The CPM program far exceeded my expectations. It provides a fresh, new approach to learning; the program administrator has been phenomenal; and the class instructors have brought a new way of learning to many different subjects. One of the greatest takeaways from this experience with the program is certain tweaks to my management style and an implementation of various procedures that have enhanced operational efficiencies for Goodlettsville. I expect that I will be implementing other operational procedures in early 2019.
– Tim Ellis, City Manager at City of Goodlettsville
The Naifeh Center has been very instrumental in my leadership development. The training is vital, engaging, timely, challenging, and relative. The Naifeh Center staff illustrate best practices by being attentive to all the professional and personal needs of the learners, creating the perfect atmosphere for both innovation and growth. The Naifeh Center has effected positive change across the State of Tennessee by challenging today’s leaders to excel.
– Kim Harmon, Inspector General at Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration
I have had the opportunity to go through the training with the professionals from the Naifeh Center on several occasions. Each time, the information was different and refreshing. The staff, facilitators, and the activities were engaging, thought provoking, and career changing. Simply put, there was never a dull moment! The professionals at the Naifeh Center are gifted at bringing the information to life and showing its relevance to every day circumstances.
– Felicia Orr, Outreach Specialist Southwest TN at Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
The Online Fundamentals in Management Courses have been beneficial by helping me recognize situations that I had not seen before in the workplace. The program has helped me solve situations by using different methods of problem solving. It has also shown me ways to motivate myself and coworkers to be more efficient. The courses are so informative pertaining to productivity, individuality and helping the people we serve.
– Becky Peels, Monroe County Circuit Court
Studying at The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership has been the pinnacle of my leadership journey so far. In 2018 I was awarded the opportunity to attend the Tennessee Government Executive Institute. The Naifeh Center hosted and instructed my cohort. Over the two weeks spent at the Center, my classmates and I were immersed in a culture of true servant leadership as well as given insights and instruction by some of the top mentors in their respective fields. This opportunity changed my capacity for leadership and set me of a much more abundant and fruitful path of service for the rest of my career.
The major strength of the Naifeh Center is its staff. From the beginning sessions they created an air of inclusion and comradery that pervaded the rest of our time there. The members of our cohort became not only classmates, but friends and colleagues, and I give the credit for that success to the Naifeh Center and its exemplary staff. In 2019 I was allotted another opportunity to be a part of the leadership culture at the Naifeh Center by attending their first Tennessee Certified Managers Program in Nashville, Tennessee. I am excited about this new opportunity and the growth I feel certain I will gain from this experience.
– Mark Ridings, Chief of Information Technology at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
In the summer of 2017, I was lucky enough to participate in the Tennessee Government Management Institute that was facilitated by the Naifeh Center. Participation in that program changed my life. Never have I participated in such an inspiring and educational program on management. Sitting in that room with forty-three other professionals, I realized that I had a calling to help others become their best selves, whether it be personally or professionally. I have also participated in an inter-agency mentoring program that the Department has facilitated. The Naifeh Center staff are personable and put together a wonderful program.
– Kaycee Wolf, Chief Counsel for Insurance, Securities, and TennCare Oversight at Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance