Testimonials – OASIS

Oasis Process

The OASIS model has improved communication and impacted the way managers interact with their staffs and each other. Staff all over the world love it.

—Carina Stern, Staff Development and Training, United Nations

This was the best training program I have ever attended in my career (and I have attended many). The OASIS® process really works!

—Manager, GE Capital

Things here in the office have never been better professionally and interpersonally. …No doubt OASIS® brought some dearly needed refreshment to an arid group that was the unit I work in.

—Manager, United Nations

The OASIS® process is elegant, easy to understand and extremely powerful. Our senior managers and others in the organization found it extremely useful and it is rare for them to be positive.

—Judith Campbell, Director of Training, organization in Europe

You have an amazingly effective method to integrate abstract concepts with common sense and turn them into useful techniques. I really appreciate your teachings and will carry them with me for a long, long time.

—Peter Tschen, Manager, NASA

“I put the OASIS® model to work with my Director, who yells and is impossible to pin down for more than a minute. I managed to speak to him for an undisturbed HOUR! Remarkable. And the meeting was very productive.

—Manager, International organization, Vienna

Learning OASIS® made a Big impact on my work and my life—relations with colleagues, negotiations, children and ex-husband.

—Manager, Geneva

“The OASIS® process has been very powerful and made a huge impact in my work with staff, peers and clients. We have achieved challenging organizational goals using these skills.

—Elizabeth Reynolds, Senior Vice President, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

I am using OASIS® on a daily basis in the office, at home, in school and most importantly with my daughter who suffers from attention deficit disorder. …The OASIS® process has helped me in getting through to my daughter. Thank you.

—Edward Hynes, Manager, United Nations

The OASIS® approach provides a resting place to stop, reconsider and set out on the journey anew. The OASIS® acronym fits so well. It is a mini version of the great recurring epic theme from literature—retreat, reconsider and re-engage. It is immediately applicable and continuously available.

—Cathi Braasch, Executive Director, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Introducing the OASIS® process in the organization has made a big difference in creating a win/win environment. We’ve been using it in the senior management team and throughout the organization.

—Sunita Holzer, Senior Vice President, HR, GE Capital

Since our training, OASIS® has been a part of my daily work and you can be sure that it will continue to be so.

—Anchalee Charnsupharindr, Chief of Personnel, Bangkok, ESCAP

The OASIS® process is very powerful. I use it in my interactions with staff and clients all the time. I have seen transformations from staff who have learned it.

—Deb Gorman, Manager, Fox Valley Technical College

The OASIS® process allowed two of our key employees to (1) recognize their differences both in personalities and business objectives, (2) talk openly about those differences, and (3) develop strategies to work together and communicate in a positive and more effective manner. Further, I am sure the individuals will use the knowledge they gained to make them more successful in their future professional and personal lives.

—Thomas Smith, Senior Vice President, Chesapeake Corporation

I feel taller; the OASIS® model is fantastic. It has had a tremendous impact on my ability to work with differences.

—Manager, Consumers Union

Whereas before I would just immediately react, I suspended judgment and gave someone feedback and created a better working relationship.

—Manager, Allstate Insurance Company

Oasis Workshops

It was one of the best trainings I had in my life.

It was one of the best trainings I have ever had. My expectations were met. I learned tools to address things. The practical things were the most useful. I hope to apply OASIS® and give empathy.

It was a very useful training. It was a big surprise. I thought you were supposed to leave your emotions aside in the office. I realize you can’t disassociate the emotions from a person. I always jumped into assumptions. I thought they were the facts. I have more openness of mind to inquire and give empathy and zip it up. I won’t jump to solutions right away. It was very good for me. I feel more confident to have some discussions I was procrastinating.

This is the best training I have had. I learned a lot.

It is not only useful in the office, I will use OASIS® with my family. It will improve my relationships.

The training gave me a lot of useful information. It was the best one I attended in my life. It was really useful.

Being in the OASIS® workshop has been the best days of my career. I will never be the same.

