"Kevin and I met in Rockford, Michigan and quickly became friends and running partners. During some longer runs our conversations turned to work when not talking about music. I learned during some of these runs that Kevin was highly skilled and involved in leadership development with the company he was working for. Well, both of our situations changed; Kevin started his own consulting business (Organizational Improvement Solutions) and I took a new job in Utah. This job included building a team. I was asked to hire new staff as well as lead and develop an inherited staff. I naturally reached out to Kevin for advice on my approach, and through many conversations it was apparent that I needed help. I asked Kevin for help and to give me a bit of time to evaluate the need. Once the evaluation period was over, Kevin and I spoke several times. We agreed on an approach to the leadership development for my new team. It was very much customized to what the folks on the team needed. We focused on three main areas. First: “What is Your Culture?” This was perfect timing for a team that is still in the forming stage. Second was “Evaluating Performance Using Gilberts Grid.” Finally, we started development of my team’s mission, vision and charter documents.
Kevin did an outstanding job of connecting with everyone in the room, kept the folks interested and engaged and adjusted the timing of the training appropriately. We all walked away from the week-long training with a better sense of direction and a solid foundation to work off. Kevin built such a strong relationship and great credibility with my team that most, if not all members of the team were interested in continuing the relationship with Kevin for future leadership development. I was completely satisfied, and we accomplished our goals. I know we will run together again and I am sure we will be working together in the future!"
Sr Manager, Young Living Essential Oils
"Prior to creating our own companies, Kevin and I were associates at Gordon Food Service. While at Gordon's, Kevin led training sessions on leadership development, team building, and self-assessment. I was privileged to participate in several of his classes, all of which were excellent and meaningful.
Last fall, after strategizing with one of my Crowne Marketing clients regarding their leadership training needs, it became apparent Kevin was our best resource and the solution we needed.
Kevin's company, Organizational Improvement Solutions, was tapped to guide the client through Make Change Work For You, Help Others Make Change Work, and What Is Our Culture. Kevin did his typically fine job of training by involving the attendees and ensuring all learned actionable leadership skills.
I will continue to recommend Kevin and Organizational Improvement Solutions to my clients. May I suggest you also consider Kevin for your organizational training needs."
Mari Kroon Wielopolksi, President/Owner, Crowne Marketing, LLC
"Our company Walther Trowal LLC (www.walther-trowal.com) is a sales and distribution office of a German manufacturer, and we have a wide range of ages and talents in our office of 12 people. I needed to get our team working better together because we had such a mix of people with many different skill sets.
I met Kevin several years ago and knew he would be the perfect person to help me bring my team together. We did the DISC training on two separate afternoons with some follow up meetings with individuals a few weeks after the training had been completed. I cannot say enough about the wonderful job Kevin did working with my employees to get them to understand that we all have diverse ways of performing our jobs, and that it is important to know how each other like to work at their jobs to get the work done!
Having a meeting on a Friday afternoon right after a nice big lunch normally means people will naturally fall asleep during the meeting, but not with Kevin!! His presentation style was always very upbeat and kept everyone in the meeting engaged and listening to every point he made, and his experience in running training meetings like this along with his personal stories made everyone a believer that we need to pay attention to him because what he is talking about makes sense! He did “call out” some of my team members about their DISC profiles, and he was “spot on” with the people he was calling on. I know that the light bulb in everyone’s brains turned on after our training was done, and 4 weeks after the meetings were completed, people are still talking about how valuable the information was that Kevin presented because we now know how to work better together! The DISC training was a complete success for us, and I know it has laid the groundwork for my team to be more successful in the years ahead.
In closing, I would highly recommend Kevin and Organizational Improvement Solutions for any of your professional team building and organizational improvement need."
Ken Raby, President, Walther Trowal LLC
"Kevin was one of our guest presenters for the ATD West MI group (http://tdmidmichigan.org/westmich) in our 2017-18 program year. Kevin was a pleasure to work with -- he was super organized and responsive. I was told he was a good presenter, but I was really blown away when I saw him speak to our group of about 75 people. He was a dynamic presenter who engaged the group exceptionally well. I had several people come to me afterwards to say how much they not only enjoyed Kevin's presentation, but that they learned a lot from him as well! I would work with Kevin again any time -- and I would also seek out opportunities to hear him speak again!!"
