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Jen Allen
Jen Allen
2024.02.19
All the stars aligned! I was in the depths of a job search, new(ish) to Denver with a limited network, and knew I needed some additional support. A mutual connection commented on one of Darren's posts on LinkedIn, so I set up an introductory call; within minutes, I knew he was the right career coach for me. He was direct and pointed in his questions, insightful in his observations, and supportive when I needed to be reminded of my talent and skillset. His values assessment was a great exercise to not only define what I was looking for from an organization, but also to keep me on a steady path without getting swayed by the first opportunity that came along. I left our coaching sessions with purpose, direction, and the right balance of confidence and reality to find my next role and feel prepared to take it on. He provided resources and connections, made time for me outside of our coaching sessions when needed, and checked in along the way to cheer me on. I look forward to working with Darren again when the time is right!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2024.02.20
I'm humbled Jen - what a beautiful review! You were a great joy to partner with and I regularly looked forward to your beaming smile. I couldn't be happier and more proud that you took decisive action, used values as your guide, and landed a great role that is leveraging your many strengths. Thank you!!
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Lynn Conlin
Lynn Conlin
2023.12.30
I had the pleasure of connecting with Darren at a networking event and was impressed by his ability to make you feel like a longtime friend rather than someone you just met. We remained in touch over the years and I recently had the opportunity to work with him as my career coach. I have been a fan of his LinkedIn posts, his writing style, the lessons he shares and his wit. It seemed natural to connect with him as a career coach as well. Darren has a unique ability to comfortably get you out of your comfort zone. He will challenge you to think differently; he asks insightful questions to help you probe your inner thoughts and look at where you want to be. He combines life lessons with job search lessons to make for well-rounded coaching sessions. Darren provided invaluable input on my resume as well as interview skills. He is a accomplished career and life coach and if you are in a place where you feel stuck or just need that nudge to keep you moving forward in your search, I highly recommend working with Darren.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2023.12.30
You're the best Lynn! Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! I've greatly enjoyed getting to know you over the years and just as you described - it's like we've been long-time friends. Your humor, candor, vulnerability, and ability to keep it real allowed us to quickly graduate from surface-level chit-chat into deep and meaningful conversation. Thank you!!
Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson
2023.11.03
Darren's guidance has been valuable to my job search journey. He provided advice on crafting a compelling resume and an engaging cover letter, helping me stand out in a competitive market. He offered a wealth of resources from interview tips to networking strategies. I highly recommend Darren to anyone at the beginning stages of their job search.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2023.11.04
Thanks for the kind words Kevin. You've got much to offer this world as a man - and a professional. All the best!!
Mark Blechman
Mark Blechman
2023.08.18
I connected with Darren at an inflection point in my life - personally and professionally. I am so grateful our paths intersected. Darren coached me through the intensive Positive Intelligence program, which propelled me into a course correction in how I navigate relationships and approach challenging situations. Darren’s support gave me the confidence to explore an exciting new path in my career. Thank you for everything, Darren!
Carri Pryor
Carri Pryor
2023.07.08
Darren is an incredible coach, leader and mentor. I have had the privilege of working with him throughout the past year as my leadership coach and then he was our moderator through the Positive Intelligence program. As my leadership coach, he was always curious and inquisitive and helped me dig to the root of the challenges I was facing as a leader. And although he is helpful in making suggestions when I was coming up blank, he was very encouraging to help me develop my own thoughts and solutions. I would also HIGHLY recommend working with him through the Positive Intelligence program. This program helped me to sort through a number of deep rooted challenges I was facing both personally and professionally. Darren is genuine and caring and is phenomenal at what he does. I highly recommend working with him!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2020.10.22
It was amazing and a true pleasure partnering with you! Your openness to see yourself through objective eyes, recognize the merits in others as well as yourself, and to work authentically towards improved outcomes is unrivaled. And quite frankly, it's inspiring!
