Business/Corporate Sector Services

Building Inclusive Organizations

Today, diversity describes one aspect of cultural competency: the extent to which an organization has people from diverse backgrounds or communities involved as board members, staff, and volunteers. Differentiating between the terms diversity and cultural competency emphasizes that representation of diverse communities within an organization does not always lead to deeper respect for and incorporation of the needs, assets, and viewpoints of diverse communities. A culturally competent process focuses on creating an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and openness, and to cultivating awareness of and respect for difference between and among staff, volunteers, and the board and key stakeholders to advance the organizational mission.

ACG assists organizations in creating and sustaining an organizational culture that leverages diversity for higher performance by providing facilitation in the following areas:

  • Embarking upon a comprehensive, institutional, long-term commitment to addressing race, power and privilege and how these differences manifest themselves and influence day-to-day operations;
  • Providing culturally based guidance, models, policies and practices which support organizations that seek to include people from diverse cultural backgrounds and social groups as stakeholders in the institution;
  • Partnering across difference, creating greater safety for difference and constructively engaging in conflict; and
  • Creating and sustaining an organizational culture that enables them to recruit, retain, train and better leverage a diverse staff, board and membership base that supports and enhances their mission.

“Over the three years I have worked with Beth I have been impressed by her ability to “process” large groups with very diverse interests and backgrounds. Her meeting management and facilitation skills and her ability to work with people has kept us on track, and focused, and accomplished. The organizations that I work with are working together better, with more maturity, and a stronger sense of direction – all as a result of Beth Applegate’s services. Thank you!” Regional Manager


Building Strategic Alliances

ACG understands that the world’s problems do not neatly divide themselves between the private, nonprofit and public sectors. ACG is committed to improving social, human and environmental conditions through facilitating the building of strategic partnerships within and across these sectors.

ACG defines a strategic alliance as a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more entities to obtain the desired results they are more likely to achieve together than alone. We work with cross-sector strategic alliances to:

  • Identify the issues that are important and timely, and leverage the core cross-sector competencies;
  • Clarify the added value that each sector brings to solving significant social problems;
  • Establish a concrete plan to support the cross-sector collaboration with clear benchmarks and a realistic time frame; and
  • Help the stakeholders to identify their goals and establish the collaborative relationships they need to succeed in providing solutions, services and products that contribute to a more just, equitable and sustainable society.

Beth Applegate skillfully and consistently built consensus among a group of organizational leaders with diverse and sometimes conflicting concerns. Beth’s fine balance of leadership qualities – integrity, fairness and humility – coupled wit her strong knowledge of and appreciation for each group member’s perspective strengthened the coalition and focused our energy. Perhaps most importantly, Beth’s professional, even-handed approach to meeting facilitation earned her great respect and trust among group members.” President and CEO


Leadership Coaching

Rapidly changing markets demand new approaches to leadership and coaching. Leaders must continuously inspire, guide and reward their teams and must call upon different skills to handle the tremendous variety of situations that arise. Adding to the challenge, as a corporation evolves and grows, so too must the capabilities of its leadership.

ACG provides:

  • Ongoing, highly individualized support that focuses on the people and the organizational processes, utilizing practical and proven techniques to address conflict management, team building and leadership skills development;
  • Individualized coaching, which offers a mechanism for helping executives and organizational leaders to manage challenges, while benefiting from the feedback and perspective of a non-biased organization development practitioner; and
  • Proven strategies to develop leaders who are intentional, proactive and clear about the vision they hold for their organizations.

“It has been a privilege to work with Beth. She brings to her work a wonderful combination of directness and flexibility; candor and humor; deep knowledge of the organization development discipline and recognition of everyday office politics and realties. She has been an outstanding resource to staff in large group, teamwork and individual coaching, drawing on the knowledge she gains through all three, while always carefully protecting confidentiality and maintaining professionalism. At times she has really felt like a lifeline for staff, including me! I think what I appreciate most of all are Beth’s willingness to demonstrate her own fallibility by sharing her own ‘stuff’ and her fantastic sense of fun and play.” Vice President


Leadership Transition Planning

Recent studies reveal an unprecedented leadership shift for most organizations regardless of sector. These studies predict that a shortage of leadership will arise in the general workforce as the 78 million Baby Boomers who make up the core of organizational structures begin to retire.

ACG provides:

  • Ongoing, highly individualized, facilitated processes to support executives and organizational leaders in addressing and managing the challenges associated with this generational shift;
  • Feedback and perspectives of a non-biased organization development practitioner to assist leaders in the transition; and
  • Proven tools to support the development of common ground, facilitate effective partnerships, and create space for new models of leadership and future leaders.

