How I work with you to get results depends on you and your needs. My work with organizations and collaboratives often involves one or a blend of services involving: consulting, facilitation and training.
I believe in the positive change that comes when groups can tap their collective insignts and when everyone can express appropriate, authentic leadership to get things done. The values that guide my work are:
- Continuous learning
I enjoy giving to clients what I most enjoy receiving myself: the opportunity to slow down thinking, gain new perspectives and safely discuss challenges and desires.
1, 2, 3 of Best Practices
1. Clear purpose
It’s true—if you don’t know where you are going you will end up some place else. Yogi Berra had it right.
Whether is it a large multi-session convenings to chart a community’s course or a half day board retreat, or a consultation on leadership development, design planning allows for stepping back to ensure success. It means: clarifying aims and outcomes, determining what can realistically be accomplished in the time allocated, developing a pathway for next steps, considering who needs to be involved and what perspectives and data will support the best results.
2. Participation to deepen understanding
Providing ways for groups to develop shared understandings and have fuller and deeper discussions leads to better thinking and more commitment.
The wisdom that comes from a group can be a strong force that unites, propels actions and leads to greater achievements Developing our capacity for letting go of more “command and control” beliefs about how our work gets done and using effective methods that support participation and group decision making strengthens results and builds the ability of all participants to play effective roles collaborating with each other.
3. Testing assumptions and using data well
Some of our most challenging situations require that we revisit some of our core assumptions and test them in order to make progress. If you have never been able to accomplish something you desire, for example, you may believe deep down it can never happen. That may or may not be true. How can we break out of habitual responses and explore new ways to succeed?
Effective work also means making sure that discussions are prefaced with relevant data and information, so that all participants can get “on the same page”.