Achieve Alignment with Facilitation

Achieve Alignment with Facilitation

Achieve Alignment with Facilitation

We’ve all been there. In meetings that lose focus, wander far off topic, and drag on endlessly. Or other meetings where the “discussion” is so tightly constrained and alternative views so unwelcome, any real dialog is stifled.

When the stakes are high and the issues at hand are deeply important to the organization — or involve points that involve differences of opinion or strong emotion — you can’t afford to have unproductive meetings.

A facilitator may not be a magician, but the work they do can bring order, harmony, and clarity to the most critical discussions organizations face. Facilitation makes the group better together, building a synergy that leads to action and results. Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect.

How does facilitation differ from running a meeting?

The critical point of differentiation is that a facilitator helps the group reach their goals as a neutral party, without defining or influencing the outcome. As a leader guiding a group through a structured process, a facilitator is not a contributor to the points of discussion. The facilitator’s objective is to help the group arrive at results that are accepted and understood by the participants. Simply running a meeting, on the other hand, often maintains a tight focus on a set agenda, conveying information, delegating tasks, and working toward a pre-defined outcome.

Who can be a facilitator?

While it might be tempting to tap the CEO or other executive for the role of facilitator, that’s not always the best choice. The traits that allow an individual to excel as CEO are not the same ones that describe the best facilitators. When the facilitator is the CEO, it can be hard for other participants to see past the CEO’s rank. For example, many times participants are reluctant to speak as freely as they otherwise might, which can substantially alter the quality of discussions.

It is possible that facilitators can come from within the ranks of your organization, if they bring the right set of skills and qualifications and are prepared to function in a neutral rather than participatory role. A vital part of facilitation is ensuring that all participants are engaged and contributing. That includes cultivating input from more reticent participants as well as politely preventing stronger — or more senior — participants from controlling the conversation.

An in-house facilitator does face additional hurdles. Ensuring equal engagement in discussion may be difficult because it could be hard for a facilitator to push back against a CEO or superior in a meeting in order to give everyone’s views equal treatment.

A professional facilitator from outside your organization can politely and effectively control the discussion to ensure that all participants are treated equally and ensure that all views are considered, without fear of repercussions. The setting becomes a place of safety and trust.

What situations call for a facilitator?

Strategic planning sessions, off-site retreats, board meetings, innovation sessions, corporate summits, and campaign kick-offs are just some of the situations that benefit from leadership of a professional facilitator. Tough or politically charged discussions and complex issues are more easily resolved when a professional facilitator shepherds the process.

In other words, facilitation makes things easier for the participants and the organization to identify and solve problems and move forward together. Participants and stakeholders have greater opportunity to listen, understand and focus to achieve true collaboration. Discussions become richer because those around the table feel respected and accepted — and more willing to share their views.

What should you look for in a facilitator?

When you’re choosing a professional facilitator to work with your organization, it helps to keep in mind some of the key traits a facilitator should possess. A facilitator should be:

  • Impartial
  • Perceptive
  • Patient
  • Persistent
  • Adaptable

To be effective, a facilitator must be an active listener capable of motivating the group. He or she should have a positive attitude and be skilled at managing emotion and setting the tone for the group. Choose a facilitator with knowledge in your industry or business; especially for retreats or development sessions, the facilitator should be equipped with tools and exercises that will help develop participant skills, promote engagement, and improve the overall process of building the team.

When you engage RoundTable Consulting to facilitate, you’ll be working with a professional who creates a comfortable safe environment for participants while establishing accountability and helping the leadership to achieve alignment and effective communication that cascades throughout the organization.

It all begins with a conversation. Contact me for a free consultation and let’s talk about how I can help your organization achieve the results you need

Nancy Owsianowski is the Founder of RoundTable Consulting where her relational, insightful approach transforms teams, leaders, and organizations.

Achieve Alignment with Facilitation

Be Proactive, Not Reactive, with the Right Strategic Plan

Coachability Leads to Success

Every new year is ripe with potential as we look forward to what we can accomplish in the months ahead. The chaos that has characterized the last couple of years has taught us that uncertainty won’t ever go away; tidy predictability is not part of our world, nor will it ever be, despite the relief we feel at once again being able to meet in person, shake hands, and conduct business in more familiar ways.

