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Testimonials

 

AlI am sincerely humbled by these testimonials. My intent is to continue building meaningful relationships while helping others expand their sphere of influence. Thank you so much for all your encouragement and support!

Al Gonzalez, Founder, GIVE Leadership Institute

 

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"One of the highlights of my career has been working with Al. His passion for helping people with individual and collective growth is profound, and has been invaluable to me. I always look forward to my interactions with Al because I inevitably walk away a little bit richer."
Zac Doob, Web Technologies Director

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"The knowledge learned working with Al has been the single greatest factor in my personal and professional development. That may sound like a grand statement but I honestly believe it is true."
Sean O’Leary, Web Developer

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"Working with Al as part of his building trust workshop was an important stepping stone in changing the tone of the workgroup I was part of. His ability to frame the conversation in a way which allowed people to talk about sensitive topics and provide honest feedback without fear helped build a more mature, high functioning team. After moving to a different position, I invited Al to present on trust based leadership to my staff. Directly after the presentation, one or two things came to the surface. Being able to discuss and resolve these issues alone more than paid for the time and money spent."
Dirk Swart, Director IT

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"Before I met Al, I never wanted to be a Leader because I thought you had to have a position in Leadership and I wanted no part of being the boss. But Al introduced me to "leadership"- the kind that doesn't require a title or direct reports. I began to find opportunities to enrich our organization, through fostering communications within teams, presenting coaching to the department, and developing trusting relationships with Managers. Al helped me broaden my definition of leadership, which has allowed me to grow and thrive." 
Julia Bentley, Project Manager

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"The most memorable thing I learned from Al Gonzalez as a member of his team, is that everything works better when there is... trust! When a manager truly, openly trusts his people to do what they do best, and then lets go, it squarely places the responsibility in the employees' hands and empowers them to do their best to live up to that standard. Trust goes both ways, of course, so the manager is likewise held accountable to be an example to the team in modelling that trust. Al knows how to develop this in people very well."
Jay Woodcook, Software Developer

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"We have recently had the privilege of having Al Gonzalez and his team as guests to our home to consult on the dynamics of trust and trust building within the context of our immediate and extended family. Many great seeds of trust building, self awareness, and conflict resolution were sown during these sessions. I had worked with Al on an individual basis in the past. After experiencing my own individual transformations during that time, I felt that my family, and the team that it truly is, would benefit greatly from this knowledge. His guidance and the assistance of his team during these sessions have been a real blessing to my family and those that have been both directly and indirectly affected and/or influenced as a result. I believe that these sessions are worth their weight in gold and will continue to have far reaching impact long into the future. Keep up the great work Al."
Robert Miller, Web Developer

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"Like water seeking its most direct course, people will naturally try to fulfill their strengths --- the first step, though, is to identify them. Al introduced me to this concept, and it has had a direct effect in leading me to a career that is a good fit for my innate abilities. It has made a world of difference in my daily life."
Barbara Drogo, Project Manager

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"I had the privilege of working for Al Gonzalez, and he is a leader who teaches by example—a man who models behaviors that encourage others to seek ways to fulfill their own possibilities for a full and happy life.

Al models courage and trust by encouraging his team to take creative risks in order to meld innovation and best practice, resulting in stellar products and services. He models integrity by living his values in all of his relationships—professional and personal. He models the value of growth and development through his considerable coaching and mentoring skills.

All of those behaviors are important. But one behavior stands out for me personally. Al models compassion. He effectively balances care and concern for people with the bottom-line of business. I was personally the beneficiary of this behavior when my mother was terminally ill. Al moved beyond the traditional business perspective and led with his feelings, helping me find hope, purpose, and energy during a very difficult time. This speaks to the kind of leader—and person—Al is."
Ginger Eller, Senior Instructional Designer 

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"Al was able to keep a broad mix of personalities and talents working together in a positive fashion through good, old-fashioned leadership. Our team was built around trust, and depended on teamwork and collaboration in order to achieve the organizational goals. Al trusted us, we trusted each other, and we trusted Al - that's why it worked."
Mike Ward, Entrepreneur, Web Architect, Domain Investor

 

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"When I worked for Al Gonzalez I didn't have much experience in the role he had me in, but that didn't matter to Al. He saw my potential and encouraged me to do my best, figure out the best solution to the problem at hand, and not to be afraid to ask for help. However, his management style was what impressed me the most. He truly cared for his employees and that caring didn't stop at 5pm. Feeling appreciated and important empowered me to want to do my best, learn new things, ask questions, and even disagree at times. We developed a strong working relationship that became a strong friendship that I cherish to this day."
Nate Reimer, Hosting Service Manager

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"Having had Al Gonzalez as a manager I can attest to his management skills and practices. We were a large multimedia department comprised of creative, technical and instructional personalities. Al developed the group by building trust, encouragement and having high expectations. His integrity and sense of fairness fortified the group into a cohesive team. His management style wasn’t parental. He was the team member. He was the quarterback. His strategic skills moved the team forward.

Al knew what benefited the individual would benefit the team. He coordinated efforts from all sections of the team, including instructional and graphic design, multimedia & web development and video production. With his guidance the team deliverables were met on time and the clients expectations were exceeded. His leadership skills resulted in a better team and a better product."
Robert Kelley, Senior Graphic Designer

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