Ann is the “coach’s coach”. When we need coaching, we call on her.

—Executive coach

On personal coaching - your approach helped me focus on myself as a whole person. This focus in turn brought balance into my life. The end result being better results and much more satisfaction in my business and personal life.

—executive, consulting firm

On leadership training - you made me much more aware of my impact on people both positively and negatively. My self-awareness is now much higher. I have learned how to give up some control and trust people. I believe people enjoy working with me and I get a great deal of satisfaction in seeing their professional and personal growth.

—Senior Executive, consulting firm

On team building - you helped us to learn how to trust each other and not always try to position ourselves individually. Once the territories on the team were broken down we could start growing as a team. This provided the organization with consistent leadership.

—COO, Manufacturing Company

Ann has provided me with life/work coaching for an extended period of time and through some major career and life challenges and changes. She has a unique capability – she is able to “keep me honest” with myself about what I really want and need. I especially value her ability to gently nudge but also support me in my choices.

As someone who is also a life/work coach, I can say that I have learned a lot from Ann. Besides being a true partner in the coaching process, I believe that her extensive experience as a successful consultant and as a business owner, she has a grounded, effective approach that is unique to the profession.

—Professional Coach

She bolstered my spirits when I was a corporate vice president, and later she helped ease my transition into a new area. She is everything I could ever expect to find in a coach.

—Executive

Working with Potentials and Ann Van Eron has added value to my career as well as my personal life -- prior to working with Ann, my relationships in career and my personal life were under developed. Working with Ann has helped my communication and relationship building skills so that I am functioning at higher level. The benefits have been numerous:

Increased career security and opportunity through improved relationships. Always had great delivery skills but extremely poor relationship skills. Working with Ann over the past six months has developed my relationship skills to the point where these skills are an asset.

My fiancee was ready to leave me because I was not providing the emotional connections and support to sustain and grow our relationship. Working with Ann has enabled me to be a good listener and provider of empathy so that my fiancee is aware that I am supporting her and am committed to our relationship. We are planning to get married within the next year.

—Partner of Consulting Firm

Ann has been able to coach and support me by phone over thousands of miles. She finds a way to meet with me regardless of the time zone I am in. I am a strong leader and need an equally strong coach. Ann has the ability to quietly and patiently help me see solutions. She seems to know when I need support or when I need a reminder of her OASIS® model. The last 6 years have been tumultuous for me and I don’t believe I would have successfully navigated those years without Ann’s support.

—Director, Fortune 100 company, Manufacturing Company

Potentials' real accomplishment was to open our eyes to the creativity and potential of our own employees.

—Executive Committee member, financial services company

Potentials helped us to understand our employee and constituent concerns and needs. Potentials assisted us in developing a strategy that was tailored to our needs and guided us in successful implementation.

—Senior Vice President, Fortune 50 financial service company

Potentials is the first consulting organization that actually listened to us. Their ideas were tailored to our real organization needs and not simply pulled out of a textbook.

—Gary Sullivan, Director of Corporate Communications, Swiss Re

Potentials helped us develop the relationship skills that we needed to function as a team and, importantly, the business vision that would bind us together in a shared enterprise.

—Executive Leadership Team member, Fortune 100 company

Potentials made me much more aware of my impact on people both positively and negatively. My self-awareness is now much higher. I have learned how to give up some control and trust people. I believe people enjoy working with me and get a great deal of satisfaction in seeing their professional and personal growth.

—Bob Harrington, consultant, former CFO, Wisconsin Tissue

We weren't just handed a solution; we were coached towards developing our own. The results were more effective and valuable than anyone would have guessed. A real contribution to our business success.

—Executive Committee member, Fortune 100 company

Ann Van Eron's approach to executive coaching helped me focus on myself as a whole person. This focus in turn brought balance into my life. The end result being better results and much more satisfaction in my business and personal life.

—Chief Financial Officer, multinational manufacturing company

Ann Van Eron has strengthened my cognizance of the links between personal values and professional direction. She bolstered my spirits when I was a corporate vice president, and later she helped ease my transition into another career. She is everything I could ever expect to find in a coach.

