SKILL AREAS

 

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Vince Lombardi

A SWOT(strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis is a good start, but it is likely to miss essential organizational issues.  In the absence of a deep understanding of what makes organizations “tick”, and the ability to grasp the human dynamic that underlies an organization’s culture, a SWOT analysis will fail to provide all the information you need. With over 25 years of senior level executive experience, David can help your organization achieve a deeper awareness of your organization’s challenges and the exciting opportunities that await it.

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“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll

Strategic planning is essential for any organization.  Based on years of experience, David understands that a strategic plan is only as effective as the support it receives from key stakeholders such as donors, board members and community leaders.  Through a strategic process, David will work with your organization to identify and engage key partners to help you articulate a plan for the future and a strategy to get you there.

“Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.” Dorothy Allison, O Magazine, January 2004

Change is necessary for organizations to survive and thrive in a complex and ever changing environment.  Yet, if not managed thoughtfully organizational change can also alienate key stakeholders and derail your organization’s change effort. David’s experience in managing and advancing change can help your organization forge exciting new directions.

Strategizing
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“A strong board is not a gift but a reward.” Anonymous

Building a strong, engaged and empowered board of directors requires thoughtful planning and conscientious execution.  With over 15 years of executive experience working directly with non-profit boards of directors, David can help guide you and your leadership to build a more engaged, supportive and effective board of directors.  David is the recipient of a Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting through Board Source.

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono

A great meeting or planning session can be energizing and fun and it can bring out the best from all the participants.  Collaborative generative thinking provides new ideas and new directions for your organization. David brings not only great skill to meeting facilitation but also a delightful sense of humor that helps to keep participants engaged.  He is keen listener who empowers all participants to share their thoughts and ideas.  In addition to years of professional experience he holds a Master Facilitator Certificate from the Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management.

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PROFESSIONAL COACHING  

“Make for yourself a teacher; acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every person favorably”. Ethics of our Ancestors 

Professional coaching can help an executive director see the “bigger picture”, enhance the skills of a talented and dedicated middle-level professional, or provide a valuable outside voice and perspective for an employee who is facing challenges.  A great coach helps all professionals grow professionally and personally.

David brings close to 40 years of supervisory experience to his role as professional coach.  In the words of one coaching client: “Thank you for being my mentor during this year of adventure and personal growth.  Your insight and experiences are helping me to make good decisions and feel confident