We hired Ilona to guide the leadership of our rapidly growing consulting practice. We desperately needed guidance as our business and staff scaled to new heights, our clients demanded more attention, and competitors quickly imitated our great ideas.
Ilona helped to develop structure, create a manageable path forward, and allowed us to remain in control of our destiny. It was an absolute blast and we thank you Ilona!
~Michael Euripides, Director of Business Strategy Impact Makers
Excerpt from Human Capital Management:
What Really Works in Government – Chapter 1
This chapter describes how new leadership at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Transportation (DOT-OIG) achieved transformational change.
Ilona was my executive coach. Ilona’s approach to developing my leadership skills involved an in-depth study of me as an individual. She helped me develop an action plan to develop leadership by addressing specific areas (e.g., communication) and by improving my own well being. Completing the plan prepared me for assuming the role of a senior executive leader. In addition, my most recent 360° assessment has demonstrated an improvement in all my leadership competencies. During the coaching process, I was extremely impressed by her ability to identify areas of concern and relevant research (including self-help guides), and to use that research to customize a plan for me. That plan resulted in immediate as well as long-term improvements as a leader and person. I recommend her to anyone who strives to be a better leader and team player, and to organizations who are committed to strengthening their leadership teams.
~Senior Executive Federal agency
Most recently, I had the privilege of working with Ilona on an organizational development and culture-building program for a new federal agency. Ilona brings a passion for individual growth and organizational development to everything she does. She is brilliant at helping clients to see the path ahead and anticipating and removing potential obstacles. She’s an excellent group facilitator and participants in her programs leave with rave reviews.
~Deanna Banks Independent human capital consultant
I had the opportunity to work with Ilona and found her to be professional and an excellent coach. Ilona is able to listen, comprehend, and provide clear feedback. Her experiences bring sound recommendations and she is very helpful in finding the right paths for her clients and their staff. I would recommend Ilona.
~John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Ilona is an experienced OD consultant and trainer. She has deep knowledge of leadership attributes and their development. Great curriculum development and platform skills. She is also skilled in executive assessment, coaching, and development.
~Hank Goodstein, Principal The Goodstein Group, LLC
Ilona has been my executive coach for the past three years. My agency hired The Wynhurst Group to assist supervisors and managers with leadership development. I had the pleasure of meeting Ilona after my 360° review was complete. She helped me identify areas for professional development and helped me grow to be a successful manager and leader within my agency. She continually provided advice, feedback, and above all encouragement and support. She not only helped me with enhancing my leadership abilities, but also was very helpful with stress management and work/family balance. Our professional relationship has grown into a friendship and I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with such a highly professional and knowledgeable coach/mentor.
~Special Agent-in-Charge Federal Agency
I had the privilege of working with Ilona to plan and co-facilitate a series of technology-enabled opinion gathering sessions a part of a major engagement with a regulatory agency. I was struck right away by her open-mindedness and mental agility. Ilona has great insight and ability to see connections and deep implications that enable her to ask awesome probing questions that advance the discussion significantly. I am pleased to recommend her.
~Pat Esslinger Group/meeting facilitator
Ilona has provided executive coaching in my organization for several years and has been my coach for the last two. Shortly after being promoted to mid-level management and completing a self-assessment tool, which included input from my boss, staff, and peers, Ilona helped me identify areas for professional and ultimately personal development. She has helped lead me on to the path to being a successful manager and leader within my organization. Her candid advice, willingness to share, and — most important — encouragement and support have had a tremendous impact on my development as a leader. She consistently used creative techniques to diagnose root causes of problems, gave hard-hitting advice, and coaching on fixes needed to help alleviate the problems. Ilona always kept current with the most relevant research and leadership coach gurus and used that research to customize techniques and strategies for my development. I recommend Ilona to any organization looking to improve and strengthen its leadership ranks.
~Program Director Federal Agency
Ilona is a great leadership consultant. She is very personable and works well with people at all levels in organizations. She makes people feel at ease when discussing their business challenges, creating an environment conducive to solving problems creatively. Ilona has an exceptional work ethic and produces high-quality deliverables that drive results for her clients.
~Beth McDonald, Owner The Wheelhouse Group
Entering our 25th year in business, during which time we had witnessed tremendous growth, we turned to The Wynhurst Group for help in our effort to ensure that our senior management team was operating as effectively together as we could. The Wynhurst Group helped us to determine the best approach for gathering the essential feedback to inform us on how we were perceived as leaders within the company, both individually and as a team. They then set us on a course for working collectively to improve our areas of relative weakness while leveraging our many strengths. Throughout this process, The Wynhurst Group has been very insightful, realistic, and reassuring. With their help we have been able to face the occasionally sobering reality of perceptions while recognizing that we can in fact be successful in making some needed changes and be all the better for it.
~Craig Hughes, Managing Director for Financial Services Consulting CC Pace, Inc.