Through a combination of work at the group level and coaching at the individual level, we energize and orient committed leaders and their teams to new ways of thinking in three areas:
Business Strategy Formulation and Activation
Workload Management and Organization Capacity Building
Leadership and Board Development
Business Strategy Formulation and Activation If
you need help turning ideas into action, Swistro Advisors can assist
you to make the transition from strategic planning to implementation,
working with you to define and then manage a practical course of action
that will assure your strategic objectives are achieved.
were up against a wall. Implementation of our new software package had
to happen in 6 months, our vendor wasn't performing and we were
transitioning from a start-up culture to a more standard business
culture. This type of double paradigm shift is really hard in
organizations, but from the beginning, Swistro Advisors effectively got
everyone on the same page about where we were and then facilitated the
process toward where we wanted to be."
- Technology Director, Global manufacturing and marketing company
Client Success Story: Rapid Business Automation
A luxury goods company had built a global reputation for excellence,
but continued planned growth was at risk due to the absence of business
management policies, available information for business
decision-making, quality control, and standard procedures.Read more...
Workload Management and Organizational Capacity Building
critical challenge for any management team seeking to drive business
and organizational evolution is to distill the vision, identify the
barriers between the future and the present, create a shared sense of
responsibility among team members, and sort through the clutter of
competing priorities. Our
approach in organizational turnarounds is to work both with the group
and the individuals, empowering leaders and their teams through role
modeling and coaching to utilize their capacity wisely - to become more
adept thinkers and tacticians, and to see both the destination and the
Swistro is successful because her client relationships are successful.
She knows when to coach, when to advise, when to get her hands dirty,
and when to exercise restraint. She became a trusted advisor to our
Client Success Story: Technology Department Turnaround
A company increasingly dependent on high-performance, specialty
software applications had outsourced all technical management of a $150
million project agenda to an underperforming vendor. Development and
maintenance costs were escalating, quality was poor, business-critical
systems were faltering, and the business lacked the know-how to address
these problems. Read more...
Leadership and Board Development
change within non-profit organizations can be challenging because of
the complex environments in which these organizations operate. Swistro
Advisors' years of experience in this sector means we can help
management professionals and boards of directors balance the needs of a
variety of constituents as they work to update their mission and evolve
Swistro's approach focused on building effective team performance, not
fracturing it. I've worked with other consultants in the past that
inadvertantly fueled discord between senior management and field staff.
She avoided this pitfall completely by refusing to become emotionally
entangled. With our team, she kept our eye on the prize: to build a
unified organization whose people function as a team."
- Executive Director, Public health research organization
Client Success Story: Non Profit Strategic Planning and Development The
board of directors of a century old Boston-based arts non-profit needed
to examine their mission and craft a strategy and implementation plan
to remain viable in an under-funded and over-crowded marketplace. The
board of directors was challenged to strike the right balance – to
remain true to their historical legacy, but rejuvenate their image so
as to attract new generations of concert-goers and listeners. Read more...
The time has never been better for social sector organizations to
lay the foundation for a successful fundraising program. Why? Because the
development of donors takes a time, and every organization – no matter the size
– can learn effective fundraising techniques, embed them in annual operations,
and reap the benefits of a simple but high-impact fundraising discipline.
has developed an affordable, structured consulting engagement to provide a
fundraising foundation particularly suited to organizations that do not have
the capacity to engage a full-time development officer. The value
proposition here: transformation; developing a plan AND learning to adopt its
use in sustainable ways.
being able to:
Gain an understanding
of your organization’s fundraising “landscape” and identify the most promising fundraising opportunities on which to build,
Communicate your fundraising
message clearly to potential donors and partners,
fundamentals of donor cultivation and fundraising in place so that they become
routine for your organization,
Work through any
barriers in getting everyone – including staff and board – engaged, and
Have ongoing, experienced
support throughout the process.