Make your organization communicate more effectively both within and beyond.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
We could not agree more with Maya Angelou. We focus on discovering the stories of leaders, the collective narrative of organizations, and the future communities our clients want to co-create. Along the way, we collaborate with people based on where they are to develop the right language and stories to drive growth and positive change.
Implement tested and proven processes to make your teams better.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
With more than a century of combined experience, our team has had countless opportunities to hone their best practices and eliminate what does not work. While every member of the team is pragmatic and data driven, we have learned to value stories as much as numbers, the lived experiences that come together to create graphs. We recognize and celebrate human experience and are never satisfied with “good enough.”
Fostering stronger relationships can have a measurable impact on your bottom line.
We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
—From The Mismeasure of Man
We value equity in everything we do, and evaluation is no exception. Our approach to assessment places historically unheard voices front and center because measurement should always be used as a flashlight to illuminate how we can improve lives and communities. All of the tools we provide clients are developed based on research and customized to meet their unique needs. While we are data-driven every step of the way, we know everything that is measurable does not provide the necessary information and what often goes overlooked could point to enormous opportunities.
Strengthen the ties your company has with other organizations.
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
Every organization exists to improve lives and communities. In a fast-paced, profit-driven world, it is easy to lose sight of what truly matters. We help clients increase their bottom line while positively changing the lived experiences of people throughout the places they work. We often help organizational leaders rethink how they show up in communities, building on what works and adopting new ways to engage others.
Learn the leadership methods that build stronger, more effective teams.
Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year.
—W. E. B. DUBOIS
Inclusive Leadership and Equitable Empowerment are core values that are front-and-center in all that we do. We help our clients strengthen how they relate and collaborate to deliver continuously better results. Improved outcomes are largely thanks to every member of the team knowing how their personal stories shape the broader organizational narrative.
Give the members of your organization the tools to succeed.
We must use words to uplift and include. We can use our words to fight back against oppression and hate. But we must also channel our words into action.
—Rep. Stacey Abrams
Everyone has the opportunity to lead change. We help clients get unstuck from “analysis paralysis” or take action to “land the plane.” Many of our clients engage us because they do not have the words just right. What matters most is getting the story right, making sure we own our authority by building on previous success, giving up on what does not work, and shaping the narrative we want for our organization and communities.