Collaborative Consulting Training
$275 (US funds) to earn Certificate, unless otherwise arranged
How to Work With Others to Solve Complex Problems in Organizations
This self-paced Series is for those who seek a non-proprietary, practical and versatile framework that provides clarity, perspective and results when solving complex problems or achieving significant goals in organizations. This universal and foundational framework is needed by any type of consultant or leader, whether they are installing new systems or guiding teams and organizations through significant change.
This Series focuses on foundational principles, practices and tools. The expertise to reliably guide significant change in organizations comes from years of experience, feedback and learning. Would this Series be useful to you? Use this assessment of your knowledge of the core consulting process to decide.
- Apply the collaborative consulting cycle–a powerful, flexible, framework for systematic consulting to solve complex problems and achieve significant goals with any type of organization
- Establish a successful working relationship with time-pressed clients to maximize their performance, change and learning
- Work with your client to determine if their needs and yours are a match for a successful consulting project
- Determine if your client is ready to meet the requirements for a successful consulting project
- Design the consulting project with feasible and effective strategies to achieve the results needed to meet your client’s needs
- Determine the key requirements for targeted and impactful action plans
- Guide and support your clients through the challenges and stresses to implement action plans, while successfully managing and evaluating change
- Develop a relevant and feasible evaluation plan
- Identify methods to terminate a project in the most ethical and professional manner
(This non-proprietary consulting cycle is based on the action research process developed by Kurt Lewin. The process underlies the vast majority of successful approaches to consulting.) More specific learning objectives are itemized in each of the courses in this Series.
Tools & Resources
- Seven Training Videos
- Pre and Post Assessments
- Learning Journal
- Sources for Additional Learning (recommended interactive exercise(s), book(s), discussion group and questions for reflection about the topic)
- Access to CDI’s Discussion and Networking Group
From “Collaborative Consulting for Performance Change and Learning” Course
- Overview of Collaborative Consulting Cycle
- Rational Versus Organic Approaches to Problem Solving
- Challenges and Opportunities in Consulting to Small Organizations
From “Consulting Phase 1: Contracting” Course
- Example of an Engagement and Agreement Conversation
- Types of Clients in Consulting Projects
- How to Understand the Culture of Your Client’s Organization
- Checklist to Assess Your Client’s Readiness for Change
- Example of a Project Proposal
- Core Elements of a Consulting Contract
From “Consulting Phase 2: Discovery” Course
- Overview of Major Data Collection Methods
- How to Diagnose For-Profit Organizations
- How to Diagnose Nonprofit Organizations
- How to Use Organizational Assessments
- Common Types of Issues in For-Profits
- Common Types of Issues in Nonprofits
- Common Types of Recommendations to Improve For-Profits
- Common Types of Recommendations to Improve Nonprofits
From “Consulting Phase 3: Action Planning” Course
- How to Develop Relevant and Realistic Action Plans
- Powerful Strategies to Grow an Organization
- Examples of Systematic Plans in Business
- Examples of Systematic Plans in Nonprofits
- Aligning Systems Within Organizations
From “Consulting Phase 4: Implementation” Course
- Checklist to Ensure Implementation of Plans
- How to Deal With Resistance — Yours and Theirs
- Basic Guidelines to Coach for Deep Problem-Solving and Learning
- Client’s Delegation to Maintain Motivation and Momentum
- Tools to Track Implementation of Plans
From “Consulting Phase 5: Evaluation” Course
- Checklist to Develop an Evaluation Plan
- How to Design Successful Evaluation and Assessment Plans
From “Consulting Phase 6: Termination” Course
- Checklist to Terminate a Consulting Project
To Earn a Certificate in “Collaborative Consulting Training"
|Complete 7 courses in this order:
| Demonstrate Learning
| Earn a Certificate
Receive a Certificate in “Collaborative Consulting Training” from CDI
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