Healthy, thriving organizations are constantly evolving, changing, looking at ways to challenge itself in order to provide greater value and relevancy.
Sometimes this constant change feels like turmoil, and people can lose their focus and energy. Though essential, the bigger goals, higher standards, and changing processes can feel exhausting. “Just why are we working so hard and not feeling like we’re making big enough progress?”
All organizations benefit from stepping back once every few years to assess aspirations, goals, guiding principles and purpose. It’s becoming a vital way to renew an organization’s focus and energy around what matters most.
Our “organizational soul” workshops have been praised for how they help organizations find renewed clarity, reset strategic priorities, and recharged team members.
Our approach opens truly creative thinking, poses provocative, fascinating questions, and is above all, a fun way to do hard, strategic work. (Why can’t work be fun?) Foghound outcomes:
- A narrative and organizational purpose that paints the picture of what the organization wants to achieve and why it matters. This “Why” not only inspires team members and attracts talent, it allows people to create ways to achieve the vision. They don’t have to keep checking in with leadership.
- Shared beliefs and operating principles that serve as a benchmark against which to make strategic decisions. These also identify HOW people in your organization work at their best. Those qualities that feed the energized, moving-ahead feeling
- Insights on how to better leverage the organization’s “hidden” talents and competencies.
- Points of view that can make internal and external communications more interesting, engaging, and motivating.
- Shared understanding on how to influence and communicate change throughout your organization. Not just at the executive level, but throughout.
Lois Kelly’s collaborative workshop approach helped us to get to the heart of what Trinity Repertory Company is all about. As a means of refining our mission and what we mean to our stakeholders, her efforts were both inspirational and entertaining. I encourage everyone in for-profit companies or nonprofits to invest in this process – it will reap greater rewards than you ever expected.” Michael Gennaro, Executive Director, Trinity Rep Theater
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