The unique thing about Aldonna is her integration of standard corporate consulting while considering interpersonal relationships within an organization.
We engaged Aldonna because we wanted to essentially shake-up our business and explore opportunities outside of the normal model. The unique thing about Aldonna is her integration of standard corporate consulting while considering interpersonal relationships within an organization.
We were highly satisfied with all services provided by Aldonna.
I worked with Aldonna for the first time in 1992 with my previous company where I was the Vice President. Aldonna was hired to assist us coming out of the recession. Our business had dropped from 28 million to under 20 million and we had fired 35% of our staff. We hired her to first get us back on track & then to help us grow. We set, with her assistance, a strategic goal to generate more than $100 million in sales by the year 2000.
During the next 6 years, we hired Aldonna to do numerous things, such as creating cross functional teams within the organization, focus groups with our vendors and most importantly, focus groups with customers in an effort to define our strengths and weaknesses. She facilitated 10-13 different groups for us each focused on strategy, alternate markets, completely new or foreign markets and cutting edge technologies other businesses were using.
Aldonna helped us think on very different terms and pushed us to think “outside the box” long before that term was fashionable. After those 6 years, the company had grown to over 130 million. Aldonna was certainly a part of the reason for that growth because she set the tone and made the team look at itself and the company differently.
In my new business, I have hired Aldonna for strategic coaching, P&L consultation, as well as personal coaching. Aldonna is an out-of-the box thinker. She is dynamic, no nonsense, aggressive and not standard. She presses you to grow, which I believe is healthy and good for any business regardless of the product or service it provides.
Granite City Electric
When we decided to go through a formal strategic planning process, we asked other companies who they had used and Aldonna’s name kept surfacing. At the time we first engaged Aldonna, our sales had been flat after several strong years. Her insights were one of the things that helped restart our growth.
Aldonna gave us several conceptual tools for making our organization more efficient and creating a process for analyzing business opportunities in a consistent and disciplined manner. She also helped point out mental road blocks, which allowed us to improve more quickly than we otherwise might have. Aldonna has a heart of gold, and I have a lot of respect for her and what she does in her business.
Aldonna Ambler is a wonderful person. I highly admire her confidence and abilities. She is a consummate professional. I sought her services to assist in overall strategy of my business, as well as marketing. I took the steps that Aldonna suggested and found them very helpful. I was highly satisfied with her services.
Achievement Systems, Inc.
Through Aldonna’s directives, we were able to create a strategic and practical plan for our business. Her level of accountability draws out the best of the audience though productive discussions. She is successful due to the grasp she has on business processes and her ability to take that knowledge to help mid-size companies grow larger.
I have sat on boards with Aldonna and can tell you that she brings the same level of thinking and process improvement to the board as she does to her clients.
Tri State Capital
I hired Aldonna at a time when I was looking for direction to take my company to the next level. Aldonna helped me develop ideas and broaden my concept of the company’s potential. She guided me through the venture funding process and executive hiring. I learned many things that I will carry throughout my business for years to come.
Aldonna was asked to lead a planning session for the State Chamber’s Executive Committee, all of whom are CEO-level executives with necessarily strong opinions and personalities. She was able to manage the process and bring them to consensus through her unusually strong ability to listen carefully and synthesize what is being communicated. So many times agendas can be taken off track by the “alpha” member. Aldonna made the most of the meeting time allocated, with everyone feeling that their own individual viewpoint had both been represented and heard. Aldonna gets it done.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
I’ve always enjoyed working with Aldonna and have found her to be a strong facilitator with a good understanding of the group planning dynamic and able to bring out the best ideas from the group.
A value added partner for organizational planning and execution.
We engaged Aldonna’s services in 1994 and have been using her regularly. About every other year I bring Aldonna in to facilitate a meeting with my team. These sessions are always successful, largely due to the way Aldonna prepares and follows-up for the sessions. Prior to the meeting, she interviews each staff member, so that she has an understanding of their personality, their beliefs and their background. She has a great ability to precisely incorporate the information from those interviews into a productive discussion. After the session, she does a wonderful job recapping the meeting,
Our sessions with Aldonna always re-energize my team. One thing that I appreciate most after working with Aldonna for so many years is that she really knows my business, my team, and their personalities. I can call Aldonna about a situation and get her advice because she knows the people and the business. Aldonna always gives good, specific advise to make the situation go away or improve. If I was approached by an individual or company about Aldonna I would tell them that she is insightful…she gets it. She understands business and does an excellent job learning, very quickly, each of her clients. She easily learns the personalities of a team and uses that to make the team stronger. She is a good listener and really hears what you tell her.
When you have a small business, it is important and extremely helpful to have someone on the outside to talk to who understands your business and who is respected for what they do. Aldonna is that person for my business and me.
The Center For Client Retention / ENTREVISTA
We engaged Aldonna when we wanted to double our business. She worked with our management team to raise the bar on out company’s goals & worked with us individually to organize and define a strategic business plan. I remember Aldonna telling me that if we wanted to double our business, then we needed to act like a company of that size. There was a 5 phase plan created to get us to a $50 million dollar company. We did very well using that plan until the big dot com bust and then our business fell with the rest of the economy.