Carla Torgerson, MEd, MBA, Spectrum Health
“Several years ago our team underwent a number of leadership changes, expanded our responsibility to include an additional country and their leader, had recently lost a couple team members and gained a couple new. Our team was in the midst of huge change, uncertainty, and we were aware the work that lay ahead to become a cohesive, successful team would be no small feat. As the new leader of this team, and still fresh to the supervisory world, I was anxious, nervous, excited.
Fortunately, we had Kevin Jurek, a member of our organization’s Human Resources Training and Development Team, to walk alongside us on our journey to a true community. Over the next few years we worked with him through a number of intense individual and team building activities and assessments provided by our organization. These opportunities brought tears, laughter, times of frustration, and moments of great clarity and bonding. Kevin provided gentle coaching during this time, and I appreciated his ability to help us navigate through these tough discussions with true professionalism and patience.
We did DiSC, High Performing Work Teams, Communication Skills Training, Relationship Building, among others. As a result of this work and Kevin's ongoing commitment to see our team succeed, we developed one of our organization's first Team Charters. It outlines what our vision and mission are, the culture of the team, rules of the house, how we expect to treat each other and be treated, and how we want to service our customers,
Recently, this phenomenal group of individuals won "Team of the Year". This is a huge accomplishment, competing with over 100 groups for this coveted title. The award is given based on performance, meeting outlined goals and displaying the organization's Cornerstone Values; integrity, war room mentality, and the philosophy of sharing, treating customer as king, just to name a few. I am proud of what they do, but more importantly, how they do it. Each member has a service mentality, communicates effectively with many groups of people, and has been dedicated to work on establishing a true community.
Kevin’s guidance, insights, and leadership through his role on the organization’s Leadership & Development Team were instrumental in our development. Our organization has many tools available, and Kevin guided us in using those tools to develop and maintain the community we've all worked so hard to establish. We’re thankful for the part Kevin played in our success.”
Erica Waara, North American Quality Assurance Manager, Gordon Food Service
"Kevin is a fabulous trainer. He is also highly relational. He will stand by one's side to insure that they understand the skills and are able to apply them. He gives his customers the best customer service I have ever seen. It has truly been an honor doing business with Kevin. I give him high recommendations in the areas of training development, training facilitation, team building, individual assessments, coaching, and many more education and training skills."
Charise Bos, Human Resource Manager, Profile Films
"My DiSC assessment and coaching session with Kevin has been extremely helpful. Not only did it provide insights into my strengths, it also gave me some valuable tools. I’ve practiced in conversations for the last few weeks and it’s amazing how picking up on someone’s personality can improve the outcome.
Tom Damouth, Owner, Levra LLC
"I have had the opportunity to participate as a fellow presenter in many of the professional development experiences Kevin has facilitated over these past few years. Kevin is highly organized before and during sessions with wonderful follow through afterwards. His passion is found in guiding people from where they are to where they need to be, and I believe his true gift is in his ability to relate to the spectrum of people. An accomplished story teller, Kevin brings the point home through his use of appropriate imagery!"
Ken Wasco, Advocate for Operator Success with Gordon Food Service
"I have had the opportunity to participate is several leadership development programs facilitated by Kevin. As a new leader, I came into the training with limited leadership experience and walked away with a variety of new skills. He presented the content and material in a manner that was easy to follow, and provided several relevant examples. I also realized that Kevin's focus on building effective relationships translated extremely well to other areas too.He has a solid reputation, does excellent work and I, along with many others, view him as an expert in the field of leadership training."
Khumbo Siwela, HR Compliance Manager, Gordon Food Service
"Kevin has been invaluable here at Gordon Food Service in the capacity of leadership development. I participated in a program that he advocated for and implemented in our organization. Under his instruction, I learned many new skills, and have grown a ton professionally. He possesses the qualities of a leader, and is well-qualified to train others. Our organization has been blessed many times over by his investment."
Kelly Kowalczyk, Marketing Communications Specialist, Gordon Food Service