Leadership development

Leaders need vision, judgment, and the ability to skillfully navigate a changing business environment. We can help you develop your leadership pipeline through customized leadership development solutions which include identifying high potentials, succession planning, creating mentoring programs and rotational assignments to ensure leaders are developing the skills they need to advance and be successful at the next level.

Our customized leadership development programs are tailored to the different levels of leaders within your organization, and focus on enhancing leaders’ self-awareness, self-management, and leadership presence as well developing leaders’ competence in influencing skills, communication, creating and articulating a vision, strategic thinking, managing change and effective decision making. We use a combination of 360 assessments, personality and communications assessments, cohort programs, and personalized coaching to allow for individual growth.

Our leadership development programs are especially helpful in addressing the needs of women and minority leaders, as well as emerging and high potential leaders. Our approach focuses on the special leadership development needs of these groups including cultivating awareness and presence, developing organizational savvy and building support networks.


Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a very effective tool in developing leaders. Coaching allows leaders to think about their leadership and behavioral style, and to reflect on how their underlying assumptions about people, their organization, and change may contribute to their success as a leader. OLA coaches are ICF certified, and use observation, interviews with colleagues, 360 assessments and other assessment tools as a starting point for the coaching process.

Team Coaching

Working in teams poses unique challenges, from defining group priorities and making decisions to resolving conflicts. We work with teams to improve communication and collaboration and increase productivity and performance. We assist teams in various developmental stages – during startup, when the team is moving through transition or a change in leadership, or when it needs to revitalize and find a new direction.


Individual Assessments

Assessments are useful as benchmarks to measure organizational and individual growth, and they are excellent tools to develop high performing teams. Our consultants are qualified to administer and train on various assessments including the Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks 360 Assessment Suite, Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and Disc among many others.

Team assessments

We use a variety of team assessments, such as The Table Group’s Team Assessment which evaluates the team against five dysfunctions, as well as team profiles using the Myers Briggs Type Inventory. These assessments can pinpoint specific areas of strengths and challenges for a team, bringing new awareness to our work with teams.

Organizational and Cultural Assessments

An organizational assessment provides an overall picture of the organization’s strengths and improvement needs, providing data on leadership, employee satisfaction, processes, workflows, and organizational structure. Data is gathered through surveys, focus groups, individual interviews, or a combination of these techniques.


We provide facilitation for executive team retreats, management and staff off-sites, external stakeholder meetings and conferences. We ensure that your meetings and retreats are efficient and effective by thoughtfully designing them to meet your goals. Our design process begins with interviews of the participants and discussions with you to clarify what you hope to accomplish. You and your staff will return to the office with new skills, improved focus on organizational objectives, and renewed energy to reach your goals. We have designed and facilitated meetings for groups of all sizes, from 10 to 500 participants, including public comment and multi-stakeholder meetings, and we use a variety of techniques such as World Café, Open Space, Future Search. We also use collaborative technology tools which allow for instant feedback in large group meetings, or with multiple sites, as well as for virtual teams, virtual meetings and webinars.


We believe that teambuilding is an essential aspect of developing an effective team. Our approach to teambuilding is not on the feel good aspects, but on strengthening a team’s performance. Our objectives for participants during teambuilding activities include learning each other’s work styles, personality, and strengths, learning how to work with the different members of the team and valuing the diversity that comes with a team approach, learning to manage, not bury conflict within the team and developing trust. We use teambuilding simulations, activities and exercises in much targeted fashion. We believe the insights gained in the debriefing of these activities are the most valuable part of the exercise. We strive to make our teambuilding activities creative, fun and memorable.

Strategic Planning

Successful strategic planning processes must be customized to the organization. Small, non-profits often need a short, cost effective, streamlined approach, while other organizations may use the strategic planning process as a catalyst for long-term change. We begin the strategic planning process by thoroughly assessing your organization and building a collaborative spirit among your team members. Then we assist you in creating a plan that maximizes your organization’s mission and strengths and is realistic and results-oriented. Finally, we engage your team in putting your strategic plan to work and taking responsibility for its successful implementation.


We develop and deliver experientially-based training programs, emphasizing skills that can be easily applied in the workplace. We create highly interactive training environments, and we tailor both informational content and interactive exercises to the particulars of your workplace. We work with participants to identify ways they can continue to develop their skills after the training is concluded, such as creating a development plan, forming support groups, beginning a mentoring relationship, or supplementing their learning with readings we recommend. Our training programs are customized to meet client needs. They include topics such as Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal Communications and Managing Conflict, and other workplace skills.