—Executive

Working with Potentials and Ann Van Eron has added value to my career as well as my personal life. Prior to working with Ann, my relationships in my career and my personal life were underdeveloped. Working with Ann has helped my communication and relationship building skills so that I am functioning at a much higher level and these skills are an asset. The benefits have been numerous including increased career opportunity.

—Executive, Accenture

I've been to a number of training courses in my career. The biggest problem is how to use the ideas in the "real world." Potentials helped me to winnow the wheat from the chaff and implement concepts that made me more successful and productive. I am a better leader and see the difference in my team.

—Director, not-for-profit organization

Before Potentials, we didn't have a real team. We had a group of cranky individuals.

—President, international manufacturing firm

Potentials helped us to learn how to trust each other and not always try to position ourselves individually. Once the territories on the team were broken down we could start growing as a team. This provided the organization with consistent leadership.

—Bob Harrington, consultant, former CFO, Wisconsin Tissue, Chesapeake Corporation

Potentials has always been very flexible in meeting our leadership and training needs. Ann Van Eron has designed and facilitated programs that are shifting the management culture of our organization worldwide to a more results-oriented, team-based, committed environment with stronger people management skills. Ann consistently delivers high quality programs that exceed expectations. We turn to her frequently for advice and new projects.

—Global Organization

I feel taller; the OASIS Model is fantastic. Tremendous impact.

—Workshop Participant

With OASIS, I am more confident that problems are resolved.

—Workshop Participant

OASIS can be applied to my family life, social life and workplace.

—Workshop Participant

I am finding that I go back to OASIS in trying to resolve anything, professionally and on a personal basis.

—Workshop Participant

In spite of my initial skepticism, I found the whole exercise of great interest and certainly very useful. The models presented were clear and the whole structure of the course well designed to keep our interest focused and to make us participate actively and learn.

—Workshop participant, manager, International organization

I strongly believe that the program has changed my daily conduct and is benefiting the organization.

—Workshop participant, manager, United Nations

Judging from the evaluations of participants, the training is a solid investment in staff. …It is making a lasting contribution to the organization's efforts to revitalize the management culture. Both the content of the course and the presentation skills were of the highest standards I have seen or experienced.

—Training Director, Austrian office of global firm

I know I am a much better person and manager now. … The course was a wonderful experience.

—Workshop participant, not-for-profit

I enjoyed the ease and equanimity with which you made the course enjoyable for the wide variety of people in the workshop. Personally, I just thought it was first rate.

—Workshop participant, Wall Street firm

I am grateful to have been a part of this program. For someone in an extremely problematic work situation, you showed me not only how to cope but how to rise above daily frustrations and actually improve conditions I had thought I was powerless to change.

—Workshop participant, global organization

I didn't want to be in the same room with my colleague. Now we are working together productively. Potentials facilitated an amazing process! Millions of dollars have been saved now that we are not duplicating processes. I have benefited personally.

—CIO, Fortune 100 company

We have gone from a situation where professionals didn't even speak to one another to a situation of collaboration and team effort.

—Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Fortune 500 company

Potentials was with us from the inception of our diversity initiatives, from framing the business case, assessing our employee needs through focus groups and a survey, developing a strategy and initiatives, implementing our plans, assessing impacts, and fine tuning. Our results with employees and customers has been dramatic. We couldn't have done It without Potentials as our partner.

—Executive Team Member, Fortune 50 financial services organization.

Ann Van Eron has been my coach...starting when I was a human resources executive, through a corporate acquisition, a career transition and startup of a new company. Throughout these changes and many challenges, Ann has helped me focus on who I really wanted to be and what I really wanted to accomplish...She helped me to see challenges as opportunities, called forth my creativity to build a new and better life and championed my increasing inner courage to tackle unprecedented projects and goals. ... I couldn't have done it without her.

—Tom Davidson, CEO, Kinesis International