Organizational Transition and Change
Organizations are increasingly confronted with how to bring about major change with the least disruption to productivity and morale. We support organizations dealing with the following challenges: mergers; acquisitions; joint development initiatives; rapid growth; downsizing; reorganizing; work redesign; introduction of new technology; or changing your corporate culture. We can provide you with any or all of the following types of support:
Changes in customers, technology, competition, and the external environment all may call for a new paradigm for doing business. Organizations often reach a point where evolution and fine-tuning no longer meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
We are experts in reengineering, work redesign, and reorganizations. Many consulting firms do an excellent job on the intellectual design process; but they often leave the work force in ashes. The resulting chaos and uncertainty affects all, causes top performers to leave, and leaves others disoriented and unmotivated.
Our strength in reengineering, work redesign, and reorganization is the result of our expertise in change and transition management and our ability to integrate human factors into work and structural design. Areas often overlooked that we excel in include:
Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Meeting and Retreat Planning
We assist clients in strategic planning at the enterprise and department level from plan conception and design, throughout the facilitation of the process, and the integration of the plan into the business operations. A quality strategic plan is more than long-range visioning and forecasting--it assumes that what we decide today doesn't just predict the future, it influences the creation of that future. It also should become the basis for business planning and budgeting. The end result is a clear context for driving the future course, and a clear line of sight from employee objectives through departmental and enterprise tactical plans, through the strategies, to the mission. We design custom processes that make sense in your organization, and leverage your existing tools and resources.
In addition, we provide consultation for meetings and retreats of all types, domestically and internationally:
Have you ever computed the cost of a meeting in your organization? Meetings are one of the most highly leveraged uses of time in organizational life. Smart meeting planning and design and skilled meeting leadership and facilitation can greatly increase productivity and serve as a key for facilitating change. We can provide direct support or coach you on how to strengthen your meeting results.
A lot of time, energy, and resources can be misspent on addressing symptomatic issues. It's difficult to look objectively at a problem if you are too close to it or even if you are simply a part of the system in which it exists. Our assessment expertise allows us to identify underlying problems and their causes and to throw light on the subtle factors at work in a situation. We add value to the diagnostic process by:
Executive and Management Coaching
We frequently coach executives and managers individually. Clients typically come to us as a result of one of the following situations:
A customized plan, goals, and success factors are developed to match the unique needs of each client. We use a variety of assessment tools, such as interviews with key individuals, 360 degree feedback (Center for Creative Leadership's Benchmarks instrument or others), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory, and others, as part of the process. Active coaching and progress reviews are done in person and by telephone, typically over a period of 3-6 months. Clients have specific assignments to complete between coaching sessions. Ask us for a package and quote tailored for your specific needs.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
We are experts in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is the most widely-used instrument for executive and management development. It is invaluable for helping managers and team members understand their own interaction and decision-making styles, understand others' different styles, and appreciate the value of the differences. This tool has been used successfully in multicultural and multinational settings. With 70 years of research behind it, the MBTI is a powerful and enjoyable mechanism for building effective work relationships in intact or cross-functional teams or with customers. Our publisher is Consulting Psychologists Press, publisher of the MBTI.
Joint Development Initiatives, Mergers & Acquisitions
We help JD and M&A teams get off to a fast, positive start. You've already identified the value drivers in the JD deal. Our "Doing What Matters" process makes sure that the organizational elements and processes are lined up for success from the beginning.
Once these initiatives are well underway, the sheer volume of demands on everyone's time makes it harder and harder to figure out what to do and to get the right processes and tools in place. We provide assessment, a fast launch process to help you focus on "Doing What Matters," change and transition management, and meeting design/facilitation services to help you be successful.
We provide team development for intact work groups, cross-functional teams, executive teams, and business process re-engineering initiatives. We have particular expertise in working with multi-national teams, and teams operating across multiple sites and broad geographies (both functional and cross-functional).
Our overall approach to team development is focused on addressing business issues, creating commitment, and improving interpersonal relationships.
We are known for our expertise in using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is used widely in business to help team members both more fully appreciate each other's unique strengths and capitalize on individual differences (rather than let these become obstacles).
We work with you to develop a unified system-wide strategy to make you an industry leader in both Web-based or traditional commerce. We help you to:
Depending on your need, consulting services can take the form of a single simple intervention or a major multi-year process.
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