We do what any good partner should do: help you address your needs by providing honest counsel and direct support. At Bon Partners we will help you clarify, prioritize and align your project into a useful action plan. Specifically, we roll up our sleeves to help you build the capacity of your organization by providing actionable, useful support.
Whether it is launching a new idea or developing a multi-year strategic plan, every organization strives to plan carefully and thoroughly. While day to day challenges almost always feel more urgent, it is critical that we invest time and resources to reflecting on our ultimate goals and strategies from time to time.
Bon Partners can help your organization through a variety of strategy development tools. We will begin by working together to clarify the objective of the project. Together we will develop a robust work plan that guides us to an outcome that is most beneficial to your needs.
Some common strategic development projects include:
- Strategic Planning
From time to time it is helpful to look at the future of our organization with a multi-year time horizon. The result should set priorities, focus energy, provide indicators of success and ultimately strengthen our ability to achieve our mission. Whenever possible, we work with a Steering Team made up of approximately 7 – 12 people who are representatives of the organization’s foremost constituents. The purpose of this group is to champion the work and ensure the planning process and final outcome are rightly based on the organizations’ real needs.
- New Initiatives
Launching new programs and services is an exciting time that also carries some risk. Creating a robust plan that identifies key milestones and outlines potential contingencies is essential for success.
At Bon Partners, we believe teaching adults should look different than a high school classroom or a lecture at a university. We need to root our learning in the real-life challenges and day-to-day problems that hamper our effectiveness. We need to practice–both during professional learning sessions and after–learning new skills if we want them to take hold. We need to create learning environments where everyone is challenged and everyone feels the discomfort and excitement of learning new skills.
Some common professional development projects include:
- Retreats and Workshops
Whether its time to set annual goals, learn new skills, or re-establish our norms of working together, a strategic meeting can provide great value when executed well (and be a complete waste of resources when done poorly). At Bon Partners, we will help you be clear about your objectives and make sure you have the plans in place to achieve them. We’ll provide facilitation and expertise to make your extended meeting powerful and engaging for all participants.
- Board Training
The board of directors is ultimately responsible for the success of our organization. Board members come with a variety of skills and backgrounds which makes their input particularly valuable. This also means the board may not share all the necessary knowledge or skills required to succeed. Bon Partners can provide direct training or coaching to board members to help align their support to the organization.
Every organization depends on a broad array of stakeholders such as employees, donors and funders for many non-profits; teachers, families and students for schools. Maintaining strong, healthy relationships with our stakeholders is essential work that can sometimes require focused attention.
Some common stakeholder engagement projects include:
- Focus Groups
As part of our outreach to stakeholders, it is often helpful to gather small groups of individuals together to participate in a structured, facilitated conversation. Working together, we will identify potential participants and create a robust interview guide that will help us gain insight into multiple perspectives.
- Large (and small) Group Facilitation
Getting lots of people in the room can be a great opportunity to hear multiple view points and share ideas. It can also allow some view points to be shut out of the conversation and negative repercussions. There are ways to facilitate large group meetings that will hear everyone’s voice and respect everyone’s opinion. We can help guide you through planning and delivering a successful conversation no matter how controversial the topic or how large the audience.