Bette’s “Engage and Lead through Emotional Intelligence” Series for Managers was well-organized, clear and extremely relevant to the work we do. Bette is able to connect with everyone. She uses humor very effectively and participant comments and questions to illustrate and emphasize the key points in her presentation. Her warm manner, and her judicious use of relevant examples from her own life, encourages participation by those who might normally be reluctant to speak up.
I believe that we have all benefited from the workshops (community health care is a stressful area and tests everyone’s emotional intelligence daily) as well as the excellent group interaction (as some of our managers do not regularly interact with others).
We have really enjoyed working with her and intend to continue to do so.
Bob Dempkowski, Deputy Director
Lynn Community Health Center
Bette has a knack for helping others to develop powerful insights for improving interpersonal effectiveness. Her empowering approach involves capitalizing on natural strengths. This clarity has certainly contributed to my self-awareness, my teamwork success and my organizational effectiveness.
Daniel Behr, MBA
Business and Technology Development Professional
Your wise words really rang true with me and have had real impact. You acknowledged who I am and my natural character whilst pointing towards opportunities to absorb and develop that were not natural for me and quite a bit outside my comfort zone. As a strong extrovert I have become a more observant and patient listener. As a result of my increased self-awareness and self-management I am now a more collaborative and empathetic team player and understand other’s perspectives with a greater ability to compromise. This has also had a positive effect on my personal life.
Although hard undoing years of habit, I feel I have made great progress and am excited by the possibilities of what is to come! Thank you, Bette.
Ban Ibrahim, AVP Human Resources
Bette created an interactive leadership retreat “Leadership and Your Enneagram Type” that truly fulfilled the specific needs and requirements of our leadership group. She partnered closely with one of our members to design something that would fit us well.
Bette is part treasure trove of knowledge. She has steeped herself in so much learning and training. She is part magician…casting a spell over the group that allowed people to play, laugh, interact, barely realizing the level of learning and connecting with one another. She is able to seamlessly shift to fit what is being called for in any given moment.
We hired Bette because on paper she seemed qualified in a variety of areas and came across as both confident and able to dance with us. We fell in love with Bette because of her huge heart, wonderful capabilities, delightful presence, and willingness to re-create, co-create, and partner with us all.
The Buff, Leadership Tribe
You have a unique combination of fierce love and warmth, a great sense of humor and sharp intuition. You don't let anything slip past you. I always felt like you were listening very carefully, which made me feel heard and understood. I felt cared for, while at the same time, made accountable for getting things done.
Through our coaching, I created a well-thought out workshop that was very well received and was able to clearly define my ideal client. I got more clarity on my personal story, really finding my voice for launching my new business. The coaching was ‘just right’ for what I needed. Thanks, Bette, for your wonderful affirmations and your fabulous coaching.
Professional Life and Dating Coach
From our very first session you helped me organize my thoughts, to gain confidence and knowledge about myself, my gifts and my talents. You helped me conceptualize what I wanted for my business and how to communicate that with clarity and authenticity. You always encouraged me, helped me celebrate my small successes and more then anything else I am so grateful to you for listening to my needs and not trying to impose your ideas. In addition, you helped me make some very valuable professional connections. Thank you!
Core Pilates Trainer
Bette has a soft and gentle nature, but she is strong and powerful coach. She was able to get me to articulate things that I only thought about ... and to act on things I spent too much time just talking about. I learned to “walk my talk”, say no and brought my business into the 21st century. Now I am in action, shifting my business focus and writing the next chapter of my life. I am so grateful and pleased to be moving forward.
A double thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Joan Buchbinder M.S.
Being in a coaching relationship with Bette is like having an angel on your shoulder. She holds your focus clearly on the things you REALLY want for yourself in life! As a result I have stepped FULLY into my life for the first time at 44! My world has completely expanded as I have gone back to school, sold off a business I had outgrown and started a new business.
Bette Hoffman has designed and delivered a year long leadership development program that really got us thinking about our impact as leaders. With the focus on both skill development and emotional intelligence competencies we learned a lot about ourselves on multiple important levels. Over the course of the year we became more aware of who we wanted to be as leaders and grew into our strengths. The experience and learning continues to resonate with me well over a year after the end of the program.
Regina Young, Manager
Working with Bette is a true partnership. Her respect for and knowledge of our workforce, its strengths and vulnerabilities is an asset – it’s like she is part of the family. Bette offers clearheaded and unbiased assessments of what is needed to move us ahead to meet our goals - she helps us reach for our best.
Her gentle guidance and direction in leadership coaching and teamwork training is very well received by a staff that needs to know someone sees their potential and challenges them to step up at work. We are so very fortunate to have her expertise to help us to meet our organization’s goals – in a resource stressed public human services environment.
Carolyn S. Ingles, Director of Staff Development and Training
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
As a facilitator and coach for our Young Adult groups at the Arthritis Foundation, Bette can be counted on to design and deliver a creative, thoughtful, and engaging program that clearly targets the goals we have set. Her facilitation style invites full participation, her superb listening skills and empathetic follow-up encourage participants to express deep feelings and help one another. Her program evaluations from participants are consistently of the highest ranking. She is also a delight to work with. Bette is a consummate professional.
Judith Levine, Senior Vice President for Health Education
Arthritis Foundation, MA Chapter
Bette has a gift for creating impactful, experiential training where people learn important lessons about how they operate, engage with and lead others. Concepts are made very accessible and immediately applicable for work and beyond.
She consistently provides the highest value and creates a space where learning and fun merge and where people stretch and get motivated to bring the very best of themselves to work.
Bruce Cedar, PhD, President