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A Look Inside the High-Impact Leadership Program

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High-Impact Leadership isn’t your everyday leadership training course. Breaking the conventional mold, this three-day progressive and non-traditional executive program uses powerful theater techniques, role playing and personal coaching to move participants from their comfort zone into a practical application of core communication techniques.


Jason Del Col: It was a much more emotional and visceral experience than I imagined.
Polly-Grace Vonsee: This is a business kind of training so it's going to be good for my job. It's more than that. It goes deeper. It goes into the core of who you are.
Stefanie Gilliam: I can’t even begin to explain it. It's amazing. For me, it was pretty much of a really life-changing experience.
Joshua Kirtley: I selected this course mostly because of the name “High-Impact Leadership.” The difference between this course and other courses that I’ve taken is that, instead of a lecture format where people are telling you “Oh, do this, do that”, they really force you to participate. That made it easy for me to really connect with the material.
Susan Houlihan: The program is extremely experiential and interactive because people really learn by doing. All of the participants have an opportunity to really connect with one another in many different ways.
Satyabrata Jena: You work with the coaches. Coaches work with you in a group setting, a smaller group setting, in a larger group setting and a one-on-one setting and it was very emotional.
Jason Del Col: The emotional aspect of the Course is extraordinary. Too often in American business is what’s left off the table is the emotions is the human connection, is seeing your counterparts as the human beings and people that they are.
Mark Rittenberg: Today's leader needs to play many roles. Doesn’t matter if you’re an engineer, a banker, financier, venture capitalist. Everyone needs to become a powerful communicator.
 Jennifer Caleshu: We see that communication is a discipline. It's like the martial arts. There's always room for improvement
Arina Isaacson: Both the actor and business professional have the job of communicating ideas. So the skill set of how you use your voice, how you use your gestures, how to use this as your instrument to be the communicator.
Lauren Wayson: Each day or each activity kind of draws more out of you. In this supportive environment, it kind of pushes you forward.
Arina Isaacson: In the River of Life exercise, people get an opportunity to take a look at their life as a river that flows from birth to the present moment.
Adam Mokhtee: It was an incredible experience to hear, how that river flowed for different people and how, despite the varied backgrounds we come from, there’s something that we can all relate to.
Jason Del Col: I think it's a great reminder as humans that everyone has a story. This course reminded me of that in such a significant and profound way.
Stefanie Gilliam: It’s an eye-opener. It gives you a good definition of who you are who you want to be and you get to take that back to home and to your job.
Dov Charnsupharindr: We talk a lot about the different roles that a leader plays because you're not always the commander in charge. You’re not always the one with all the answers. So it's a kind of leadership that’s very much aware of what it is that your people need and realizing that there are these different roles that you can play.
Satyabrata Jena: This was also my opportunity come to Berkeley for the first time. This was an experience I never expected I would have.
Jason Del Col: I really love the culture and style of Berkeley as well as having the opportunity to really be here and focused for three straight days.
Jennifer Caleshu: The wisdom of the group is really important because they help reflect back to you things that maybe you can’t see about yourself. It’s in the tremendously high energy exercises that we do, it’s in the one-on-one conversations you have with each other. You really create a community in
these three days that is really not like any other course you’ve ever taken.
Adam Mokhtee: What I've learned here, I will take back.
Lauren Wayson: That sounds really dramatic to say it was life-changing, but really it was life-changing.
Jason Del Col: I will definitely take back to people that I manage actively a different perspective which will hopefully make me more impactful leader and inspire us to do great things which we try to do every day.