Testimonials

“Within minutes of beginning my coaching session with Allison, I knew I had stumbled upon someone whose insights, vision and clarity of thought were unparalleled.”

“For starters, she was the kind of non-judgmental listener I needed. Rather than apply a formulaic or recursive analysis to my own particular dilemma, Allison was drawing upon a wealth of her own professional and managerial experience to offer the kind of no-nonsense feedback I needed.

I told her about a position that had just been created leading an innovative program at a world-class institution.  I was intimidated by the competitors who had more of the required credentials than I. Allison made me appreciate that my extensive experience signaled wisdom, not a generation gap.  She suggested an interviewing strategy that was simple, doable and well within my grasp.  She gave me a new way of looking at my track record and the confidence to pursue my dream job.

At a critical moment in the most intensely challenging interview of my career, the CEO had me on the ropes. Instead of panicking, I took a breath, and confidently mustered up a game-changing response Allison had suggested. In this pivotal moment, I won him over and was offered the position I never would have had the courage to apply for if I hadn’t prepared so well with her expert guidance. I am now enjoying one of the most invigorating challenges of my career.”

– Howard

Strategy and Management Consulting Testimonials

I have just finished reviewing the report of the strategic planning process. Without question, this is the best thing I have seen done in my 16 years at MGH. This is truly a blueprint for the future. It is relevant, succinct, logical and doable. I am thrilled at the thought of us now pursuing these visions. Carpe diem.

James Thrall, MD, Chief of Radiology,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Allison Rimm is a black belt in strategic planning.

Timothy Ferris, M.D., M.Phil., MPH, Medical Director,
Massachusetts General Physician Organization

Thank you so much for your guidance in planning and facilitating our retreat. The day was a success and we are excited and energized by the experience. You delivered so much more than promised and we couldn’t have done this without you.

John Davidow, News Director,
WBUR

Working with you to develop our vision statement was a revelation. Our ability to articulate what we want to accomplish gave our organization the focus we needed to define our goals and take action to achieve them.

Bill Harris, President,
Temple Ohabei Shalom

There are very few people who could have orchestrated this process with as much vision, organization and grace as you have demonstrated.

Things really clicked when we wrote out our goals and then reviewed the calendar to see if our actions aligned with our goals. I saw we could be doing much more to help further our goals.

You nourish the management team here.

There was some confusion on the team about mission vs. vision. I didn’t like the results I was getting on Google so I pulled out your book. Best resource by far and very helpful with our planning!

Your trustworthiness and commitment to inclusiveness isn’t exactly part of every person’s leadership. You’re one of the best human beings I know when it comes to those qualities.

“Thank you so much for your guidance in planning and facilitating our retreat. The day was a success and we are excited and energized by the experience.  You delivered so much more than promised and we couldn’t have done this without you.”

Executive Coaching Testimonials

I want to thank you for your role in my professional development. I continue to be impressed with the valuable levels of tenacity, leadership, nuanced relationship management, board influence, organization, achievement and balance of tenor that you brought to your success at MGH and to this assignment. Oh, and you’re nice.

You are obviously very gifted at the work that you do, and I thank you, very very much.

2014 has been a tremendous year of personal growth. Thanks for paving the way.

Working with Allison Rimm as an executive coach means having private consultations with my own senior VP who knows how to get things done in complex organizations. With her expert guidance, I am strategizing solutions to the most urgent and difficult institution-wide challenges that have been vexing me for years. Being able to count on her wise and compassionate advice has been invaluable.

Dirk Stanley, MD, MPH,
Chief Medical Informatics Office, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Courses and Workshops Testimonials

I can only describe Allison’s courses as life-changing…I highly recommend the Business of Life to anyone who wants to create a strategic plan, be it business or personal. That will set you up for success so you will realize your vision.

This was a great program taught by a great leader with insight into real issues. It was never boring. Allison is honest, open and very human. It was a pleasure.

Wonderful instructor with knowledge and warmth, which is an unusual, welcome combination in a busy, stressful… environment.

I LOVED this course. I am so happy I work at an institution that values individuals enough to offer such a wonderful opportunity to its employees. This class has helped me in so many ways.

I have been inspired by your approach to work and life in general. I find myself applying your principles to my work and personal life daily.

I have truly enjoyed this class. You are a true role model and I have been inspired by your approach to work and life in general. I find myself applying your principles to my work and personal life daily. I have five strategies that I have already started to implement and I believe they will help me achieve my vision. I feel lucky to have been selected to attend this class and I feel even luckier to have met you and gotten to know you.

Allison has a very nice way about her and she is passionate about this topic. She gets the class ‘pumped up’ to get their lives in order.

