We help businesses and non-profits become sustainable. Many organizations begin with a strong vision and structure in place but over time these calcify and it becomes less able to seize opportunities and dodge curve balls. External factors, such as changes in the economic environment or new government policies and internal factors, such as interpersonal conflicts or burnout, are constants. Effective organizations not only learn to address fluctuations, but develop internal structures in order to anticipate and adapt to them as part of their normal business practice. The goal is not just to sustain, but also to effectively serve the needs of the customers or clients on an ongoing basis.
Whether the work is strategic planning, board development, or a more targeted endeavor, we rely on our four key principles to guide our work.
“Sara has been a valuable partner for Southern Highlands Craft Guild in our year-long strategic planning process. She went above and beyond her official role as facilitator, taking a genuine interest in our organization and its members, providing guidance and counsel on general nonprofit issues relevant to the planning process, and keeping our diverse board on track, on focus, and on the schedule we set at the beginning. We just presented our three-year plan at the Guild’s annual meeting, and the feedback from our membership has been overwhelmingly positive. Our board and staff genuinely enjoyed working with Sara. We hope to have an opportunity to work with her again in the future” -Teresa Brittain, Chair Board of Directors, SHCG
- People need to be in charge of decisions that impact their lives. An effective organization requires the full participation of everyone involved. We begin with a series of conversations with all stakeholders to generate a better understanding of the current state of affairs.
- Communication is the life-blood of a healthy system. It’s not enough to have one good conversation or even a series of conversations. We help the organization develop appropriate structures for ongoing communication, not just more meetings.
- People are most accountable to themselves and the people directly around them. Peer-based accountability practices such as personal goal setting and 360 reviews foster enhanced buy-in and participation.
- The best decisions come from a full understanding of various perspectives. We work with organizations to provide more useful information to stakeholders and then by facilitating group discussions and interviews, we help people impacted by changes voice their ideas, concerns and interests.
Partial List of Clients
- City of Asheville Downtown Master Planning Group
- City of Asheville Transit Commission
- Community Action Opportunities
- Southern Highlands Craft Guild
- YWCA of Asheville