"Kim has approached her work with me with a professionalism akin to that which I was familiar as an intelligence officer. Kim's thoroughness, creativity and diligence in guiding me, supporting me and, when need be, giving me a gentle push have been crucial to my ability to develop and grow a new career. Beyond that, her wise counsel, sound judgement and friendship are of immense value to me and have helped set me on a course towards success on my post-government life."
Mark E. Kelton - Former Deputy Director for Counterintelligence, CIA National Clandestine Service
“Getting talent management right is an imperative to succeed in the marketplace today. Kim Janson is an accomplished professional with an impressive track record of helping companies deliver practical, high impact talent management programs and processes. In Demystifying Talent Management, she shares her insights and experiences. I recommend this book as a great resource to anyone looking to improve their talent management efforts.”
Kevin Wilde, Chief Learning Officer General Mills Executive Leadership Fellow, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
“Kim is by far the best executive coach and talent partner with whom I have worked. She has helped transform our senior management team from a team of leaders into a leadership team with high trust and collaboration at its foundation. On an individual level, through my work with Kim, I am not only a better professional leader, I am a better spouse, parent, and human being. My only regret is not finding her earlier in my career.”
Jennifer Johnson - CHRO
Kim emphasize someone's strengths rather than compensate for weaknesses causing people to accelerate their effectiveness. She also worked incrementally, so I felt more powerful and successful over time."
David Bailin - Chief Investment Office and Managing Director, Citi Private Bank
“Kim is a brilliant sparring partner. Sharp, to the point, direct, honest. With her reflections and feedback, she supported my personal development and the development of my team. Her view truly matters to me.”
Jan Kruise, MD Europe in the World’s Largest Dairy Organization Royal Friesland Campina
"Kim is absolutely great -- she is insightful, focused and action-oriented in the leadership she provided, both for individual development as well as strengthening our broader team. I would work with her again in a heartbeat."
Cary Grace, Chair of the Board, The Chicago Network
“Kim has proven to be an invaluable partner in identifying organizational, team and process dynamics that were impacting our true capability. Her engaging and probing style are a key to helping teams unlock the potential within. She was instrumental in improving our corporate communications, our HR processes, solidifying our brand and mapping out our future. She will be a valued partner at whatever company I am with in our industry.”
Kurt Berman, Chairman and CEO AEC Portfolio
"Kim book is fantastic! Kim’s thought leadership, expertise and extensive experience are reflected in the content of this book. She takes complex talent management concepts and makes them understandable and easy to execute. If you are a leader and follow Kim’s advice, you’ll build the talent required to fuel growth."
Jim Shaley, President, The Shanley Group, Former Head of Leadership Development and Staffing at Bank of America
“Insightful, versatile and compelling, Kim is unique in her ability to create impact on --and transform-- the leaders she works with. She belongs in fact to a rare category of coaches, since she truly is a "leader of leaders" -- as recognized by her own clients. Kim's ability to work on a breadth of leadership topics, in a diversity of settings, is unparalleled.”
Camilo Garcia – VP, HR Global Executive Partner, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“Through her superior strategic thinking and deep level problem solving Dr. Kim Janson vastly improved our company in every single area. We would not have been able to achieve our successful exponential growth without her guidance and direction. On a personal level, Kim helped me understand blind spots and provided the highest quality of leadership coaching I have ever experienced. I have enthusiastically recommended her to other senior executives to help make their firms and selves the very best they can be.”
Roger Snell - Chief Investment Officer – Veritas Investments
"Kim is the best person I worked with in executive development and coaching. She is able to use 'situational skills' in every aspect of coaching. She assesses the situation through both data collection as well as her own 'psychological' observations. On the latter, she has unique skills to read people in a very short period of time. She reads in perfection things like body language, eye language, presentation skills, etc. Kim has the unique combination of being able to train and develop/coach larger groups/teams as well as doing individual executive coaching in a very personalized way."
Roel van Neerbos, CEO DIY
“Kim’s experience, can-do attitude and accessibility were an absolute game changer for my company. After supporting the company as an executive coach, Kim’s role soon expanded to support multiple organizations within my firm to include HR and Sales. Not only did Kim drive much needed change across our firms Culture, she played an integral part in establishing an effective communications strategy and redefining the way we thought about Talent Management. Kim’s ability to think strategically as well as create tactical execution plans for success are immensely beneficial and I highly recommend Janson Associates to anyone looking to drive cultural change across their organization.”
David Page - CEO Swift International
“Kim is a very talented, very global executive who has been developing people around the world for the last 20 years. Her ability to simplify and her courage to communicate on any topic make her a great partner. This book opens the vault to Kim’s insight.”
Syd Finklestein - Prof of Strategy & Leadership -Tuck School of Business, author Why Smart Executives Fail.
