you have given to my dream - and continue to give.” Brenda K., Elite Horse Clothing

“If you have the opportunity to take a workshop with Wiefling in person, don't walk, RUN to sign up at your earliest opportunity. Her classes are Fun, Entertaining, high energy, and you learn some of the most incredible things. Don't miss it. The only downside to her class is that everything else you take thereafter will pale in comparison. One of the finest class experiences I've ever had.” Dan in California

“I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have an experienced professional like you at my side to launch the Consulting Special Interest Group tomorrow. The agenda looks great and I am convinced that we are well prepared for a productive and successful meeting tomorrow.” Patricia B., Emerald Hills Strategy Consultants

“It is delightful to have you work with us. You are already having a positive impact on the whole project situation.” Natasha S., Replay Networks

“All the advice you gave me during our last meeting is paying off. Who could believe having a white board would do wonders - - just as you said. . . . this afternoon my manager said "You're so organized and such a good communicator.” Patty Boone, Hewlett-Packard Co.

“Kimberly is one of the most enthusiastic and up-beat people I have ever worked with. She is driven by the belief that it is more than her job, it is her obligation, to make those around her successful. She is an exceptionally quick study with a firm grounding in science and engineering. Kimberly . . . easily identifies choke points to progress as well as opportunities for leverage. She is a model of persistence . . .” Ron H., Candescent Technologies Corporation

“Not a day goes by here when I don't use something I learned in the "Leading From Any Seat in the Org" class that you taught here last year. In fact, the manager of one of the folks who went through the class last year said his employee was transformed by the experience.” Lesley Kew, Intuit

“Your workshop was one of the most influential one I 've ever experienced” Ken Tachi, ALC Education, Japan

“The door was opened to improvement where process is no longer a four letter word. I would love to work with you again sometime.” D.C., VP of Manufacturing

“Kimberly facilitated executive offsite strategy meetings, provided executive coaching, and managed a product rollout project at Rockliffe. She's incredibly dynamic, insightful, and motivating, with an incredible skill at using humor to get people to understand and accept what they otherwise might not. I wouldn't hesitate to bring her into any situation where management consulting was needed.” Chuck Berg, VP of Engineering, Rockliffe, Inc.

“Working with Kimberly was both energizing and enlightening. She has an uncanny ability to help you organize your own thoughts and ideas, then help you apply these ideas to accomplish your goals. My time with Kimberly was well spent!” C.T., Product Development Manager, Agilent Technologies

“This book unabashedly puts forward a new, unambiguous, non-shrinking, and ultimately empowering view of what we all as project managers should commit to be and do every day in our project roles.” Cinda Voegtli CEO, Emprend, Inc. President of ProjectConnections.com

“At last, someone has come along who rejects the bland world of 'blah blah blah' project management books that live in the academic ether. Scrappy Project Management has given us the REAL 'dungeons and dragons' equivalent of achieving a SUCCESSFUL project despite the odds and oddities of company culture. Kimberly Wiefling tells you how to fight for what's right and stop being spineless without getting the worst of it. Put this spine on your bookshelf, or in your survival kit. This is THE resource for the power starved PMs who need to learn how to street fight for resources, deal with customer insanity, and dodge the falling rocks as you stay on top of everything. A fighting spirit and a confident strategy is the RETURN ON THIS INVESTMENT.” Michele Jackman, Michele Jackman Enterprises and Adventures, co-author of Star Teams, Players

“Your book is going to help people survive the corporate zoo that is project management!" –- Brenda Keiner, CEO, Elite Horse Clothing

“If you want to build energy, velocity, and momentum toward an outrageous goal, Kimberly's Scrappy Project Management is just what you've been waiting for to help you get those results with more pleasant surprises and fewer disappointing shocks along the way.” C. Comaford-Lynch CEO, Mighty Ventures, author of Rules for Renegades

“I wanted to let you know that what I imbibed from you during the course has been of IMMENSE help to me and that I've put it all to good use. I started my own company and have been running it successfully for the last one year or so, introducing a totally new service concept to the challenging markets in India. (http://www.autovega.in ) Thanks a lot for your contagious enthusiasm!” Ashish Joshi, Co-founder and CEO, JK AutoVega Mobile Car Services Private Limited

“Kimberly took me to the next level in taking on a leadership role. She encouraged me to success.” Sherry Parsons, Executive Administrative Manager, Earthbound Farm

“Kimberly is a whole energy level unto herself. I call it the "Kimberly Factor". Her passion to give, teach and mentor excels people, programs and companies.” Bonnie Savage, CEO Assistant, JDSU



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