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Travis Chastain
Travis Chastain
2023.06.28
Darren is the best! He has helped so much in moving from darkness and lack of clarity on the direction of my business to small, digestible and consistent steps to take. He is very kind and he helps me talk out and clarify what’s already in me. Since working with Darren I have made such in roads for my business. Business is growing everyday in no small part due to his help! Thank you Darren!
Erin Scott
Erin Scott
2023.05.08
I reached out to Darren as I was spinning my wheels on getting feedback from companies I was interested in working for. His approach help me hone into what I found most valuable in a company and align my search to find roles that were a better fit. What I went in looking for was help to figure out why I wasn't being noticed - what I received was incredible career coaching and support. Thanks Darren!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2023.05.08
Thank you Erin. It was fun partnering with you and I enjoyed our time together! Your willingness to do the work and dive in was inspiring!!
Emily Raguse
Emily Raguse
2022.12.14
Work with Darren! I was fortunate to work with Darren during the pandemic. Like many people in the pandemic era I was going through a season of change as it related to my career. I was lacking confidence and clarity in what my next career move was going to look like. Darren provided tools that enabled me to articulate my story, rebuild my confidence, and get clear on my next career move. He also introduced me to Positive Intelligence - which I still use today in my work. I really appreciated his focus on mindset and getting clear on my personal values and goals and then making sure that aligned for my next role. An excellent coach to work with if you are looking for a holistic approach to your career journey!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2022.12.14
I'm humbled Emily - thank you very much for this beautiful review. You always impressed me with your drive, focus, and unrelenting dedication to yourself, the people you love, and your career. Congrats on all you've achieved!!
Corrine Hill
Corrine Hill
2022.09.30
Darren is awesome. He helped me to take all of the "abstract" things about me and my leadership qualities and condense them into a narrative that allows me to easily convey, to a broad audience, why I am good at what I do for work. My work with him has been affirming in many ways. I'm looking forward to future engagements with Darren as my career progresses! I highly recommend Darren.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2022.09.30
Thank you Corrine! Reading your words first gave me chills and then a big smile. I've thoroughly enjoyed working through the abstract, watching you fully recognize and also communicate your greatness, and feeling more confident in the steps you're taking to progress your career. Many thanks for your review!
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shana troyer
shana troyer
2022.08.02
I was introduced to Darren through a mutual friend/colleague during a time of great professional turmoil. To say I was lost was an understatement. I had lost all of my professional confidence and I wasn't sure what was next for me. My anxiety was at an all time high. The first thing Darren did was introduce me to Positive Intelligence (PQ). This was instrumental in helping me really look deeply within myself. Why I was reacting the way I was, where my belief system originated, labeling my thought processes for what they were, and helping me change so many of those thought patterns. It also gave me the tools to help me when I was overcome with anxiety. As we worked together, Darren never pushed me to see things his way or do what he would do. He would listen to me, he would help me dig deep into why I was thinking/behaving a certain way and how those thoughts/behaviors may be sabotaging me. He encouraged me to move beyond my comfort zone and to do things differently, if I wanted a different result. And more than that, he really helped me find me again....helped me relight my spark and regain some of my confidence. I was able to narrow down what it is I want to do and how I want to show up in my next role. In the four months we worked together, I went from having no interviews and being unsure of what I wanted to do, to being offered a role with an amazing company. I have been able to let go of many of my self limiting beliefs and self sabotage. I can't say enough good things about Darren or his coaching style. If you are stuck in your world, Darren can help you get unstuck. When he says "I've got your back," he means it.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2022.08.23
Thanks Shana! I loved watching the arc of our partnership - from the loss of confidence you described to 'trying something different' and then to you landing the job you wanted. Absolutely phenomenal! You were honest, candid, real, and took action that honored you and your values. I appreciate you trusting me enough to be on the ride with you.
