How did you hear about MYT and its EQ work?
Fortunately, we found the MYT program through a workshop for the Inc. 500 fastest growing business which we were lucky enough to be a part of.
What was your first experience like?
Very insightful. It allowed me to look at things as “opportunities for growth” instead of frustrations and road blocks.
How did you react to your IDP and do you still refer to it?
The only way for the IDP program to work is to be open to it and be aware that we can all change for the better. This is the one program I found that whatever you put into it, you will get out of it.
Did you receive focused, direct, & honest feedback from your Observers?
Absolutely. The observers played a pivotal role in my self-development. They were completely honest (too honest at times) and allowed me to see where I was falling short, and where I was flourishing.
Tell the readers about the coaching calls. What were they like?
It was a combination of meditation and therapy. I always left the coaching calls with a very focused understanding of what my next goals were for the next session. I left each one feeling the change I had been specifically working on.
How many times have you been through the workshop? Are they still helpful?
Twice. The first time was for me, the second was for two of my employees I didn’t realize at the time how much more I learned in the second session.
Do you feel you are more emotionally competent?
Absolutely. Although I still have the same frustrations and concerns with my personal and business life, I feel I am able to curb my emotions, react better with my employees and my family, and remain calm while working through the issue rather than becoming completely overwhelmed and reactive to the issue I’m dealing with.
If so, can you share an experience where it helped you?
I never actually yell at my employees. However, prior to completing the MYT program, I had a history of making my employees feel inferior and even fear me when I started asking questions because of the way I interacted with them and made them feel. I vividly remember a time when my VP of Operations was coming to me with bad news about our largest customer who was not going to receive product the day it was suppose to ship. Normally, I would give him “the face.” which said much more than I wanted it to. Instead, I told him I appreciate him telling me before it shipped and we can use the situation of not hitting the ship date as an “opportunity for growth,” so that it does not happen again by examining why it happened and properly addressing the issue. It has allowed him not to fear giving me bad news. I still feel the same frustrations inside, but I have learned to let them go much quicker and be more effective at solving the problem rather than harping on it.
Was attending MYT worth the investment and if so how can you quantify it?
Every penny. It is extremely difficult to quantify. I feel like I found the person I want to be instead of the person I was becoming. It has helped in my personal life as well my business. While it might not be AmEx’s motto—in fact, I believe it is Visa’s—the experience was “Priceless!”
Darren Slosberg is the CEO of Legacy Converting, Inc.