DES Action USA hired Bruce to run a one day strategic planning session. He did his homework ahead of time by learning about our organization and board members and created a strategic planning process tailored to our specific needs. Our board is filled with smart, savvy and demanding individuals who expect a lot. We did not make it easy for him but Bruce was able to adapt the workshop throughout the day as needed to keep us on track and establish a teamwork approach. The end result is that the board developed an improved organizational structure with realistic goals and objectives that serves us well now. We could not have done it without the type of professional guidance Bruce provided.
I had the opportunity to work with Bruce through the Expanded Learning Collaborative’s Coaching Initiative. Bruce was thoughtful, insightful and organized. His insight matched with his expertise in program management and professional development make him a great consultant. I look forward to working with Bruce in the future.
Bruce provided consultation as Third Sector Solutions Training and Consulting practice to a small group of managers that I supervise. First, Bruce worked with me on creating a short training series to introduce my relatively new staff to best practices in management in order to help create a distinction between management and supervision, so my staff could begin to develop their own management style. For years I worked with managers who were great supervisors, but lacked focus and training in management principles. Many professional trainings prioritize supervisory skill-building, but I also knew that the demands of this staff required an ability to navigate the demands of a fast-passed, constantly innovating and evolving work culture and providing direction and support to younger staff. Bruce worked with me to create a meaningful and experiential training that also takes into account multiple types of needs and multiple staff backgrounds and experience. He was able to create a training series in the short time allotted that highlighted best management practices as well as best practices for dealing with being a new supervisor and leading from the trenches. Bruce came prepared to tackle multiple topics and brought tons of anecdotes from several decades of experiencing managing in nonprofit settings. It also helped that Bruce had a background in case management and had dealt with some of the issues my staff were dealing with. We are a team-oriented environment and Bruce also brought some tools to help us work together better and build peer learning structure to our regular meetings. My staff enjoyed Bruce’s expressive style in workshop facilitation and especially the experience he brought in his training.
Working with Bruce, both as board members as well as chairs of programs which aimed to educate and empower nonprofit professionals with an appetite for career development, was a hugely positive experience. Bruce really lives his values of collaboration, knowledge sharing, transparency and creatively mining the power of complementary experiences. He was an asset to an organization that really benefited from his years of expertise and experience. I would love to work with Bruce again.
Through his coaching we saw significant progress Bruce was kind enough to offer his wealth of experience and perspective in non-profit management to our team at United Way of the Bay Area. He was probing, insightful, and instrumental in guiding the conversation to a productive and meaningful conclusion. Bruce is an excellent management consultant, and we are looking forward to using his services again in the future in our professional development goals.
Bruce is sharp, and dedicated. His extensive understanding of the history and current events of the nonprofit sector have blown me away. He has been a wonderful asset for YNPNsfba, as I’m sure he is to every organization for which he serves.
Bruce was a visionary and worked to bring out the best in you. He would motivate you to make things happen and stay focused on the quality of service. He kept an open door policy and whenever I needed to share something or was concerned he always would listen and advise.