|Praise for CREW Chicago worshop
about change and transition
"Ihis course is an integration of the best ideas of school and workplace learning. Dorie is the best! She really cares about the students and designs her class with them in mind."
Northwestern undergraduate student who took "Learning Organizations for Complex Environments."
"Dorie did an excellent job of providing enough structure for learning the fundamentals and enough flexibility for each of us to explore that which was most meaningful."
Loyola graduate student who took "Strategic Change: A Systems Perspective."
"Dorie's music is affirming, honest, real, and stays with you."
“Dorie has worked closely with me, and my team, as a strategic HR partner since 2005. She has facilitated management planning and company-wide implementation of significant culture changes that are very important to me, including:
What I value most about working with Dorie is her ability to coach me on how to lead more effectively, her willingness to give honest feedback to my leadership team on how to lead more effectively, her proven capability of earning the trust of the employees, management team and executives, her expertise in helping us turn our desire for changes into a well-paced implementation schedule, and her sense of humor.
If I were to summarize her contribution in one phrase, it would be: Dorie is an invaluable resource if you want to take your people and culture from good to great and build a world-class company.”
“Dorie helped us with a major organizational change initiative. A $20 million dollar project that impacted businesses processes, systems and organization structure went off with out a hitch. It could have been very messy at the end if we did not focus hard on the right level of change management and with the right partner to get it done. Thanks, Dorie!!!! .”
“I have known Dorie for over ten years and have engaged her services at two companies that I have worked for. Dorie has conducted training, facilitated strategy conversations and assisted me in developing ways to coach my organization to become more effective. Her ability to grasp the dynamics of an organization, provide practical insight and pragmatic programs and solutions have helped me accelerate change management and build a more effective IT organization.”
“Dorie has been an invaluable partner in our journey towards a high performing organization. We are proud of the tenure, commitment, and low turnover of our leadership team. To be truly effective that tenure also creates leadership and change management challenges. Dorie partnered with me and my CIO to assist employees in our Technology organization to adapt to new leadership approaches in order to facilitate a major change throughout our company. We wanted to make sure that our Technology group had the skills and talents to partner with the business and the client to deliver outstanding technology tools. What Dorie brings is a fresh perspective and approach. She is creative in developing solutions that fit our culture and values. She is caring, concerned, and confidential. Our management grew to trust her vision and guidance, therefore expediting the ability and desire to adopt change.”
“A cross functional group was facing teamwork, communications, and prioritization challenges. Dorie stepped in and was able to quickly and impartially provide the tactical tools (agendas, communication methods, facilitation services), the organization, and the energy required to get communication flowing. More importantly, she was able to provide strategic leadership and philosophical insight which allowed walls to be broken down between team members. The end result was the team was able to properly expose, merge, and eventually, combine multiple issues, communication styles, and challenges into a consensus driven, group-accepted, prioritized series of solutions and next steps. I would feel comfortable in recommending Dorie to work with all levels of organizations, from CXO's to data entry clerks. She is an easy person to work with, can deploy various levels of energy and discipline based on each situation’s needs, and strives to make sessions enjoyable and productive.”
“Dorie worked with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) to help develop a National HIV Prevention Blueprint and a National HIV Prevention Policy Agenda. Unlike other, more tangible areas of HIV/AIDS work, prevention is oftentimes difficult to frame in a way that is perceived as compelling and effective. Using her well-honed skills, Dorie was able to guide a group of national HIV prevention leaders in a multi-faceted process that honored their concerns, promoted their visions, gave voice to their knowledge and, ultimately, reasserted the value of the essential work they do. Dorie’s mastery of group process and concept framing has helped position NASTAD to meaningfully influence the future of HIV prevention in the U.S.”
“Our partnership with Dorie Blesoff helped our organization to become a leader in providing Capacity Building to Latino service institutions. With Dorie’s help in planning and then facilitating our team retreat, we focused on understanding better our organization’s purpose and identity, building a strong and effective framework to link Salud Latina and serve as a model organization to national and local communities and providers.”
