What industry leaders and clients say about working with Trevor
When I first started building a new team, I knew the importance of having a strong foundation built on trust and the ability to be vulnerable with each other. I also wanted to create a strong, effective team with a positive energy that would trickle down to impact others at our plant. Thanks to the Leading with Emotional Intelligence training with Trevor and Operations Kickstart, we were able to accomplish this.
Now, I see a greater sense of spirit and efficiency within my own team, which is starting to positively impact everyone in our organization. As a result of these sessions with Trevor, my team now comes to work feeling great and everyone knows they’re part of something bigger than themselves.
LaVerne Roberts, Director of Operations - Energizer
Trevor has improved our organization’s results with his deep understanding of Emotional Intelligence and his ability to apply it. His work up front complemented by the follow-up and connection with the team afterwards sets him apart, along with his ability to make it relevant for everyone. He cares more about the success of the people and the results then the money that he makes. I recommended him to our corporate group, and I would to you as well.
Eric Berdan, Factory Manager - Nestle
Working with Operation Kickstart was eye-opening. Many people in higher positions feel like they must be superhuman and they cannot show emotions, working with Trevor made me realize that the best leaders are vulnerable.
Trevor is a great person to lead emotional intelligence trainings. You can feel positive energy from him. His workshops are interactive and modern. This training helped me understand that I can be a good leader and still have weaknesses and emotions.
Magdalena Domzalska-Pol, Director of Human Resources - Spartanburg Steel Products
I chose to work with Trevor because of his wide range of experience. At the time, we were experiencing both production and leadership issues. Trevor was able to jump right into help us stabilize production operations. As we progressed though those issues, I asked Trevor to assist us in coaching our management team, which has been tremendously successful.
Trevor is truly sincere and passionate about results. He has the depth of experience required to impact bottom line results. In addition, he can coach leaders on how to improve their results through people. That is what sets him apart, Trevor is not a consultant, he is a business partner who is not afraid to ask the tough questions.
Mark Whitten, General Manager - Martinrea Heavy Stamping
Working with Trevor has taken me from survival mode and running around with my hair on fire, to embracing the day and taking control of it.
He encouraged, motivated, and challenged me to be the best version of myself. Providing the tools to help me understand how to crush my goals, this drove my confidence and encouraged my team to do the same, which really brought us together!
Elizabeth Hartsell, Finance Supervisor - Ford Motor Company
“When my team and I participated in Trevor’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence program, we grew closer as a team, improved our communications, and increased our levels of trust with each other.
Back at the plant, we're now able to have honest and even uncomfortable conversations. I know we will continue to use Trevor’s lessons to find ways to improve, even though our sessions with him have ended.”
Michael Byington, Warehouse Manager - Energizer
I just wrapped up the 6 month "Leading with Emotional Intelligence" course with Trevor. The course content engaged all levels of leadership and offers insightful content, networking and group interactive sessions. Trevor does a great job facilitating the content and engaging the team. His passion in developing leaders is genuine. I would strongly recommend reaching out to Trevor to discuss your organizations leadership needs.
Steve Champion, General Manager - Windsor Modules, Magna
Going through the Leading With Emotional Intelligence program, you’ll have a phenomenal experience. I don’t often get daily opportunities to connect with other business leaders, and I found great value in the roleplaying and breakout sessions that Trevor facilitated. I went in knowing I would get results, but Operations Kickstart boosted me as a business leader in ways that far exceeded my expectations.
Trevor's encouraging coaching style fostered productive conversations between me and others. I’m now able to understand how others perceive me, which helps me communicate more effectively with all my employees, even those in different age gaps than me. If you’re a person who deals with other people, I would highly recommend Trevor’s coaching.
Troy Corrigan, Owner - Corrigan Electric
On Leading with Emotional Intelligence program: “Trevor and his Leading with Emotional Intelligence program brought our entire team together in just six months. Thanks to his sessions, we learned to form trust and be vulnerable with each other, and we now have a stronger team than before. Trevor did a great job at walking our team through all the information in his Leading with Emotional Intelligence program. He kept out entire team engaged through the process as he showed us how to build trust and be vulnerable with each other.”
Melissa Allen, Materials Manager - Energizer
Before I worked with Trevor, I only had annual reviews with the leaders on my team and didn’t keep them involved in all my decisions. Through Trevor’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence training, I learned ways to better develop my organization’s culture. I also gained the skills and insights I needed to improve the way I behave and communicate with my team. Now I meet with my leaders regularly, communicate with them more, and take better steps to keep them involved when making decisions which is directly correlated to our improved results.
Terry Nancekivell, Plant Manager - Presstran Industries
Operation Kickstart afforded an opportunity for myself and some of my key leaders to engage in deepening our understanding of the impact that emotional intelligence has on leadership. The program certainly enhanced our awareness of the importance of how we show up and provided tools and techniques so we could all improve.
Trevor’s practical experience enables excellence in his program delivery. He able to easily identify with the situations leaders face and his thoughtful and engaging approach generates awareness and improvement opportunities. I have no hesitation in recommending Trevor and the Operation Kickstart program to organizations going through leadership development.
Mike Forhan, President, Managing Partner - Crossover Solutions
I’ve been through a lot of training; Operation Kickstart’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence program was different for me. I felt like this training was pointed toward me as a person. It helped me recognize myself when it comes to my emotions and taught me when I need to take a step back.
Brandon Burrell, Operations Director - Spartanburg Steel Production
Operation Kickstart’s training brought the right stuff to me and helped me realize what I was—and wasn’t—doing right as a business leader and what I needed to improve on. It really made me think about my actions, effectiveness, and how I portray myself to others helping me gain a much greater respect for my employees.