We know that holding on to the status quo or preventing change is not possible. We do, however, have an effective response. We can prepare for the future with a strategic plan. Planning puts your organization in a proactive position–anticipating, and preparing for, what could be ahead. Predictions, like those from Michael Weidokal, may offer a sense of what could be in store, but a strategic plan provides the structure to guide your organization’s response to events that come along so you can keep moving forward.

While strategic planning can be done as a regular activity of business for an in-house team, sometimes organizations need a helping hand. The process often requires tough conversations and honest answers that could be divisive. A skilled business consultant can help you navigate the process, bringing neutrality to discussions and ensuring both full participation and accountability from key stakeholders.

Before you can move ahead, you have to know where you are. The process begins by assessing your organization to find what’s working and what’s not. Take stock of the health of the relationships that drive your organization; make sure any communications or functional problems are addressed before embarking on further plans.

On your own or with a business consultant, a classic SWOT analysis will help identify the strengths and weaknesses within your organization and the opportunities and threats that affect it. Clear, honest, and objective thinking is involved here as you truly assess your strengths. Identify where you may be throwing resources at a weakness instead of using them to enhance a strength. Remember that opportunities may require hard work and what may appear to be easy wins could prove to be nothing more than a tempting distraction from your core purpose.

As your strategic plan takes shape, be sure that your team has a clear understanding of the difference between a strategy and a wishful list of ambitions. Richard Rumelt, professor emeritus at UCLA Anderson School of Management, points out that too often a list of aspirations masquerades as a strategy. He recommends isolating the main challenge your organization faces and focusing on this one item as the basis of strategy. Rumelt says, “Strategy is problem-solving. It is how you overcome the obstacles that stand between where you are and what you want to achieve.”

With strategy clarified, actions and goals defined, your strategic plan becomes a roadmap for your future. The plan doesn’t end there, residing in a binder on a shelf, where it gathers dust. It must be implemented then reviewed on a consistent basis.

For a strategic plan to be effective alignment is necessary; as a recent Gallup article points out, “executives must align around a shared understanding of purpose.” Similarly, Rumelt, in his article, “Getting Strategy Wrong–and How to Do It Right Instead,” connects alignment with the need for focus as the most crucial element of strategy. Concentration is not scattered energy, splintered by different agendas. Instead, it is “the coordinated application of resources and effort to an important yet addressable challenge.” Effective coordination that focuses power on the right target to bring results begins with leadership that is aligned.

Whether you seek the assistance of an experienced consultant or work your way through the planning steps on your own, your organization will reap the benefits of improved efficiency from aligned leadership and a structure that will help to guide you through challenging times.

Where are you on this journey? As a business consultant experienced in strategic planning, facilitation and executive coaching, I help organizations move forward effectively. Are you ready to move forward with confidence? Let’s talk. Click here and let’s get the conversation started.


Nancy Owsianowski is the Founder of RoundTable Consulting where her relational, insightful approach transforms teams, leaders, and organizations.

Executive Coaching in Real Life

Executive Coaching in Real Life

Executive Coaching in Real Life

Knowing what needs to be done and actually doing it are two separate things. Even Peter Drucker has commented, “The problem in my life and in other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do but the absence of doing it.” You get it. You’ve heard about executive coaching, considered it, and even had that feeling that confirms this is what you need at this point in your career.

Yet reaching out to an executive coach is still on your to-do list.

What’s holding you back? It could be as basic as fear of the unknown–what results can you expect, what does the relationship look like, how do you balance the public and private sides of your business life.

Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect.

Confidentiality: Secrets Remain Secret

First of all, the coaching relationship is confidential. What is said within the coaching environment stays there. One of the primary purposes of coaching is to provide you with a safe place to think, to reflect, and to share. The coaching relationship affords you the opportunity to drop the walls that surround you in other circumstances and honestly reflect on issues and concerns. It is a safe place to voice both hopes and worries, express deeply held reservations, and engage in open and honest discussion to help you move forward.

