Planning and Prevention.

 

Innovative strategic planning, successful change management, creative team-building and expert project management that brings it in on time and on budget - our consultants bring their years of expertise to ensure your team's and organization's success.

Strategic Planning

 

If you don't know where you're going and why, you won't know how to get there or if you're on course.  Generally every five years, organizations need to revisit their purpose, mission and values, and define a plan that considers changing trends and current conditions.  Beyond standard SWOT analyses, our consultants facilitate dynamic, creative and thorough processes that give all relevant parties a voice in shaping a future together.  We don't just focus on the end goal of a descriptive and efficient plan.  We use the process itself to build support and buy-in to expand organizational potential and unite team members under a common goal whether developing a new plan from scratch or just touching up an existing plan to check our progress.

 

Call us for a no obligation consultation on your organization's needs and we'll offer ideas and options.

Change Management

 

All growth involves change.  All change involves loss.  All loss involves protest.  Most leaders and agents of change describe frustration when staff typically resist necessary organizational changes, even when these are significant improvements.  Efficiency, productivity and morale are often threatened during periods of change.

 

However, specialized techniques and plans for effectively managing change prevent resistance, build buy-in and leverage change to re-energize people.  Our consultants are experts in change management, Prosci certified and ready to provide a free consultation to discuss your goals and how to get there.

Project Management
You don't need project management if:
  • the objectives and goals of your project are obvious with full buy-in from all parties

  • the path to get from where you are to where you want to be is clear and simple

  • you know who to involve and where to find the expertise

  • you have the time, skills and resources to overcome inevitable challenges and obstacles

  • you're able to keep to goals, scope, budget, timelines and accountabilities

If you notice that any of the above are lacking, project management will help.  More than a spreadsheet and a timeline, effective project management requires expert people skills and specialized techniques for preventing and efficiently addressing speed bumps to achieiving objectives. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation on what our Prosci-certified, PMP Project Managers can  do for you.

Public Speaking

Whether you're looking for a media expert for an interview or comment, a dynamic conference keynote or plenary presenter, an informed and provocative panelist or a welcoming, insightful and humourous speaker for any event, our award-winning consultants will leave your audience intrigued, informed and saying, "that was the best I've seen."

 

We have certified experts ready to speak to the media on workplace bullying, managing large-scale projects, sexual harassment, dealing effectively with change, racial discimination, mental health issues like depression and anxiety, homophobia, child-parent-teen communication, domestic abuse, workplace violence, labour tensions, neighbour relations, community issues, anger management, leadership and team-building to name a few.  Contact us to discuss a full range of topics and we'll provide options with no obligation.

Education:  Professional Training Workshops

Training isn't doing.  Too often people pay for training with the hope that they'll leave with the skills they need to accomplish their goals but instead either get exposed to experts who can't teach, or teachers who don't have the depth of experience to pass on to others.  Our trainers aren't just skilled educators.  They're also highly trained experts in their fields with years of "in the trenches" experience who have the adult education training to ensure participants leave traing with practical skills and tools.

 

All our training workshops are learner-centred, use a diverse range of teaching styles to match diverse learning styles, employ mutli-media presentations and are entertaining as well as highly informative.  We build-in the three objectives of raising insight and awareness, building self-efficacy and motivation and ensuring participants' toolboxes are better equipped upon closure.  Whether a 90-minute lunch and learn, a half-day all-staff or a specialized full to multi-day training, contact us for a free consultation about our full range of topics, your objectives and options.

Climate Surveys & Team Assessment
 

How do we know what we know?  We think things are good with the team.  We're pretty sure we're optimally productive and efficient.  But how do we know?  Healthy teams and healthy leaders have a constant evergreen evaluating of how they're functioning, identifying small issues before they become big and confirming successes of which they wish to do more.  Sometimes, you can tell something's wrong with the team but you just can't surface it.  Or it's surfaced but keeps coming around without ever seeming really resolved.

 

Safe, confidential and thorough external support helps.  We provide a full range of services from 360-degree feedback processes for leaders and boards, to large-scale workplace surveying to impartial and supportive team assessments to identify and effectively problem-solve issues.  We provide free, no-obligation consultations on all our services so contact us today for a confidential discussion about options.

Teambuilding
 

Sure you can go for burgers and bowling, but beyond some great group selifes on Facebook, what's the effect a week later?  Facilitated team-building accomplishes a wide range of goals including learning about each other, understanding our own styles, how to play to each other's strengths, how to better support each other, clarifying shared expectations for how we work together, preventing conflicts, boosting productivity, planning more effective and satisfying work and having fun too!

 

Whether your emphasis is on styles exercises like Myers-Briggs, facilitated discussion of issues and solutions, annual debriefing of surveys to track successes, inter-departmental corporate Team Days to break down silos, or even "X-treme Teambuilding" like cooking classes, ziplining or escape from theme-park strategy rooms, contact us to discuss goals and creative ideas to ensure they're achieved.

CEO to Go
 

Urgently need a seasoned and highly skilled leader in a pinch?  Perhaps you've parted ways with your existing leader suddenly without the time to conduct a thorough search.  Or perhaps you need an interim leader to bridge from a former one to an incoming one.  Whether it's maintaining a healthy and successful organization for now, or whether it's cleaning up errors of the past and paving a new course for a new leader, our roster of Presidents, CEOs and senior leaders will improve your organization.

There's no obligation beyond a week's notice.  No benefits packages to negotiate.  No complex contracts incurring extra legal fees.  Our "CEO to Go" serves at the pleasure of your organiation.

Our Executive Academy Roster only includes senior leadership roles who have had a minimum of 15 years executive and C-suite leadership experience, advanced academic credentials, authenticated referrals and proven senior leadership success in their fields.  Requirements include flawless success in balanced budget, high employee engagement and morale, and achievement of strategic objectives.

 

Contact us to discuss your organization's needs and learn about our cost-effective, reliable and risk free interim leadership resources.

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