Consulting:

My consulting projects come in many different flavors (with the exception of vanilla).  

Before I take on a new project, I want to be certain that I am the right consultant to do the work.  "Right" means that I can clearly see how my previous career experience relates to the consulting project.  I want to bring a unique understanding of the client's issues so that we can get relatively quickly to tangible, actionable recommendations.  If I am not the best person for the project, I have many relationships with other consultants and am more than happy to refer them into situations where their skill set is better suited for the client's needs.

Here's where I think I'm particularly effective:

For-Profit Businesses:

  • Start-up logistics
  • Strategic direction setting
  • New product or service launches (consideration and execution)
  • Addressing operational issues or leveraging opportunities
  • Management and leadership assessments
  • Leadership mentoring
  • Establishing internal policies and procedures
  • Culture assessments; culture work
  • Evaluating merger or acquisition opportunities

Nonprofit Businesses:

  • Strategic direction setting
  • New product or service launches (consideration and execution)
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Optimizing earned income opportunities for nonprofits
  • Addressing operational issues or leveraging opportunities
  • Management and leadership assessments
  • Leadership mentoring
  • Considering partnership or merger opportunities

 

Brainstorming:

Maybe it seems odd to think of Brainstorming as a "Service," but it is one of the ways I think I can add meaningful value in a relatively short period of time.  

Sometimes, all a client needs to overcome a barrier or a problem is to spend a couple of hours brainstorming with someone with a fresh perspective.  It is often easier for someone who has NOT been mired in a situation for weeks or months to think differently about potential paths forward.  Sometimes just a few well placed questions can create insights and ah-ha moments.  But the questions have to be the right ones--intuitive, insightful and on point.  Because I have personally managed through a number of challenging situations in my own career, as well as worked with clients as they have encountered obstacles, I am able to get to the right questions fairly quickly and begin creating alternative ideas for consideration. 

 

Workshops/Teaching/One-On-One Leadership Work:

Through my relationship with the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia (www.tcfrichmond.org), I have taught a number of classes on Nonprofit Finance, Financial Leadership, and Budgeting. I also have worked with many nonprofit organizations who want to establish best practices in operations and management, with a particular focus on ethics and accountability.  Areas in which I have consulted include Mission, Strategy, and Evaluation; Leadership (Board, Staff, and Volunteers); Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement, and Advocacy.  

While this work has been primarily with nonprofit organizations, many of the subject areas are relevant in the for-profit sector as well.

Finally, I have often found myself being asked to work with leaders in a one-on-one setting to help them improve an aspect of their leadership or break through a barrier that is creating professional challenges. If I have (or can develop) the right kind of relationship with the executive and if we go into one of these assignments with a clear understanding of what success looks like, these projects can be very mutually rewarding.  Whether I am called upon to act as a confidant, a co-problem solver, a mirror holder, or a pattern disrupter, assisting leaders as they push through obstacles is a joy.