Testimonials: Don’t just take our word for it.
Hear straight from some of the leaders Dando has worked with over the past 20 years.
Kirk is like the “company whisperer.” He interviewed me, our executive team, and many of our managers and directors, and quickly synthesized a key area we were under investing in. I was impressed to see him find a blind spot this quickly, and it became a rallying cry for our company. He definitely understands the key challenges you will face as you scale. I was so impressed with Kirk’s work that I asked him to join our Board of Advisors, which I’m glad he accepted.
Kirk was hired to be a coach to our CEO, to the executive team...and really for all our company. He has a knack for seeing company patterns that get them tripped up on their own successes. Knowing Kirk for years, he has the highest integrity and possesses a unique balance of emotional intelligence, strategic foresight, and detail-orientation.
Founder, Mass Relevance/Spredfast
Kirk has been a tremendous asset to me and the entire organization. He’s atypical as a consultant as over time he tends to work himself out of a job. He works with you and your team to build the management muscle necessary and then slowly backs away to allow you to apply the knowledge gained. We engaged Kirk in the midst of some organizational challenges. The initial engagement was focused on team dynamics. As we worked together to isolate and address issues, subsequent engagements focused on strategic planning and leadership development to create depth in the organization. The results have been nothing short of amazing as we recorded our two best financial years in our history! Kirk focuses his energies on “working on the business” in everything he does. Whether it’s the team or strategies, everything is done in the context of how it drives business. Working with Kirk is not for the faint of heart. He will challenge you, your beliefs, your strategies, and your willingness to make the decisions necessary for the success of your business. Kirk will unlock the leader within you and your team.
President & CEO, Amplify Federal Credit Union
Kirk has a lot of the answers, but thankfully he won't give them to me. He believes that the best way to build leaders is to help them build the skills and experience they need to get to the answer on their own. One of the themes of our work together as I guide Monetate through incredible growth is the transition from problem solving to problem prediction. When I come to Kirk with a problem, he is focused on helping me be ready to predict that problem next time rather than diving into the weeds on a solution that only works today. I'm amazed at how often I walk away from our conversations having confidence in a plan of my own creation; I'm sure he appreciates the side effect of not having to talk about the same issue over and over again!
We knew and understood the essence of where we wanted to be and what we wanted to be doing, but it took Kirk Dando to guide us through the process of creating and implementing the individual steps of how to get to that point. Kirk has been able to coach us on how to keep moving along that path, even when it may seem more comfortable to stick with the familiar. Kirk provides a fresh set of eyes and ears, and then lets you see the organization through those eyes so that the resolution seems obvious. I only wish we had invited Kirk to review our plans earlier.
The Gottesman Company
Over the years, Kirk has provided Applied Mechanical with valuable insights that have helped us avoid some of the pitfalls associated with both rapid growth and the ongoing evolution of our business.
Dando has broken new ground, and has been teaching an entire generation of business executives how to be more effective leaders. If your objective is to optimize your growth as a leader, pick up Dando's book and heed its wisdom, Predictive Leadership is a contemporary classic. A must read!
Thomas J. Meredith
Partner, Meritage Capital; CEO, MFI Capital
With growth in our company, we realized we needed a change in our management and organizational capabilities to reach the next level of success. We contacted Kirk Dando to assist us in evaluating the strategy we needed to pursue to reach the next level. Kirk’s open, approachable style made it comfortable for our employees to relate to him during the evaluation process. The results of this process allowed us to take positive steps to implement the changes necessary for our future growth and success. Kirk has helped us to remain focused on the proper course of action and to make sure that implementation is occurring. He has been persistent in following-up and in holding us accountable for the things we agreed to accomplish. Kirk’s coaching has had a tremendously positive impact on every aspect of our business. I can, without hesitation, recommend Dando Advisors, and I look forward to a long-term relationship with Kirk Dando.
CEO, White Construction
Growth and success often mask issues that rob an organization of it’s maximum potential. When we found that our morale was slipping and that our structure was ineffective, we turned to Kirk Dando for a diagnosis. Kirk interacted with our team at every level with his superior relational and intuitive skills. He decoded the various complexities that we failed to address as we grew. Our governing body (elder board) is made up of people who have been successful in business, management, education and the high tech industry. Kirk was able to relate to this diverse group on a professional level, while remaining sensitive to the unique character of our church and the challenges we face. His straightforward honesty and clear thinking was universally embraced by the whole board. Our staff team also accepted the new direction Kirk recommended and set out with a renewed energy that exists still. Our bottom line: Kirk accomplished what we hired him to do – effect real change. And, I personally had a great time working with Kirk. My experience tells me you will too.
Sr. Pastor, Hill Country Bible Church
As a young and rapidly growing company with over 800 employees across the state, we relied on Kirk Dando to analyze the unique talents of our upper management, how we worked together, and where we wanted to go. Kirk has the innate ability to see the big picture and organize it in such a way that makes sense. After which, he supplied a no nonsense approach that fit comfortably with our group and produced the desired outcome. Kirk comes across as someone who not only communicates well but listens attentively and accurately. He clearly defined a strategy that allowed each team member to be themselves and at the same time form the cohesive unit needed to accomplish a common goal.
Executive Chairman & CEO, Quarri Technologies
We first began working with Kirk Dando at Dando Advisors in July of 1997. His coaching has had a tremendous positive impact on every aspect of our Company operations. Change is very painful; Kirk has helped us to prioritize so that the disruption has been minimal while the positive impacts have been remarkable. Other Consultants have helped to initiate change and then disappeared. One of the things I have appreciated most about our relationship has been his consistent follow-up. Kirk holds us accountable and we are a much better Company because of his guidance. I would recommend his services to anyone who is ready to take their Company to the next level.
Founder, LPR Construction
I have known Kirk Dando for 5 years, working with him on development projects and as a community leader, giving very generously of his time to those in need and projects that serve the larger good.
CEO, Front Range Internet, Inc.
In a young venture’s rush to achieve success the focus is often, understandably, exclusively on funding. However, perhaps the most important capital for a maturing company is not cash, but having seasoned executives who know how to quickly scale a business and survive the inevitable chaos. Unfortunately, in this day and age, proven executives are a scarce and valuable asset, hard to find and expensive when you do find them. Until now… I cannot tell you how many times I have conversations with (semi-retired) executives who enjoy the experience of assisting organizations with their growth but are no longer interested in a full time position. They may be doing some light consulting, but often find themselves either getting consumed by a particular company or are not able to achieve the desired results. The conclusion is consulting is a different skill set than being a full time CEO, President, VP, etc. Dando Advisors and its founder, Kirk Dando, provide a truly unique offering. A no nonsense group of proven executives who have cracked the code on how to assist and support organizations wanting to mature to their highest level of performance. They differentiate themselves by making sure their clients are focused on the ‘right things’ and implementation is occurring. Their strategy is simple, but it has achieved profound results. If you want help and not hype, check these guys out.
Lawrence A. Waks
Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
They helped me be more productive in my interactions with our board, helped us develop a strategic plan that replaced our outdated original business plan and facilitated organizational and financial changes that improved every financial indicator within 6 months.
Founder & CEO, Merit