Recently my brother and I have decided to bring our sons into the business. We brought in Aldonna to help us create a succession plan. She interviewed our sons and used that knowledge to help us see where they best fit into our business. I always enjoy working with Aldonna because she thinks differently than we do. In a short period of time she is able to grasp what you are trying to accomplish and is able to help you reach your goals. Actually, Aldonna is able to push you past your original goals and guide you in a direction that will allow you to surpass those goals.
Thomas A Bellia
Bellia Office Furniture
I really appreciate the fact that [Aldonna] is there for me to speak to because there is no one else I can talk to who knows me and can distinguish between cold feet and a genuine concern about any issues I am dealing with.
She does not make me wrong for acknowledging my feelings about things and can help me to sort it out. She guides me through conversations such that I end up making the decision but gives me other angles from which to consider my fears and concerns. I can’t speak to my employees about it, nor my advisors (CPAs, Attorneys, or colleagues) because it might put me in a place of their questioning my viability as a business. But I know she will be the devil’s advocate and see what I risk in not moving in a certain direction, and be my best supporter when I need some encouragement to make some changes. She really gets it.
Lynn S. Evans, CFP
Northeastern Financial Consultants, Inc.
Having spent most of my career in a large Japanese corporation, when I joined a small Japanese company, I had a lot to learn. Aldonna has taught me an immeasurable amount, through both listening to her weekly Growth Strategist radio program, and being a guest on it. I don't think I could have achieve what I have without her advice.
Unika Company Limited
[Aldonna is] both practical and inspiring, smart and funny, and very helpful. [Her] approach to have others join my journey to create movement and bring people along is new to me. It's clear and, I felt, doable! Thanks so much for that sense of empowerment.
Your coaching was clear and now it's up to me. I am very grateful for your time and generosity.
Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.
Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP
Aldonna Ambler is a very inspiring person . She takes the time to get to know the persons who are in her audience , where they are in their journey, and proceeds to give them an articulate roadmap to arrive at their intended destination
Robert E. Douglas
Douglas Seminars and Presentations
[After attending Aldonna Ambler’s workshop on Achieving Strategic Growth hosted by Sobel & Co.], I walked away with a new and different perspective on our business and how we are creating and supporting our own growth. Aldonna is a master facilitator whose unique ability is to guide a group through creating the big picture and devising practical solutions for implementation. You know that phrase “don’t try this at home?” The expression applies here. Aldonna created a working environment for busy company owners which allowed us to quickly conclude what is growth, how do we spark it, support it and are we in the way of our own growth?
As a business owner, if you can see the trends or factors that may spark organic, acquired or accelerated growth in the marketplace you are more adeptly prepared to be successful in achieving your business goals. In this context Aldonna is teaching us how to achieve our own accelerated growth.
Mary Clare Garber
Princeton Legal Search Group
Aldonna inspired a roomful of “awakenings” when she spoke to our New Orleans chapter of the National Speakers Association. She challenged my thinking to “awaken” some of my clients who are in need of new perspectives on how to succeed today. I gathered a wealth of ideas that I am still working on implementing. Aldonna is very sincere and approachable in her delivery, added great value to our chapter, and we were honored to have her as our presenter.
Jean Gatz CSP
Past President, NSA New Orleans
Aldonna's presentation and methodology on business strategy engaged me thoroughly after years of both doing and consulting on business strategy. After engaging Aldonna, I quickly realized her no-nonsense formula for consumer insights and market research coupled with real world experience would add value to any business.
Most importantly, Aldonna cares for her clients and wants what is in their best interest! In short she is a great resource for anyone in business who wants to do grow their business or just enhance their own personal well-being.
If you are interested in taking your mid-sized business or business skills to the next level, you want Aldonna.
Circles, a division of Sodexo
I am so grateful to have worked with Aldonna. Her guidance helped our company build a practical plan. We’re still growing and still using the tools she taught us!
The Perfect Promotion
Your presentation to NSADC [National Speakers Association Washington, DC, Area Chapter] was absolutely terrific and right on the mark. Thank you for giving us a huge perceptual shift about corporate sponsorship. You give it such a human face. Thank you for so generously sharing your expertise and your time with us.
Co-Chair for Programs Planning, NSADC
Aldonna is incredibly gifted in recognizing what is needed to transform a business. Aldonna’s talents are well-known and apparent to all who work with her. What a blessing Aldonna is to be of such service!
Our company is operating in a massive and fast growing market, but we observed our competitors growing at a more rapid pace that we were. We knew something was missing from our equation because although we are very well respected in our market, our growth was not sufficient and our margins were declining. We assumed that our need was funding. We began reaching out for consultants who could help us in that direction, but we also were seeking a partner who could provide knowledge and guidance concerning the growth model for our company.
During this search, we discovered Aldonna. Aldonna was incredibly clear on the strategy that she would use to assist our company. Ours is a complex business, but, beyond my expectations, Aldonna quickly learned about our business, our market, our clients, and understood our needs. She interviewed people, read every document that she could get her hands on, and was a committed part of the process. Although we thought we needed funding, Aldonna quickly identified that we needed to get ready to grow first--funding would come next.
I wish we had met Aldonna five years ago. If you’re looking at your company and it seems that everything is on track and opportunity seems to be there but something isn't working right, hire Aldonna. She catches the important leverage points that help make companies with potential grow--exponentially.