How We Help
Thunderbird Leadership Consulting helps clients in various industries with assessments, strategic planning, facilitation, coaching, training, presentations and learning communities to speed the process of achieving organizational goals.
Given the need to help groups come to consensus, a participatory facilitation approach is used to move the organization towards its goals. We focus on process not content and work with the leader to move the group to an outcome. We facilitate individual meetings or a series of sessions to plan for change, develop implementation strategies, make decisions or solve problems. We meet with the client to understand needs, plan the agenda, and design sessions/meetings to best attain the goals.
Using the Organizational Life Cycle Model, an organizational assessment is conducted to identify the level of performance and to target appropriate activities to improve effectiveness and performance. The six cycles include Turnaround/Start-Up, Stabilization, Performance/Quality, Growth, Innovation and Industry Leadership. Cycle-specific tools and interventions are recommended to assist the organization in achieving its goals.
Members of the Thunderbird team are available to speak at conferences, workshops, seminars and professional meetings. Presentations are tailored to meet your specific needs. Examples of our topics include: innovation, change management, talent management, developing high-reliability organizations, patient safety, transformational leadership, positive deviance, Magnet preparation and diversity and inclusion.
There are times when individuals, groups or organizations need specific skill development. The Thunderbird Leadership Consulting team brings expertise in numerous areas that ensure folks have the soft-side knowledge and skills to do what needs to be done.
These include skills in communication, collaboration, conflict resolution and customer service among others. Thunderbird Leadership designs trainings with your specific goals in mind.
By applying a process of Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning moves the organization forward and keeps leaders focused on priorities. Operational plans are developed in a facilitated process involving critical stakeholders. Inspired Actions are reviewed in periodic assessments to celebrate success and refine the plans.
You can expect our strategic planning work with you to include: interviews with critical players, development of 1-2 year strategic and operational plans, creating charters for each high-level strategy, defining action plans, monitoring performance and reviewing annually and adjusting as needed.
Over the course of working with numerous clients, Thunderbird has identified themes and interests that are shared across different organizations and groups. Thunderbird Leadership initiates opportunities to connect clients with shared interests through one-time or ongoing Learning Communities where leaders can share best practices, problem solve challenges and celebrate successes. We find it a great way to sustain relationships and optimize the synergy of transformational leadership.
Executive/leader coaching is a private and confidential opportunity for executives and leaders to achieve professional career goals. Executive coaching is a proven, proactive, productive and even profitable method used by highly successful leaders. In fact, over 50% of Fortune 500 companies use professional coaching services. The process is goal-oriented and tailored to your specific needs. As the client, you determine what is most important to you – where you would like to improve your effectiveness and personal fulfillment at work. Your coach becomes your thought partner. Assessments are used and outcomes measures are set. Working with a coach speeds the process of achieving your goals.
Team coaching is a dynamic process in which we partner with the organizational leader to engage the senior or executive team in a series of sessions over a period of 12-24 months. The sessions are designed to move the team to peak performance. The key is having the leader set clear expectations so that there is alignment with individual and organizational goals. It is a facilitated process designed to systematically focus the team on organization priorities while addressing planned and unplanned change. Coupled with executive coaching, the team realizes their goals more quickly and with greater synergy.