How can Sharpened Focus help you?
We coach leaders, we lead board retreats, we speak to groups, and we work on projects.
Some gap and/or problem exists, or you wouldn’t be inquiring about our work. In some cases it’s a gap of knowledge, such as a board not knowing what its duties and roles are. More often, it’s a problem of human behavior, human interaction, and/or human habit. What will fix a gap in knowledge is not necessarily the same thing that will fix a gap in behavior. Perhaps the gap is that you’re ready to move forward but not sure what the first step is.
Before we make a proposal we want to probe a bit and find out more about the gap. We’ll confirm with you what outcomes we’re seeking to achieve. Only then can we generate a proposal.
For example, we’re frequently asked to “do board training,” or to produce a board manual. Sometimes, those are appropriate ways to fill the gaps. Often, they’re not. With regard to board training, surveys and experience show that board members actually have a built-in resistance to the idea of training. Maybe they hate lectures, maybe they think they know enough already, who knows? (Our retreats are not lectures, by the way.) Plus, we may assume training to mean that knowledge is transmitted and received and the problem goes away.
Board issues tend to be more complex than that. There are times, of course, that board members don’t know their duties or roles. But these gaps in knowledge are only part of the issue. We have to go beyond the cognitive and into the squishy area of human behavior. A skillful, interactive board retreat can move you well on the way toward improvement. We know how to help you get your board to agree to a retreat when they might resist "training.” Ask us how.
It’s like having a car and an engine. The activity (retreat, coaching, etc.) is the vehicle and the content (board duties, habits, troubleshooting, etc.) is the engine.
Focused Board is a retreat with the board and CEO in which we lead the board to reach a higher level of focus, engagement, and effectiveness. We’ll help the board understand its responsibilities, become engaged in the proper work, and find the right alignment of roles and personnel. The retreat might be a joint time of planning for executive transition or some other form of strategic planning.
Focused Board is not a training lecture. It is interactive and involves much discussion. The retreat is owned by both the CEO and the board, which produces a more satisfying outcome than having a CEO sic a consultant on the board to "fix" it. We typically bundle a retreat with coaching. The coaching helps us to prepare for the retreat and to walk with the leaders afterward so that they land the action items. For more information on Focused Board, click here.
Our approach is called consultative coaching, which is a blend of technical advice and pure coaching. It's designed to help leaders to gain insight, clarity, and an awakening to their next steps. Coaching may be conveniently conducted over the phone, so close proximity is not a requirement. We'll typically have one or two scheduled sessions per month, plus the Help Desk. Click here for more information.
Dr. Webb has spoken in many different settings around the world. It’s not an exaggeration to say that he has led thousands of sessions, with great response and impact. To see some of his topics, click here.
You may wish other services, such as transition planning, strategic planning, a board manual, etc. Contact us for more information.