Trevor’s open, smooth, and down-to-earth coaching woke me up to so many different ways to improve myself. He helped me align myself with where I needed to be as a business leader, and always felt like someone who really wants to help.
Shawn Corrigan, Vice-President/Owner - Corrigan Electric
Operations Kickstart is a great company with an interesting and unique model. Through the Leading with Emotional Intelligence program with Operations Kickstart and Trevor, I learned how to become a better leader and inspire performance in others. This program really showed me how to deal with challenges and how to find ways to discover new opportunities, including ones I wasn’t even thinking about before going through this program.”
Srikanth Yalamanchili, Finance Manager - Energizer
Trevor went the extra mile for us during the launch of our greenfield manufacturing site. He got our staff focused on what we were actually looking for in a candidate, and how they fit into the team and work together. With his expertise, he helped us to understand each other’s personalities, identified where our strengths lied, and set us up for success in the future!
Eduardo Quintero, Human Resource Manager - NSG Pilkington
Trevor’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence program taught me and my team members how to build trust and get to know each other on a deeper level. This was especially helpful for me, as I was new to the team when we started our sessions with Trevor. Right away, I learned how to put myself out there and communicate with my fellow team members, which would have taken me much longer without the help of this program. Trevor’s training really accelerated the process for me.
Derk Horn, Operations Manager - Energizer
Leading With Emotional Intelligence program gave me feedback from my team that helped me change how I communicate. I learned that I sometimes didn’t get back to people in time or that I responded immediately instead of thinking about what I was saying. Trevor helped me not only recognize these issues, but he also showed me how to make changes to help my communication style. By changing how I showed up, my team can now understand where I’m going and how I would like us to get there. Small changes like these have made everyone on my team happier!
Trevor’s coaching style is energetic, positive, and engaging. Asking people on my team to provide feedback about me was scary in the beginning, but Trevor helped me through it by encouraging open-ended questions I recommend his program to anyone who wants to get their teams to work in same direction, from senior level leaders to hockey coaches.
John Vanderwyst, Founder - Best Safety Training
I gained eye-opening feedback through Operation Kickstart and Trevor’s coaching. Before the course, I struggled to make my team feel like they were doing their work their way, instead of all my way. This program provided me with awesome tools to help me and my team with that situation.
Trevor is professional, open, and communicative. His presentation style is easy to follow, and he provides great insights on how to improve as a leader.
Richard Haveman, General Manager - NOVO Plastics
It was an eye-awakening and positive 360 EI Leadership Feedback Report I received working with Trevor. For me, it was validation of where I was at, with the team. I was able to place more emphasis and improve my leadership skills where it was needed. With this unbiased assessment of how the they perceived my ability to positively influence their behaviour and engagement, I truly believe we created a stronger team with the coaching and insights.
Rob Kennedy, Commercial Assistant General Manager - Martinrea International
Operation Kickstart’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence program showed me the importance of getting feedback from everyone I work with, whether they’re above me, below me, or at the same level as me. I found great personal value in learning skills to surface that information.
Trevor does a great job with facilitating discussions and moving his workshops forward. His style is interesting and engaging and he keeps the program exciting and enjoyable!
Doug Bancroft, International Manufacturing Executive
Trevor knows what makes people tick, and what shuts them down. Recently I took over an operation and suspected what the issues were and the culture transformation that was needed the Emotional Culture Index survey with Operations Kickstart, confirmed what I thought, and enabled us to turn that survey into a report that gave us a place to start. It really nailed where we were at! Trevor’s coaching gets your mind working and flexing its muscle. With his help we were able to change the mindset and six months later we shifted in the in the right direction.
Joe Johnson, Senior Director of Mortgage Sales - Zillow Home Loans
Working with Trevor is about reality, real world real problems, asking the right questions to find the answers. In the past I blamed others, and now I am more self-aware and notice how my actions impact those around me. Trevor’s coaching inspired our team to meet daily and show up intentionality in how we work together. As a result, we are now hitting target dates!
Kunal Sharma, Quality Engineer - Jefferson Metal Products
We enlisted Trevor Blondeel and Operations Kickstart for his executive coaching and training expertise. We aimed to improve many facets through this initiative, but the most important objective was to grow our people. Our production staff is our most valuable asset, if they are not provided with the tools and knowledge required to perform their jobs properly and efficiently then our business will fail! Using small focus groups Trevor engages the entire team, leading them through process and system improvements; empowering them at all levels and facilitating line improvements, communicating from the top down.
Trevor not only provides the training and coaching necessary to improve our systems (Get Quality Right the First Time, 5S, Lean, etc.) but more importantly he provides a foundation on which Lanex can develop into a world class manufacturing facility.
Zak Lane, VP- Sales & Engineering - Lanex
Trevor has the ability to guide people to open up and give honest feedback and opinions. Driven with expertise in Leadership, he brings fresh energy and positive change to On Time Precision Components. We know “what” we want from our business and Trevor brings the “how” do we get there, supporting us not to get stuck in the day to day rut of operations. We have truly seen a difference in our bottom line with Operations Kickstart as a partner in our business!
Ken Handsaeme, President - On Time Precision Components
As a young leader I had a difficult time developing confidence which was having a negative impact on my performance. Trevor recognized this, coaching me with a good balance between accountability and mentorship. This impact on my attitude was the catalyst in improving my confidence and ultimately my performance. Today I am able to support teams through creating the right culture like Trevor did through my development.
Mario Soto, Quality Manager - Martinrea