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Try not to become a man of success.
Rather become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

In The Words Of Our Clients…

“Our success is quantified by the successes of our clients. Through the feedback of the companies we serve, we too continue to grow, to better ourselves and to provide the highest achievable value to our clients.”  –With gratitude, Mark Lefko

Fostering Values-Based Human Resources

By building community and fostering principles across a corporate culture, Mark Lefko helps bring about a values-based direction to human resources that HR professionals understand from first-hand experience.

At the Leader’s Luncheon at the University Club in Pasadena, Mark demonstrated how the effective management of human resources is no longer a choice in the 21st century. Rather, it is a necessity in order to allow a business to thrive by truly being able to focus on guiding principles and values. Great presentation!

James Harwood - President, Total HR Management


A Valuable Sounding Board

“As my CEO coach, you have been a great objective sounding board for strategies that assist me in organizing and managing my senior executive team members… managing my transition as the new CEO… and thinking through my overall strategy and priorities.

As facilitator for our leadership team, you helped us to open up the communication channels and get some important team dynamic issues out on the table…  your work with the individual executive team members has facilitated more understanding of the interpersonal dynamics and increased collaboration within the team… the increased levels of communication have really made a difference.”   

Casey Sheahan - CEO, Patagonia


Profits Increased 85%

“I had a facilitator who was great. But I knew if I wanted my company to grow, I’d have to raise the business sophistication level at our retreats. So I hired Mark. We’ve not only increased our sales by 48%, we’ve increased our profitability by 85%.

Mark has an advanced ability to get an agenda met, and to get buy-in from the team. You leave the retreat having accomplished exactly what you wanted to accomplish when you walked in.”

Barclay Hope - President, Albert's Organics


Our Revenues Rose 80%

“Mark first ran several retreats to help strengthen our infrastructure and systems. He then ran some Core Team Meetings that focused on our growth. Since those retreats and meetings, our revenue has risen 80%.

Mark’s gift is that he understands communications and business. With him as a facilitator and coach, we’ve been able to do things like develop a strategic plan, and create metrics around deals, transactions, and operations.

We also approach our workday differently. Before, everything was a fire drill. Now we’re more mature. Mark helped us understand that everyone brings something valuable to the table, and so we’re more patient with each other.”

Lester Friedman - CEO, Great American Group


Invaluable During Negotiations

“After 22 years in business, it was time for me to negotiate with my venture capital partners and prospective investors. Mark Lefko mentored me through this process and was absolutely invaluable. We developed a strategy that resulted in the outcome I desired.

Mark was right there when the pressure was at its height. He helped me maintain perspective, which allowed me to keep my emotions in check. Mark’s the best!”

Jane Kleinberger - Former Chairman and Co-Founder, Paciolan


Kept Us Engaged And On-Task

“Mark put together our ‘Operational Excellence’ retreat, which focused on capital planning, personnel planning, and process improvement. He kept all fifty of us engaged and on-task for two days, so we could get the job done.

His help was invaluable.”

Bill McGinnis - CEO, National Technical Systems


Attendees Rated A 9.9

“Mark facilitated at our chapter’s Presidents’ Retreat, and did an outstanding job. In fact, the 80 members who attended rated it a 9.9!

Why was the retreat such a hit? Mark got people to understand the importance of opening up to each other, even though some of the stuff they were sharing was pretty confidential.

The goal of the retreat was to connect people and show them how they could be resources for each other. Thanks to Mark, that’s what happened.”

Rick Powell - Young Presidents' Organization


Our Retreat Was A Tremendous Success

“We hold a retreat every year. It has two functions. It’s serves as ‘The Year in Review,’ and it helps us plan our future.

We brought Mark in to facilitate. He spent a great deal of time with us weeks before the retreat, and went well beyond what most people would do to understand our business. Because of that, we were all better prepared for the retreat once it happened, and it turned out to be a tremendous success.”

Jim Freedman - Managing Director, Intrepid Investment Bankers


New Business And Better Teamwork

“Lawyers can be very, very skeptical. The first time Mark held a partner retreat for us, no one wanted to be there. In the end, though, everyone was energized, because the retreat had real value to it. We learned how to drive new business to the firm and how to work better as a team.

That kind of thing has to be facilitated. Just putting people in a room gets you to Level One, but what Mark does gets you to Level Nine.

Mark’s understanding of situations is deep. He provides substance.”

Larry Braun - Senior Partner, Sheppard Mullin


Brought Balance To My Life

“Mark brought balance to my life. Since working with him, my stress level must have decreased by 400%.

When we started working together, every aspect of my life was out of balance and, because of that, I was experiencing significant health issues. Mark came in and helped me get perspective on my business and personal life. He helped me clearly see what was keeping me from my potential.

He has tremendous insight and wisdom, and I have made him the Chairman of my personal Board of Directors.”

Tim Noonan - CEO, Lockton Insurance


Holding Us Accountable

“Thanks to your work, we covered a tremendous amount of ground in our 2.5 days of off-site meetings. You did a great job of drawing out the best ideas from everyone without exception.

The retreat left everyone energized and motivated. We’ve made great progress in meeting our target dates, thanks to the action plans and milestones set at the retreat, and to the highly productive follow-up meeting you facilitated.

I look forward to our next quarterly follow-up / accountability session and to keeping the process going.”

Dana Roberts - CEO, C. W. Driver


Practical Experience, Not Gimmicks

“A lot of facilitators try to sell you on some odd process that they use. Mark isn’t like that. He doesn’t need gimmicks. He has a broad worldview, a great mind, and a lifetime of practical business experience to draw on.

He’s done many things for my organization, including acting as my advisor and as a facilitator at our retreats. One of the key things he’s done, though, is to create my company’s advisory board model. We use that model all the time, and most of the important decisions we make happen as a result of it.”

Larry Hayes - CEO, Ventura Distribution