Who is Leadership Strategies?

Leadership Strategies – The Facilitation Company has rapidly become one of the national leaders in facilitation services.

  • We provide organizations with professional facilitators who facilitate executive teams and task forces in topics such as strategic planning, issue resolution, requirements analysis, process improvement and conference forums.
  • Along with being expert facilitators, we also train people in facilitation, leadership, and other soft skills. We offer public classes in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Washington, DC, and Sydney and on-site private classes for clients around the nation and the world.

Our facilitators are experts in the Principles of Facilitation, our facilitation methodology which includes the ten fundamental principles of facilitation and over 90 specific techniques for implementing the principles. The principles provide a comprehensive approach for facilitating any session, and ensure a consistent level of quality and effectiveness in our work. Our CEO’s book, The Secrets of Facilitation is the number one facilitation book on Amazon.com.

What makes Leadership Strategies different?

Perhaps our clients say it best:

  • Most productive executive session we’ve had in years.
  • “Great toolbox.  I can’t wait to get back.  I’ll use the information day one.”
  • “The facilitator kept the energy high.  Everyone was involved.  There was no way you could fall asleep.”
  • “I’ve seen many facilitators in my time.  You all are the best.”
  • “I never doodled once!”

What is Leadership Strategies' address, fax number, & EIN?

211 Perimeter Center Parkway, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30346

Phone: 770.454.1440

Fax: 770.454.1460

EIN: 58-2019848

GSA MOBIS Contract No. GS-10F-0435R
Period Covered by Contract: 8/18/10 through 8/17/15
New Dates: 8/18/15 through 8/17/15

How old and how large is Leadership Strategies?

Leadership Strategies was established in 1992 with a focus on helping community-based organizations with strategic planning and facilitation. Starting with our founder, Michael Wilkinson, the company has grown to a team of over 30 employees, including our certified professional facilitators, with over 500 facilitators in our network and annual revenues in excess of $4 million. Today, we operate in major cities, including Atlanta (headquarters), Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Sydney, AU, Toronto, CA, and Washington, DC. We also provide onsite training for clients around the nation and throughout the world.

What is the experience of your staff?

Our staff includes full-time, part-time, and contract professionals highly experienced in facilitation training, strategic planning, team building, process improvement, and a number of other meeting facilitation areas. Both our leadership team and core facilitators comprise of former leaders and consultants at top companies nationally and globally, including American Airlines, American Software, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Delta Air Lines, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Market Track, McKinsey & Company, Life of Georgia, and Xerox. While our staff are experts in a number of diverse areas, facilitation is our core competency. Therefore, each of our instructors/consultants are veteran facilitators. Most possess 10+ years of experience in facilitation skills building and are certified professional facilitators of our facilitation course, The Effective Facilitator. Read more about the experience of each of our facilitators.

What is the cost of a class?

Contact us for complete pricing information for public open enrollment courses and onsite training courses. Standard registration fees for public enrollment courses are typically determined by class length. Group Pricing and Discounts:

  • Organizations that pre-register three or more participants at the same time and for the same class date receive a 20% discount off the standard course fee.
  • Individuals or organizations that request onsite training receive special group pricing. Contact us for more information on onsite training.
  • Government organizations are eligible for a 10% discount.
  • Courses may be licensed. Contact us for more information on licensing or getting trained and certified to teach our courses.

Discounts cannot be combined. View our public enrollment calendar.

What is the cost of onsite training (where your facilitator delivers the course at my location)?

This is the most convenient and most cost-effective method of training for organizations or groups who would like multiple individuals trained in our course! Contact us for onsite training pricing options.

How do I register for a class?

Click here to register online. Or, register yourself and/or your group by calling us at 1.800.824.2850. To maximize your learning experience, we typically limit classes to 24 participants. Our Advanced Facilitation Skills course is limited to 10 participants, and our virtual facilitation training courses are typically limited to 16 participants.

Do you customize classes and hold them just for a single client?

Absolutely! In fact, this is our preference. By customizing a class, it makes it even easier for the participants to transfer their learned skills to the workplace. By holding a “private” class for your people, it is possible to have extended discussions on issues specific to your environment. (See below for related fees for private classes and customization.) For more information, call us at 1.800.824.2850 or click here to have us contact you. Learn more about Private Classes. Click here to have us contact you.

