Client Testimonials

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BP10

Jeff Hover, Senior Executive at PiSA Ventures

Focus: Executive Teams, Departmental Teams, Meshing between All Teams

Services: BP10 + Pretotyping + Team Maturity Framework

“We were fortunate to collaborate with Margaret and Cultural Strategies as we embarked on the launch of several product lines for our medical device company, Hometa. Her unique perspective and confident, interactive approach to team building led to substantial growth and understanding of our team’s dynamics which fueled engagement at all levels. Margaret’s keen ability to an atmosphere that establishes psychological safety so that even the most reluctant team member can engage in dialogue and frank discussion is outstanding and led to some eye-opening realizations about the stages of team performance. Her thorough knowledge of the 34 individual Gallup strengths coupled with her mastery of the Gallup Builder’s program created a strong foundation for our organization where all of us couldn’t wait to apply our role as either Rainmaker, Conductor or Expert. If you are not familiar with these roles or believe that they are represented by your org chart – you have much to learn and need Cultural Strategies to help you understand how leadership can arise at all levels in your organization!

Whether your company faces a challenging goal, is struggling through “team storming”, or celebrating exceptional performance and victory, the value that your organization will gain from collaborating with Margaret and Cultural Strategies is exceptional.”

Sue Marshall, Founder and CEO of NETZRO, SBC

Focus: Executive Team Development

Services: BP10 + Team Maturity Framework

“The NETZRO executive team had the experience of going through the Gallup BP10 process with Margaret Ricci of Cultural Strategies, LLC. The program allowed our team to discover gaps in skills and knowledge that we then focused on in our team building efforts. Margaret gave us tools to communicate more effectively that we continue to use. Being a startup business knowing the areas of weakness is critical to our growth. Margaret is a terrific facilitator that has a unique ability to encourage participation and provide an environment where all are valued for their individual contributions. This was a great team building exercise and I would recommend it to any business.

Mark Zitzewitz, SVP and General Counsel at TCI Business Capital, a division of Fidelity Bank

Focus: Executive Team Development 

Services: BP10 + Team Maturity Framework

“Utilizing Margaret and the BP10 program made a big difference in the management of TCI Business Capital. We have been able to better utilize the strengths of each member of the management team while identifying gaps that prevented us from reaching our highest functioning as a team. This allowed us to put the right people in the right roles, regardless of previously established accountabilities and expectations, and put our efforts toward realizing our full potential as managers, as a team and as a company. Margaret and her materials were engaging, enlightening and efficient. I enthusiastically recommend Margaret and BP10 to any management team looking to foster alignment and improve management functioning.”

Juli Lassow, Owner and Principal in JHL Solutions, LLC

Focus: Executive Development

Services: BP10 for Startups

Product: BP10 Executive Coaching Sessions; 5 Coaching Sessions

“I wasn’t sure that there was something unique in BP10 that I wouldn’t have uncovered in prior personality assessments. The assessment was still new and not yet well-known. Margaret reviewed my results in the context of the substantial data that has already been gathered in support of the BP10 framework. The BP10 format clearly outlines where I shine and possibly struggle as the leader of my own business. The tools available help me understand these areas of growth and opportunity while  building strategic approaches to maximize my potential and that of my business. I can better articulate my business and entrepreneurial strengths and needs for support. Using them, I can build a growth plan for my business with confidence and know what resources to work with to validate.

Three other benefits that I found were: 1) I have greater confidence in my business-building abilities, 2) I have a better sense of how to partner with peers, mentors, and associates on how to grow my business and skillsets, and 3) I have the knowledge of a great resource to recommend to fellow entrepreneur peers to support their own business growth and their business journeys. For anyone in the process of or considering launching a business enterprise, BP10 coaching is a “must-do” activity to laser-focus you in on the unique combination of skills you must rely upon to build and grow a successful business. You’ll leave your assessment and coaching sessions with a clear understanding of the roles you are best suited to take on in your business, and what partnerships you must build. Both practical and confidence-inspiring, BP10 is a phenomenal tool supporting you to create the roadmap for your business’ future. Hire Margaret now!”

CliftonStrengths

Carol Kaemmerer, Executive Branding Coach, Speaker and Author, CEO of CarolKaemmerer.com

Focus: Executive, Personal Development

Services: CliftonStrengths

“I wholeheartedly recommend Margaret Ricci, MBA, CEO of Cultural Strategies, as an awesome Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Margaret’s enthusiasm for the CliftonStrenghts system is well-founded. It is a powerful tool that is helping me to capitalize on my strengths and be more effective in achieving my personal and professional goals. In addition to her thorough knowledge of the system, what I appreciated most about Margaret was her excitement over my growing understanding. Her affirmation of my personal insights set up a positive feedback loop, encouraging me to dig even deeper and to drive my effectiveness through application of the Strengths methodology.

During my Strengths coaching sessions, I loved the process of naming and claiming my personal strengths. I was surprised to find that who I am can be expressed in terms of specific strengths. Finding that because my dominant themes are clustered in one area, I am said to have “super powers” was quite empowering. Around the same time period as my coaching sessions, I had an extremely challenging task fall to me by virtue of my position on a Board. At first, I cast about for reasons that I should not have to accomplish the task at all. But when I analyzed it from a Strengths perspective, I realized that I was the very best person to face that challenge because I possess all the skills needed to accomplish it.

CliftonStrengths Coach Margaret Ricci is knowledgeable, creative in her teaching approaches and assignments for me, and an awesome cheerleader. She made each session and homework assignment an opportunity to delve deeper and to claim new learning. She is truly a gifted teacher and coach.”

