Testimonials

I worked with Denise on a retreat for my leadership team. Denise and I collaborated on the agenda, team building activities, & facilitating the meeting. Denise has a great way of understanding team dynamics and diffusing potentially difficult conversations. She makes all feel like a truly integral piece of the process. Denise is thorough and follows through as promised. Her communication through the process was excellent. I highly recommend Denise Holmes and Edge-Leadership Consulting. My team enjoyed working with Denise and benefited from her expertise in the area of team building and communication.

-Director of Pharmacy Services

The department now has direction and a structure by which to move forward. The significant impact to me was the fact that the team now knows who they are as a department and have a much better understanding of who their team members are within the various teams.

-Senior Manager

What I found really useful was that it provided our group to have a chance to reflect and provide feedback regarding changes that they would like to see in the lab.

It was a first to see as many people engaged in the process. It gave me hope.

The session showed the group was diverse and that we could all learn to work with each others styles without completely changing who we are. All members of the team will be more aware of the collective strengths and weaknesses as a group and using the synopsis of each style we can work to modify how we communicate with someone that has a different communication style.

-Participant of an intact work group, working on
communication and trust issues

I valued everything! Really… Too much to say in one breath. But my top two are: 1. Not letting anyone off the hook if there was a sticky feeling in the room or during discussion. 2. Denise’s unbiased approached towards everyone.

-Individual contributor in team mediation session

Denise conducted an emotional intelligence coaching session with me several years ago that is still paying dividends for me. Her feedback and instrument interpretation were thought-provoking and nuanced. I felt some trepidation ahead of time (what would the instrument say about me?) and Denise immediately set me at ease and helped me take away great value from the experience. I continue to reflect on her feedback and refine my practice as a direct result of her coaching.

-Professor, OHSU

I think it became apparent that I need to devote more of my time to actually managing the interactions with staff rather than pitching in to help physically. Our group needed much more psychological help than physical help. I also learned that people are looking to their leader here in this lab much more than I had anticipated. I think I underestimated the effect that I have on this lab both in a positive and potentially negative way.

-Senior Lab Manager

The most different result for me has been to try to eliminate assumptions made by our staff by explaining more about what I’m thinking in a positive way. I am also much more aware that everything I do and say has the potential to have a negative assumption regardless of the issue.

-Senior manager

I hired Denise to develop and deliver a training program to develop our managers into coaches. Both her design and delivery where top notch. Her training program got very high reviews – even from the tough critics! She was easy and personable to work with while developing the scope and budget; and her delivery was crisp and clear, both in written materials and in the training room. I would definitely hire Denise again, and intend to. She’s reliable and I don’t have to worry. She takes care of all the details and delivers results.

-Talent and Organization Development Manager, Sound Transit

We were looking for team training for our inexperienced group of managers. We selected Denise based on her experience and personality which blended well with our group, providing an open environment for learning. I have been very pleased with the results.

-President, Pavement Maintenance Inc

I very much appreciate Denise’s presence as a workshop leader and retreat facilitator. I’ve brought her in to guest lecture in several classes I’ve taught, and groups that I’ve been part of have benefited greatly from her skillful design and facilitation of our off-site retreats.

-Professor, OHSU

“Very interesting presentation. Enjoyed the practical application.

“Denise was very upbeat and informative. She was also very clear on how her model can be applied in day-to-day work activities.

“Very unique talk – really useful!”

Artz Center
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
Home Forward
Mount Hood Community College
Multnomah County
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Pavement Maintenance Inc.
Permanente Dental Associates, P.C.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Sound Transit

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