Nathan Tigges
Nathan Tigges
2022.07.27
I had the pleasure of working with Darren 2 years ago just before the beginning of the pandemic. I had already been looking to transition my job before I was laid off due to covid, but Darren helped me to focus my efforts, figure out exactly what I was looking to do and put me in front of people he knew that would help me to get where I wanted to go in my career. Not only did he do that, but he was flexible with me on scheduling sessions to fit my schedule and worked with me while I searched for a new job. He encouraged me to change the way I think about job searching and ultimately I ended up in a position that wasn't even hiring when I had reached out as a result of putting his coaching into practice. I believe Darren is effective at what he does to the point that when my wife was thinking of leaving her long term career but wasn't sure how to do that or where to go I strongly recommended that she at least have the initial consultation with Darren. She ended up doing his full 9 week coaching and landed her dream job.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2022.07.31
It was great working with you Nathan. I still remember the virtual fist pumps when you took that leap of faith and the business owner responded in kind. YES!!!! Partnering with Michelle was equally as satisfying and I greatly appreciate you keeping it in the family.
Eric Frazier (FRAZDOG)
Eric Frazier (FRAZDOG)
2022.07.13
Darren and I worked together for a brief period of time to get a new, fresh perspective on my career path. He had the right questions and enthusiasm from his experience to shed new light on the process. The sessions we had helped me make a decision I still feel great about, even after a year of change. You can read about improvements to be made, or you can work with Darren to coach you through the ones that best fit.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2022.07.15
You might have the award for fastest job search! That's a testament to the man you are in addition to the astute professional you are with a unique and specialized skill-set. It's no surprise your job search didn't last long. Thanks for the kind words Eric.
Cindy
Cindy
2021.12.02
Darren helped me put on a speaker event. We spoke every week and during the interim he was available for support via text and email. The event was a absolute hit and it has opened new doors to me since. I no longer consider organizing conferences beyond my scope and I owe that to Darren. Not because he helped execute any of the tasks. No. Darren helped with one of the hardest issues we all face: Knowledge work. Looking at an large problem and breaking it down in to digestible pieces. All while having a great attitude and genuine curiosity. His support, advice and guidance was paramount to my success. Thank you Darren! It was a pleasure working with you and I am forever grateful for your help and guidance!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.12.03
Thanks Cindy - reading your words brought a smile to my face! It was so fun partnering with you, experiencing the highs and lows throughout the discovery and planning process, and then feeling your positive energy after the event was such a great success. Your sense of pride was palpable!
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Tea Merdanovic
Tea Merdanovic
2021.12.02
I had the opportunity to work with Darren through a career development program for HR professionals this past year and it couldn't have been more timely for me as I was unhappy in my current role/organization, but felt really stuck in making a move. Darren took the time to not only listen to what I had to say in terms of what was important to me and what I thought I wanted, but was also able to read between the lines with ease and probe me to dig further. During the course of our work together over 6 months, Darren helped me get really clear on my values & goals and tackling the job search & interview process. The skills I learned in my work with Darren helped me to go into interviews more confidently AND most importantly, feel comfortable with taking my time in the job search process to ensure I chose the right organization whose mission, culture and values aligned with mine. Additionally, even after our sessions ended through the program, Darren made himself available as a resource and helped guide me through a counter-offer discussion that yielded a fantastic sign-on bonus! I would highly recommend Darren - he is transparent, authentic and will push you to think differently and get honest with yourself in order to move forward in your goals.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.12.02
I'm humbled Tea - a sincere thank you for the kind words. I'm grateful we were partnered together and thoroughly enjoyed our time together. You brought smile and laughter to each meeting, were open to explore topics big and small, and ultimately landed a great position. Congrats!
