Dear Ilan Kirschenbaum

I met you as a consultant working with a development group that I led in Cisco in 2016.

We worked together for about 6 months, during which you taught me management models, approaches and terms related to Agile and in general.

During this period I had a chance to observe and participate in various activities you ran with my group. During these months we worked together I implemented with your support management principles within the Cisco organizational constraints at the time, and we succeeded to bring meaningful changes in the group.

Later on, when I moved to other organizations, in management roles, I frequently used the things I learned from you. I used the knowledge and models while implementing vision and strategy, when facing conflicts and when dealing with complex management decisions.

I found myself frequently quoting you, and research you referred me to, in meetings and while working with my subordinates. I felt that your coaching had a meaningful and long term influence on me, long beyond the period we worked together. 

I want to thank you for the tools you provided me with, and the knowledge tips you generously gave even after our formal work together has ended. I hope we will have opportunities to work together in the future. I am sure you have a lot more to contribute to me!

With appreciation,

Efrat Belams 

Automations manager