“From our first meeting ten years ago, I have been grateful for Beth Applegate’s willingness to share her talent, wisdom and vast knowledge of topics from corporate organization development to grassroots political organizing. I learned a great deal working with Beth and I know that her diverse client organizations nationwide are healthier and stronger thanks to her guidance. Beth is a natural and unaffected leader who has the skills to transcend differences and build coalitions. She has a wonderful and rare ability to impart her strength and grace to a process or group and help it to become stronger, healthier and more productive than before.” Vice President


Meeting and Retreat Facilitation

Today’s businesses require skilled leaders, confident staff and dynamic teams. Process facilitation provides an effective way to engage staff in actively mastering the principles and skills they need to advance the mission.

As a meeting and retreat facilitator, ACG:

  • Combines cutting-edge techniques and proven theory with carefully selected small group work;
  • Facilitates dialogues and role-play activities, and
  • Creates an engaging learning experience, resulting in more cohesive teams and true workplace success.

“My association with Beth Applegate has been both personally enjoyable and professionally beneficial. Her keen insights into group dynamics and consensus building have proven to be exceedingly effective for meeting facilitation and team building. I would wholeheartedly recommend Applegate Consulting to any organization looking to improve performance at all levels.” President, CEO


Organization Assessment and Change

Every business, no matter how large or how small, is a system. Organizational problems are linked together and change in one area often impacts other areas of the whole system. Discovering the links and how they fit together and, therefore, what steps the organization can take to improve the situation is the purpose of diagnosis.

ACG utilizes a well-established action research model and diagnostic tools to support the facilitation of change processes through:

  • Detailed planning with key leaders and members regarding the focus and processes of the assessment, including: who will be surveyed, what questions will be asked; and which formats will be used to gather information;
  • Data gathering utilizing interviews, informal focus groups, and questionnaires to elicit members’ input regarding the strengths and limitations of current organization procedures and practices;
  • Analysis of findings by the internal team with the guidance of the consultant to identify common themes, major inconsistencies and opportunities to build upon;
  • Action planning by the internal team to propose changes in policies, procedures and systems, based on the data, to assess the risk of making changes, and to determine who will be instrumental in implementing the chosen action plan to ensure the long-term impact of the change initiative; and
  • Evaluation by the internal team and consultants to assess the effectiveness of the change process.

"Beth Applegate is an innately talented and knowledgeable organization development professional. She provides strong, steady leadership and clarity of purpose, in combination with extraordinary people skills and great dedication. Beth is a person with integrity, passion and great commitment to her work with organizations and the individuals who serve them." Vice President


Strategic Thinking and Planning

Successful businesses prepare and plan for long-term change, even as they operate in the present moment. Gradual, ongoing and strategic transition fosters a culture of efficiency, continuity, and stability in every organization.

ACG designs and facilitates strategic processes that:

  • Formulate processes for strategic thinking about the future, so that even in the midst of change, there is a perpetual focus on direction;
  • Clearly define core values, mission and vision statements, and ambitious but realistic strategic objectives and organizational goals; and
  • Offer follow-through and coaching services that provide ongoing planning and evaluation mechanisms to ensure timely and effective implementation by staff and key stakeholders.

“Beth Applegate is an outstanding leader, consultant and facilitator. Beth has the ability to efficiently pull a group together around strategic goals. She moves process forward, never leaving a participant behind. I find it rewarding that Ms. Applegate has made the career choice to share her wisdom, expertise and abilities with many businesses, rather than leading one – something she could do with excellence.” CEO


Team Building

ACG knows that in order for a business to succeed it must have strong leadership, active communication, and open collaboration. Ultimately, it must be an effective team—one with outstanding process skills that can nurture and integrate each individual’s expertise and strengths and leverages differences.

ACG works in-depth with teams to identify specific needs and to help integrate new insights back into the workplace through:

  • Facilitating the development of high-performance work teams through mutual goal-setting, role negotiation, group problem solving, mutual accountability;
  • Facilitating conflict resolution; and
  • Building team commitment by valuing differences, developing trust and creating win/win collaborative agreements.

“Beth has the wonderful ability to make even the most challenging senior management retreat reap dividends for all the participants. She made everyone feel comfortable raising the issues they needed to, and she held people accountable with a blend of firmness and humor. Individuals who agreed on little else thought Beth was amazing,” CEO

“In my work with Beth Applegate, I have found her to be a highly talented facilitator in the area of team building and organizational development. Beth excels in resolving issues before they become conflicts and in helping groups to stay focused on their task to work more effectively as a team.” Vice President