“It has been a pleasure working with Dorie. She helped us channel our energy into some very realistic areas that I know will be productive in 2006 and 2007. In short, she restored my faith in strategic planning and I am grateful for that. ”
“Dorie Blesoff is an excellent organization development consultant. She has worked on two projects for us this past year. In both cases, the clients were delighted with her work and thrilled with the quality and creativity she brought to her projects. We highly recommend Dorie and look forward to working with her again.”
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“Over the past year Dorie has provided coaching for two of the key players on my team. Both of these individuals are high level players who needed to develop the "little muscle behind the big muscle" to step up their game as leaders. As their leader and mentor I had taken them as far as I could and realized that I needed an expert to get them to the next level as leaders.
Dorie came in and was able to engage them and drive the results I was looking for. They trusted and respected her and were willing to work with her. She was able to get them to take an introspective look at their leadership and managerial style to see what was holding them back from great leadership. She empowered them to develop and implement a plan that worked for them and helped them to achieve their goals and also gave them the tools necessary to sustain their new found level of great leadership. I have seen outstanding results in both of these individuals and strongly endorse Dorie's coaching ability.”
“I wanted to reiterate for you what I found so valuable:
“With Dorie as my coach I was able to reach my goals and stay focused. She held me accountable in areas that needed to be addressed. I was able to find and stayed centered on my own sense of values and purpose, and grow both personally and professionally with Dorie's guidance.”
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"This program has helped me to (re)discover my purpose. Your class gave me a roadmap—the Cs of Change—as a way to help me gauge the impact I'm making. You have been instrumental on this journey, primarily because it is your class materials, notes, and feedback that I STILL find myself referring to. I don't know what it was about the Change course, but it made me realize that I have the potential to be a change leader. Thanks again..."
From Members of the Northwestern University Softball Program
“After enrolling in Professor Blesoff's course, ‘Learning Organizations for Complex Environments’ we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we had already encountered many of the philosophies and practices of ‘systems thinking’ as members of the Northwestern University Varsity Softball team. Our coaching staff had been actively integrating such practices within our team dynamics. Approaching our team as a ‘complex environment’ enabled the creation of an open environment that encouraged our individuality while allowing us to be committed and dedicated to our collective purpose.
Most powerful in the ‘systems thinking’ approach to coaching was the development of our shared vision: ‘To win the national championship by creating an environment that calls forth the greatness in each of us, and as a team, as we live and learn commitment, passion, unity and Growth.’ Having this shared vision has greatly contributed to our team's continued progression and success over the last six years.
Dorie with Pat Allen, MS LOC Program on April 18, 2007
“I just wanted you to know how often I refer back to my binder from Strategic Change and to Transitions. As I once again pulled it out this morning to work on a client deck, I felt much gratitude.
“Thank you for an eye-opening experience this quarter. The beginning lessons about ‘I don’t know’ and shifting paradigms will forever shape the way I interact with people and identify myself. Lessons from this class have impacted me in ways greater than my initial expectations. I went into this class anticipating to learn how to analyze corporate complex systems, leading me closer to my career. But by the end, I was learning more about myself. I’ve become far more conscious of my words and actions in group settings. Furthermore, Senge will not stop talking to me in my head every time I make an assumption about a person or his/her ideas!! I am making myself step back to see a bigger picture. And this feeling is quite interesting because while stepping back “should” be a step forward into understanding the ‘whole’ of things, I kind of feel as if I’ve tumbled backwards into a state of not knowing what is going on. And of course, that too – not knowing – is not a bad place to be. What I’m saying, I suppose, is that I DON’T KNOW about a lot of things lately and I’m trying to make that into a good thing – an exciting start! So, thanks, Professor Blesoff. I’m in a state of delightful confusion.”
