Leaders and organizations will achieve their full potential, becoming successes in their business, community, and personal lives.
The Deremo Group
Delivering Transformational Solutions
Strategy | Sustainability | Business Renewal | Governance | Succession | Leadership
The Deremo Vision
The Deremo Mission
To maximize leaders’ and organizations’ full potential to produce great, sustainable results within an ever-changing business environment though consulting, executive coaching, and speaking.
Dottie Deremo is the principal partner and CEO of The Deremo Group (TDG). TDG is a wholly owned consulting company that delivers strategic business and talent results for companies, boards, and C-Suite leaders across all business sectors. Areas of focus for TDG include fast cycle strategic planning, business sustainability and renewal, succession planning, and Clifton StrengthsFinder strengths-based leadership development of teams and individuals. Dottie is also a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker.
Dottie is one of an elite group of consultants globally that has completed the rigorous Gallup education, practice, and testing requirements to become a Gallup Certified Executive Strengths Coach. Thus, Dottie has access to the Gallup Strengths-Based Development System of research and materials to inform her consulting, leader and team development, as well as executive coaching practice.
Dottie is recognized nationally and internationally as an influential leader, entrepreneur, consultant, healthcare public policy expert, keynote speaker, and author. She is the retired CEO of Hospice of Michigan (HOM), the Hospice of Michigan Research Institute, and HOM’s national subsidiary company, At Home Support.
Dottie’s formal education includes two master’s degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan as well as three business fellowships from Wharton School of Business, Kings Fund College in Great Britain, and Harvard School of Business respectively. Dottie has a long history of professional and community service on local, state and national boards.
If you would like to learn more about Dottie and her extensive experience, her resume is provided below.
With nearly 50 years of business experience, Bob Deremo brings his extensive expertise to the running of The Deremo Group operations.
Bob started out his career in regional retail management for a large retail chain for 10 years. He then became an independent real estate broker and co-owner of Great Lakes Title Insurance Company scaling it to multiple sites throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area and implementing best practices, standardization, and computerization throughout the company before this was the standard in the industry. Bob sold his portion of the business at the height of the real estate boom in the mid-2000s.
Known for his personal and business integrity, high standards, knowledge of current events, and practical, detail-oriented approach to business issues, Bob balances his business skills and experience with a delightful sense of humor.
Values - WIN
Harnessing an organization’s full potential by maximizing the HEAD, HANDS, HEART, and SOUL of an organization to achieve consistently outstanding, sustainable results from the Board Room to the Customer.
- HEAD—Creating alignment of organizational frameworks, principles, strategies, plans, tactics, and analytics from the Board Room to the Customer
- HANDS—Driving to outstanding, sustainable, and consistent results through full implementation and execution of plans
- HEART—Fully engaging leaders and staff at all levels in achieving the success of the enterprise
- SOUL—Living the organizational mission, vision, and values that achieve a higher purpose for society than just pure profits
Integrity and Innovation
Lasting success depends on the trust of those we lead and those we do business with. Trust is built on integrity and honesty, even when truth-telling is not popular.
Looking through a review mirror is not a strategy for the constantly changing future. A leader and organization must innovate and reinvent themselves every 3 to 5 years to remain relevant in their market.
Never Compromise on Excellence
Setting a standard for oneself and others that expects and delivers the best in every endeavor, big and small.
What our clients say
Dottie’s facilitation of the American House strategic planning process was one of the best I have the opportunity to participate in; very well done. Dottie kept us focused and the resultant work product (mission, vision, values, and goals) was spot on for where we were at in our life cycle as a company. The operating plan still acts as the foundation for what we are doing today and what our team members use as a guide to become a better organization and bring our team together.
Chief Administrative Officer
Hospice of the Piedmont was in need of a strategic plan that would provide organizational direction for the Board of Directors, management and staff. The leadership needed to come together to envision its future position in the market and identify the drivers for operational success and metrics to achieve financial sustainability.
We needed a knowledgeable and skilled facilitator to take us through a process where we could look into the future and identify the steps that needed to be taken to improve performance.
