Kurt’s subject matter expertise, relationships and past experiences allows for a unique and invaluable view on the intersection point on maximizing a for-profit and non-profit partnership.
We initially engaged Kurt to assist us on facilitating a key partnership session with our team and a non-profit. Since then he has become a key extension of our team. First, let me share more about my initial engagement in which Kurt led our partnership planning day.
When we met to prepare for the session, I found that Kurt not only did his homework prior to our initial discussion, he came with ideas. As we discussed the objective of the session Kurt spent the time understanding what we needed and helped us craft the agenda to ensure we maximized the time we had everyone in the room. He didn’t just take the agenda and show up, Kurt reviewed it, suggested what could be done in advance or at a later date and also identified which items would be more lively (contentious) and which would flow quickly, all before we even had the session. He made the prep process easy and efficient.
The day of the session, I found Kurt to have the unique ability to not only drive tough conversations forward as a neutral stakeholder, but engaging and respectful of everyone in the room. He knew when to use humor, previous examples or when to keep digging for more as there were still ideas that weren’t being shared. He has mastered the art of balancing listening vs speaking and then articulating what was said. He kept the energy in the room high, identified good break times and kept the distractions at a minimum.
I have found Kurt to not be a typical consultant that drops in for a session and is gone, he is an owner and partner. One of the best in the business, if not the best.