Testimonials

Joe and I were co-workers at Hewlett-Packard. We worked on the Vodacom South Africa Home Location Register (HLR) and Equipment Identity Register (EIR) projects for several years. Joe is a good project manager (PMP) in that he always is aware of deadlines and project obstacles. He helps you do your job with minimum interference from both upper management and your customer. He runs efficient meetings that resolve issues quickly so that we can all get back to work. He’s also one of the most cheerful people that I’ve ever met, even when things are not necessarily going well during his work day.
Bruce Calvert, Technology Counsultant, Hewlett-Packard


Joe, I really appreciate your weekly leadership inspirations, they provide both direction and confirmation… both are helpful!
Kimberly A. Moore, Chief Executive Officer, WORKFORCE Plus


Fortunately, for you, you are quite talented and gifted, compared to the rest of us (including me). I believe your greatest gift is your knowledge and the ability to share and teach others. When you speak, people listen. I think teaching is a “gift”. The mere fact that a person has a tremendous amount of knowledge, and intelligence, does not mean he/she has the capability to share information with others, but Joe, you do have that special gift. Even for the most difficult and boring subjects, you have managed to get others to participate and eventually enjoy and appreciate the discussed subjects. Your personality and your interaction with people can help them break their own barriers and reach for their own light. You represent how a teacher should be – dedication-devotion-caring-and loving. Thank you for letting me be a part of this assignment.
Diem Pham


Joe is a gifted communicator: You have a great ability to immediately befriend people, gain their trust, encourage them to help on your projects, and then promote their success afterwards. This allows you to walk into any situation and quickly make a positive impact towards your goals. Joe is a cheerleader: You promote the success of your teammates, your organization, and your company. This makes the entire team feel good, positive, and energetic when working with you. Joe shares: You have always been open about sharing personal stories, personal information, and personal tidbits. This allows for a close bond and a tight working relationship. This also helps foster additional communication (team members may share personal information back) and commitment (they say, “we can’t let Joe down now that we are so close of friends”). Joe’s values: You have always had a clear set of values. You believe in those, you live by those, you promote those, and you grow those. Examples: Christianity, knowledge management, project methodology, personal growth, higher education, over-communication, and friendship. Let me know if you need more. I could write a book on you!
Rick Manthey


Your most important (personal) gifts are the big smile, good sense of humour, inspire people to do the necessary work.
Jesper Brixen


From what I learned from you, I see you as passionate, energetic and enthusiastic, with a love and interest in people. You are process-oriented, and a sharing person. – Marion, Hewlett Packard HR, France.


You have a gift to teach. You love it and are good at it. You have a focus in your personal life that you know who you are and what you need. You are able to distinguish between requirements and know what you need to do and what you don’t. You’re modest. You always try to find a workable solution before escalating. Mediator, I think, would be the applicable term.
- Rick, Project Manager, Hewlett-Packard


You offered a positive attitude, willingness to help, sharing of ideas, and adesire to improve existing processes. Very knowledgeable and a great team player – Karen, Hewlett-Packard.


I believe you are ideally suited for this coaching role. I consider your gifts are that your natural leadership style is a coaching and nurturing style, which in today’s environment is highly desirable. In addition you are a great communicator and a disciplined worker. – Oliver, Hewlett Packard South Africa.


Joe, you are a man of many gifts to be sure! Kind-hearted person, Great speaker (one of the best I have ever worked with), Able to diffuse a potentially hostile situation. (I saw you take control in Istanbul, Turkey, during our initial meeting with our customer) – Daniel, Hewlett-Packard (Dan has been an engineer and technical consultant on several telecom projects that I managed in different countries.)


Your most important (personal) gifts are the big smile, good sense of humour, inspire people to do the necessary work – Jesper, Hewlett-Packard Denmark (Jesper and I worked together on multiple international projects.)


