|CREATIVE INSIGHTS AND SOLUTIONS FOR GETTING RESULTS|
We have been consulting with agribusiness and cooperatives for over 30 years, giving us understanding and insight that is invaluable for our clients. Our experience includes being the senior faculty member for the Cooperative Leadership Seminar, a former senior executive of the Spokane Bank for Cooperatives, and a former member of the faculty at Oregon State University in the Department of Agricultural Economics.
The performance of your cooperative in the next millennium is highly dependent on the strength of its board and CEO alliance. Sometimes, however, undefined roles, inadequate communication, lack of a strategic plan, unclear policies and decision-making boundaries, and other distractions can severely impair the board and CEO alliance. When this occurs, the cooperative organization can experience severe setbacks in performance.
The ability of the board and CEO to mutually understand and respect each other's roles is critical for long-term success. This requires clear definition of their respective duties and decision-making boundaries. In addition, their ability to "think outside of the box", formulate strategy, and execute plans, helps assure long-term profitability, growth, and survival.
A strong alliance between a cooperative's board of directors and its CEO is required in today's fast-paced and dynamic marketplace.
This partnership is the cornerstone for lasting success today and in the next millennium. Start building a stronger and more effective alliance in your cooperative. Guarantee its future . . . now!
The Harvey A. Meier Co. responds to requests from cooperative boards of directors and CEOs for guidance and insight in the following areas:
The Board's Role and Structure
The Board and CEO Partnership
Our team knows what it takes to build and sustain a strong board and top executive alliance. We invite you to discuss governance of your organization with us, always in confidence.
The Workplace Environment
Miscommunication, emotional disputes, and conflict are common occurrences in the workplace, costing companies immeasurable amounts of money and countless lost, and unproductive, hours. These situations cause valuable relationships to end in bitterness and anger, with creative and innovative work frequently hindered, or worse, eliminated. This results in the loss of new markets and potential profits, causing damage beyond measure.
Knowing when to call for help is a critical step toward resolving conflict and disputes in the workplace. Mediation can prevent such loss and damage.
Mediation is a process in which a neutral facilitator coaches two or more parties in finding a mutually agreeable solution. Professional mediators help these parties rebuild a "spirit of collaboration" and become "partners" in brainstorming, and designing solutions to their problems. Individuals need guidance with their own negotiations; they don't need someone telling them what to do. Mediation experts facilitate collaborative processes to establish synergy and cohesiveness in the workplace, which leads to the resolution of disputes and conflict.
Very often, business owners, managers, corporate leaders, and business associates fail to admit their relationships are in trouble until it's too late for them to be saved. Watch for these warning signs of deteriorating relationships:
If you are experiencing any of the above, it's time to get outside help to save a troubled situation. Mediators facilitate "getting to the bottom" of a dispute, and help craft a complete and concise resolution. They help you put in motion a plan for resolving conflict.
We help business owners, managers, corporate leaders, and business associates find solutions to disputes, conflict, and miscommunication.
Communication is the key to an efficient workforce, and highly successful business projects. Typically, miscommunication in the workplace is at the root of a dispute. Once miscommunication factors are identified, the parties to a dispute can be coached to establish true communication. Then, mediating an acceptable solution to the dispute becomes a matter of course.
The human factor plays an instrumental role in initiating and maintaining a dispute, and in creating conflict. Therefore, it is the focal point of our mediation and communication programs.
Our approach to conflict and dispute resolution actively engages individuals in educational and collaborative processes. We utilize state-of-the-art tools to facilitate implementation of "true communication." These tools include employee opinion surveys, job fit and 360 degree feedback assessments, team & individual personality trait and communication analyses, team building exercises, and management retreats.
Here are some examples of the types of disputes for which our Mediation and Communication services are best suited, and have been utilized by our clients:
Implementation of our professional mediation and communication programs can improve efficiency in your workplace, reduce the costs of your operation, enhance company-wide morale, and boost your profits.
Participants meet two to three times a year to help one another resolve critical business and financial problems, explore promising opportunities, share business and financial experiences, learn from expert speakers, and act as a general sounding board for each other, in a "no holds barred," small group environment of total confidentiality.
The CEO and CFO Forums are designed to help members openly share experiences and expertise with a group of their peers in whom they can trust and confide, find solutions to a wide range of issues that could undermine the success of their companies, sidestep mistakes that can result when they "go it alone," and effectively deal with the sense of isolation at the top.
We invite you to contact us for further information about membership in one of our CEO or CFO Executive Forums.
We have assisted several companies in identifying and selecting CEOs, general managers, chief financial officers, sales and marketing managers, plant managers, quality assurance directors, and other key personnel. Our search process follows a thorough, nine-step approach.
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