“Kim is a delight to work with, she is a leader able to rapidly grasp underlying issues, identify real opportunities and do so with insight and a value creation focus. Kim’s contribution spans the layers of an organization, from the most senior leader to the newly emerging manager, from board room interventions to personal leadership journeys. Incisive, empathetic and above all a skilled and experienced professional with a proven track record of delivery. Kim is a wealth of knowledge, she collaborates and leads with the same degree of passion and I would partner with her and her colleagues in a heartbeat. For those that seek real, pragmatic and deliverable outcomes backed with the very best organizational development insights you have found the right partner.”
Bryce Dyer - Chief People Officer, Glen Dimplex Consumer Applicance Europe
"Kim’s talent really brings you to the next level. She is the best coach I have ever had, helping me to challenge myself and simply be Better. Kim is very smart, with a strong experience, and the right mindset. And this is exactly what we are looking for ourselves and our teams! “
Jacques Pradels, Vice President Food Services International, Kraft Heinz Company
“Having worked closely with Kim at Hasbro, especially in building the Tuck Executive Leadership Program with her, she remains my top choice as a leadership development partner. Her book does a great job of taking the often confusing genre of managing or developing people and distilling the key ideas that if you use them will help make you a powerful leader.”
Alan Hassenfeld Chairman, Executive Committee, Hasbro, Inc.
“Put simply, if you are serious about your personal development and want to work with an elite executive coach to accelerate and optimize your growth, you can do no better than selecting Kim. Kim’s approach is insightful, tailored, specific, and direct. She knows how to get the most out of each person with whom she works. And she makes some of the most difficult learnings palatable, practical, and actionable. She has held up a mirror to my areas of opportunity and missteps and has shown me how to be better next time…in a way that makes me want to succeed. No excuses. I am grateful for everything she has taught me, and I know that I would not be where I am…and continuing to improve at the rate I am…without her good humor, her tenacity, and her incisive analysis.”
Lisa Cohn – General Counsel, EVP Aimco
“I’ve seen Kim impact two different organizations in such positive and meaningful ways. Some of Kim’s greatest strengths include her ability to provide valuable insights across a wide range of activities, provide honest and actionable feedback, and build trust. When working with individuals as an executive coach, she effectively gained insights on how to help not only the individual, but the organization, improve. She helped me become a better leader and peer, and remains an amazing thought partner for me. She is invested in making organizations not just better, but world class. Her wide range of experience allows her to communicate and work effectively with Boards, CEOs, and other levels of management on a wide range of organizational assignments.”
Ernie Freedman – CFO - Invitation Homes
"As a co-worker and now client, Kim has been powerful in helping me drive the talent agenda in my companies. I’m excited to have deep knowledge captured in book form to be able to more widely and more quickly accelerate this knowledge in my company."
Sonja Narcisse, CEO, Ardaso, LLC
"I have had the opportunity to work for and with Kim at a variety of organizations. She's extremely intelligent and a talented development professional and leverages that in multiple ways to truly help business leaders across global organizations. She builds collaborative relationships across the board and was instrumental in leading the strategy and implementation efforts for global OD programs."
Jacqueline Boucher, Director, Fidelity Investments
"Kim Janson takes the complex subjects of talent management and development and makes them simple, insightful, and replicable in Demystifying Talent Management. This book is a valuable resource for those that want to excel in managing and developing people."
Bill Johnson, Retired Chairman, CEO, and President of HJ Heinz Company
"Kim is one of the most talented leadership development professionals I have ever met. At Heinz, she developed both the strategy to build our pipeline of world-class leaders as well as every component of the roadmap. She is smart, very good at assessing talent and willing to roll her sleeves up to design and execute critical processes and programs. She is an outstanding designer and an even better facilitator. Through and through, Kim is the real deal."
Steve Clark, CHRO, Lear Corporation
“Kim is the business partner everyone dreams about. She understands how organizations work and uses her vision to set a roadmap to accomplish bottom line goals. Above all, she cares about the impact of decisions on behalf of her client as well as the people she interacts with on projects and teams. Her experience speaks volumes about her exemplary talents, abilities and expertise. Partnering with Kim on various talent, diversity and change management assignments has translated into success, optimal performance and future potential on a number of levels."
Dani Monroe, Chief Diversity Officer, Mass General Brigham
"Over the last nearly 20 years of working with organizations of all sizes and industries, I have never been more impressed with an approach to talent management as I have been with the systems that Kim Janson has installed. Practical, insightful, simple and yet immensely effective; Kimberly's designs and her leadership have benefitted all levels of the organization. She is an impressive professional and I am so glad she has shared her work so others can experience her models."
Dave Mitchell, Founder/President, the Leadership Difference, Inc.
“Kim is an impactful adviser and business partner. She brings a depth of experience and knowledge to her clients. But, most notably, she is uniquely able to understand individuals and organizations. She is perceptive, insightful, and both pragmatic and creative. With her wealth of experience and her understanding of both the individual parts as well as the whole of an organization, she is able to identify and create meaningful changes that help individuals, teams and companies rise to the next level.”
