Essential Explorations offers customized services to fit your needs. The following are some of the common services provided. Other services may be available. Just ask! Typically, the services below are mixed and matched to fit your needs. None of them are mutually exclusive and most work best in tandem.
Workshops are a great way to shake up the status quo and get you and your team unstuck. When done well, workshops have a positive, lasting impact on your team and organization. For information on some of the interactive, experiential, and essential workshops offered, check out the Essential Workshops page. If you have a workshop need that is not covered by one of the listed workshops, please be sure to let us know.
Research & Analysis
Research is a way to gather and analyze information to help you get clear about your self (individual, team, or whole organization) and your context (industry, community, environment). Utilizing this information allows you to look at a situation from multiple angles and levels of perspective. Getting a complete picture of yourself and your surroundings, including both the big picture and the details, is vital to moving forward successfully.
Leader & Leadership Development
“Managing” is not enough anymore. Leadership, at all levels, is becoming more and more important in our complex and chaotic world. Businesses, non-profits, and government agencies need to remain nimble, proactive, and innovative to thrive. Everyone in these organizations needs leadership skills and enough autonomy to exercise them.
Future Vision is a combination of Visioning and Futuring. Although both Visioning and Futuring deal with the future, they each approach it from different directions and angles, and it is important to work on both concurrently. Thus, Future Vision combines them to create a Vision for the future, one that is grounded in reality and still reaches for ideals.
Strategic Planning is the act of creating a strategy for reaching your Vision, with sub-goals, a timeline, and regular reassessments. Additionally, it is important to create contingency plans, set up checkpoints in the timeline to make adjustments to the plan as needed, and maintain flexibility because nothing goes exactly as planned.
The whole system works together as an entity, so any lasting change needs to be supported by the whole system. And to make that happen, a systems perspective is necessary. Although it is important to have the details, they can block your view of the big picture if you let them. Perspective-shifting is a helpful tool for getting unstuck. Seeing your system at multiple levels is like changing the magnification of your lens. Each level of magnification is useful in its own way.
Oftentimes we have to travel into the past and explore relevant history to get unstuck from entrenched patterns that are holding us captive. Those patterns are there for a reason. They served a purpose at one point in time, but if they are no longer serving a useful purpose it is time to find out why they are there and how to move past them.