Zach McCabe, President – McCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Focus: Team Development

Services: CliftonStrengths

“Margaret Ricci from Cultural Strategies facilitated three CliftonStrengths workshops at our offices and it was a tremendous success.  We went into this program with little knowledge of what ‘Strengths’ were or how to best utilize our individual talents.  By the workshop date, we had completed online material and questionnaires to help us understand where our individual strengths were, but it was the workshops themselves where the information came alive.  Margaret helped us not only unlock the potential of our own strengths for best use, but also helped us understand what our co-workers strengths were and how we could best help the entire team by working with each other’s strengths in mind as well.

In all, this experience was profoundly helpful in taking our working environment from good to great.  I would highly recommend Margaret and Cultural Strategies for a team-building workshop to boost productivity and job satisfaction or as a method of troubleshooting to root out causes of workplace inadequacy.”

R.J., Board of Directors with a Minnesota Nonprofit

Focus: Executive Team Development

Services: CliftonStrengths + Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“I feel the knowledge we gained from the Workshops will help us not only meet our goals but exceed them – it will help strengthen us. I think Margaret was extremely knowledgeable and did an excellent job! I would highly recommend her to other teams or organizations.”

W.S., Ramsey County

Focus: Executive and Personal Development

Services: CliftonStrengths

“Thank you for helping me through a very difficult time at work. I appreciated an objective listening ear and the hope that you’ve given me that already existed in my Strengths.  Hope is a beautiful thing.  I feel like I have some tools to forge ahead. Through CliftonStrengths, I found that I was a natural leader and can bring many good things into my work environment. Margaret, you are truly passionate about your work with Strengths Coaching!”

F.S., C-Suite Executive in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry

Focus: Executive and Personal Development

Services: CliftonStrengths

“Margaret Ricci is an excellent coach who gets to the essence of who you are and inspires you to use your strengths to excel.”

Roger Green, Chair, Woodbury Community Foundation Board

Focus: Executive and Team Development

Services: CliftonStrengths + Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“Margaret Ricci crafted three sessions that carried our team through both CliftonStrengths and the Five Dysfunctions of a Team in a way that made it meaningful and useful for our future performance. The sessions gave us renewed confidence in our team and tools to deal with challenges in our interactions.” 

Dick Hanson, Chair – Committee on Trustees, Woodbury Community Foundation

Focus: Executive Team Development

Services: CliftonStrengths + Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“Beautifully done, Margaret! It was a pleasure meeting you and benefiting from your style, knowledge, and experience. It was a very inspiring and timely refresher for this old Maximizer still stretching for his Maximum…but getting close! But more importantly, it was an essential experience for our WCF leadership team as it transitions from the remaining seniors to the next generation. I believe it’s on the cusp of really establishing what we’ve all worked so hard for, and I appreciate your important contribution to that achievement!”

Debi Mager, Director of Mission Advancement, Christian Community Home

Focus: Executive and Personal Development

Services: CliftonStrengths

“Using CliftonStrengths Coaching, I learned ways to work with others in my department – by seeing their strengths and learning how to work WITH them. I am learning that even though I don’t have particular Strengths high up on my ranked list of talents, I can still get the same results by using other strengths. Margaret was passionate about helping me to see the good qualities I have and in helping me to learn how to make the most of my strengths.”

D.E., Director and Founder of the Woodbury Community Foundation

Focus: Executive Team Development

Services: CliftonStrengths + Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“Margaret really puts herself into her job to make learners see, understand, and use our strengths, and recognize our weaknesses. We learned how to put the team strengths together for the good of our organization.”

K.S., C-Suite Executive in the Banking Industry

Focus: Executive Team Development

Services: CliftonStrengths + Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“I was very pleased with the time my coach spent working with me – not just during our sessions but through preparation and recapping our sessions. I gained valuable insight into myself, which helped me understand differences between coworkers, leaders, and people in my personal circle. I doubted that it would change my life, but it definitely has. Like many things in life, you get as much out of it as you put in. You have to do your homework and invest your time in the process to truly learn and grow. It was worth it.”

D.J., Senior Executive Career Changer during Covid-19

Product: BP10 Executive Coaching Sessions; 3 Coaching Sessions

“I was a bit hesitant to engage in the coaching sessions on account of time and resources. But taking time to focus and invest in myself was a force multiplier and brought both tangible and intangible ROIs to me!  The individual quantifiable results to my specific skills and strengths, synthesizing the power of how they work together to generate flow was the best feature I experienced during our coaching sessions. My coaching sessions also had three other benefits that I hadn’t anticipated: 1) I started thinking in a different perspective of what I could bring to an organization, 2) I wanted to start with a clean slate of building the foundation of what I can contribute to an organization on my strengths, and 3) the coaching gave me a strategic overview of myself. The assessment, the concepts, and the coaching process had a breadth and depth I’ve not seen before in other assessments and the personalized attention of Margaret was very welcome – she asks great questions! She has great passion and her knowledge of the assessment and studies that lay behind it was always in evidence. Her enthusiasm for BP10 is so evident, welcome and fun.”

Anya, Individual Development

Product:Gallup CliftonStrengths: Six Learning Sessions

“The only obstacle would be a cost, but I like that payments were flexible and incremental. I learned more about my personal strengths, the style I work with, the ways on how I relate to people and how people relate to me. My favorite thing from our learning sessions was the personal and very individual approach from scheduling, to discussions, and addressing specific needs I had at that time.

I would definitely recommend these services for personal and professional purposes to build on the concepts of self-awareness and strengths which are totally unique to each individual. These are completely unmatched for any two individuals. I can use these concepts in the most productive and successful ways possible for use in my workplace and with my family and friends.

I would recommend Margaret as a very successful coach; her style, knowledge, and expertise in leading sessions are truly powerful, effective and fluid with many ideas and resources. It was a great experience to have individual training with Margaret.”