Advisor to Leaders
CEO’s Guide by Your Side
We offer individual advisory services to the Chief Executive Officer, President or Executive Director, on an as-needed basis or on a monthly retainer, to address hot topics, decisions made and to be made, growing the organization, and concerns regarding purpose, people and processes. We want to help you make the right moves, and address what’s keeping you up at night.
Advisor to Senior Leaders, People Leaders, HR
Regular or as-needed advisory meetings can be scheduled with your senior leadership team, all people leaders or all leaders at same level. We also guide and advise HR teams in regard to their service model and how they can best contribute directly to the organization’s vision.
Our advice and guidance are driven in part by the organization development (OD) cycle. For instance, we are available to:
Call Anne Graham at 613-882-4170 to discuss your advisory needs, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership Coaching and Assessments
Individual Leadership Coaching
The majority of our leadership coaching clients come to us through an employer supported coaching program, but some leaders do seek out coaching on their own. In both cases two things are true – that coaching is about the individual and that enhancement of leadership skills is the goal; when the coaching is employer sponsored, the focus may be on a specific leadership skill identified in the leader’s personal development plan.
Our experienced coaches use different coaching models, but they all share a common approach which is to provide a structured safe space where the learner is in charge. The coach’s role is to listen, prompt, and guide, so learners gain self awareness, define personal objectives, enhance skill and change behaviour.
For some coaching plans we recommend that the leader’s direct supervisor also play an active role, meeting with the coach and providing related on-the-job feedback and coaching to the learner. There are many benefits to this approach, not the least of which is the direct supervisor has the opportunity to observe the learner in action.
Confidentiality is crucial in the coaching relationship. The specific content of conversations with the coach will remain confidential but for employer supported coaching we do recommend summary-level progress reports from both the coach and the person being coached, focusing on the specific development objectives.
Team Leadership Coaching
A team coach works in partnership with the whole team, both when they are together and when they are apart (as described above under Individual Leadership Coaching), with a view to creating a high-performance team with strong leadership skills.
A team coach considers what’s happening outside the team, not just within it, understands team dynamics and how teams develop, and has the expertise to determine which interventions will be the most effective at a given time.
Team coaching has multiple benefits for the organization:
In conjunction with or separate from coaching, we offer and interpret a variety of psychometric self-assessments. They provide insight into personality preferences, emotional intelligence, and leadership capability and the resulting profiles are valuable when establishing personal development plans, building teams and, depending on the tool, assessing candidates. Based on client needs we’ll suggest specific assessment tools.
With some assessment tools there is an option for the self-assessor to request feedback from multiple raters. In that case, only average ratings and/or most the common rating from those providing feedback are reported, as a comparison to the self-assessment.
While the information in the assessment reports is self explanatory, we offer optional, private, one-hour consultations (if the consultation isn’t already built into a coaching package) to ensure individuals who self-assessed understand how to best use the information going forward. When all team members complete the same self-assessment, a team coach can create a team profile to increase awareness of each other’s preferences and strengths; this information is valuable not only for enhancing team dynamics and performance but also for leaders when establishing project teams, as groups with diverse strengths, styles and viewpoints are more productive.
Call Anne Graham at 613-882-4170 to discuss your coaching and assessment needs, or email email@example.com
Human Resources Management
Our team of associates has broad HR experience at the executive, generalist and specialist levels and we can provide the following services:
Through our Syncworks Academy arm we offer online programs and courses which focus primarily on leadership. Our instructional design, facilitation and coaching experience, combined with the newest learning platform technology, provides an interactive learning experience – not just a book on a screen.
After research and discussions with executives, team leaders and human resources professionals, it was clear that there are gaps in leadership skills and related online training:
Our online programs, such as the ‘Up Your Game’ suite of courses, will serve the needs of these four groups and allow them to complete the training at their own pace and as it fits their schedule. AND there is no social distancing required.
Check out the Syncworks Academy Facebook page for news on current course offerings and how to register. We also advise our clients directly about available online courses.
Syncworks has the available expertise to facilitate a virtual or in-person live event, and we work with our clients to establish the objectives and agenda for their customized events – such as an executive retreat, strategic planning session, or focus groups to discuss corporate values. As required, we provide a report and/or recommendations.
The majority of the courses we offer online can also be delivered in person at your site.
While team building workshops are typically in person – and Syncworks’ associates have significant experience facilitating team building – we also know how to get creative with virtual team events. Many of our team builder sessions include the use of a personal assessment tool; participants voluntarily share information from their profile about their strengths and preferences, and the facilitator provides a team profile. This information is valuable not only for enhancing team dynamics and performance but also for leaders when establishing project teams, as groups with diverse strengths, styles and viewpoints are more productive.
Occasionally we hold public workshops, training events, or seminars, in person or virtually, to provide our clients with an opportunity to hear different perspectives on timely topics.
Call Anne Graham at 613-882-4170 to discuss your facilitation, training or workshop needs, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Graham, President of Syncworks Consulting, is the founder of and a champion of DisruptHROttawa and DisruptHRKingston. A multi-national organization, DisruptHR was established to bring world-class HR and people leadership ideas to the forefront through events for business leaders and HR professionals.