Testimonials

“Through her deft handling of confidential interviews, skilled analysis of her findings, and the collation and articulate presentation of her analysis with specific recommendations, I have derived invaluable insights about my management approach. It is obvious to me that Tana brings a rich and varied background to her task and draws on it most effectively to provide specifically targeted recommendations.” John D. Hamilton, then Managing Partner, Hale and Dorr   

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“Based on my experience, only a mere handful of other people can duplicate the uniquely effective and personalized approach you have developed. Our experience with you (during the period when I worked with 15 executives) continued to be extremely positive.”Gabe Schmergel, retired President and CEO of Genetics Institute

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“Your interviewing skills and ability to get people to focus on the real issues are unsurpassed. Moreover, you were able to translate your findings and observations in a manner that lent itself to easy implementation of your recommendations.” Marc B. Garnick, then VP of Clinical Development, Genetics Institute

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“I am particularly impressed with Tana’s ability to earn the trust and confidence of the persons with whom she works and, as a result, to elicit from them on a confidential basis sensitive and candid commentary.” Michael L. Fay, then Chairman of the Trust and Estates Department, Hale and Dorr

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“Through your counsel and support, several organizational changes were instituted that resulted in, not only an improved income status for the fund, but a measurable increase in discipline and accountability among those persons reporting directly to me.”James Alston, Regional Director, United Negro College Fund

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“I found her approach to be an extremely effective one, yielding results where two other approaches failed. I think this was a direct consequence of the highly focused and personalized method Ms. Pesso brings to her cases. Her observations concerning management skills and interpersonal behavior are astute, and her recommendations clear and insightful.” Vicki Sato, PhD, retired President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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“Your keen insight, in a short period of time, into the structure and culture of our organization displayed an expertise in human character problem-solving that was of tremendous value to our organization. Your comments and recommendations when reviewed on a background of obvious expertise gave us the assurance necessary to implement (your) suggestions.”

Bradford Mitchell, retired Chairman and CEO of Harleysville Insurance Companies

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“A talk with Tana produces the delightful experience of a series of surprising insights and revelations about how things work in general, and what that might mean in a particular context. One feels that Tana draws from one’s own experience and knowledge a sharpened awareness of how the process of leadership and influence really work in the world. It is an absorbing intellectual experience.” Professor Mark H. Moore,  Faculty Chair, Hauser Center for Non-Profits, Harvard University and formerly Chair of the executive leadership programs at the Kennedy School of Government for 15 years.

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“Ms. Pesso utilizes a balanced approach which utilizes issues identification, clear communication, and the development of a set of recommendations or programs of action which can improve an individual’s performance within the organization. Without reservation, I heartily recommend her to organizations where there is a need or desire to strengthen the senior management team.” Laurence Liebson, then VP and General Manager, Harris Corporation

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“Tana is extremely discreet in her approach and maintains strict confidences with the information with which she has come in contact at the Firm. She is very caring and dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the management team at Hale and Dorr.” John R. Colbert, Jr., then Executive Director, Hale and Dorr

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“As a result of my personal experience (with Tana) I decided to evaluate our entire top management team of six individuals. They were given an objective analysis of their own management behavior as well as the individual responsibility and opportunity to alter this behavior to become more effective. The results were unquestionably worth the effort in time and the dollar investment for the company, and I have observed long-lasting benefits as these managers have moved up or moved along to other situations.”  Thomas Peebles, MD, then President, Harvard Healthcare

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“I feel very enlightened and enriched as a result of our interactions.” Michael Lytton, then Chairman of the Technology Group, Palmer & Dodge

 

 

“In addition to Tana’s coaching, her presence at the company has had a very calming effect and reinforced the message that the board and investors were very much behind the company and doing everything possible to help us through this difficult time. Tana put the issues in perspective. She reassured many of the more inexperienced staff that things would get better and provided insight and guidance in addressing certain points of conflict and dysfunction. Her development plans, conflict resolution, and coaching of our scientific and management teams have been key to restoring morale and improving focus on meeting – and exceeding – our long-term objectives. this additional coaching has greatly reinforced the leadership at PGI.” Michael Palfreyman, then President, Psychiatric Genomics

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“Tana was brought in about a year into my first managerial role where I now had to manage my former scientific peers but still reported to my former superior. She did an excellent job assessing my strengths and weaknesses by conducting in depth interviews with my former peers, my new peers and my superiors and in observing my and their behaviors in large and small meetings. She also clearly saw the complexity of the management situation which was impacting my effectiveness. All this information was carefully and constructively integrated into a well-written and communicated report that valued and supported my strengths but clearly pointed out where I needed to make changes in order to achieve what I was certainly capable of. To say this had an impact on my future is an understatement. She very effectively taught me the value of, and to believe in the possibility of, making personal changes, which has positively impacted my life in multiple ways. I took her criticisms and encouragement to heart and have been rewarded with nearly 30 years of excellent feedback regarding my management performance. I recommend her very highly.”  Ed Fritsch, former VP of Research, Genetics Institute

“On a more personal note, I found Tana to be very insightful and integrative in her approach and felt that she really understood me as a person in a way that few other consultants (many of whom were excellent in their own right) have. As a result I was reminded of personal strengths and areas to watch for.  She accomplished this through building rapport with trust and confidence and by taking a balanced approach. Overall Tana implements a very individualized approach to coaching which encompasses being firm, but patient in the receipt of feedback, and utilizes a range of tools to fit the purpose and the client. Some of these involve visualization and meditation techniques. I have employed these not only in professional avenues to increase effectiveness as a leader, but also as an elite level masters age group athlete to enhance athletic performance.” William E. Pullman, Dyax, Executive Vice President, Chief Research & Development Officer

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