Each executive enters the coaching process with their own set of ambitions and challenges to be faced. The universal expectation is growth yet the path to accomplish that transformation is different for each person. A few examples drawn from executive coaching engagements will put the process in context.

The View from the Top: New CEO

CEOs are made, not born. The transition to CEO is not something to be underestimated. Even if you’re taking on the CEO role at the place where you’ve worked for years, everything changes once you assume the new title. When you’re promoted to the top role, the whole world shifts. Responsibilities, perspective, and behaviors all will be affected; you may sense an acute need for specific guidance as you redefine your role and working relationships.

Even more sobering is the point made by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, Vikram Malhotra and Kurt Strovink in “Starting strong: Making your CEO transition a catalyst for renewal,” that within 18 months of taking on the role, one-third to one-half of new CEOs are considered to be failing. Of this group, more than 90 percent acknowledge they would like to have handled the transition differently. This is a critical time period for the organization, as well as the new CEO, during which an executive coach can provide necessary perspective.

Your pattern of engagement within the organization changes as your view as CEO is unique; your perspective is no longer shared in the same way by colleagues. How you allocate your time and the demands placed on it are radically different because your priorities have changed; requests must be filtered through a different set of values and obligations before you respond or make time in your schedule.

A new CEO may need increased confidence to share ideas within a leadership group. Dynamics change, especially when your desk is the one where the buck stops. At the same time, training may help you gain needed buy-in from other stakeholders, expanding your range of communications tools and methods. This could include sharpened listening skills and a deeper understanding of human behavior and what elements go into influencing the actions of others.

And an executive coach can see that all these refinements take place in a way that helps you achieve balance in life–so that the organization’s life doesn’t consume your own.

A Business Owner: You Are Your Business

For the owner and founder of a business, the personal identification with the organization is strong and close. That identification keeps your focus tight, but it can become a challenge to keep up with the additional demands and necessary roles of a growing enterprise. Growth can explode–becoming almost too much of a good thing–leaving you struggling to manage it all.

You may need to take a step back to gain perspective and regroup; pause to create space, think, and plan your next move with deliberation. This is the point where a coaching relationship brings value. A coach can help you gain the proper distance to see the organization objectively and assess what is needed. You can freely give voice to your vision, even in the early stages, and lay the groundwork for the changes you want to see. Accountability, honest conversation, and targeted leadership training are all aspects of the coaching engagement that can move you forward.

In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a business owner whose company was facing rapid growth. The owner had a goal for the organization: to create and nurture a meaningful work environment for all employees. Stating the goal isn’t enough to make it true–culture change takes planning and consistent effort. Working together, we were able to structure and implement beneficial programs for the organization, including work environment changes. Going a step further, the coaching program also led to helping the business owner develop and implement a succession plan, bringing stability to the business and peace of mind to the owner.

The View from the Corner Office: C-Suite Executive

Whether you’re new to the organization or promoted from within, getting up to speed efficiently is critical. This process looks different for those promoted from within and those new to the company. It’s a process you can’t rush, but neither do you have unlimited time to absorb the collective wisdom of the organization.

An executive coach can help you view the situation with fresh eyes and assess the specific skills that need to be reinforced, as naturally, needs and objectives vary. Coaching offers guidance and even role play for navigating power dynamics and developing strategies to gain the trust of peers. Coaching can help refine communications techniques and strategies, including methods to build rapport and increase influence with other executives and stakeholders.

The coaching experience can help you clarify work and personal priorities so you can stay in your lane and move forward with clearly defined purpose and energy.

Every executive is unique, as is every organization. The beauty of coaching relationships is that each one reflects that individuality. While expectations for enhanced performance, selfawareness, and communication skills may be similar, the path that the engagement relationship takes to achieve results is one-of-a-kind.

Will you learn to share in a new way as you engage with an executive coach? Yes. You’ll have accountability and space to learn and practice new key behaviors. Perhaps you will still have a sense that it’s lonely at the top, but you’ll have clear structures available for support.

