Consulting and Facilitation Services
Important Announcement from Lorch and Asociates
Support for Executive Directors [More info …]
- ED Coaching
- Human Resource Consulting
- Performance Management
- Operational Planning
- Staff Training and Retreats
Support for Boards of Directors [More info …]
- Board training and development
- Governance policy development
- Strategic planning
- Organizational review and auditing
- Succession planning for leadership
- Facilitation of community consultations, focus groups and think tanks
- Facilitation of board retreats
No executive director is fully prepared with all the tools needed for this challenging and often lonely role. EDs regularly struggle to find the objective support needed to help them clear a hurdle, think differently about an issue or make a difficult decision. Lorch and Associates takes pride in helping executive directors to resolve their challenges, hone their skills and create balance so that they can continue to be successful in the many facets of their personal and professional lives.
We also offer four half-day training sessions that support the work of executive directors as well as those in or about to take on supervisory roles
Human resources consulting
Managing people in a respectful way that allows them to grow and find personal job satisfaction is one of the biggest challenges for executive directors. Lorch and Associates believes that non-profits need to care for their most important asset – the people who work with them. Lorch and Associates can help you to develop a ‘people first’ culture and a policy framework that will make you an employer of choice.
Growing well rounded, self-directed employees doesn’t happen by chance. It takes a performance management system that provides opportunities for employees to receive constructive, regular feedback and appropriate recognition of their work. Lorch and Associates can help you to create an environment that encourages personal and professional growth in your most important assets – your people.
The Board of Directors have handed you their newly minted strategic plan and now it is your role to operationalize it. Whether you have no staff, a staff of 2 or a much larger staff, Lorch and Associates has the experience to facilitate a process where you and your staff will create work plans that will forward the mission of the organization.
Staff training and retreats
Lorch and Associates offers a wide range of staff workshops including team building, creating life/work balance and healthy relationships in the workplace among others. We can also facilitate a staff retreat that will bring your people back to their desks feeling refreshed and renewed.
Boards of Directors:
Board training and development
Healthy boards of directors understand their roles and responsibilities and provide strong governance leadership to their organizations. Board training and development ensures that a group of people with good intentions and diverse skill levels can become a well-functioning board that acts with integrity and transparency. Lorch and Associates brings plenty of board experience and knowledge to your board table with training and development activities customized for your organization.
We offer small group, half-day workshops at various times during the year on the following topics:
- Effective Board of Director Meetings
- Key to Good Governance
- Managing a Membership Meeting
- Reading Not-for-Profit Financial Statements
- Minute Taking
Governance policy development
The cornerstone to good board governance is a comprehensive set of policies describing the relationships boards must maintain and outlining how the board will work with one another, the staff and the stakeholders. With plenty of governance policy development experience, Lorch and Associates can assist your board to put a strong framework in place.
Knowing where your organization is going and how it will get there is essential for an organization to be successful. Lorch and Associates can help you gather the input required for informed planning and then facilitate a process that will help you to identify the priorities, create strategies for moving forward and define how success will be measured.
Organizational review and auditing
Is your organization struggling? Staff turnover high? Board members not engaged? Not attracting funding? Getting a clear picture of the problem can be difficult when you sit in the centre of it. Lorch and Associates can help your organization to identify the challenges and to strategize a concrete plan of action to overcome them.
Succession planning for leadership
The stark truth is that no one, board members or staff, stays with an organization indefinitely. Your organization needs an articulated plan for replacing board members whose terms have expired and for filling the void if the executive director resigns or takes an extended leave. Let Lorch and Associates guide the process of developing a plan that will ensure the viability of your organization, even if someone departs.
Facilitation of community consultations, focus groups and think tanks
Gathering input from community, stakeholders, funders and partners is a key element in the planning process. Developing plans without seeking the opinions and suggestions of those who will be affected by your actions is short sighted and risky. Professional, objective information gathering is needed for your planning process and Lorch and Associates has extensive experience in the facilitation of groups whose input is required.
Facilitation of board retreats
Getting to know one another and learning how to work together toward a common vision can happen in a well facilitated board retreat. Lorch and Associates will work with your organization to plan a productive day with a little fun thrown in for good measure!
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