Sample CEO Testimonials
- Jack Harkins, Director of Strategic Planning—Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Board meeting last week felt like a celebration, as we reviewed the progress this year and realized that the focused efforts and achievements attained in several significant areas were significantly enhanced by the tools we forged and processes availed in the Strategic Plan development.
I know I speak for all the participating members in expressing continual gratitude to you for the wise, dynamic, inclusive campaign you mounted to bring us to the position we enjoy with an actual living and productive Plan!
- Joe Schroeder, CEO—Rockwell Federal Credit Union
“As a client for five years, we’ve discovered that Steve’s Systems Approach is logical and effective. He has earned the respect of management and the Board.”
- Jim Acridge, Chairman and CEO—Giant Industries, Inc.
“Steve and his associates have continued to deliver new, but proven, methods that are exciting and are delivering the desired result. "Your Strategic Management model successfully incorporates our personnel into the planning and implementation process.”
- Steve Barker, CEO—Eagle Creek Travel Gear
“Steve’s personal advice and coaching has been invaluable to me and helped me grow as a CEO while also dramatically growing our company. We have adopted and now “own” Steve’s Strategic Planning and Change process. It is the cornerstone of how we run Eagle Creek.”
- Marla Shepard, CEO—First Future Credit Union
“The clarity, focus, and simplicity of the Centre’s approach to Strategic Planning is extremely effective. The commitment to the plan and the clear accountability have made implementation a resounding success.”
- Don Fast, Governor General-Western Region Environment, Canada
“Systems Thinking has provided the means to proactively adapt my organization during periods of growth as well as severe downsizing – it has been the key to survival. ‘Creating the People Edge’ by applying systems thinking to HR management is the most exciting concept I have seen in 30 years of management. People are the greatest resource we have and this approach provides a practical way to have a win-win for the employees, our organization and our clients.”· “Steve Haines is a world leader in Enterprise-Wide Change management and systems thinking.”
- TEC Group CEO Participant
“Steve is really great, really lived up to his reputation.”
- Sheryl McTear, Former President and CEO—Central Credit Union
“Strategic planning and change have been the thrust for the positive results we have achieved the last two years: a decrease in expenses, growth of more than 20%, and a 70% increase in profits. Steve and his state of the art strategic planning process has paved the way to a successful turnaround.”
- Fred Holliger, COO—Giant Industries, Inc.
“Steve Haines is the finest facilitator I have ever worked with particularly in the strategic planning and change area. His ability to probe, cajole and close the loop on key issues ensures a thorough and complete strategic review. The Model is a superb design.”
- Dr. Robert Reeves – Superintendent, Poway Unified School District
“Strategic planning and strategic change have dramatically changed our school district from a focus on teaching to ‘Excellence in Learning our only business’.”· “Steve Haines has worked with the Poway Unified School District over the past four years. Steve has facilitated us to new positive relationships with our teacher unions through patience, understanding, coercion, and a clear understanding of group dynamics. He has made a second substantial impact by working us through Applied Strategic Planning. By helping us adopt a business model to the school business, we now have a clear focus on the future, a commitment through the active organization, and an increased sense among all employees that what they do is important to our mission.”· “Steve, Great to hear from you; shaping PUSD’s strategic mission in 1988 is still working. We even learned how to use KSF’s for learning. Keep in touch.”
- TEC Group Chairman (International CEO Organization)
“Steve did a great presentation by TEC standards (4.8/5.0 evaluation). Steve is ‘the best’ TEC resource we have on strategic management.” Also listed in their ‘Premier Resources’ list.
- Frances Bellows, Norcal
“Steve and Team, your contributions to the field of Strategic Planning are phenomenal. I feel as if I am seeing history in the making.”
- Joy Wolf - Director, Operations - Guest Experience, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
I would like to wholeheartedly recommend the Haines Centre for Strategic Management for any business or individual looking to improve their business and personal performance. The Haines Centre consultants are seasoned professionals who guide, encourage, cajole and enlighten during their courses and workshops. The Haines Centre Systems Thinking Model is the frame work towards improving any team’s strategic planning.
I have participated in professional development courses taught by the Haines Centre for Strategic Management and invited them to present a workshop for my leadership team.