Paul Niewiadomski - Partner at Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski
"Kim is a tremendous coach with a selfless and courageous approach. Her sole interest is in helping others to truly optimize their potential. She has a unique and very powerful ability to hold a real mirror to an individual and groups, to help them really understand how to excel and then progress rapidly with tangible action plans. As importantly the process doesn't stop there, Kim's follow up and ongoing coaching is of the highest order ensuring that real talent gets unleashed."
Dave Woodward, Former Executive Vice President
"Kim is one of the brightest and most intuitive leaders around understanding talent that I have ever worked with. Not only is Kim smart on the 'what and how' but she is also an extremely strong facilitator if you are lucky enough to get her. On top of all this, she is a talented coach. These things set Kim apart from the rest."
Darcie Zeliesko, VP, Talent Management, Michael Baker International
"Kim’s equine program is powerful… Many people are realizing that horses offer a new path to learning leadership that overcomes fear with learning. And because of the high emotions of fear it locks in a meeting visceral learning leading to transformations that no one forgets."
Louise Korver, Advisor, AdvisoryCloud
"Working with Kim is game changing. She applies laser focus to determine the dynamics of a situation and quickly diagnoses how to address things. A book from Kim on managing and developing people is a powerful read because she applies these skills, adds her direct style and in the end you have a very clear, compelling how-to manual."
Ron Garrow, Executive VP, Chief Human Resources Officer, PPD
“Demystifying Talent Management” is a must read for all leaders. Kim Janson provides a wealth of practical tips for aligning talent to the right roles and insightful, how to strategies for managing and developing talent to help achieve greater business success!”
Richard Chang, CEO, Richard Chang Associates, Inc. and Author of the Passion Plan and Performance Scorecards
"In her frank and straightforward manner, Kim shares the “inside scoop” of what it takes to be successful as a leader and as an employee. This book provides a clear roadmap of how talent management really works. The tools, quick assessments and reflection questions throughout the book combined with examples, specific instructions and stellar advice make this a book you will reference throughout your career. This book is a must read for anyone looking to attain superior business results."
Susanne Glaser, Director, Executive Coaching and Community Standards Liaison Executive Education Harvard Business School
“Kim is a very insightful and effective coach for senior business leaders. She helped me to see myself more clearly & objectively, to embrace my strengths and weaknesses, and to step out of my comfort zone. Kim drew on a variety of tools in assessment, combined with her incredible talent for understanding peoples wiring. She brings a powerful combination of talent, personal warmth, breathtaking directness, and commitment to making a difference.”
Matt Hill, Zone President Europe, CPG Company
"In launching my own investment banking and strategic advisory practice after 30 years as a Partner/Senior Executive with high profile financial institutions, I looked to Kim Janson as a true consigliere and guiding force in establishing best practices for both senior and junior personnel hires, in providing judgment about client and transaction selection, and in setting out comprehensive corporate policies to provide a solid foundation for the growth of the business for the years to come. Her tireless energy and passion for my company and dedication to 'getting it right' were unique qualities that are not easily replicated in this industry."
Lisbeth R. Barron, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Barron International
“When Kim Janson approached me to help her find a publisher in 2014 for a book idea she had, I put her through the usual hoops of developing a professional and provocative book proposal, and then waiting patiently for publishers to respond. This standard process ultimately resulted in Maven House Press publishing "Demystifying Talent Management" and thereby establishing her as a bona fide book author and thought leader. Throughout the many months that this process typically takes, Kim was inventive, collaborative, flexible, respectful, personable ... I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Kim is quite simply The Best to work with, on ANY project I would imagine, which explains why I am currently working with her again, this time on her second book as we jointly and joyfully search out a publisher for her newest book idea focused on outstanding leadership. So I will repeat: Kim is The Best. Nobody does it better."
Ken Lizotte - CEO – Emerson Consulting Publishing Group
"I have had the opportunity to work as HR Business Partner for outstanding Leaders in very successful multinational Company. The scheme that my good friend Kimberly Janson has created to summarize the activities related to managing and developing people is impressive: clear, simple and effective. That is what Demystifying Talent Management is about: helping people unleashing their potential to achieve peak performance. I recommend it to HR Managers who are looking for a simple way to explain to their Business Partner how all the different HR activities work together, I recommend it to Senior Managers who want to understand the total picture of the people related system, I recommend it to people who want to learn either how they can be more successful or how they can better motivate their people."
Valentino D'Antonio, Former HR Director Heinz Italy
“I’ve been working with Kim as my executive coach for the past three years and she has been instrumental in my growth as a leader and President of a global company. We all need someone to help us uncover our blind spots and make us think deeply about the impact we have on our organization and people – Kim does exactly this and isn’t afraid to be firm with me if I don’t get it! She challenges me to think about how to address complex problems from perspectives I wouldn’t previously consider. Most importantly, she has taught me the concept of having head, heart, and guts (not just one or two) to have the highest impact as a leader. The best athletes have coaches, it only makes sense for leaders to have strong coaches as well and Kim has played that role so well for me over the last three years.”
Jyoti Gupta – CEO – Volk Optical
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