Solutions for change

Frank’s depth of skill and experience as a facilitator has made him a valuable asset to organizations facing strategic planning, taking on new projects, or working through big changes.

Here’s how it works:

The Manitoban, the University of Manitoba’s non-profit student newspaper has been in a steady process of organization and future planning, and wanted to create a strategic plan so that there would be consistent guidance for future operations. As a student led organization, high turnover is the norm, and the board and management felt a strategic plan would help keep the organization on track.

Manitoban staff

“Frank came on to help us with strategic planning for the Manitoban, the University of Manitoba’s non-profit student newspaper.

Developing a strategic plan was something we had discussed for a couple years as a way to ensure stability and to help us think long term, but were never quite sure how to start. He made the process extremely easy, taking our staff and board members’ ideas and helping us to lay them out into a tangible plan over a two-day process. What we ended up with is something that actually reflects the conversations we’ve been having around the office and at our staff and board meetings.

He was professional, encouraging, and an all-around pleasure to work with. And now we have a concrete shared vision to help guide our next three years of development.”

Craig Adolphe, Chair of the board of directors, Manitoban Newspaper Publications Corporation

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The Hearthstone Community Group was founded by a group of parents determined to create opportunities for their adult children who were facing significant life challenges. Frank worked with the board and the general manager to clarify the expectations of the general operation and the planned social enterprise.  This resulted in a more confident board, with a clearly stated direction, and a GM that was provided with a clear path of direction and measurable outcomes that they had all reached collaboratively.  This made the monthly board meetings more focused and productive and eased decision making processes and tension that had in the past resulted from lack of stated direction.

“Frank was able to create a tone of inclusion and respect that allowed each participant to put in their best effort and ideas … he had the tools and resources to do the work and the know-how to use them so we had tangible results at the end of our session; plus a demonstrated commitment to follow up.”

Lori Zdebiak, GM, Hearthstone Community Group