"For years our firm relied entirely on our own skills and intuition to
make hiring and coaching decisions. The results were as haphazard as
our methodology. More often than not we guessed reasonably well, but
finally came to the realization that it was very expensive both in time
and money, to make staffing mistakes.
Fortunately a friend told us about SDS. About 6 months ago we began
using the hiring surveys for all serious job candidates. We have found
the reports to be eerily predictive of how likely a person is to fit in
with our company culture and needs.
In fact, we were so impressed, that the two senior partners took the
coaching survey, then had all the other managers and supervisors do the
same. We also took the opportunity to have John Beane spend a day with
us in order to get to know our company better and explain to us how
best to utilize the surveys.
We have learned that both the hiring and coaching surveys are
invaluable tools in helping us understand who we are, what our
strengths and weaknesses are, and how we can improve ourselves and
others. We wholeheartedly recommend them to any company looking to
improve their selection process and the staff development process as
Michael Lewis, Managing Partner, Mike Lewis Lawyers, Winston-Salem, NC
"I highly recommend your services to any company who wants to hire and
manage their employees better and to reduce turn over and employment
expenses. We have seen a tremendous reduction in turnover and expense
in Legal Intake, the answering service since mandating the use of your
survey. Payroll is the largest expense and we believe your survey has
dramatically impacted our bottom-line in an industry that traditionally
has high turn over and employment expense. On the occasion we need to
add an employee (typically salary) to our agency, cjAdvertising, the
survey has not only assisted in narrowing down the candidates but is
critical in managing all types of personalities in industry that ranges
from accounting to creative."
We have obviously determined that your services are invaluable. Our
next goal for 2005 is to better utilize your services by including
partners and employees hired prior to the use of your services to
enhance our partner relationships and management as well as teamwork in
Anne Malham, Vice President, cjAdvertising, Legal Intake Professionals, Stuff for Lawyers, Nashville, TN
"Finally, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Since we have begun to use
your survey, rarely have we made a mistake in hiring the wrong
individual. Short-term employment with our company has decreased
There is no doubt in my mind that the pennies I pay you for your survey pays for itself a hundred times over.
John, thank you so very much for making a very important job around here so much easier!"
Burt Bank, President Chesapeake Interlink, ltd. & Needles Case Management Software
test amazes me even more every time I give it. It also makes me feel
better about my own judgment as an interviewer. Nothing in the results
really surprised me, especially the part about her wanting to move up
and be more challenged. She asked about upward mobility in the company
during the interview. I love this test!! It makes me feel more
confident that the relationship will last when I hire someone new. In
the past, I felt as though it was always a gamble, a 50/50 shot of the
person making it. Thanks."
Amy Key, Former General Manager, Hughes & Coleman
"John Beane was professional and easy to work with. The most outstanding
thing he did was to stretch our minds and break us out of our comfort
zones. He did it not only by teaching us new approaches, but also by
seeing us for what we were and assertively shaking us out of our old
thinking when necessary. He was a leader who got our attention. Very
The biggest thing I like about you
guys is that you keep it simple and get the job done. Better results
with less work, that's what you guys do. We've already reserved John
for our next event. Let's get it scheduled as soon as possible. I'm
looking forward to it."
Tim Weilbaker, Plant Manager, Borg Warner, Livonia MI
energy and enthusiasm for the Simmons products is evident and this
helps to provide a lively, fun and rich learning experience, which I
know is reiterated by feedback I have received from participants.
Personally, I appreciate your ability to adapt the material to the UK
market and to be flexible to the needs of your audience.
It is a pleasure to be associated with you and I look forward to working with you again in the near future."
Cathy Rowbottom, Consultant United Kingdom
"Outsanding work. Employee evaluation is amazingly accurate. Will use again and again and again."
Solomon S. Neuhardt II
Neuhardt Law Firm
I can't thank you enough for your tremendous help hiring .... She's
been the perfect compliment to the team. I don't do it often, but there
is the rare shudder when I think what might have happened had I hired
my first or second choice without your input - Yikes!!
Rarely a week goes by that someone doesn't ask us where we've amassed
our team players, and I always recommend your service - swear by it is
probably a closer description.
I reflect back on the report often to make sure I'm not putting her in
stressful situations. It's been helpful to avoid situations that would
frustrate her or impede her progress.
Thanks for all your help."
Jennifer Greyson, Director of Operations, Brighton Consulting, LLC, Salt Lake City, UT
cannot tell you how well spent this money is. The two that I have hired
based on your test results have been pure gold. Please feel free to use
me as a reference and as we continue to grow, I'm sure we'll be testing
more and more."
John Michael Bailey, Esq. Memphis, TN
believe John Beane's up-front preparation proved invaluable. He worked
very hard at clarifying the scope and understanding the expectations we
had. This gave me more comfort in working with a consultant than I have
ever experienced. Normally, I am used to someone coming in and pushing
their canned answer. I felt your approach was tailored specifically to
In conclusion, you have exceeded
my expectations. We will need more help down the road, and I hope to
work with you again in the future."
Mike Hostnik, Tower Automotive, Plymouth, MI
first met John 2 years ago during an accreditation workshop for use and
application of the Simmons Profile. I was impressed by how perceptive
he was - he picked up my initial discomfort with my own survey and
spent some time with me, which I found extremely beneficial. His direct
but engaging style suited the audience well; his knowledge and
expertise with the tool was impressive.
then I've had the pleasure of meeting John twice more. Each time he has
been running further accreditation workshops and I have noticed how
they are always a fun learning experience.
He has helped me develop my own expertise with the Simmons Profile, and
is always ready to discuss, debate and share his knowledge. As a
Management Development Consultant with e-peopleserve, I have used the
Profile a great deal and could not have done this without John's
Sharon Piron, e-peopleserve United Kingdom