“Relationships … come alive where there is an appreciative question, when there is a deliberate search for the good and the best in one another…”
David Cooperrider, Foreword to Barrett & Fry,
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach To Building Cooperative Capacity

What Our Clients Say

In a letter to David client Keith Molin says,

… at the conclusion of each series you invited the attendees to evaluate their experience. It is interesting to note the common themes that surfaced in the evaluations of each group.

When asked about the most important thing they learned – or rediscovered – about themselves and/or their colleagues, the observations of both groups included a preponderance of references to:

…I learned there is a difference between ‘responding’ and ‘reacting.’ I need to respond more than I do.

…I learned I need to realize I have colleagues who see things differently than I do – and see different things than I do – and we need each other to be a successful team.

…I learned I need to be as sensitive to the feelings of others as I expect them to be to mine.

When asked about the most important contribution the workshop experiences offered, again there was a common theme from the two (2) groups:

…the “power of the Positive No.”
(Note: it is fascinating, and satisfying, how often I hear open reference to the “Positive No” in the course of our every day work.)

… an admitted awareness of “how I think and work with others”

… an acknowledgment that relationships are things “at which one needs to work – because I need them to do my work.”

There was also the comment that “Team work can be fun!” I find that one to have a special personal meaning for me because over the period of time you and I have worked together in this undertaking I think we have become a ‘team.’ Your openness to suggestions; your sensitivity to the unique nature of the work this Authority is called upon to do; your respect for the needed confidentiality of background information shared with you because it was necessary to meet our joint objectives offers hard evidence that “team work can be fun.”

Given the outcomes of our efforts already in evidence here at MSHDA, done correctly, team work can also be successful.

Clearly the current and future leaders of this organization have benefited from your leadership and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that has been mine to work with you.

Warmly,
Keith Molin
Executive Director Michigan State
Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

Other clients made these comments:

David Snider's training for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan proved that pre-workshop collaboration is essential.  He worked tirelessly in pre-meetings to accurately assess needs of trainees, to fine-tune his presentation and ensure that he exceeded our expectations.

“David is a very savvy and persuasive presenter.  His workshops are both interesting and informative.  People both learn more about themselves and find better ways to work together with their co-workers, peers, friends and family.

“After the workshop, participants were abuzz with energy and sharing experiences.  Several friendships blossomed from people who discovered newfound commonalities after David's workshops.

“And ultimately, the director of our department specifically requested David for additional business in our corporation, working with additional units.  She was a very business-oriented, dollars and sense kind of executive and for her to so strongly personally recommend David, speaks volumes to his skills and talent.  I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Dudley Pierson
former manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan;
now with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hawaii

As my business and personal coach, David helps me articulate my dreams. He seeks the best in me and my business practices through his “appreciative” probing, and he holds me accountable to perform against my goals.  He has helped me to appreciate my successes and encourages me to seize more of them.  In that, he’s become a true friend.

Renée Ahee
President
Ahee Communications, Inc.

Partial List of Clients Who Have Worked with David Snider

David Snider has worked with many different people and non-profit and for profit organizations. Here is a partial list of those for whom David has produced results.

Businesses

  • Ahee Communications
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Comerica Bank
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Michigan National Bank
  • National Australia Bank Group
  • UAW-Ford Career Development Facilitator Training Program

Community Organizations

  • Coalition for Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • MCREST – Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team, MCREST, Turning Point and MATS
  • Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council
  • New Center Community Mental Health Services
  • Planned Parenthood League, Inc., Detroit
  • Pontiac Urban League
  • WARM Training Center

Educational Organizations

  • Avondale High School
  • Marygrove College
  • Mercy High School
  • Oakland Schools
  • Steppingstone School for Gifted Education
  • University of Michigan Special Programs and Residential Education

Government

  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

Religious Organizations

  • Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance Building Bridges
  • Michigan Episcopal Training Network
  • National Council of Churches
  • Presbytery of Detroit
  • United Church of Christ Church In Society Committee

Youth Education

  • National Conference for Community and Justice
  • Youth On Edge Of Greatness
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