What is your cancellation/transfer policy?

Cancellation, Transfer & Substitution Policy: Leadership Strategies understands that circumstances may arise requiring a participant to cancel and/or reschedule their registration for a public class. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by e-mail or fax prior to the start of the class. If a cancellation request is made prior to 30 days before the start of the class, the participant is entitled to a full refund. Participants who wish to cancel less than 30 days prior to the class will be responsible for the entire course fee. Such fee shall be applied to any future class within six months of the original course. Rescheduling is allowed on a one time basis only, with no further rescheduling permitted. After six months, the participant forfeits the class fee. If a participant fails to appear for the class without e-mail or fax notification, the class fee is forfeited. Participant substitutions are acceptable. Leadership Strategies will make every attempt not to cancel any scheduled class. If a class cancellation is required for any reason, participants will be notified 10 calendar days prior to the class via phone and/or e-mail. Participants may apply the registration fee to a future class, or request a full refund. Please note, when a class is cancelled, Leadership Strategies will reimburse any airfare cancellation/transfer fees up to $100 after receiving flight cancellation/transfer receipt.

What is the typical price of a one-day meeting facilitation service assignment?

Contact us for complete pricing information of our facilitation services. Facilitation, consulting and course customization services are charged based on the daily billing rate of our facilitators and consultants, which vary according to level. A one-day facilitation assignment typically requires a half-day of preparation to ensure client success – this includes meeting with the project sponsor to plan the session and additional time for the facilitator to review materials, prepare questions, etc. Therefore, one day of facilitation + a half-day of planning and preparation is typically billed. Community-based, non-profit organizations receive a 20% discount off our standard rates.

What are some of the facilitation services you have undertaken?

With facilitation as our core capability, we are involved in a variety of different assignments with both large and small organizations. Here are just a few:

Unisys Corporation

As a $13 billion manufacturer of computer hardware, Unisys recognized that critical to their success was the ability to adapt to the changing focus from mainframe batch processors to workstations and the client/server environment. Recently Unisys convened a one-day conference of their 40 top executives worldwide to address three critical internal “barriers to growth” to successfully making the transition. Leadership Strategies designed the process used to analyze the barriers and facilitated this demanding group to consensus on twelve specific strategies for overcoming the barriers.

Atlanta Regional Commission VISION 2020

We assisted the ARC in developing a strategic plan that will carry the Atlanta region to the year 2020. The ARC identified ten primary areas for strategic focus, including transportation, housing, environment, and diversity. For each of the ten areas, 40-to-60 “stakeholders” – government officials, business leaders, community activists, and special interest advocates – met monthly as a collaborative over a one year period to detail the vision and determine the objectives, strategies, and action plans to achieve the vision. Leadership Strategies provided professional facilitators to manage the process and guide the strategic planning facilitation activities of each of the ten collaboratives.

Georgia Department of Administrative Services

To identify methods for achieving significant improvements in the field purchase order process, this Department of the State engaged the firm in a process reengineering project. The effort covered twenty sessions spanning all Divisions within the Department. Recommendations from the activity include reducing the processing time for field purchase orders by over 50 percent.

United Way

We have worked with United Ways in several states and the United Way of America in facilitating executive board retreats, planning teams, and work groups. Our facilitation services have covered a variety of issues including strategic direction setting, defining critical need areas, designing an allocation process, identifying community building best practices and building implementation plans.

American Software

For American Software, a Leadership Strategies business partner, we provide dynamic facilitators to lead discussions in featured programs as part of the organization’s semi-annual Users Conference. Topics include the following:

  • Facilitating User JAD Sessions
  • Strategies for Managing User Relationships
  • Dealing with Dysfunctional Behavior in Meetings
  • Building Consensus
  • What every Systems Analyst should know about Strategic Planning
  • Work with Non-Profit Organizations

Leadership Strategies has facilitated strategic planning and project planning sessions for numerous associations and non-profit organizations. Read testimonials from our clients who partnered with us for meeting facilitation services.