"Dorie Blesoff is truly an inspiring professor. She made her material come alive and really had a visible passion. She knew how to keep us engaged for a 3 hour long class. Her subject matter was also very interesting and was presented in a creative, comprehensible manner."
“You were so very kind to send me the music to your song ‘This Day’ so I could sing it to my son at his Bar-Mitzvah. Well, that was yesterday and we are still reeling from the day! Everyone, and I mean everyone, loved the song, not a dry eye in the house. My son was so touched that he cried as he stood with me while I sang it to him. It really conveys the true meaning of what a Bar Mitzvah is, the beginning of a journey in life. I can not thank you enough for allowing me to share your very special song with not just my son, but my friends and family. I did copy the sheet you sent me into his program book so everyone could follow along the words and also so we can have that as a warm memory. ”
“My daughter gave me your CD, Handin' Down the Love as a gift and I have enjoyed it over and over. It has become my favorite driving CD, as it has a restorative quality following a day of dealing with the consumerism of America. I have a granddaughter who has just completed fifth grade, and also a friend who has a daughter the same age. I would like for both of the girls to have a copy of the CD, as I think there are some messages in your music that would be appropriate to their ages and places in becoming young women. Having raised four daughters, I found that time spent in the car listening to music led to some meaningful conversations, and summer time is the perfect time for those trips. I also have a young friend who has completed college, and joined the work world, and I think your music would be a good source of reinforcement for the admirable values and goals she has already set for herself.”
“A friend introduced me to your music about two years ago and I have been listening to it constantly ever since. I love your poetry--I have used it (with proper attribution!) on many occasions. I am considering singing ‘Handing Down the Love’, ‘This Day’ and/or ‘The Ones Who've Gone Before Us’ for one of our Sunday garden services at church this summer. I enjoy your whole CD – the wide range of styles in both music and lyrics, witty, hypnotic, compelling. Your music has really meant a lot to me--almost every song has specific meaning in my life, and sometimes it means different things at different times. I’m always finding new nuances. It's really incredible, like you're in my skin.”
“My favorite song is Boomerang. When I listen to Dorie's music I feel good and happy inside. I have loved Dorie's music since I was a baby!”
“Your music beautifully expresses the feelings that many cannot put into words. I particularly like 'Angelina's Song'; it comes alive for me and seems ancient. My other favorites are 'The Ones Who've Gone Before Us,' 'Sins of the Parents,' and 'Promises.' Your songs are reminders to me that I am not alone in my feelings; there are universal themes that connect us all. Thank you for saying it for us.”
I was touched by Dorie's ministry in a powerful way as she led a group of United Methodist leaders in a session on "Leading Through Transition," about supporting people effectively through change. The presentation was enriched through singing of her original music, the reading of Scripture, and the invitation to share stories and dialogue with one another in small groups. A friend whispered "How refreshing to engage the right brain!" Yes, how refreshing to engage our spirits, our souls, our hearts, our minds. Dorie is a gift. She is the change she seeks in the world.Bishop Hope Morgan Ward - United Methodist Church, 2008
“Your music leadership at the August 15, 2006 Clergywomen's Luncheon was wonderful. Your presence blessed and enriched our time together and we could not have achieved the same level of celebration without your help. Thank you so much for the time, creativity and depth you provided our gathering.”
“Your voice and music make my heart sing and the community joins in! Your music speaks of life--all of it--and because she sings truth my own life is enriched. Thanks again for your gift to the clergywomen's gathering. What joy you brought to all of us.”
“As Medical Director of the comprehensive Breast Center of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, IL, my colleagues and I were interested in designing an event especially for women. We were extremely fortunate to be able to have Ms. Blesoff as the feature performer. Not only is her voice beautiful, her piano and guitar playing wonderful accompaniment, but her words are incredibly inspirational. I had many women telling me that within minutes they were brought to tears. The feelings were so powerful and at the same time provided great strength. Everyone is looking forward to next year's concert and we will reach out to bring others whom we know will thoroughly enjoy the experience.”