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Financial Times, September 25th article; “Her change of heart came after discussions with a mentor she had met through a networking club called the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation.. “We needed the team to be made up of “A” players only. We were lucky that we had a great core team of A players but there were players who needed to go.”.. In the month after her new senior director was appointed, sales at Alison Jacques Gallery were up 50 per cent.”

“We have come a long way within the last 12 months since sitting down & doing our first “Strategy in a Day” with you and you must realize you have given us an enormous legacy, and have guided us all through some big challenges to get to where we are today, and the current journey we are on. Having just completed our first Strategy Session on our own, I want to thank you personally for the amount of time & effort you put into helping me and challenging me to think outside the box and to ensure everyone fully understood what my requirements are to take the warehouse forward and you gave me lots of additional tips. You wanted us to ‘knock Chele’s socks off’ and to be honest I think he was totally blown away at the standard of all the presentations and it showed through how much time & effort had gone into the preparation work of all the presentations. But you know it seemed really odd you not being with us on Wednesday, but I’m sure if you had of been, you really would have been proud of us all, so a big pat on the back for you JC.” >> Debra Hutchings – Manchester, UK (Director @ Quayside Clothing Ltd)

“We found working with JC helped us become far more cohesive and focused than ever before. We learnt valuable lessons about rhythm, openness and the power of collective intelligence, all of which have become part of our DNA” >> Harry Lyon-Smith – London, UK (CEO Illustration)

“Who would think that one man could single handily execute a strategy in a day and create results companies wouldn’t dream of creating in a month. I’ve witnessed JC facilitate numerous strategy sessions all over the world from Russia, Netherlands, Morocco to Germany in some of the most challenging environments. JC has worked with participants who can barely speak English, clients who change their minds at last minute rearranging an entire schedule and teams which are about to fall apart. By the end of the day, JC skilfully orchestrates the session to a close achieving alignment, enthusiasm and excitement never seen by the leaders within the organization with actionable tasks and concrete milestones. JC’s sessions are fun, engaging and extremely rewarding. I’d highly recommend him to any organization or team!” >> Maria Sipka – Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain (Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at Linqia)

“JC is a trainer by passion. He is not one of those cheesy sales-type trainers, he trains you with deep commitment. You feel it is coming from his heart. His passion and his honesty combined with his great experience and his professional skills make a workshop with him a professional success and a rewarding personal experience. I have truly profited from his workshops, where he even managed to align 10 A-type entrepreneurs used to being the single leader all wanting to go into different directions. He made us agree on one clear strategy and next steps within the short time of a 2 hour workshop session.” >> Oliver Beste – Berlin, Germany (Chapter President Germany, Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Managing Director & Founders Link)

“I experienced JC’s professional expertise while he was an Area Director of EO Europe & Africa and the interim COO of Linqia. He is a great strategy coach & one of the best work-shop facilitators that I have ever experienced. He also is an expert in the Rockefeller Habits. Through his senior management know how in large MNCs, JC adds value for any company that needs to implement corporate processes and structures.” >> Chistopher Pommerening – Barcelon, Spain (Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Active Venture Partners)

I’ve worked with JC Duarte in several different strategy sessions. He is sharp, authentic and passionate. I have been impressed not only by his ability to keep teams focused, on track and productive but also by his depth of distinctions and his uncanny ability to see through and cut to the core of any obstacles and or possibilities that present themselves in the group dynamic. His “strategy in a day” technology turbo charges teams to be aligned in their vision, committed to each other and their common goals and most importantly at stake and ready to take action. As a Public Speaker, Entrepreneur and Life Coach I appreciate JC’s skills and talents on multiple levels. I highly recommend him as a facilitator and I personally plan to use his unique services in the future. >> Steven Caron – St. Petersburg, Russia (Entrepreneur)

“JC performance at our Entrepreneurs’ Organization Strategy Meeting in Lisbon was outstanding. Although I was afraid of “spending” one entire day on it (and time means money), this day spent with JC was worth every second!” >> Luis Domingues – Porto, Portugal (CEO and Owner at Prodigentia)

“JC (João) led a full day of our Entrepreneurs’ Organization Presidents Meeting in Berlin. He was great at it. You have to know that we are all founders of companies all around Europe, so with different cultures, personalities and habits… During this day we achieved to set our annual strategy. So if you consider hiring JC (João) for any consulting or strategic meeting, don’t hesitate!!!” >> Arnaud Grobet – Geneva, Switzerland (Entrepreneur- The Label Group)

“JC is an inspiring team leader who has the unique capability of bringing people together to achieve individual and global goals of an organization. He empowers his teams and when he is on the job “things get done”. No foreigner to adversity, he has stood up to the challenges presented and surpassed these in achieving very aggressive objectives. As part of the management team, I could always count on JC’s selfless contribution toward the greater good of the overall organization.” >> Celestino Setien – London, England (Reuters Managing Director Italy & Iberia)

“Once JC & his team took over our operations, the customer complaints stopped, costs started coming down, revenues and quality started reaching all times highs, and within 6 months we reached profitability! JC and his unique common sense approach, aligned individuals from different departments toward a common corporate goal! JC brought to our organization insights and skills we didn’t have before using his services.” >> Antonio Ventura – Lisbon, Portugal (Hewlett Packard Iberian Business Manager)

“JC is a visionary who thinks “outside of the box” and then follows through his strategic vision with effective team engagement. JC easily comprehends the global requirements of an organization, to then effect change in his area of responsibility which is conducive to the overall goals and objectives of the company. JC is a motivational team builder with a phenomenal understanding of interpersonal dynamics. The passion with which he executes allows him to surpass the challenges encountered, whilst maintaining unity & alignment amongst his team.” >> John Alcantara – London, England (Reuters Global Head of Service Operations)

“Only recently having met JC, I warmed to his very passionate nature immediately. His words and experience are comforting and his insight is balanced. JC has helped me only through the initial steps of the Dream Coach® process so far, but already I have noted improvements in my life and my outlook. His techniques help me stay focused and on-track, and he inspires me to most value my own personal integrity.” >> Stefanie Wagner – Hamburg, Germany (Hired JC as Dream Coach®)

“I have participated in many meetings where many things were discussed, but what I enjoyed about JC’s facilitation was his ability to bring the discussions to a concrete conclusion and address respective action steps moving forward. His facilitation exercises also kept me fully engaged and I felt that my contribution and voice was important and heard. Lastly the values exercise makes my strategic decision making process much easier and I was inspired by his ability to push me to dreaming again.” >> Vaclav Nemecek (GTS on-line coordinator – Prague, Czech Republic)

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