Linda A. Banks, DVM
Hospital Director, Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, Monroe Veterinary Associates
I must admit, I was skeptical about the whole coaching process when I first considered calling John Engels; I’d been leading teams in some form or fashion since I was little, be it organizing a game at the playground as a child or being a hospital director and partner in a successful multi-practice veterinary hospital organization. I knew how to lead, and didn’t think I really needed this. I finally met with John, and within the first 20 minutes, I was so intrigued that I asked to participate in the Advanced Leadership Course. Over the following nine classes, I learned more about me than I had in my previous 50 years being on this earth. He and Stan challenge you to dig deep, past the superficial, past the easy, past the comfortable, past the initial beliefs we have about ourselves, and others. In learning more about myself, where all my “stuff” originates from, and how to effectively hold others accountable for themselves, I’m better able to responsibly lead my team, be a much stronger communicator with friends and family, and be a more effective resource for others. This course was definitely worth the time invested.