Consulting Services

From working with individual executives and managers, to bringing together the executive team, our consulting services are tailored to our client’s needs to achieve their desired results. We provide Team Workshops, Individual Leadership Development, Streamlining Hiring practices, and much more.

Organizational Climate Study

Begin by Assessing the Situation: We view the Organizational Climate Study as the logical starting point for building and strengthening organizations. This diagnostic tool examines the variables that affect performance and leadership effectiveness from the CEO through the entire management team.

Through in-depth interviews, we determine the current perceptions and important management issues affecting morale, goal awareness, management strategies, opportunities, communication, planning, and delegation. We also look at issues surrounding trust, loyalty and staff relationships. The information gathered is then edited to achieve complete anonymity prior to being shared with the executive team.

Create a Shared Vision: The study results are fed back to the executive team during an intensive three-day, off-site team-building workshop. The goal of this workshop is to create a common purpose, a unified direction and a shared vision. The participants agree on the things that must exist in order to create a high performing team and develop an Action Plan to address the issues and concerns which must be addressed to take advantage of new opportunities. When the team leaves the off-site workshop, they are energized and ready to begin practical application of their clarified objectives.

Leadership Image Study

Designed to provide the executive with extensive feedback on how he/she is impacting others within the organization, the Leadership Image Study provides the executive with detailed information in four basic areas.

Strengths We gather information concerning the executive’s strengths in order to provide him or her with information about what is working and causing them to be effective. These are the issues that need to be reinforced and continued.

Weaknesses This information provides critical feedback on where the executive is missing the mark with his or her leadership impact. Frequently, these shortcomings are blind spots to effective leadership.

Potential This is sometimes a two-part question. “What is the individual’s potential to the organization?” And, “What is the individual’s perceived potential to change their leadership impact from a negative outcome to a positive outcome?”

Advice This gives the leader the information he or she needs in order to become more effective.

Based on the information gathered during the Leadership Image Study, each participant develops a Leadership Action Plan designed to set in motion the new leadership behaviors. All Leadership Image Studies are confidential and the study is only shared with the participant.

Excell–Excellence in Leadership

The Excell program is specifically designed for high-potential executives who want to move their leadership to an even higher level of effectiveness. It is a comprehensive one-on-one executive coaching program that includes in-depth self-evaluation, coupled with professional assessment and feedback. The effectiveness of the program depends on the executive’s personal commitment to leadership growth.

All participants in the Excell program must willingly choose to participate and view the company’s offer as a supportive effort toward personal and career development. The Excell program requires a minimum commitment of six months.

Group/Team Facilitation

We work with teams to develop an environment where the employees are aligned and departments function in a seamless manner throughout the organization. We tailor our processes to the needs of our clients. Our expertise in facilitation focuses on the desired outcomes and purposely structures exercises and processes to continuously guide the group toward achieving their goals. Some of those processes are:

  • Provide a mindset and offsite agreements to create a ‘safe space’ for open all
  • Eliminate inner competitiveness
  • Uncover and resolve areas of conflicts
  • Review Team strengths and areas of vulnerability
  • Establish Team Agreements
  • Create an action plan for moving forward
  • Establish Follow-up and Follow-through strategies to assure outcomes are continued in the workplace

Family Enterprise retreat

Family owned businesses have added dimensions that publicly traded corporations do not experience. The Family Enterprise Retreat provides a family owned business with the same methodology that has proven highly successful with major corporations in accomplishing their business purposes. It is designed to resolve the distracting and sometimes dysfunctional relationship issues that may exist in family businesses.

Too frequently, personal family issues interfere with the organization’s purpose and the running of the business. Everyone agrees this is off-purpose and counterproductive. Nonetheless, it is real! This workshop is designed specifically to address these issues. The Family Enterprise Retreat enables family members to focus on shared business objectives, achieve greater communication and enhance the family enterprise.

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In my 20 plus years experience in executive education, most development programs focus on the acquisition of organizational knowledge, operational systems, and business tools.  Little time is devoted the leader’s self discovery. Ironically, the greatest programmatic impact I have personally experienced, and witnessed, has been through the exploration of the impact of self on the leadership role. Rich Ruhmann does a masterful job of guiding even the brightest and most skeptical leaders through a process where they come face to face with the ways in which they sabotage their own efforts. And importantly, Rich helps leaders draw on their unique strengths to improve their effectiveness. Significantly improved partnerships across disciplines, more authentic relationships with subordinates, clearer communication, and more deliberate team decision-making are some of the visible successes of Rich’s work across the Yale New Haven Health System.

Dr. Michael Pepe
VP and Executive Director, Institute for Excellence
Yale New Haven Hospital