Trust – I can trust you to get things done in the face of adversity. Intelligence. Committed to excellence. – Joanne, Hewlett-Packard (Joanne was the senior Solution Architect on a major business development opportunity for which I was the Project Manager.)


I would genuinely say from the bottom of my heart that you’ve always shown care, love, sympathy, respect, honesty, straightforwardness and the list goes on and on. But most of all, you’ve always shown devotion, fear and love for God. Mmm, I must say you’re the most extraordinary man I have ever seen on mother earth. Everyone back in South Africa genuinely misses you because of your good-hearted and free-spirited nature. I too, love you to bits! You have touched my heart in a special Godly way. May you live to see all your grand and great grandchildren in Jesus name. – Zanele, Senior Project Administrator, Vodacom – South Africa.


Extremely passionate regarding endeavors and responsibilities. A team player. Joe always seems to put others above himself and always acts in the best interest of the team. Friendly and outgoing. Joe can find his sense of humor even during trying times. Meticulous. Joe is always on top of things. Intelligent with good common sense. – Brad, Hewlett-Packard (Brad was a very senior level software engineer when I was a manager of Software Engineering for Tandem/Compaq/HP in Omaha, Nebraska in the late nineties. Brad traveled to South Africa in 2008 and assisted us with some engineering work when I was the project manager in South Africa.)


Smart, Organized, Thoughtful, Intuitive – Kathy, Hewlett-Packard (Kathy and I were co-leads on an Action Team established by the African American Leadership Forum – AALF – of HP. Our Action Team is charged to come up with recommendations for developing Leaders versus Managers. The AALF was initiated by HP in June 2008 in San Diego where about 50 Top Performers were selected from all over the country and brought together to participate in the first HP African American Leadership Summit.)


Dr. Joe, When I think of you and the gift that GOD has bestowed on to you, what comes to my spirit is that GOD has BLESSED you with the spirit of EXHORTATION (encouragement) and a gift of FINANCIAL BLESSING to others. Sometimes, we would like to run away from our GIFTS but with you; YOU always run towards your GIFTS.  Always continue to allow GOD to use you and mold you to be the person He wants you to be. – Jacqueline, Chief Advisor – Strategic Planning & Controls, South Africa.


Successful albeit considerate. Meek but hard. Achievement-oriented. Very assertive. Smart. Hard working. Longsuffering (patient with others), if you will permit me to quote from the Bible. Joe has not forgotten his roots! And is a very dependable friend. Yes, we love you Joe! – Jackson, Texas (Jackson and I were classmates in High School in the late 1960s. We have kept in touch with each other for over 40 years now.)


Joe is a gifted communicator: You have a great ability to immediately befriend people, gain their trust, encourage them to help on your projects, and then promote their success afterwards. This allows you to walk into any situation and quickly make a positive impact towards your goals. Joe is a cheerleader: You promote the success of your teammates, your organization, and your company. This makes the entire team feel good, positive, and energetic when working with you. Joe shares: You have always been open about sharing personal stories, personal information, and personal tidbits. This allows for a close bond and a tight working relationship. This also helps foster additional communication (team members may share personal information back) and commitment (they say, “we can’t let Joe down now that we are so close of friends”). Joe’s values: You have always had a clear set of values. You believe in those, you live by those, you promote those, and you grow those. Examples: Christianity, knowledge management, project methodology, personal growth, higher education, over-communication, and friendship. Let me know if you need more. I could write a book on you! – Rick (Rick was my immediate boss for 8 years.)


Fortunately, for you, you are quite talented and gifted, compared to the rest of us (including me). I believe your greatest gift is your knowledge and the ability to share and teach others. When you speak, people listen. I think teaching is a “gift”. The mere fact that a person has a tremendous amount of knowledge, and intelligence, does not mean he/she has the capability to share information with others, but Joe, you do have that special gift. Even for the most difficult and boring subjects, you have managed to get others to participate and eventually enjoy and appreciate the discussed subjects. Your personality and your interaction with people can help them break their own barriers and reach for their own light. You represent how a teacher should be – dedication-devotion-caring-and loving. Thank you for letting me be a part of this assignment. – Diem, Project Manager, Hewlett Packard – (Diem and I worked together as colleagues for 8 years.)


