About Karl Gretz
Karl F. Gretz, Ph.D. is the President of Gretz Consulting Group. He has applied his unique consulting approaches to numerous areas, including customer relationship management, leadership, sales management, cultural change and consultative selling skills in financial services, education, the military, industry, and health care for companies in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more than 30 years he has provided individual and corporate business development consulting that has helped thousands of senior executives, managers and line sales professionals take their business to the next level. In addition, he has created numerous courses / curricula in areas from leadership, cultural change, relationship skills and ethics to business development. A popular speaker at conferences, he has authored six books, been featured in 17 financial TV programs and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's in Finance and Industry. Finally, he is on the Board of Directors of Community Living, a Louisville, KY based non-profit agency that provides housing and community integration for developmentally disabled adults.
Working in partnership with Steven Drozdeck, Karl has developed comprehensive training programs for such companies as:
- Prudential Securities. Delivered the Market Strategies course for new advisor program.
- CIBC/Wood Gundy (Canada). Comprehensive sales training for new advisor program.
- McDonald & Co. Comprehensive sales training for new advisor program.
- Bank of America. Developed relationship manager program template.
- J.C. Bradford. Comprehensive sales training for senior advisors.
- Vickers Ballas (Singapore). Comprehensive sales training for all advisors at firm.
- Financial Satellite Network. Delivered over 25 television programs.
- LaSalle Banks. Comprehensive sales training for all advisors at firm.
- MFS Funds. Developed modules for delivery to financial firms by MFS wholesalers.
About Steve Drozdeck
Steven R. Drozdeck is the Director of our Logan, Utah office and has been in the financial services industry since 1974. First as a financial advisor, then as a sales trainer, cirriculum design specialist, coach, and key note speaker at industry conferences. He has trained over 50,000 sales professionals and written 17 books on sales, management, industry best practices, client development, and self-directed coaching (six of the books were co-authored with Karl Gretz). He has founded or co-founded a number of businesses and spends much of his time assisting financial advisors and other small businesses to market themselves more effectively through a combination of traditional and internet marketing. [He is co-owner of both the marketing company and the bookstore listed below.] He has also written over 50 articles for Senior Consultant and Personal Financial Planning Monthly magazines and has been published in TICKER and Financial Advisor magazines. Well known throughout the financial industry, he is listed in: Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Finally, Steve has developed comprehensive training programs for such comapnies as:
- Merrill Lynch. Entire training curriculum.
- Wells Fargo. Delivered courses for PCS University.
- Global Investment House (Kuwait). Market Strategies course for new advisor program.
He is also helps guide a number of charitable organizations within his community.
About Ebrahim M. Alkandari
A consultant and co-founder of dotslink consultants, Most noted for his vast experience in a wide range of industries in the Kuwaiti market, with a special focus on Creative Problem Solving, Strategic Planning, Web Strategies, Marketing and Business Plan development and implementation
Throughout his career he lead and participated in teams that designed, structured and implemented operational business strategies, marketing strategies, sales strategies and plans across a wide range of industries in the local market, his work was highly noted and appreciated in retail fashion, investment, brokerage houses, telecommunication, web based solution and Education.
Gretz Consulting Group
Since 1988 we and our strategic partners have specialized in providing business development consulting and support services that increase performance. We do this by providing consulting, coaching and training programs specifically designed to help you identify, define and achieve your objectives. GCG has been a leader in the development and implementation of customer-based, team-building, leadership, sales and management programs and curricula content for over 50 firms. During that time we have Trained, mentored and / or coached over 20,000 senior executives, managers and line sales professionals throughout the United States and Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and the Persian Gulf.
GCG Mission Statement
Our mission is to dramatically improve the personal performance of executives, managers, sales professionals and their teams by increasing the relationship management, leadership, motivational and self-management skills needed to achieve real excellence in today's highly competetive business, home and community environments. Our internalization model means significant and permanent performance improvement. Our success comes as participants see “ah hah” relevance in concepts and then internalize them.
Our Value Proposition
Clients retain us as executive level advisors and coaches to consult with personnel from the CEO and board of directors to the front-line customer interface, to create out-of-the-box solutions to problems ranging from toxic cultures to poor leadership issues. We have helped maximize cross-departmental communications and synergies while refocusing senior executive interpersonal skills to build stronger and more cohesive senior management teams.
For example, one of our client companies received a national award for the “most outstanding turnaround” in a one year period and credited us for our work in helping create a highly-motivated team and a value-oriented culture.
Individual and Small Group Coaching
Our individual and small group coaching services are best suited for executives, managers and sales professionals who require help in dealing with specific issues or problems (e.g., performance enhancement, team-building, motivation, stress management, etc.). We also provide one-on-one and small group training in coaching skills for senior executives and managers to help raise the productivity of the departments and teams they lead.
Helping Senior Executives to Lead & Manage More Effectively
We've all heard that "what got you here won't get you there." That is, the skills and attitudes that helped you reach executive status may often hold you back from further advancement. We are often called upon to help senior executives who have self-defeating personal or family problems that interfere with their job performance, but who are uncomfortable going to the company’s Employee Assistance Programs. In such situations, we have found that private coaching, both on and off the job, has helped to quickly identify and resolve the core issues of the problem. We also offer a variety of coaching and mentoring programs to help already successful individuals take their careers to the next level.
Repairing Toxic Cultural Structures
Firms also increasingly ask us to come in and repair “toxic cultural structures” that have lead to:
- Internal ethical issues (e.g., expense and budget fraud, employee dishonesty)
- Diversity issues (e.g., various forms of exploitation)
- internal political manipulation that put personal issues ahead of company goals, or blocked the advancement of key talent, and hurt the financial bottom line.
Success Happens With Internalization
The evaluation of our performance by clients tells us we’re touching chords that resonate when people are exposed to them. While the comments of clients are flattering, they tell us that people are willing to internalize the consultative principles we teach. That is the difference between our approach and any other. Success happens with internalization. That’s our value!
Our Strategic Partners
Dotslink consultants, was born in Kuwait in 2003 on the principle of providing real and practical solutions derived by a comprehensive understanding of the Kuwaiti and Gulf Cooperative Council markets.
At dotslink consultants, we are always committed to, not only providing the best strategies and plans, but implementing them to the best of our clients.
And today, we continue a very successful track of incorporating businesses from concept to completion and beyond.
Our advisory services combines, the strength of regional diversified experience, and local market awareness, to deliver solutions specially tailored for your business needs.