“Seward Community Co-op has worked with GrowthWorks since 2005. Brian and Gerry have helped us on a journey along which we have grown our business significantly. They have worked with every stakeholder group at the co-op including staff, management, board, and member-owners. They have coached and trained management team members. They facilitate our bi-annual planning retreats. GrowthWorks also helped us create the Seward Scorecard, a unique social auditing device that helps us track our progress in sustaining a healthy community. Brian facilitates our board meetings, and he and Gerry have facilitated large group meetings of member-owners and staff over the years. Their work in the design process of our current facility helped us win multiple awards for excellence. Their approach to development and group process has helped us create a dynamic organization that continues to see significant growth. They helped coin the phrase that Seward Co-op is ‘Growing on Purpose.’ In the time we have worked with them we have tripled in sales, staffing, and operational capacity. We could not have grown culturally without their support. We have worked with other vendors on training and development; I rate GrowthWorks to be in a class of its own in terms of their level of service and focus on our culture and our desired outcomes. I recommend their services to any organization looking to be dynamic and engaged.”
Sean Doyle | General Manager | Seward Cooperative Grocery and Deli
“I have enjoyed working with Brian and Gerry from GrowthWorks over the past 5 years. Brian and Gerry have helped with Strategic Thinking, Leadership Development, and Facilitation for my staff and our Board of Directors. Their expertise has helped my organization work through transitions and new ideas, and has challenged us to be the best we can be. I have found their counsel and confidentiality very valuable as a CEO, and I would highly recommend them for any project.”
Bonnie Carlson | President and CEO | Destination Bloomington /
Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
“Innovative companies possess the skills to foster environments that allow them to tap the creative capabilities of their employees. With this goal in mind, ADC Telecommunications pursued a year-long partnership with GrowthWorks to help our top 400 leaders explore the business case for innovation, discuss methods of identifying and accelerating innovation, and to find ways to apply tools and insights for promoting the conditions needed for innovation to flourish. The result was a 1.5-day interactive workshop designed and facilitated by Brian McDermott and Gerry Sexton. This session focused on leadership skills required to encourage an innovative environment and included practical applications around streamlining decision making, increasing speed and agility, and supporting ways that encourage breakthrough results. The philosophy and approach resonated well with our leaders... not only in the U.S., but in Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and Asia. “I highly recommend Brian and Gerry as a great team to partner with for excellent results!”
Nancy Giacchetti | Vice President of Talent &
(former) | ADC Telecommunications
“I’ve worked with Brian and Gerry with leadership teams in three different organizations. That alone should tell you something about my confidence in their expertise. I continue to rely on them because they’re so effective at understanding my business needs, helping me clarify the outcomes I need to accomplish, and engaging people enthusiastically in the hard work that has to get done in a short amount of time.”
Mary Franklin | Director of Firm Administration | Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Co.
Chair | Givens Foundation for African American Literature
Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
“I have had the incredible opportunity to work with GrowthWorks for over four years. Brian and Gerry’s strategic thinking and consultancy are beyond fabulous. I really like their process of building a foundation that identifies a project’s core goals and objectives that are attainable for execution. “Brian and Gerry ask questions, listen and brainstorm ideas to help them understand what we want accomplished. They create an environment of collaboration from the beginning, which delivers proven, positive results throughout the entire process; including implementation.“I would recommend GrowthWorks for any project.”
Donna Patrick | Senior Manager, Group Meetings & Travel | Medtronic, Inc.