GumballEnterprises

Where the serious business of leadership development is made fun...
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We call ourselves Gumballers; we’re a simple lot of folks with big expectations.  We want our company to simultaneously do good, have fun, AND prosper.                  We’re tenacious about building a globally diverse and healthy organization that delivers results. 

We promise you the:

  • Best Leadership Development Experiences: customized, serious play that leads to innovation, experiential, leading-edge coaching services

  • Best Leadership Development Products: easy to access, on-demand, original and fun

  • Sustainable Change: behavioral change that sticks

  • Real Business Impact: outcomes that result in a 5x to 7x return on your investment

Our Values:

Bottom line...... values drive behavior........and that's why clear values in every organizations is critical to cultural success, let alone long-term bottom line financial returns. So if we want to help leaders succeed, we Gumballers better walk the talk.  So though not perfect, we work on living into our values every day, which went put into action are the standards upon which we operate. 

Love

  • Love wins: Be motivated by love, not fear in all actions
  • Respect: Consider everyone your equal; seek out diversity and leverage it as a strength
  • Evangelize:  Love something about Gumball? Tell the world. If there’s something you don’t like, ask why not and become the solution
  • Gratitude: Be grateful each day for all we have and are able to build
  • Compassion: Actively listen, seek to understand, and practice empathy

Play

  • Be joyful: Bring levity to all things throughout your day
  • Walk the talk: Serious play makes good invention, practice it daily
  • Optimism: Be hopeful and confident that everything will work out for the best
  • Creativity: Use your imagination to originate ideas that turn into your best work

Freedom

  • Liberation: Free our customers from all barriers that prevent them and their organizations from thriving
  • Remove barriers within yourself so to reach your fullest potential
  • The Cobbler’s children have shoes: Treat each other as well as any customer
  • Eradicate modern day slavery 

Learning

  • Organizational Growth:
    • Emulate the best: Learn from the best, seek their council
    • Pivot: The only constant is change, so embrace it, learn from it, it’s a part of your job
    • Innovate: Build prototypes, experiment, fail fast; adopt 'design thinking'
  • Personal Growth
    • Be a seeker: If we’re not growing we’re dying; seek to develop, develop others
    • Be a seer: Calculate risk with pre and post-mortems; anticipate

Trust

  • Be Credible: Know your stuff, show your stuff
  • Be Fair: Equity for all; equal does not mean ‘the same’  
  • Respect others: Be humble, honor the contributions of others, leverage diversity

Team

  • Family: Be the musketeers -  all for one, one for all
  • Loyalty: Earn it honestly, give it discerningly
  • Community: Engage with the community through acservice

Results

  • Keep it simple
  • Flow downstream: Choose the path of least resistance
  • Talk to trees: Reflect,listen deeply, trust intuition, be mindful
  • Only keep what’s valuable: Retain value and eliminate waste
  • Do what it takes: Ethically focus on results and customers
  • Discern & Commit: be patient enough to let it ripen, then pick the fruit

CLIENTS

Testimonials

Steve Mauri, COO, PopCap Games/Electronic Arts: "The Gumball team has been an excellent partner for PopCap as we’ve navigated organizational changes and leadership succession.  They have helped us hone in on and improve critical areas in talent development both at our leadership level and deeper in our organization.  Gumball continues to be a helpful sounding board in our ongoing operations and is always a pleasure to work with."

Jennifer Heard, Vice President, Microsoft "I personally have attended dozens of leadership trainings over the last 10 years and while they were really good, this one stood out and I believe it has more to do with the instructors vs. content.  Your style and connection with the audience was demonstrated by your ability to keep the entire leadership team engaged, participating and having fun."

Josh Reich, CEO Simple Bank: "Having a third-party independent facilitator was a new approach for us and Gumball was able to quickly identify themes and design a program that allowed us to make the most of our valuable time away from the office. Over the two days we were able to fast-track the development of a deep level of trust and alignment between the team and towards our strategic plan."

 

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Lisa Hufford, CEO , Simplicity Consulting, Inc.: "Ann Dorgan is a very experienced and intuitive executive leadership coach. When working with me and my team I’ve always been impressed with her ability to identify the key goals and focus on the priorities that drive success.  She has a way of cutting through all the clutter and getting to the heart of the matter quickly."

Nacy Lovecchio, Head of Global Rewards, DH Corporation: "Gumball’s executive coaching contributes to the highest level of my strategic thinking. Our work leads me to the big ‘aha’ learnings that will last a life time. My coach helps me connect the dots between seemingly disconnected data points, which in turn impact my business in a unique and big way."

