This is a one-on-one confidential leadership and system change organizational coaching experience for formal leaders, leaders from the middle of the organization and informal leaders. The frequency, subject matter and location of the coaching will be determined after an initial assessment is completed between the leader and leadership coach. These coaching arrangements can be done over the phone, through monthly face-to-face meetings or through a combination of telephone consultation and occasional on-site visits by the coach.
This is a once monthly opportunity for a peer-to-peer confidential small group meeting (no more than 8 participants), facilitated by a leadership coach through conference calls. Subject matter could include barriers/solutions to achieving system change success, innovative approaches to tackle difficult situations, pacing the work of change, sustaining the system change effort ... the topics are endless and will be prompted by the participants. There will be three distinct leadership circles:
- Executive leaders (formal leaders of organizations: including government agencies, at the federal, state, local and tribal level, executive directors of non-profit organizations, neighborhood organizations);
- Mid-level formal leaders (leaders who are working within the middle of an organization but who have leadership responsibilities beyond and within their organization); and
- Informal leaders (those who have no formal title but who serve as informal leaders within their organization, community and/or state, tribe)
Whether it is a strategic planning retreat, town hall meeting or other organizational/community gathering, having an experienced neutral facilitator lead that effort for you can be the difference between just another meeting and a successful outcome for all parties. All too often we see leaders try and facilitate meetings and also participate in the meeting at the same time. It rarely works! It is important for organizational and community leaders and all concerned parties to wear one hat at a time. Working with the facilitator, the meeting organizers can help the facilitator understand the desired outcomes and the context behind the meeting. The facilitator then can lead the discussion, ask probing questions, assure safety of information exchanged and provide a “no sacred cows” atmosphere in moving the agenda forward for clients. Our Center goal is to work in partnership with clients to achieve their desired results, bring to bear our proven expertise with effective facilitation, and make sure all involved gain value from the experience and have some fun along the way.
Grant Opportunity Searches
As a former federal employee Gary De Carolis knows the ins and outs of finding and securing federal and private foundation grants. Let him search grant opportunities and send you possibilities. It is a simple process. You let Mr. De Carolis know what you are looking for (see form) and he will review all federal and private grant opportunities every work day and send you back what he has found. You can subscribe for this service in 3 month, 6 month or one year increments.
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Learning Organization Briefs
Through the Internet, executive leaders can purchase once or twice monthly short on-line pieces on leadership and system change to be distributed to staff. These one or two page articles will provide a professional development opportunity for staff at low cost to the organization. Each article will briefly address a particular piece of leadership, providing an inspirational quote, delving into a leadership subject matter and ending with some questions that will help readers give thought to the covered topic and take a self inventory. These questions could also provide for a rich brown bag lunch discussion and/or learning circle within an organization or a branch or unit of a larger organization.