I am very pleased to recommend Gregory Jensen. Greg joined Lee Memorial Health System in March 2009 and worked as an unpaid Administrative Intern for the Human Resources Division through August 2009.
Although Greg worked with all HR functional leaders, he primarily was assigned to Lee Memorial’s Leadership Development Department where he made several notable contributions during his six‐month internship with us. Greg was an asset to Lee Memorial’s Leadership Development team and, as with all successful internships; we were disappointed when it ended.
Greg’s specific contributions to our team involved monitoring response to health system leadership education programs; developing course descriptions, educational design outlines and delivering content at our Introduction to Leadership program. This program is a 6‐week curriculum for people preparing to assume formal leadership roles within Lee Memorial Health System.
Greg was an engaging presenter whose training was supported by his thorough knowledge of adult learning principles. His attention to both content and learning differences helped increase our leaders’ learning. Participants felt very comfortable participating in case‐study discussions when Greg was facilitating.
In addition, Greg actively participated in and completed Lee Memorial’s intensive, 8‐week, flagship leadership development course: Emerging Leaders. Greg demonstrated his leadership abilities throughout the program and became a sought‐after mentor to many of our more experienced mid‐level leaders. Greg’s interpersonal communication skills allowed him to develop productive working relationships with both our leader‐clients and our interdepartmental staff development partners. He is extremely hard‐working‐‐‐ willing to assist with any task; has wonderful research skills and is highly motivated to learn.
Greg has strong information technology skills and on several occasions used his skills to diagnose problems and suggest viable solutions. Greg served as the project manager for our first attempt to transfer a traditional six‐hour, classroom‐centered, teacher‐lead leadership development program to a student‐centered, user‐friendly, e‐learning platform. He delivered an outstanding product on time and on budget and his ability to remain unflustered during high volume periods proved his ability to work well under pressure.
Greg has a zest for learning and has a variety of interests. He can relate to people in many ways and on many levels. I am pleased to recommend Greg Jensen for employment without reservation and wish him the very best in all future endeavors. Please let me know if you need further information.
Carol O. Simonds
Carol O. Simonds, System Director Leadership Development
August 11, 2009
To Whom it may Concern:
Mr. Greg Jensen has asked that I write a letter of reference on his behalf, and it is my sincere pleasure to do so.
I have known Greg for over six months, while he completed a non-stipend internship with our Leadership Development department. Unfortunately, with our economic times, we are not able to offer stipends to our interns, the few that we do invite. Greg accepted this opportunity to see first hand and learn the culture and internal operations of a very large integrated healthcare organization. He accepted assignments and responsibilities with vigor and a passion to learn. I believe both Greg and Lee Memorial benefited from his internship.
Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is embarking on its most challenging of journeys to patient safety after Employer of Choice®, financial turnaround, lean/sigma, and patient satisfaction, and many mergers and acquisitions. I am very impressed with Greg’s eagerness to learn and his dedication to patient safety. With high energy and enthusiasm, he tackled projects and assignments, completing them on time, with excellent results.
Greg exhibited professionalism in dealing with our nurses, doctors, and where encountered, patients and their families. During his internship, Greg worked with Carol Simonds, our System Director for Leadership Development and was in a key supportive role to our system-wide patient safety project. As noted, this project is the organization’s key initiative for 2009-2010.
He also facilitated the review process of a 3rd party vendor’s product in implementing a Behavioral-Based Interviewing web-based learning module designed for managers. Greg actively participated in the review process, asked good questions and was a key facilitator in a Nurse-to-Nurse patient hand off communication project that benefited from his perspective and insight.
Greg also assisted our Human Resources Leadership team in several strategic planning sessions, offering a perspective that was informative and helpful in our planning needs. Greg is a committed learning and development professional, who actively participated in our Emerging Leaders class and was well regarded by participants and staff alike.
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As part of the Leadership Development and People Strategy team, Greg taught several classes for us. Evaluative reviews of his teaching style reveal that he is engaging, and that his instruction was both valuable and very well received by participants.
Greg is a hard working, a talented and an effective communicator, as well as being personable with an engaging style. He is focused on organizational improvement and is results-oriented, loyal and dedicated to those with whom he works. I am confident during his internship Greg had many valuable learning experiences in a large, complex organization that will prepare him for the challenges he may face in the future for large and small enterprises.
Regrettably, with our financial turnaround this year, we have had a hiring freeze on most non-bedside care positions. We have no positions available in our Organization Effectiveness or Leadership Development programs. I have encouraged him to seek other job opportunities, as our healthcare financial challenges continue to grow. Greg offers exceptional talent and skills to an organization. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.