Dottie Deremo was the perfect person for this assignment. She quickly earned credibility with our team by demonstrating her knowledge, experience, and interpersonal skills. She created an engaging and participatory process with board members, the management team and staff. The result is a clear road map for the direction of our organization.
The process Dottie directed was a tipping point for Hospice of the Piedmont. She was able to instill a deep sense of ownership in our plan. I am happy to say we have tipped in the right direction and have enjoyed record-setting success as we continue the implementation of our plan.
Ron Cottrell, CEO
Dottie Deremo has been a consultant for our organization and my mentor for the past five years. During this time we have been going through exponential growth in our census and greatly expanded our services.
With Dottie’s guidance we have also ramped up our fundraising for operations and at the same time, she helped us initiate our endowment program that now exceeds $15 million dollars. She provides a steady guiding hand to the organization and offers a shoulder to lean on in my role as CEO. She also gives assurance and direction to our Board of Directors in their evaluation of me and our management team.
Dottie serves as a permanent advisor to our compensation committee. She has guided us in recruiting and hiring and training our team leaders. She has taken an active role in navigating us through more than one crisis that could have spun out of control without her “steady hand” stewardship.
If this all sounds like a fantastical assessment, it is not. Rather Dottie’s role as our consultant has been a dream come true that has made our organization thrive. I highly recommend her services to any organization that wants to manage their growth and build for a sustainable future.
Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman
Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
Dottie’s method of strategic planning helped our agency view our cost centers in new ways that provided critical insight into where our efforts, as an agency, should best be focused. She engaged our staff and our board members by listening and educating and guiding the process in a way that created a sense of ownership of the strategic planning and ultimately, the plan. Dottie left our executive team with the tools to implement the plan and to refresh it as needed. We endorse Dottie for strategic planning because of her effectiveness, but also because her humor and enthusiasm make the process fun!
Nancy S. Heinrich
One of the truly great things about Together Health Network was meeting and working with Dottie Deremo. I’ve gained so much from Dottie’s Clifton Strengths Training sessions, executive coaching, industry knowledge and wisdom, and most importantly, her keen no-nonsense approach to life. Dottie doesn’t give you the answers to the test, but guides you in discovery toward personal and professional life balance.
Together Health Network
The team at Leader Dogs for the Blind has had the good fortune to work with The Deremo Group for a number of years. Dottie facilitated an offsite retreat of the five member senior team in 2015 focusing on leadership and team-building, with an introduction to StrengthsFinder 2.0. In 2017, she facilitated another offsite retreat of the now six member senior team with an in-depth focus on StrengthsFinder and how to utilize that to better understand our team dynamics and work together more effectively and collaboratively. In early 2018, Dottie worked with our Governance Committee to introduce Strengths Based Leadership and its implications for board leadership. We have been so pleased with Dottie’s facilitation and consultation, that we are now planning to incorporate StrengthsFinder with our entire team! Sue Daniels, President & CEO, Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Leader Dogs for the Blind
In 2015, our firm was fortunate to have Dottie lead a workshop on the importance of developing emotional intelligence skills, particularly as our rising women leaders look to climb the ladder of business influence. The way she broke the session down to include how biology affects the response of men and women in various situations, communication differences, specific strategies to improve influence, and how to turn our “differences” as women into advantages made it easy to walk away with some new tools and immediate ideas to implement. Her storytelling ability and sense of humor are fantastic, which only made the session that much more impactful. I can personally say that her workshop had a lasting impression on my views of what leadership entails and tools to be a great one!
Dottie has a unique ability to listen, assess and apply the client’s needs to solid yet practical solutions. Whether she is leading strategic planning or governance analysis processes for boards and executives, her experience and intelligence translate into ideas that make a difference. In addition, Dottie is fun to work with.
Dottie has a special way of getting to root causes and solutions to foster better business via large audiences, intimate workshops, or coaching and facilitating leadership development of teams and individuals. I have seen first-hand the difference in executives, managers and teams based on Dottie’s analysis and guidance. The more efficient and effective outcomes speak for themselves.