Meetings, Meetings Everywhere!
Every day in the US, there are more than 36 million meetings, many of which are ineffective and unproductive. The cost of these sub-par meetings is more than $37 billion per year. What a waste!
Does my meeting need a professional facilitator?
Maybe. Maybe not. Here are a few important and practical considerations.
Better Meetings. Better Results.
We can help!
We’ve been designing and facilitating successful meetings, workshops, and retreats for almost twenty years. Our clients range from global brands such as Bayer, BDO, and Gucci to entrepreneurial startups looking for their first profits to national associations like the School Nutrition Association. The organizations we work with are very different…but the challenges they face and their need to leverage their most important meetings — what we call Meetings That Matter Most™ — is common ground.SCHEDULE FREE PHONE CONSULT WITH CYNTHIA SCHEDULE FREE PHONE CONSULT WITH GLEN
Meetings That Matter Most™
As professional facilitators, we will deliver high value to you and your organization when we’re used for your most important face-to-face interactions, such as:
- a multi-day offsite meeting at which your organization’s long-term strategies and action plans were created, modified, or completely revamped;
- a meeting of your organization’s senior leadership team intended to address internal tensions and/or competing agendas;
- a visioning session during which the foundational direction of your enterprise was challenged and/or solidified;
- an innovation workshop during which new products, services, or business models were envisioned;
- a leadership development session intended to improve internal communication, effectiveness, and culture;
- a conference of stakeholders (e.g., partners, investors, suppliers, customers, etc.) at which new information was collected and/or shared; or
- a board-level meeting at which approval was sought for new strategies, goals, budgets, etc.
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What do facilitation projects include?
We work closely with project sponsors to articulate detailed project expectations and deliverables that are unique to each engagement. But our facilitation projects almost always include three phases:
What does all of this cost?
Our professional fees are always based upon the project, so that you can call upon us at any time without concern that the “meter is running.” Our work is also guaranteed, and we will commit as much time as necessary to fulfill the outlined objectives and meet the agreed-to time frames.
Our typical professional fee for a custom-designed meeting, workshop, retreat or other special event typically ranges between $2,900 and $6,500 (depending on meeting duration, numbers of attendees, tools and assessments, etc.). This fee includes all three of the phases outlined above.CONTACT US TODAY!
Here are few examples of recent facilitation projects:
Designed and facilitated multi-day innovation, business model, and market development sessions for multiple divisions of global military and civil aviation market supplier leading to clear and focused innovation road-map for each division.
Ongoing design and facilitation of quarterly Board meetings for large regional retailer experiencing record growth over period of engagement.
Designed and facilitated Partners’ retreat for large regional law firm in order to air issues threatening firm continuity. Taught skills in area of crucial conversations, developed behavioral agreements for interaction, and defined roles and responsibilities to reduce friction going forward.
Stakeholder Meetings and Task Forces
Designed and facilitated multiple stakeholder meetings and task forces to air diverse viewpoints and develop guidelines and standards related to and mandated by passage of federal statute. Developed stakeholder support for standards and guidelines and identified common ground among disparate stakeholders for moving forward.
Energy Firm Strategic Plan
Designed and facilitated multi-day session for senior global leaders of diversified oil and gas service provider. Defined shift in investment priorities leading to accelerated growth.
Trade Association Strategic Plan
Designed and facilitated multi-day session for board of major trade association. Developed clear 3-year strategy and plan to guide resource allocation and outreach and achieve objectives.
Business Model and Value Proposition Innovation
Engagements with multiple global business units of surface technology conglomerate. Defined value propositions for each, leading to clearer focus on particular customer segments and adjustment of business models for improved growth and profitability.
Annual Strategic Planning Process
Ongoing multi-year relationship with manufacturer of high-end smokers and barbecue technology. Established mission and vision statements, developed first strategic plan, and established senior-level team. Annually update plan in multi-day session combined with team development. Company has streamlined product offerings, clarified value propositions, and modified business models for improved growth and profitability.
Senior Team Development
Ongoing, multi-year relationship with C-suite team of multi-billion dollar global consumer products manufacturer, serving as team’s de facto “chief strategy officer.” Focus on team development and facilitation, including consultation on organization design, innovation, and product and market strategy as well as individual coaching and mentoring. Team consistently achieves organizational and financial objectives.
Synchronize Board and Management Team Expectations
Long-term engagement with corporation owned by federally recognized American Indian Tribe. Worked with Board and Management Team to establish expectations and develop cohesive and effective management team to revitalize and oversee operations of its entertainment properties. Board expectations were clarified, strategic planning process was put in place, and management performance and business outcomes improved.
Conflict Resolution and Performance Improvement
Worked with product development team of aviation-related mission systems group experiencing conflict and poor performance. Clarified team purpose and goals, team member roles and responsibilities, improved cohesion, and established clear behavioral working norms. Conflict decreased and stalled products moved forward in development pipeline.
Worked with manufacturer of chemical compounds used in the semiconductor industry to improve functioning in under-performing team engaged in unproductive conflict. Established clear statement of purpose and behavioral working norms and improved conflict resolution processes and skills.
Designed and facilitated a 2-day post-mortem of a multi-billion-dollar global energy project. Participants identified headwinds and tailwinds, communication barriers, etc. and agreed upon corrective actions to be applied to other on-going projects.
Customer Advisory Board
Worked with customer engagement team and senior leaders of a SaaS business to prepare for a 1-day Customer Advisory Board meetings. Facilitated CAB meeting, including various breakout sessions.
Everything DiSC® Workshops
Conducted workshops for several hundred employees of a retail luxury brand using a number of Everything DiSC® tools. Workshops improved salesperson self-awareness and taught retail personnel how to better relate to various buying styles.CONTACT US TODAY!