Wayne Hickey, Executive Vice President of Edelman Public Relations: “I think we’ll all look back at our time together as a watershed moment for our team. Appreciate all the work that went in to getting us there.”

 

Other Clients we've proudly served...

Case Studies

4B Bio Tech Company:

A fast growing 3-year-old bio teach company was doubling in size every year and needed to turbo charge their leadership team and manager population.  Gumball custom designed both executive and management programs that targeted specific developmental needs over the course of six months.  As a result, a unique decision-making tool was built and implemented, which effectively improved analytical processes, information sharing, and final decision making on critical initiatives and go-to-market products. Coaching and communication skill building contributed to organizational alignment and an increase in individual leadership capabilities.

3.5B Game Company:

A 450M game company was acquired by one of the largest game companies in the world. Within two years the organization was faced with 3 leadership transitions, 2 organization restructures, advancing their bench strength, upskilling their talent, realigning the culture and redefining their mission. GumballEnterprises was brought on board to strategically consult, coach, and facilitate the Executives through all of these transitions over the course of 3 years.  The organization is currently exceeding financial targets and has been identified by headquarters as a leading studio in their portfolio, specifically in innovation and leadership. Coaching and facilitation continue.

74B Global Technology Company:

An Information Technology business within the company was growing at a rate of 70% a year.  They faced challenges scaling their employees into managers and onboarding new managers into the organization. Using Action Research, Gumball partnered with the organization to survey 1200 employees regarding manager skill levels in the fundamentals, conducted Executive interviews, and facilitated international future search workshops.  As a result of the data collection, a comprehensive design for upskilling 350 managers was created.  The company developed, deployed and sustained the program.  

50B Global Technology Company:

An internal leadership team of 20 people were charged with developing a unified and interdependent team with a given external vendor.  The vendor relationship was originally characterized as hierarchical and inequitable. The leadership response after the initial 2-day team building retreat was summed up in various leader comments by the executive leaders.  The Executive Vice President said, “Thank you for all of the hard work you put in to make the offsite a success.  Everyone on my team said this was one of the best off-sites they’ve attended, which is saying a lot. Was also great for me, as I learned a lot about myself and what I need to adjust (and keep doing) to be successful as a leader of this team.  I think it helped [my peer leader] and I get to another level. Looking forward to continuing our engagement with you.”

2B Global Telecommunications Company:

1500 information technology employees took an employee satisfaction survey regarding career development that resulted in an average score of 75%.  GumballEnterprises was hired to consult and build a new career development program.  GumballEnterprises implemented and managed training and facilitation services, which included coaching. There was a 10% increase in employee satisfaction within one year. 

6M USA Accounting Firm:

Executive Consultation and Coaching services were provided to five original owners retiring within a span of 4 years.  The design and implementation of a five-year retirement and succession strategy was created.  As a result, the client retention through transitions is at 96% over the first two years.

50M USA Family Owned Business:

3 years of design, development and delivery of off-sites and facilitation services. Participant satisfaction survey score results were as follows: N= 24, Question: “Was this retreat a success for you?” Score was a 4.8 out of 5. Qualitative comments: “Excellent breakthroughs; meaningful dialogue on the most important issues.” “Deeper trust and bonding than we’ve ever had - difficult but rich - an appropriate response to what hard things we are all feeling - a positive experience.”  Question: “Did you find Ann Dorgan helpful?” was a 4.7 out of 5. Qualitative comments: “Ann was extremely skillful, one of (if not the) most skillful facilitators I’ve encountered.” “Yes. I found her more helpful than any of the facilitators that we’ve had so far - I think her personality works well with our family dynamic.” “Yes! I thought she was a wonderful group leader and helped keep the conversation flowing and on track. She was smart and had a lot of knowledge about what was appropriate for our needs.”


 

TEAM

Statistically, diversity proves more enjoyable, effective, innovative and positively impactful to the bottom line.  Sure it takes awareness and intention to form the right team, but isn't that what leaders get paid for?  

Besides, you know time is money and unwanted turnover stinks... no one likes to quit or be fired, so the right fit on any team is critical. Gumball co-creates flexible and diverse teams to assure agility, long-term commitment and sustainability throughout your projects.  Our teams and teammates are diverse; they have diverse subject matter expertise, a diverse global mindset, diverse gender and diverse ethnicity.

