What People Say About Us
Professional and Objective Facilitator
Glen quickly assesses organizational dynamics, challenges and issues from which he facilitates tough, honest, open dialog and effective resolution. No matter the issue or challenge, Glen facilitates productive dialog and effectively leads sessions, managing divergent points of view to consensus and action. Glen diplomatically surfaces organizational blockers in an engaging fashion, encouraging participation, problem solving and commitment to accountability. As an experienced professional and objective facilitator, any executive team would benefit from Glen’s engagement.
Mary Ann Knaus, Founder at Aquarius Group and Former SVP at Jarden Consumer Solutions
An Extremely Gifted Professional
Cynthia is an extremely gifted professional. I needed an outside professional to help identify many of the challenges and opportunities of a growing organization. Cynthia took us through a SWOT Analysis and Strategic Plan more effectively than any other consultant with whom I had ever worked. Through her deep engagement with the organization, she could see many things that many of us on this inside could not. After a successful implementation of her recommendations, we began moved from a time of “storming” and “norming” to one of great “performing.” I highly recommend Cynthia.
Brad Root, Former COO, Anglican Church of North America
Glen has become a dependable advisor and friend for our company. He has great ability to listen and offer unique perspectives, that I have learned to appreciate and value. He has a good sense of humor, and great business sense, and judgement. I enjoy our 1-1 meetings, and our group meetings.
David Snodgrass, Owner at Snodgrass & Sons Construction Co. Inc.
One of the Best Investments I’ve Ever Made
I hired Cynthia for several years when I was employed at Textron and leading its senior executive marketing council and senior executive communications council. Both groups were comprised of very diverse and opinionated executive leaders. Also in both groups were 2-3 individuals who tended to be argumentative and seemed to enjoy de-railing meetings and exploring rat holes. Bringing Cynthia in to help me plan our monthly meetings so that the meeting goals were achieved was one of the best investments I have ever made professionally. Cynthia helped plan the strategy and content of the meetings; she then facilitated the meetings and within minutes established credibility and earned the respect of everyone in the room. I was impressed by her ability to hold the attention and honest cooperation of these strong-willed senior executives, including even the most antagonistic as well as those with “executive ADD” (i.e. previously known to constantly be checking phones, multitasking, or leaving the meeting.) She has expert facilitation skills from knowing just how long to let a discussion go to when to “parking lot” the topic. She is also highly intuitive in knowing when to probe, clarify or challenge as she helps the group reach consensus. If you are looking for expert assistance to help you bring a group of people together around a vision, mission, goals or action plans: you will find no one better than Cynthia.
Adele J Suddes, Vice President Communications at Textron
Gets Everyone Involved
My biggest concern before hiring Catalyst was “would they be effective?” The answer was yes! My favorite part of our strategic planning session was getting ideas and feedback from all group members, not just the usually-vocal ones. Glen has a solid methodology that creates a framework for planning. He then facilitates without “getting in the way,” allowing the team to focus on the actual planning, not the structure.
Frank Kenna, CEO at The Marlin Company
Highly Insightful, Intelligent Partner
Cynthia is a highly insightful, intelligent partner who helped our group see potential areas to grow and to develop a plan to get there. She’s personable and engaging to work with and is perhaps the quickest, most instinctive analyst of individuals and group dynamics that I’ve ever worked with. She’s always dead-on in her insight and shares her assessment in direct but constructive ways, always with an eye toward creating strategies for improvement and, ultimately, success.
Sherry Chisenhall, Managing Editor at the Charlotte Observer
Couldn’t Have Done it Without You!
I would not have believed that this group of individuals could have gotten this far in this little time. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Andy Hill, Former President & CEO at Jarden Consumer Solutions
Glen and Cynthia have both helped us with Strategic Planning and they always have ideas to help us improve. I would highly recommend Cynthia and Glen.
Stuart Powell, President/CEO at Cookshack, Inc.
Created a Safe Environment and Kept Us On Track
My biggest concern was that we would invest a good amount and walk away without any additional insight, which we didn’t already know or could have come up with on our own. Fortunately, this was not the case and the session was extremely valuable.
Glen is very detail oriented and a great communicator. His approach made everyone on the team feel like they were in a safe atmosphere where anything could be brought to the table without judgment. In addition, he had a great way of guiding us back on topic when needed, to make sure that our agenda was accomplished. I would definitely recommend his service!
Jon Butts, President of Muscle Up Marketing
Always Willing to Address the “Elephant in the Room”
It’s one thing to claim to be a “trusted adviser,” but quite another to deliver on that promise – and Glen does! As a member of the JCS Executive Team, I worked with Glen for years as he provided facilitation and consulting services across a host of strategic areas of our business. He was always willing to address the “elephant in the room” and help us navigate and align around some tough issues. And he never let us forget “Glen’s Rule” that “no business can outperform its leadership team long-term.” Glen would be a true asset to any business leader looking to accelerate success in their marketplace and comes with my heartfelt recommendation.
Jerry Zuchowicki, President/GM of North America & EMEA for Newell Brands, Appliances & Cookware Division
Turned a Difficult Situation into a Positive
Cynthia worked with our non-profit organization to bring us through some amazing times of change and growth. Her work with our organization turned a difficult situation into a positive and rewarding working environment for all of us. Her skills to bring us to a higher level and more complex organization were instrumental in our successful growth.
Nancy Norton, Executive Director at Anglican Relief and Development
Discerns Issues and Opportunities
Glen has a wealth of business experience and the desire to help others. He listens well, and discerns issues and opportunities. His recommendations are solid. I highly value time with Glen.
J. Richard Coe, Owner & President at Coe Financial Services, Inc.
Helped Us to Solidify and Gain Consensus
I worked with Glen at Jarden for several years; both in group and one-on-one settings. His ability in both, to weave strategic intent through the many dynamic challenges and opportunities in our business, proved critical to our consistent success. Glen continued to prove and hone a deft skill of leading and managing a plethora of inputs from our senior team. This included ability to work with multiple functional departments, diverse backgrounds and strong personalities. He had a way of bringing focus to the many complicated and various ideas we had as individuals and then helping us to solidify and gain consensus to one comprehensive business vision and plan.
Michael Kratofil, Former SVP- Global Business Development at Jarden Consumer Solutions
Very Good at “Herding Cats”
Glen does of very good job of “herding cats” – keeping us all on track and involved in the meetings. He also has given me valuable insights and tools to understand my business more thoroughly and helped me greatly via our monthly “1 to 1” meetings. I would recommend him highly.
Patrick Robinson, Partner at B2B CFO and Former President at Mize & Company Inc.