Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou
There's no better time than now, and there's no better place than here. Together we can examine the resources available to you and map out a strategy to get to where you want to go.
Facilitated Discussions - Talking it Out
Dedicated to group decision making, and trained by meeting facilitation experts Interaction Associates, we work with nonprofits, businesses, and local government to help them become more efficient and effective at what they do. Each organization is unique, as is the challenges they face. We can design and facilitate discussions tailored to your needs.
Strategic Planning- Getting it Done
Strategic planning is vital to moving the organization forward. So how do we make sure that its effective? By persistent and consistent movement toward your goals with ongoing accountability. For us, strategic planning is a continuous process, with quarterly or semi-annual check-ins throughout the year. We identify goals, time frames, and create an annual work plan. Getting it Done means planning strategically throughout the year, recalibrating as necessary, and continuing to move forward. Annual discussion and reflection helps to keep the Board on task and continue to improve for the following year.
Organizational Identity- Getting Started or Recalibrating
Each organization must answer the questions: Why are you here? What do you do? How? What are you trying to accomplish? We offer facilitated discussions to help you and you organization to address these vital questions. We work with you to help articulate your Values, Mission, and Vision to ensure they resonate with the important work that you do.
Values- Start with Why. Values are timeless principles that guide organizations. They articulate deeply held beliefs within an organization that is carried out through the work that is done. People do not buy what you do, they buy why you do it. - Simon Sinek
Mission - What do you do? How? Defining a strong Mission helps to identify you as organization: your primary purpose, whom you serve, the core services you offer, and the outcomes you hope to achieve. It defines purpose to the outside world and provides motivation internally.
Vision - What are you trying to accomplish? Your Vision defines what you want to become and paints a vivid picture of what you hope to achieve.
What others have said:
Amy helped the Maine Women's Conference board come together and provided an environment where we were able to work as a team strategically align our brand with our values and find a path forward. Our goals were met and then some, the retreat re-energized our group for the task at hand and gave us hope for our future.
- Mary-Theresa Tringale, President of the Board of Directors, The Maine Women's Conference
Amy was extremely organized, thorough and professional throughout the process of planning and directing our meeting. She ran the meeting efficiently so all of us felt we had important input. We reached conclusions that gave us a clear set of immediate action items and a path ahead. We felt we accomplished what we set out to do.
- Alice Spencer Chair, TEMPOart
Amy is thorough and sees through details in between meetings which allowed the group to not only pick up where they left off without rehashing things, but start off several steps ahead considering concepts that were now in plain view because of Amy's thoughtful efforts. Her work has helped move processes forward. Amy has found ways to think outside the box for a group when it has become stuck. She has a vantage point of understanding through research and data analysis that can be very valuable.
- Cullen Ryan, Executive Director Community Housing of Maine, Chair Continuum of Care Board of Directors