I use an Appreciative
Inquiry approach to find when a team has functioned at its highest
level and help the group make its best moments more consistent.
Traditional teambuilding often focuses on uncovering and fixing
team problems. While the approach is sometimes effective, it often
backfires as the
problem-solving focus pushes down morale and increases defensiveness.
Instead of problem-solving, I help the team find what is working,
build a positive vision of success and then develop important team
skills to achieve excellence.
|"I've had the pleasure of working with John Steinbach
and I'd gladly recommend him to work with you and your organization
for the following reasons:
John is a consummate consultant,
in that, he'll work with you to discover what you're really
trying to accomplish (your purpose). He's results oriented;
your participants will leave "in action" - knowledgeable
of their next steps, who's responsible for what and what the
outcomes are supposed to be. You'll find him to be responsive
- returning calls and e-mails. He'll listen to you and interpret
your specific needs accurately. Outwardly he may appear spontaneous,
but on the inside he's very methodical - you'll notice that
his transitions make sense. One of John best qualities is
his ability to provide timely, meaningful feedback in an appreciative
manner. And, best of all - his work will result in specific
improvements for you and your group. What more could you ask
for? If you want to work with someone who's easy-to-work with,
makes you smile, and creates meaningful results - employ John
W. Kebschull, Senior Staff Consultant, Verizon Communications
Meeting planning and facilitation
Effective meetings begin with clear goals, stay on tack to get results, and end with concrete action plans. Instead, many meetings drift, flounder and result in frustration and wasted money.
We help from start to finish by:
- Helping clients articulate clear and realistic goals
- Designing agendas and process that will reach meeting goals
- Facilitating meetings to keep the group on track, make efficient use of time, and get everyone involved
- Producing a summary of the meeting for quick distribution
We use a variety of meeting processes including Storyboarding and Open Space Technology to design and facilitate effective meetings.
We see the planning process as being every bit
as important as the plan that is developed. Using an Appreciative
Inquiry (Ai) approach, we help design a process that engages
individuals in positive conversations that uncover the best of what
the organization has been and possibilities for the future. Unlike
the traditional SWOT approach (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities
and threats) that can leave people feeling overwhelmed by a focus
on negatives, the Ai approach brings energy and hope and delivers
a solid plan for the future.
I often use coaching with a client as a part of organizational consulting.
Coaching leaders within
an organization is often an important element of Appreciative Inquiry,
Strategic Planning and Teambuilding.
Partial Client List
American Electric Power
American Red Cross
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Ball State University
Boys and Girls Clubs
Eli Lilly and Company
Habitat for Humanity
Lincoln National Life
Louisville Gas & Electric
Old Kent Bank
Reynolds & Reynolds
Tri State University
Vera Bradley Designs