My focus is on helping leaders better manage themselves and their teams. Is this you? Do you know anyone who could use this kind of help? I am currently interviewing for 1 or 2 client openings. Come discover what’s possible with me! Click here and let’s get the conversation started.


Nancy Owsianowski is the Founder of RoundTable Consulting where her relational, insightful approach transforms teams, leaders, and organizations.

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Coachability Leads to Success

Coachability Leads to Success

How do you handle investments for your organization? As CEO or part of the executive leadership team, sound decision-making is second nature to you so substantial investments require thought, due diligence, and consideration of the timing. You prepare before you act. Choosing to work with an executive coach is a significant investment that warrants the attention and careful thought. You may have reached the point where you recognize that you have to tap outside resources to accomplish your next level goals.

You may need space to think and an objective, neutral party to be your confidential sounding board. In other words, you may conclude that you need an executive coach.

Executive coaching is an investment in your professional and personal growth as well as an investment in the success of your company or non-profit. While coaching is known to increase awareness and produce transformations, it also is an investment, and like other investments, needs to be explored with discernment to ensure you are fully prepared to accept the adventure that lies ahead.

Assessing your own attitudes and receptivity to coaching is a first step toward a coaching engagement, and your willingness to tackle this preparation points toward your readiness, or coachability.

Our attitudes and attributes aren’t fixed. An individual’s level of coachability may vary over time with different circumstances and events. Thus, timing–in terms of readiness and attitudes—plays a part in achieving a successful outcome and receiving the maximum benefits from coaching.

Consider these points as you assess your personal readiness to be coached:

No pain, no growth

Change is frequently uncomfortable, especially when it involves breaking long-standing habits and routines. You’ll be making new pathways and practicing new patterns of thought and activity, so it’s important to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Like changing your golf grip, what feels awkward at first becomes familiar with practice and may bring clear benefits.

As you reflect on questions from your coach, you can expect to see situations—and yourself— differently and you may not like what is revealed. Honestly facing your flaws or areas that need improvement is a necessary part of the transformation process, despite the discomfort you experience.

Exploration, experimentation, and the inherent risks of trying new things

Coaching means that you’ll be trying new behaviors and approaches, testing to see the results, but not all will be successful the first time around. Part of the learning that takes place includes exploration of different solutions; experimentation helps identifying what doesn’t work as well as what does prove effective. You need the courage and willingness to get up and try again. As Brenda Steinberg notes in her HBR article “Are You Ready to Be Coached?” experimentation is an important part of the process, as are the risks that go with it.

Increasing self-awareness and understanding your own behavior

Many people enter coaching engagements to increase their self-awareness and improve their interpersonal skills. Self-awareness is fundamental to any lasting change as is a willingness to learn about the drivers behind behavior. A coach will help you peel off the polished mask that conceals the motivations that determine your actions. Applying the lessons learned from revealed truths also demands a sense of responsibility and willingness to be accountable.

Pair self-discipline with reflection

Self-discipline means staying the course even when it feels uncomfortable, being vulnerable enough to be teachable, and making the effort needed to build new—and more effective— routines and habits of behavior. It could mean setting new boundaries and delegating tasks you once automatically handled. Coaching involves moving from A to B; understanding where you are today and each stage along that progression requires reflection on what you are learning. The best and most successful coaching experiences occur when participants are prepared to participate and committed to cultivating the flexibility to change and self-disciplined enough to forge ahead.

Coaching helps you gain a new sense of perspective that leads to action and change. An executive coach asks questions that challenge assumptions, and that help you clarify goals and values; questions that reframe issues, help you plan courses of action. In a coaching relationship you receive vital feedback and have the opportunity for guided behavioral practice. The coaching relationship provides a safe place for open and honest discussion in a neutral, objective setting, a space where you can pause, think, and establish a plan.

