John Powell

John Powell

Program Coordinator at Henry Street Settlement

"One of the unanticipated benefits of the week at Columbia Business School is that I was able to develop strong professional relationships with individuals who are running important programs at other great organizations."

Challenges
As a program coordinator, I faced not one but two major problems at the time I took the Program. Not only was Henry Street Settlement facing the loss of two important contracts, which meant I had to manage staff reductions, but it was also experiencing a leadership transition, which meant I had to navigate a new set of reporting relationships.

Impact
The Program taught me how to develop a "worst-case planning scenario" that helped us downsize intelligently and humanely, and it also taught me about "managing up" and "getting to yes" in what was for me a new and complicated organizational environment. I emerged from the Program a clearer thinker with a more reasonable voice. It was a great experience for me.