Who We Serve
Is Inspiring Results right for your organization?
We work with a broad array of community service organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, spiritual/religious and educational groups. The specific nature of the services client organizations provide varies widelyand they all share a passion for social justice and personal empowerment.
Most of our clients are located in California, primarily within driving distance of the San Francisco Bay area. They range in size between 10 and 500 staff, or they may have very small staffs supporting a large volunteer or membership network. We also work with departments or units of at least 10 staff/volunteers within larger organizations.
Are you currently puzzled by questions like these?
- How can we get all our key players "pulling together" in the same direction?" Board members, staff, funders, clients, members
they all seem to have such different ideas about where the organization should be goingor how to get there. They're pulling the organization in many different directions at once, and we're not making any real forward progress.
- How can we retain our skilled and committed workforce in the face of so much change and stress? We've been through so much upheaval as an organization lately, and morale and quality of service are understandably starting to slip. I know motivational speakers aren't the answer to restoring a sense of hope and empowerment among the staffbut what is?
- How can we continue to support our clients/community when we've had to reduce services to them? They've counted on us to be thereand now we have to say "no" so much more often. It's stressful for them, and stressful for us.
- How can I shift my attention from fighting fires to truly leading? I feel stuck in "reacting" to today's crises instead of looking ahead and guiding the organization forward. That's true for most of the staff as wellhow do we get out from under the "tyranny of the urgent?"
- How can we find and keep dependable volunteers to help us meet our goals? Volunteers could be doing so much to relieve staff overload, as well as making meaningful contributions to our work. But we just can't seem to find the right people, or keep them more than a few months.
If these or similar questions sound familiar to you, you can expect measurable results from working with us.
We'll create the very best results together if you also have the following characteristics:
- You have a track record of success and are currently financially stable. You may have had to cut your budget or lay off staff recently, but reducing expenses in that way has enabled you to stabilize financially.
- You provide quality services that emphasize empowering clients to fish rather than giving them fish. You see clients as people first, and support them in making their own choices about how to live their lives.
- You expect your work life to be a source of meaning and joy in your own and your staff's lives. You find ways to create this experience in your daily work life together.
- You openly welcome different perspectives and ways of looking at the world. You are fascinated by reflecting on how your beliefs, values and behaviors influence the results you are currently achieving. In particular, you're intrigued by exploring alternatives to "command and control" or hierarchy as forms of organizing.
- You adhere to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. As an organization, you are well aware that quality relationships among staff, clients, leaders, and other key players are essential to your success. You strive to build relationships based in honesty, integrity, mutual respect, trust, genuineness, empathy, and compassion (and sometimes fall humanly short of these high standards).
You will find that we hold ourselves to these ideals as well and will put them into practice in our work together. To learn more about how we work, click here.