Find out more

 
Paige Christian Executive Assistant

Paige Christian Executive Assistant

Rob Dorgan CCO, MA-ABS

Rob Dorgan CCO, MA-ABS

Patrick Smith Administrator

Patrick Smith Administrator

Manish Gaoudi Advisory Board

Manish Gaoudi Advisory Board

Mindy Creary Advisory Board

Mindy Creary Advisory Board

Lisa Hufford Advisory Board

Lisa Hufford Advisory Board

Mariko Lockhart Advisory Board

Mariko Lockhart Advisory Board

Patti Solaski Advisory Board

Patti Solaski Advisory Board

Micah Samuels Advisory Board

Micah Samuels Advisory Board

Brenda Bluemke Gumball Associate

Brenda Bluemke Gumball Associate

Clarissa Cullers Gumball Associate

Clarissa Cullers Gumball Associate

Brit Poulson Gumball Associate

Brit Poulson Gumball Associate

Sarah Osteen Gumball Associate

Sarah Osteen Gumball Associate

Federico Vecchiarelli Gumball Associate

Federico Vecchiarelli Gumball Associate

Anh Vo Gumball Associate

Anh Vo Gumball Associate

Tracey Lovejoy Gumball Associate

Tracey Lovejoy Gumball Associate

Joseph Pauley Gumball Associate

Joseph Pauley Gumball Associate

Letetia Liggins Gumball Associate

Letetia Liggins Gumball Associate

Dr Stephen Schuitevoerder Gumball Associate
Marilyn O'Hearne Gumball Associate

Marilyn O'Hearne Gumball Associate

Pam Rechel Gumball Associate

Pam Rechel Gumball Associate


Citizenship

At Gumball our core value is freedom.  We free leaders from barriers that prevent them from excelling at their jobs, we free ourselves through life-long learning so to be the best practitioners we can be for our clients.  We also acknowledge we are global citizens and believe our efforts would be in vain if we didn’t attempt to change the world in a bigger way. Inasmuch, we have the greatest concern for those who have been stripped of their freedom: slaves.

 

According to research provided by our partners, Polaris Project, [link: http://polarisproject.org/facts]: 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking and slavery across the globe. Among them, twelve million human beings live as sex slaves, the majority are female between 6 to 18 years old. These are only the documented numbers. Due to the clandestine nature of the global slave trade the actual number may be higher. The United States prides itself on leading the world as a free nation yet, surprisingly, slaves live among us daily.

 

Gumball Enterprises dedicates 5% of all earnings after expenses to leaders and organizations devoted to the liberation of slaves and we hope you will give too. The Polaris Project leads the fight to end modern-day slavery. Currently, Polaris has identified and responded to 25,000 cases of human trafficking, and as of 2015, approximately 80,000 service providers, law enforcement, corporate leaders, and more have received to combat slavery from Polaris. For more information, and to make donations, visit Polaris [link: https://polarisproject.org/].

 

Please watch this Tedx Talk with CEO BradleyMyles to learn more and donate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q30BAM65q7c


Purpose

FREEDOM

Freedom is Gumball's number one value, and values drive behavior.  So everything we do centers around putting a desire for freedom into action.  Gumball works every day to liberate leaders by being their strategic think partners, coaches, facilitators and trainers, we liberate slaves by donating money and time to organizations committed to ending human trafficking, and we liberate ourselves by committing to walking our talk and remembering we too are leaders, needing constantly to learn and grow in service to others.   

LIBERATING THE LEADER

The world needs great leaders. Freeing leaders from barriers that hold them back from reaching their potential is our numero uno goal.  We are strategic partners helping each leader set and execute personal, team, business and community aspirations.  When fully committed to the development process, leaders and their organizations are transmogrified.  They find they are equipped to unleash the potential of their entire organization. A leader's liberation is our reward.  

LIBERATING THE SELF

Our number one value at Gumball is FREEDOM.  Through our commitment to life-long learning we strive to liberate our selves from behaviors that no longer serve us.  We strive to eat our own dog-food, walk our talk, and be the example of the work; to ourselves, to our colleagues, and to our clients.   Though not perfect, we are devoted to practicing what we preach by being coached and facilitated as well as coach and facilitate.   We are constantly researching, attending classes, seeking certifications and degrees, and soliciting feedback from our customers, clients and peers.  

We're growing, not dying, acting out of love, not fear, all for the sake of liberating ourselves from our own limitations. We want to be the best we can be; this is the promise to ourselves and to our clients. 

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LIBERATING THE SLAVES

None of this really matters if we don't attempt to change the world in a colossal way.  Twenty-two million people are slaves across the globe. Twelve million are sex slaves and the majority of them are between 6 to 18 years old, with most of them being female. These are only the documented numbers.

We are a country that prides itself on being a free nation yet slaves live among us daily. GumballEnterprises, Inc. gives 5% of all earnings after expenses to those leaders and organizations devoted to the liberation of slaves and we hope you will give too. For more information, and to make donations, visit Polaris.