I have to say that your greatest gift is your amazingly positive attitude. We have worked together on some very challenging projects over the years and I have to say that you never seem to let things get you down. You maintain a positive attitude throughout the process. You are a very good project manager. You keep things on track but more than anything else, I have to say your positive attitude is your greatest gift. – Patrick, Hewlett-Packard


Open to new ideas/processes/approaches. Willing to provide honest feedback/input. Enthusiastic regarding task/s at hand Organized. – Marlyn, Hewlett-Packard (Marlyn and I worked together for many years as colleagues, managing software engineering.)


Joe, from the time I met you 3 years ago, you have the most wonderful personality, charisma, the abilities and qualities of a born leader. You are an inspiring, motivating and caring individual who has utmost respect and love for all human beings. You bring out the best in people. Humility is the highest virtue that anyone can accomplish in this lifetime and you qualify and that is your gift that resonates onto all who you meet, thus creating positive energy in a work environment, social, etc. If this world has more people like yourself, then each one of us transcending such positives would create harmony and peace. – Prisie, Engineering Project Management, Vodacom, South Africa.


Uncle Joe, You are always positive and always see the positive side of things. Your happiness and well-being affect those around you, lifting their spirits as well. I wish you well with your new venture. – Dave, Project Manager, Vodacom, South Africa.


Communication, communication and communication! Open-minded. – Alain, Manager at Hewlett-Packard, Grenoble, France.


I am sure you know I do love you. What I see as some of your gifts are: You are an encourager who brings out the best in others. You are a good administrator and planner. You are an excellent helper (I like to explain that further: that so far as it is in your power you will help even when it is inconvenient for you. You may have forgotten this but without your help I would not have completed my masters degree thesis in time for graduation at TSU in 1989: thank you so much. – Joseph. (A family friend for over 25 years.)


You lead by example and appreciate your direct report’s hard work. You treat people fairly and establish long lasting relations by relating with others. You are open and inspire people to work hard, to be creative and responsible. – Nagesh, Hewlett-Packard (Nagesh was a software engineer who reported to me in the late nineties.)


Dr. Joe. You should be doing this for yourself…not HP….Lifestyle Coach, that is!!! Your Gifts: Gift of the GAB. You are quite a charmer. You are sincerely interested in the well-being of your fellow man. You are a positive motivator to the rest of your colleagues. As I was saying to the guys here not so long ago, you are wasting your talents at HP. With your abilities, you should be heading up your own business.

- Clive (Clive is an Engineer who worked on my team in South Africa.)


You have love in your heart. You make our pastors’ lives easier wherever we attend church at. You love me and our children. – Mabel (My Wife since 1976.)


You are the eternal optimist – no matter what the situation is. Logic and reasoning – you have the ability to help people to think through their emotions clearly.- Pearl (My 32-year old daughter.)


Planning-Savvy, Organized, Gets people excited easily, Creative, Optimistic, and Compassionate.

- Ruby (My 29-year old daughter.)


Good communicator, Dreamer, Facilitator, Loyal, Persistent, Hard-working, Disciplined. – Rick. (My close Christian Brother.)


People-person, Hospitality, Supports others, Motivates other people, Visionary – Ideas person. – Suzanne (Rick’s Wife) (Rick and Suzanne were the first family who opened up their home to us when we moved to Tallahassee in 2003.)


Resolute and caring. – Ruby (A High School mate and friend from more than 40 years ago.)


Witty, Patient, Calm, Great Leadership Qualities, Friendly, Good Listener, Team Player, and so on. – Emmanuel, Professor at Howard University. (A High School class mate from more than 40 years and still a good friend.)