Steph L
Steph L
2021.10.19
There are two things that set Darren apart from other coaches. One, he has a background in career coaching and life coaching. Two, he is an ally to BIPOC, women, and people with disabilities. This is a powerful combination that helped me envision and create a life I didn’t know was possible. I am an Asian-American woman with a disability that doesn’t allow me to work a 40 hour/week job. Additionally, during Covid, I was laid off from a company that promoted a “white advantage” culture. When I first started working with Darren, I entered the job search with fear – I was afraid of experiencing internalized oppression in a company again and I was unsure what kind of work I could do since I couldn’t work the traditional 40 hour work week. After working with Darren for 10 months, I am in a place where I have head and heart alignment in my work and life. My work with Darren centered around understanding and living out my values, becoming strong in my Asian identity and letting go of my work identity, and shifting what it means to “achieve.” Darren also helped me navigate the process of finding non-traditional work. Where some have “work-life integration” or “work-life balance,” I am “living.” Thank you Darren, for helping me reset and create the outline of a life I want to live. I’d highly recommend Darren to those looking for a career coach. He has deep expertise and current knowledge of how the job search process works. For those that are BIPOC, women, or have a disability – Darren is an ally, will listen, and help you to the best of his ability.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.10.20
Thanks for the kind words Steph. I loved being part of the ride with you and couldn't be happier with where you landed. To have witnessed the arc for where we started to where we ended is nothing short of extraordinary. Congrats on all you've achieved, finding true happiness, and living your authentic life. And keep up that gourmet cooking!!
Molly McPhee
Molly McPhee
2021.08.27
I reached out to Darren at a low point in my job search. He showed me how to use my resources more effectively, offered suggestions on streamlining my efforts, asked questions that helped me better articulate and understand the shift I was trying to make, and ultimately helped me land my next role. He keeps things light and is super easy to connect with - I would highly recommend working with Darren!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.08.29
It's easy to connect with you as well Molly. I always appreciated your quick smile and laughter, openness to the discussion, and willingness to take action. Congrats on the new role!!
Timothy DeRamus
Timothy DeRamus
2021.08.16
Working with Darren was so powerful and insightful. After 30+ years including 22 years in the USAF and 10 years Federal Government Service I really thought I had a good handle on what is required to have a successful job interview. I am so thankful that I second guessed myself prior to my most recent interview. After going back and forth with myself I finally decided to reach out to Darren and thanks to him after interviewing for the same position on multiple occasions in the past I finally got that much deserved promotion. I'm absolutely convinced that I was able to break through and secure the promotion largely based on the "golden nuggets" that Darren shared with me. From now on I will refer all my friends and fellow colleagues who are looking for an interview edge to give Darren a call. I'm so glad that I did and you will be as well!
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.08.16
Thanks for the kind words Sir. It was great to partner together, full of laughter and golden nuggets on both sides. I'm so glad to know our time helped you feel more confident as you crushed this final interview!
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Ian Young
Ian Young
2021.05.04
Darren was pivotal in helping me switch industries and finally land a job that I can be excited about.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.05.04
You did all the hard work and created an opportunity for yourself. A sincere congrats!
Craig Kanthal
Craig Kanthal
2021.01.24
I recently participated in one of Darren's Positive Intelligence coaching programs, and found it to be very enlightening. Darren's willing to be open, honest, and grounded during our group sessions helped me to open up as well. By finally lowering the walls that I had unknowingly built around myself, I was able to see how my day-to-day interactions affected me, and in turn affected my friends, family, and co-workers. Darren's guidance, and the program as a whole, were really like the old proverb about teaching a man to fish. Since completing Darren's coaching program, I have learned how to far better manage my job/life stress, as well as how to turn negatives in positives. The insight gained in this program continue to pay dividends for me every day. I have, and will continue to, recommend Darren's coaching programs to anyone looking to improve themselves in either their personal life or career.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.01.25
It was great for the two of us to lower the walls we've both built up and show up with vulnerability in an open forum. I was truly proud of how you participated, the trust you instilled in the process, and how you became a model for others in the group. Thanks for your trust in me and in Positive Intelligence in addition to the kind words and recommendation.
Michael Hilkin
Michael Hilkin
2021.01.18
Darren is a life saver. After my 28 year career was downsized due to Covid-19, I was lost. Darren's compassionate understanding and keen insight into what I was experiencing gave me comfort & strength. Darren's expertise and multi faceted coaching approach was a lighthouse in a storm. Thanks to Darren my charts are set for new horizons.
Reply from The Kanthal Group | Leadership and Career Coaching 2021.01.19
You're a good man Mike Hilkin and I thoroughly enjoyed being along for the ride of the ups and downs, highs and lows of your career search. If anyone reading this is in need of a Business Development expert, Mike is the consummate professional through and through.