Like any investment, it’s important to discern whether the timing is right for you to get the most out of the coaching experience. As Lillian Valdez points out, certain mindsets and attitudes interfere with attaining the full benefit of coaching and others help a person capture the full value of being coached. Prepare yourself with a warm-up stretch to evaluate your readiness, then hit your stride with the right executive coach. Take time to find the right fit; at RoundTable Consulting, we like to begin with a free consultation to gain a sense of how we could work together to accomplish your goals. Connect with me or give me a call to start the conversation.

My focus this fall is on helping people to stop spending time with people who don’t deserve their time, so they can better manage themselves and their teams. Is this you? Do you know anyone who could use this kind of help? I am currently interviewing for 1 or 2 client openings. Come discover what’s possible with me! Click here and let’s get the conversation started.


Nancy Owsianowski is the Founder of RoundTable Consulting where her relational, insightful approach transforms teams, leaders, and organizations.

Executive Coaching in Real Life

Busting Myths about Executive Coaching

Busting Myths about Executive

Quick, what do you think of when you hear the term executive coaching? Or if you’re the one looking for a coach, what do you think that experience will be like? Certain misconceptions about executive coaching are common. Clearing up what coaching is and is not points to insights on the true strengths and benefits that coaching provides to those willing to dedicate time and energy to make this investment in their future.

Is a coach like a therapist?  Executive coaching is oriented toward the future and its fresh possibilities for change and growth. Therapy, on the other hand, while it deals with some similar concepts and aspects of a person’s internal landscape, is generally centered on the past. Yes, a coach may need to understand aspects of a person’s past, but primarily for context rather than as the structure that leads to resolution.

Is a coach a mentor or a teacher?  Coaching is driven by the powerful resources within the person being coached rather than by information handed down from another. Many of us have been blessed in our careers to have been shepherded along by a wise and capable mentor. Typically a mentor would be someone older, or at least more experienced, who guides us through stages as we learn and grow in our career. Whether helping a young professional get exposure to multiple facets of the business–production, sales, administration–or being guided into increasingly specific nuances of a particular discipline–a mentor’s view is valuable. While mentorship involves transferring knowledge from outside, coaching, as opposed to teaching, unlocks the creativity, innovation and resources within the person being coached. Rather than an older, wiser superior, the coach is a partner revealing the resources already present within the one being coached.

Coaching is more than a simple solution.  Coaching is a client-driven process in which the coach is a partner and supporter; the one being coached is accountable for envisioning the goals and taking steps toward their achievement–a process that cannot be outsourced. The executive or individual being coached isn’t just told what to do by a consultant–following a formula of steps or waiting for a final resolution to be delivered through a handy solution.

Coaching is personalized attention that unlocks potential.  Executive coaching deals with high- performing individuals and is often reserved for those leaders showing great potential. It is viewed as an added benefit that can enrich one’s career and it has the ability to boost strong performers to even higher levels. Certainly, coaching elevates an individual’s performance at any level to bring about change and refinement.

Executive coaching in an investment in yourself, your future, and the future of your business. It’s an experience designed to provoke deep thought and enliven the creative process within you so that you can reach your full potential. The answers you seek are already there but hidden; the coach’s role is to help you open up previously untapped areas, inspiring imagination, productivity and leadership.

The process is by no means do-it-yourself, however. You are in charge, but the coach is your trustworthy partner and guide, nudging you to new depths within a safe, professional relationship. The goals are yours, not superimposed by anyone else, and it requires your active participation.

All that may be easy to describe, but the skeptic in you wants to know about specific benefits and the outcomes to expect from executive coaching.

The best executive coaches are exceptionally skilled at asking questions. They ask questions that challenge assumptions and help reframe issues. They ask questions that encourage the one being coached to clarify their goals and values then go a step further and think about the resulting possible courses of action.

Executive coaches are keen observers. They offer feedback and perspective, and provide opportunities to practice behaviors that are being cultivated.

Ultimately the process of questioning and discovery leads to several positive results for both individuals and their companies. Enhanced emotional intelligence and greater self-awareness are consistent results that are connected with a host of additional benefits that tend to fall within three areas.