This is one of the top classes of my professional/personal life. Everything was delivered above and beyond what I could imagine.

Knowing “Allison Rimm” was going to teach the course was initially intimidating as I heard she was a wonderful speaker, but I also knew she had a huge job and therefore I anticipated her speaking over my head. In reality, she was SO “normal” that it gave me more confidence to know that I could just be myself and maybe someday have a huge job where I could make a difference.

The instructor was fantastic, engaging and knowledgeable.

Can this continue? I need lifetime enrollment in this course!

The evaluations look great! There are some comments in there worth framing. Sorry to be pushing but the course is hot and it is nice to have a couple of dates to offer.
It is a pleasure to work with you.

The best class I’ve ever taken.

Little by little, I am introducing changes that I learn from you. Thank again for guiding us to find our mission in life and remind us to periodically organize the closet that contains the most valuable treasure, our own life.

Allison is a very engaging teacher and her enthusiasm about the topic of strategic planning motivates the class.

This was an amazing class that… has given me the motivation as well as the resources needed to accomplish my goals.

Individual Coaching Testimonials

Within minutes of beginning my coaching session with Allison, I knew I had stumbled upon someone whose insights, vision and clarity of thought were unparalleled. For starters, she was the kind of non-judgmental listener I needed. Rather than apply a formulaic or recursive analysis to my own particular dilemma, Allison was drawing upon a wealth of her own professional and managerial experience to offer the kind of no-nonsense feedback I needed.

I am thankful that my story has inspired others. But please know that your support, wisdom and enthusiasm inspired me to believe it could be done. You really made me do the work to bring it forward and believe it could happen and it did happen. You have the gift of bringing forward the dreams of others, making their dreams come alive. With your help the bookstore seed got watered and now grows.

It was wonderful to meet you, after both reading your book and hearing about you through the grapevine. Our conversation was both inspiring and daring – I felt, and continue to feel, a jolt of excitement about doing my work and imaging, enacting, my success.

Hiring Allison Rimm as my coach is simply one of the best investments I’ve ever made. With her direction, I was able to clearly define and outline my personal and professional goals, prepare for every aspect of the interview process, and successfully negotiate an excellent contract that at first seemed out of reach. Besides a financial return worth many times the price of coaching, Allison’s warmth, humor, insight, and constant reassurances made the whole process rewarding and a pleasure from start to finish.

Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DAVCP,
Chief Scientific Officer, Morris Animal Foundation

Speaking Testimonials

Allison Rimm is simply the finest speaker I have ever heard … I never miss an opportunity to attend her workshops and lectures.

Josephine Lok, M.D.,

Allison clearly loves what she does. I found her lively, inspiring and humorous. Thank you for an amazing experience!

Allison, as usual, hit the ball out of the park.

The tools and experiences you provided set the groundwork for real exploration and positive change. I appreciated your expertise, humor and candor.

The program provided sound principles of strategic planning. It helped put concepts into practical, actionable implementation. The instructor’s experience was extremely valuable.

This is just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your presentation for SMPS Boston on Wednesday. I am inspired by your insights and your accomplishments as a woman, mother, and professional.

Allison brought insight, tools and compassion to the process of how to think strategically.

Exceptional! Excellent investment in my future.

Book Testimonials

Thank you so much for this gem of a book. I’m only a few pages in and you’ve inspired me and lit the fire deep in my soul. You’ve touched my life and I want to thank you! Continue shining!

Many thanks for your excellent and timely book. I devour each page, adding notes & highlights along the way, and dive into the exercises. So helpful and so needed at this juncture in my life.

When I first picked up The Joy of Strategy to read as a course requirement, I thought, “I will just get through it so I can be prepared for class.” But once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It has already been helpful in framing the way I think about new projects and overall life decisions. I recommend this book to professors who wish to help students really tap into what they want most for their careers and lives.

There was some confusion on the team about mission vs. vision. I didn’t like the results I was getting on Google so I pulled out your book. Best resource by far and very helpful with our planning!

Media and Articles Testimonials

I wanted to write a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your interview last week on NPR. Listening to your interview lit a fire inside to rev up my engines and recommit to the film’s mission—and I wanted to thank you.

I just wanted to personally express to you how much I got out of that task mapping article. When I read that it hit me in the face like a ton a bricks. It is such a fun and masterful framework to implement in my company.

But, what really impressed me was that you were able to agree with every point presented to you, never contradicting anyone. I don’t know if that is a learned or a natural trait of yours (or a natural skill that you have developed to make a valuable contribution). It’s a powerful skill for a coach and a lovely way to be in the world. Benjamin Franklin talked about it in his autobiography.

Contact Allison Rimm and Associates today to create a plan custom tailored to meet your specific objectives.

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