I contracted with Ann Gatty on the recommendation of a close business connection for assistance in fine-tuning new processes for changes in my business operations. After only three months of engagement, Ann was not only able to assist me with my new processes, but also reaffirmed marketing efforts in my existing business operations, provided me an enhanced view of my ideal client, and offered guidance for better delivery of the mission of my business. Ann has been and will continue to be an excellent asset for development of my business.
The staff at Northland Public Library work with patrons of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances every day. Good communication skills are critical to successful interactions with our patrons, funders and each other. Learning about different communication styles and corresponding techniques from Dr. Ann Gatty, during our staff development day was helpful to all of our library employees regardless of their position. Hands down everyone loved the Communications session with Beretta the most. They enjoyed having him in the room and felt his presence made everyone happier and better behaved. I had at least three requests that we get a dog for the library. Our staff enjoyed working through the communication style exercises, matching the different styles to the different techniques for communicating with them. They have learned some valuable communication techniques that will be useful whether working with coworkers or the hundreds of people who come through our doors every day. Even though our sessions didn’t focus on leadership, it was fun to see the unexpected leaders emerging from the group exercises. We even had someone who was able to overcome a fear of dogs. She was so proud, she sent photos of herself with Beretta to her family!
Dr. Gene Gatty, with Strategic People Solutions, provided me with consultation services for my company’s successful start-up. He helped not only with identifying the strategic marketing needs for my company, but, he also helped me build much needed self-confidence. Such confidence has helped me when presenting my ideas to clients and investors. I selected this company based on its proven track record in the community and their genuine approach for helping others.
On behalf of the entire staff at Highmark Caring Place, Warrendale, we would like to thank you and Beretta for participating in the Children’s Grief Awareness Day Open House. It was such a pleasure to see how positively the children, families, and guests interacted with Beretta. He brought smiles to many faces last night. We could not have had such a successful event without your participation.
As a small business person I have come to realize that it is vital to have external expertise to review current plans and guide future initiatives. The Gattys are a great resource for those critical business elements. With their mentorship I have discovered new business opportunities, rediscovered underestimated skill sets, and developed a clearer vision and specific goals for my business and career. What makes the Gattys’ valuable is that they also consider the more mundane elements of running a business because they have successfully built and sold several businesses on their own. They genuinely want to foster your business’ growth in practice and purpose and have the practical experience to prove it.
Everyone says that it is vital to have a neutral 3rd party review your plans. I would rather have the Gattys who possess both the expertise and the passion to help build businesses.
I work with Ann Gatty as a life and business strategist, helping me learn to prioritize and balance my personal and professional life. Before working with her, my attention was scattered in many directions, and she helped me find focus and clarity for building my entrepreneurial business. The most important result has been that I can stay laser- focused which leads to more profits for my newly created business. I now make more money with less work because I am implementing the business systems she created, and I have an inner belief in myself. If you are not sure which way to grow your business, take a leap of faith with the Gattys and learn what winning feels like.
My organization worked with Dr. Ann Gatty for both the employees and the Board of Directors, each with different focus areas. Before working with Dr. Gatty for the employees, some of the issues we were facing was a lack of and/or misunderstanding of communication internally and focusing as a true team entity. Having Dr. Gatty work with the Board of Directors stemmed from both having a large number of new board members, as well as having leadership transition within the organization, causing there to be a need for better understanding of roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors.
After the employee retreat, I see the employees actively using what was learned and discussed in our session with Dr. Ann as they work together and communicate with one another. The team spirit and functionality has improved internally, also. After the board workshop, the directors are much more engaged, and actually excited about making some changes,refreshing the governance documents, and restructuring the committees to become more of a working board, which is phenomenal for the organization.
Before working with Drs. Gatty, the managers in our business were not properly trained in the hiring and management of the staff. Since government regulations change rapidly, it is helpful to have Dr. Gatty advising on the current changes so that we can spend our time selling and servicing vehicles. Also, employee and management interaction has improved dramatically since we implemented the communications strategies recommended by Dr. Gene. Companies that are looking to improve the productivity of their staff would enjoy working with the Gatty’s.
Huckestein is at a stage in our evolution where we need to formalize and document processes. The first department we decided to tackle was Human Resources. Gene redesigned our HR functions, creating processes, documents, systems, and roles for employees. The end result is an HR operation that functions like that of a much larger company with many more resources. Gene’s years of experience and pragmatic approach made the process enjoyable.
I found Ann to be a very down to Earth coach who really helped me focus on how I wanted to mold my coaching style. She was excellent in helping me recognize my strengths and skill set. As a result I feel positive and more confident about how I can develop my career.
Self assessment can be challenging and overwhelming at times, but with this career workbook, completing the assignments provided great insight and rewards. I was able to craft a career plan that embraced my strengths and talents, and define how to best serve my clients.
Ann Gatty has been working with me as we move from where I am now to where I would like to be in the future. She has kept me on track to reach my goals with encouragement and prodding when I needed it most. She has also become a raving fan of Pretzel Crazy, promoting my business at everything from networking groups to her clients and other community resources. I would encourage any small business owner to work with Dr. Gatty at the beginning of their journey into entrepreneurship as well as along the continued path to success.
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