  1. Personal fulfillment. Self-management skills, goal attainment, and improved decision making are a few of the personal benefits. Individuals find enhanced well-being, reduced stress, self- efficacy, breakthroughs in thinking, and heightened self-awareness.
  2. Interpersonal skills. Social skills improve and in conjunction with personal fulfillment, individuals improve collaboration, empathy, communication and management skills.
  3. Organizational benefits. Coaching leads the individual to identify clear priorities and gain strength and focus for the hard but necessary conversations. It sharpens the focus on the future and planning and accelerates action. With positive change, turnover may decline.

Executive coaching is a powerful tool for development, growth and improved emotional intelligence. Ryan Bonnici’s post expands on these and other coaching results. Better alignment of key leadership behaviors, accountability for appropriate leader behaviors, and improved executive focus also result.

PS – As hard as it may be to think about cooler weather, it is right around the corner! As we wrap up our summer vacations and head back into work, it is time to roll up our sleeves and get something accomplished before year-end. Do it with ease and intentionality, and with a partner to help you generate forward momentum.

My focus this fall is on helping people to stop spending time with people who don’t deserve their time, so they can better manage themselves and their teams. Is this you? Do you know anyone who could use this kind of help? I am currently interviewing for 1 or 2 client openings. Come discover what’s possible with me! Click here and let’s get the conversation started.

Source: Longenecker, Clinton & McCartney, Mike. (2020). The benefits of executive coaching: voices from the C-suite. Strategic HR Review. ahead-of-print. 10.1108/SHR-06-2019-0048.


Nancy Owsianowski is the Founder of RoundTable Consulting where her relational, insightful approach transforms teams, leaders, and organizations.

Executive Coaching in Real Life

Culture’s Power for Managing the “Great Resignation”

Culture’s Power for Managing the “Great Resignation”

“Now Hiring” signs are everywhere, perhaps even at your business, documenting the effects of what’s being called the Great Resignation.

This Sloan study from MIT, and others, tell us that record numbers of Americans are leaving their jobs. While some people are changing jobs, others are choosing to remove themselves from the employment pool altogether.

Why so many resignations and why now?

In some cases, people are leaving simply because they can—they have tasted new possibilities as a result of remote work experience through COVID. Today’s landscape looks different now, as people realize they can work productively without being in the same location as their employer, a situation that may offer improved integration of work and family life. The world is more connected, and information is easily available; workers know when there is disparity in how they are treated versus how others are treated. Having many different jobs on a resume has become more common and less of a worry for potential employers, giving people the courage to leave an unpleasant situation. Others leave because they are upset, exhausted, or burned out with trying to keep up with multiple demands.
Whatever the reason, the fact remains that companies must redouble their emphasis on retaining and attracting qualified staff members. Just as it’s easier and less costly to retain a current customer than attract a new one, it’s easier to invest in and keep employees than it is to find, hire, and train new ones.

Now comes the task of transforming your organization into a destination workplace. Assessing the factors that have driven workers to resign helps highlight key ways to retain and attract talented team members.

Gather the facts

Get up, get out, and talk to people. Certainly, you’re already interviewing those who leave, to learn their reasons for departing, but don’t stop there. SHRM suggests talking with valuable team members to find out what it takes to keep them there—what is presently satisfying and what on the horizon might need to be addressed to keep them happy and productive.

The answers might surprise you. Although an updated pay and benefits package is a necessity, or simply the cost of entry for retaining and attracting staff, throwing money at the problem isn’t enough. Your organizational culture, and the components that make up that culture, is your best solution for building the kind of workplace that thrives.

Compensation and culture: a powerful combination

Pay and benefits are related to specific roles. Take a fresh look at the roles in your organization, evaluating them honestly and unsentimentally. Which tasks and job duties have become so excessively routine that automation may offer a supplementary solution? Revise job descriptions to reflect the way work is done now.

Once you have a clear picture of the roles you need to maintain and those you need to fill, be sure to update the pay package with attractive wages and meaningful benefits. Healthcare and retirement benefits maintain their appeal within certain demographics, but it’s important to consider the possibility of other, more innovative but appealing benefits like a one-time bonus, benefits that provide help with student loans, or work-from-home stipends.

