Public Sector Services

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.

“Early on I witnessed Beth taking over a facilitated consensus-building and strategizing session of near-mutinous state council representatives, calmly bring them back to a rational state, and proceeding to discuss and list common mission and needs. As our group has matured and grown, Beth has remained at the forefront in developing an accountable board, a realistic yet challenging agenda, and an exciting conference that exceeded expectations in participation and team building. Without reserve I would recommend Applegate Consulting Group.” Executive Director

“Our organization and USDA Forest Service have partnered to utilize the services of Applegate Consulting Group during the past four years, and continue to do so. Ms. Applegate has personally facilitated complex agendas among diverse parties. Attendees have roundly applauded her knowledge and effort during Grassroots Summit activities. She is a superb organizer, keeps parties on track, on target, on time, and will go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcomes. Innovative and personable, I would unhesitatingly seek her assistance regardless of perceived complexity or difficulty in resolving issues and problems. She makes positive things happen!” Executive Director


Leadership Coaching

Rapidly changing demands in the public sector 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 an organization 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.

“Beth’s expertise in the area of executive coaching and group facilitation is unmatched. She has made a remarkable improvement in the way the Center’s management team works together. She has an incredible ability to motivate, inspire and focus a group while staying almost invisible her self…a credit to her extraordinary skill!” Chief Financial Officer


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 organizations 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.

“Applegate Consulting Group was instrumental in assisting our organization during a leadership transition and supported our organization in hiring our first Director and building our first strategic plan. Beth guided us through the entire process with a firm hand and a persuasive touch. Beth made certain that the planning process produced a document with actionable steps as well as built-in follow-up so that the effort would delivery measurable results, not just hopes and dreams. I have been very impressed with Beth’s contributions in all areas and I have already recommended her to other agencies.” Systems Analyst


Meeting and Retreat Facilitation

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

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.

“Beth’s deep knowledge of organizations and professional development make her a truly outstanding organization development practitioner and training designer. Beth was on faculty as a lead trainer for our three-day Presidential Management Fellows Orientation for the Office of Personnel Management. She is an exceptional trainer, with the ability to integrate practical information with personal impact. She is committed to participatory and experiential learning, and finds ways to bridge the gap between learning and action. Testimonials from her participants say it all: ‘great combo of energy, professionalism and expertise,’ ‘made sure everyone was heard,’ ‘instilled confidence,’ ‘kept the energy high and was so organized,’ ‘her enthusiasm was wonderful,’ ‘made special effort to read body language and to assess needs and interests,’ ‘kept us focused,’ ‘good energy,’ ‘fun,’ ‘awesome,’ ‘truly great!’” Program Analyst


Organization Assessment and Change

Every agency, 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.

“One of things I loved most about Beth Applegate’s approach was that it was tailor-made to our needs. Beth spent a lot of time listening to us. What she came up with was a collaborative vision of what would work, not just what was ideal. She was willing to follow through with us until we were able to see the plan through. It felt like we had a coach who brought a lot of expertise and flexibility and that was exactly what we needed. I cannot recommend Beth and her work highly enough.” Program Director


Strategic Thinking and Planning

Successful agencies 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.

“Over the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of working with Beth on a variety of very difficult personnel and organizational structure issues. Her insights and experience, hard work and dedication, helped us successfully achieve our management objectives. In addition, Beth's work has been well received not only by myself but also by all of the people involved in the facilitation, team building and organizational development work she has done. Personally, I have learned a great deal from Beth by watching how she works to confront and resolve difficult personnel and relationship issues. Because of this transfer of knowledge, Beth's work in essence continues on in our organization as we have been much more successful than we have been in the past in coordinating activities, creating a more cohesive workplace, and making team members more productive than they have ever been.” Agency Program Director


Team Building

ACG knows that in order for an agency 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 leverage 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, and mutual accountability;
  • Facilitating conflict resolution; and
  • Building team commitment by valuing differences, developing trust and creating win/win collaborative agreements.

“Ms Applegate has a flair for working with groups to help them clarify their own future. She has been very useful to us in a complicated institutional setting as we worked through a sticky process of establishing a mission and setting clear and appropriate goals. She has a strong yet delicate touch in helping us navigate the shoals of group dynamics.” Agency Director