You have so many gifts, it will probably take me all day to list them. A person with Integrity, Kindness – Always caring about other people, Open-minded, Visionary, Dedicated in everything you take on. – Niels, Manager at Vodacom, South Africa. (Niels and I became like true brothers. In case, you do not know the history of South Africa, I would only need to mention that Niels is a white Afrikaans.)


Consistently positive attitude, Ability to motivate people, Empathy.  For example, if you ask a person to do something, you come across as respectful of the person’s time, as opposed to thoughtlessly dumping tasks on people. – Karen, Hewlett-Packard (Karen was a very senior level software engineer when I was a manager of Software Engineering for Tandem/Compaq/HP in Omaha, Nebraska in the late nineties.)


You are very gifted with words and generosity.  You are always willing to help anyone and very good at explaining things. – Loretta, Hewlett-Packard (Loretta was my Admin Assistant for 9 years.)


You’re a gifted person, one key strength is your ability for people to like you. I believe this is because of your dedicated style of work. You are complete and your follow-up is another strength. These two gifts are a token of a person who knows how to manage any task assigned. – Len, Manager at HP Austria (Len and I worked on several international projects.)


Your gifts: Understands a situation well, Good team player, Kind, Accommodating, Family person. – Rony, Hewlett-Packard Australia (Rony and I worked on several international projects.)


The following are other selected testimonials from audiences at different speaking engagements over several years.

  1. Excellent Speaker!
  2. Great presentation style!
  3. Since this is the second time he gave this presentation, allow him to create and deliver a different topic next time, majority of the attendees return to see him.
  4. Dr. Amanfu is wonderful, please bring him back again.
  5. Very refreshing to hear the people part of project management. This is probably the most important key of success, but is rarely discussed.
  6. Dr. Amanfu obviously is very people oriented. You need to keep him coming here!
  7. Definitely learned and will put into practice what I thought I already knew.
  8. Got our attention! Good clearly understandable voice. Well-paced and informative.
  9. What a great job – professional and credible presentation!

10.  Awesome speech, with lots of info. Thanks for the education.

11.  Great speech! I always appreciate visual aids. I hope my husband is interested – He does need to lose weight.

12.  Liked the fact that you involved the audience with questions

13.  Lots of laughter – good!!

14.  Great delivery! Very informative!!

15.  Joe, Super Job! Great Gestures, Vocal Variety, and Delivery. Good choice of subject. Impressive!

16.  Joe, You are certainly filled with enthusiasm!

17.  Excellent vocalization I appreciate your motivation. Most people will pay for such an experience!

18.  Very motivational. Thanks for the education.

19.  Excellent – can’t wait to hear more about you and your mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell.

20.  Joe, Great speech. I took notes and will check out Dr. Maxwell’s books. I appreciate it. You definitely practice what you preach!

21.  You got off to a good start but rambled while setting up the five points. Once you began over, things went smoothly. You are an excellent speaker. Your accent is an asset because you enunciate well.

22.  The conference was a resounding success in large part due to the high caliber of presentations that were made to the eager participants. We cannot say enough about the strongly positive responses we received from conference participants on the presentation feedback forms. They were overwhelmingly positive on both the content and delivery of the conference topics. Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker, Dr Joseph Amanfu, whose enthusiastic presentation was particularly well received. Alan Barnes, PMP, VP Education, PMI-NEFL, Jacksonville FL.

23.  Joe’s presentation was JOE. It was not the slides. To reference Joe’s slides out of context, without the total Joe experience does not have much value.  Having said that, of course I want a copy – but that is only for my own reference to remind me of Joe’s great presentation. Just call me middle of the fence on the issue. J President of The PMI Tallahassee Chapter

24.  Thanks Joe! I thought you might like to know, after glancing through many of the survey forms filled out by the attendees, your session, and you in particular, received many wonderful compliments on the presentation and content of your discussion. In fact, every survey that was filled out from your session requested that you appear on the program again!!  – Aimee Rupe, Event Manager, Florida Digital Government Summit – A Government Technology Executive Leadership Forum