Culture is multidimensional. It’s the linchpin not only for an ongoing healthy workplace, but for retaining and attracting workers. Several key elements contribute to the workplace culture that your employees perceive, and these can be significant factors in retaining and attracting talent.


A recent study in MIT Sloan Management Review dives into the elements of culture that matter the most to employees, and assigning scores to these attributes that reflect their relative importance to predicting a company’s culture rating in the eyes of their employees. At the top of this list is respect, being treated “with consideration, courtesy, and dignity” while “perspectives are taken seriously.” Respect is 17.9 times more powerful as a culture score predictor as compared to the average topic.

Respect affects worker morale, productivity, and engagement. What does this look like in practice? A McKinsey report points out that listening to employees is one critical factor in creating the type of workplace where people want to stay.


Opportunities to grow and advance are significant to employees. Workers want the opportunity to learn new skills and to make full use of the skills that they bring to the table. Harvard Business Review survey data indicates that “68% of workers around the world,” across both blue-collar and white- collar populations, “are willing to retrain and learn new skills.”


Your organization has a purpose, and leaders should be living out that purpose and value structure every day. Action, not just conversation, is needed to strengthen the connection with your workforce.


Connection and strengthening bona fide relationships must be a priority—both between you and those you employ and between peers. This involves genuine conversation—listening to each other and getting to know each other. For new employees, these connections are vital to retaining them on your team. Isolation is too often a byproduct of remote and hybrid work arrangements.

A recent PwC report points to the benefits of workplace connections. Some companies are taking the next step by encouraging and facilitating the formation of work friendships. Pairs of colleagues meet and follow organized steps to healthy connections that go deeper than sports scores or the weather. The goal is to form friendships and peer coaching relationships that combat stress and anxiety while building accountability. These are the types of relationships that strengthen organizations, increasing the sense of purpose for workers and enhancing their well-being with new opportunities for friendship.

Appropriate pay is a baseline condition. Cultural aspects of your organization have the power to drive good employees away or attract talented people to your team. The good news is that a less- than-stellar culture can be changed. The tools are in your hands; if this seems like a daunting task, you don’t have to face it alone. A business consultant like RoundTable Consulting can help you lay out a plan for transformation and help you move forward. If you’re ready to start, give us a call to schedule a free consultation; it all begins with a conversation.

Nancy Owsianowski is the Founder of RoundTable Consulting where her relational,  insightful approach transforms teams, leaders, and organizations. Find Nancy on LinkedIn or reach out to her to learn more about authentic leadership and her coaching, facilitation, and training services.

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Executive Coaching

A coach cultivates and enhances the skills and talent you already possess. Not so much a teacher, but more of an outside objective listener and truth-teller, the coach holds up a mirror so that you can see and improve your behavior and interactions and level up your leadership.

You may choose to work with an executive coach for a variety of reasons. Many chief officers find that the need to enhance their skills at conflict resolution is a key factor in the coaching decision. Increased confidence, improved self-awareness as an individual and in their role, and better interpersonal skills are other frequently cited reasons to begin an engagement.


Strategic Planning

Traditional strategic planning is a comprehensive multi-step process that helps a business to formulate their vision and map out the strategies and actions that will take them there. A sound strategic plan typically includes establishing key elements.

RoundTable Consulting works with businesses and non-profits to develop all strategic plan components, starting from a high-level analysis all the way through individual action items. The end result is that your team is guided through the development of a full strategic plan with deliverables tailored to your unique organization.



Professional facilitation helps individual executives or groups to identify and solve problems, come to a level of understanding about a certain situation, communicate concerns with each other for the good of the group, share new ideas and work together to build on them, and make lasting changes that include establishing clear direction and next steps.

Facilitation is a industry term used to describe an extremely compelling and effective way of working with teams and individuals that gives everyone an opportunity to be an active and engaging part of a decision making process.  Why is facilitation needed? Why is a facilitator needed?


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