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Practical and pragmatic coaching for executives and managers who want to accomplish more - faster. We help companies transform their hiring process into a system that allows them to hire the right candidate for the job. The benefits can transform a company. We offer 'on-site' team building for new or 'stuck' teams.  We also sell TeamTraks, an easy-to-use set of modules which can be used off-the-shelf to address a number of team intervention needs and competencies. Our most requested training is for Improving Communication Skills and Improving Managers' People Skills .  All training is customized to meet the client's specific needs. We sell the leading assessments and surveys available (and support your use of them in any way you need). Assessments include The TriMetrix System (benchmarking job and objectively assessing candidate fit), Attributes Index (job competencies), Success Insights (Personality tests, behavioral assessments, motivations indicator assessments) and Insight Inventory.  Many assessments available in up to 15 languages. Someone completes one of our assessments via the Internet every 4.1 seconds!  We can also 'custom design' any survey to meet your needs including 360, customer and employee satisfaction. For those companies and individuals who are not familiar with our products or service, we provide a free team needs assessment from TeamTraks, an opportunity to complete one of our assessments, newsletters, articles, and a free coaching session. Proudly, our clients include Shell Oil, John Deere, Mr. Goodcents, Short Circuit Electronics, Brass Eagle Paintball, and many more. We'd love to hear from you - ideas, needs and questions. Look through the site and call if we can help you.  
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Joe McKenna
"My goal is to help you, and your company, become a magnet for talented, engaged, productive employees!" - Joe McKenna

I believe most people like to know who they are working with when they hire a consultant or coach. After all, the relationship is one that has to be grounded in similar principals and beliefs and trust.

To this end you have a right to learn a bit about me.

I graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Nebraska. After graduation and some graduate school, I went to work for Marion Laboratories; a very exciting Kansas City based pharmaceutical company. I was based in Newport Beach, CA as a sales rep. I was successful in sales and advanced through the ranks. I won Salesman of the Year my 4th year with the company and earned the coveted 'Marion Ring' (for sales excellence) a number of times. Marion, by the way, was one of the extremely successful drug companies of the 80s and 90s with a very solid and positive culture and great leadership (Mr. K - Ewing Marion Kauffman - was the founder).

I accepted a promotion to the home office (Kansas City) in 1980 to become the company's first sales promotion manager. Because I was blessed with curiosity and perseverance and skilled at blazing new territory, I also became the first Key Account Manager, National Accounts Manager and National Broker Manager. I also held positions as product manager, Regional Marketing Manager, Southeast Regional Sales Manager and New Business Development Director. I won't bore you with all the other details of my career at Marion. Suffice it to say, I have had the opportunity to wear many hats and learn from some very talented people.

I left Marion (it had gone from a small $30 million company to a mega company and had merged with other companies twice and been acquired once – it is now Aventis Pharma) after a 23 year career. I had a desire to do something on my own. I began as a consultant in the areas of sales and marketing. The requests from clients and prospects, though, often centered on helping them with 'people issues'. This shaped the future direction of the KENNA Company.

The KENNA Company's focus shifted away from planning and more toward helping people in the work place get along better and become more productive. This has included work in the areas of selection, team building, and conflict resolution plus leadership development. I also have provided sales training support for some of my clients.

I am very proud to say that my clients have included some excellent organizations like Hallmark, Aquila, John Deere, Erie Insurance, Brass Eagle Paintball, Shell Oil, NKH&W Advertising, Alliance Water Resources, Mr. Goodcents, Ivy Animal Health and lots more. I believe I personally learn and grow with each company I serve and become increasingly valuable to new clients.

In addition to my consulting, coaching and training services, I also sell some of the very high quality products that I personally use to help my clients. I find that often the client needs the tools and perhaps some training, but not the services of an outside resource. When clients do purchase TeamTraks (a team building product I saw the need for and, with the help of a talented designer, Patrick Handley, PhD, brought this product to market and , INSIGHT Inventory, TTI products or other quality products from me, they know that I will personally provide them with all the support they need. These products share these common characteristics: easy to use - pragmatic - cost effective - practical - efficient - flexible - results-oriented.

A bit more background, I helped build another company called eHealthCoach which was founded by my wife, Dr. Mindi McKenna. This business helps physicians understand how and why to use the Internet in the practice of medicine. I have also helped Mindi start a company focused on Physician and Healthcare leadership. Mindi helps me by teaching a number of the workshops offered by The KENNA Company.

My family lives in Kansas City. Mindi (my wife) and I have a Golden Retriever - Jordan. We have a son, Josh, who is married to Rachel. They are expecting their first child – a boy – on March 23, 2004. They live close by in Overland Park, Kansas. We own a cabin at a lake south of KC and spend as much time as we can at the cabin (our grandbaby may alter our patterns).

I have a passion around strong work cultures that are focused on both results and people.

Check me and my company out. Ask questions. Try our products and services. I personally guarantee your satisfaction. If you have questions, call me direct at 816-943-0868 (fax - 816-943-0808). Or, of course, you can e-mail me.

Thanks a lot for your interest in my company. I hope I have the opportunity to serve you.


Joe McKenna

Mission: The KENNA Company (TKC) is dedicated to helping its client companies improve productivity by helping the companies select employees that are a good fit for the job and the organization and by helping managers become more effective at providing coaching and leadership to these employees.

You've heard the saying "People don't quit companies, they quit their managers." Over and over I have seen this proved out. In fact, over 73% of all employees who leave jobs leave because of their managers. Perhaps it was a style conflict, or the manager was unavailable to the employee or the manager just wasn't very good at leading." Ask yourself, have you ever had a 'bad or ineffective' manager? Change this dynamic and productivity and retention will improve.

The process of change is not always a straight line and it is seldom easy. It involves having the right person in the job, establishing mutual respect, developing a realistic self understanding, establishing goals, practicing open communication, being able to resolve conflict effectively, time management, planning and work/life balance.

There are a number of ways we can accomplish our mission for our clients. Reading through this website – or better yet, calling us to discuss your needs – is the best way to find out if and how.

Contact us to book a workshop or tele-class today, or simply to learn more about how we can help you!

Call us: 816-943-0868
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