The Catalyst Difference
We understand that choosing a professional facilitator, adviser or consultant can be a difficult process. Over the years, we have repeatedly heard several things from our clients regarding what they have found uniquely valuable in working with us:
1WITH CATALYST, YOU ALWAYS WORK WITH A PRINCIPAL, NEVER WITH A CONTRACTOR.
We are a small organization, by design. We long ago made the decision to remain small and flexible, allowing us to work on a few projects at a time and provide the best possible facilitation and consultation services on those projects. Each Catalyst client works with one of our two principals.
2WE ARE NOT JUST PROCESS EXPERTS, BUT UNDERSTAND ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR LEADERS.
Both Catalyst principals have MBAs and broad business backgrounds, positioning us to engage credibly with C-level executives across industries and organizations. Ms. Waisner also has a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. Our varied interests and backgrounds allow us to partner each project with the Catalyst principal most suited to the organization and its needs.
3OUR FOCUS IS ON OUTCOMES, NOT ON US.
Too often, facilitation is more about the facilitator than about achieving the outcomes. We adjust our style and approach to the needs of the organization. The hard-charging, extremely fast-paced session that “works” for a Fortune 50 senior team may, for example, be all wrong in a university setting, where a more reflective, consensus-based style is appropriate.
4WE PROVIDE FULL-CYCLE FACILITATION.
We work with you through the entire facilitation process, from customized design through follow-up. We believe that thorough preparation is the key to a successful facilitation, and never attempt to short-circuit or “wing” the design and preparation process. Once the session ends, we stay involved, providing you with the appropriate follow-up, input, and recommendations.
5WE PRICE BY THE PROJECT — NOT BY THE DAY.
The Catalyst business model was designed to provide a niche menu of professional facilitation services at reasonable, project-based rates that are known upfront. No time clocks. No per-day or per-hour billing. No walnut-paneled offices to add overhead costs. We want our clients to pick up the phone or shoot us an email without stopping to think "what is this going to cost me?"
Our passion is leading meetings that produce BREAKTHROUGH RESULTS
Cynthia's Top 5 Skill Endorsements on LinkedIn:
My name is Cynthia Waisner and I am the owner and Managing Partner of Catalyst Consulting Partners, LLC — a woman-owned small business. For more than 20 years, I have focused on helping organizations across the enterprise spectrum make lasting decisions and achieve breakthrough results by facilitating more productive meetings. This is my mission — and my passion.
My clients range from well-known organizations such as Wal-Mart, NASA, The Centers for Disease Control and Stanford University to smaller businesses you may not know such as Williams & Williams, Cameron and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.
On the surface, these organizations may seem so dissimilar that you may wonder how I could possibly bring value to each of them. But the answer is simple. Every organization, regardless of size, location, industry or culture, holds important meetings — meetings that must be successful for the organization to grow and achieve its objectives. This is where my facilitation skills and broad business and leadership experience are leveraged by my clients to achieve breakthrough results.
Glen's Top 5 Skill Endorsements on LinkedIn:
My name is Glen Waisner and I am a Managing Partner of Catalyst.
While spending more than 20 years on "your side of the desk" — first in the energy industry (where, among other positions, I was Vice President of Mass Marketing for a Fortune 200 company) and later in Consumer Goods (as President of a midsized manufacturer with operations in the US and China) — I purchased a lot of professional services from some of the biggest names in the consulting, legal and accounting worlds. For the most part, their work products were excellent. But their costs were such that I very carefully considered all of my options before picking up the phone to talk with them. After all, the "meter" was always running.
Cynthia and I knew there had to be a better way. So we launched (full disclosure — she launched and I joined later) a firm specifically designed to provide a niche menu of professional services at reasonable, project-based rates. No time clocks. No per-day or per-hour billing. No walnut-paneled office to add overhead costs. We want our clients to pick up the phone or shoot us an email without stopping to think "what is this going to cost me?"
Speaking of clients, my passion is working with senior leaders to facilitate and accelerate growth within their organizations (and themselves). I have coached dozens of CEOs and other senior leaders one-on-one as I work with their teams to facilitate special meetings/events or provide project-based advisory service. The people I work with come to view me as a "professional outsider," a colleague who mixes a strong understanding of their businesses with a fact-based and experienced point-of-view that seems to help them solve some of their thorniest issues.
I guess that's why they keep inviting me back!
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