Strategy, Capacity and Team Building

Affordable, Fast-Result, High-Impact Programs for
Environmental Action Organizations


What this page is about:

We use “Capacity Building” in the strong sense to include a range of functions that contribute to increased  impact.

ActionMap’s Primary Service Offering

How do ActionMap workshops produce value?

(Secret sauce part 1)

The resources needed for large amounts of capacity building already exist within the organization.

Those resources are the knowledge, values and ideas in the minds of the staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders. 

Those resources need to be surfaced, captured, combined, structured and shared in business process models and action plans.

That’s what ActionMap workshops do.

Why are ActionMap workshops fast and reliable?

(secret sauce part 2)

ActionMap employs an innovative software application for conducting reliable, fast-paced, high-engagement workshops, both online and in-person.

One of the best ways to appreciate the value of ActionMap workshops is to look at examples of the work products they produce.

What can ActionMap workshops be used for?

The ActionMap® Toolkit™ method has been used for many purposes, including those shown here:

The ActionMap® Toolkit™ method has been used in over 100 engagements, with organizations including these:

Testimonials on the value of the ActionMap method are provided here.

ActionMap workshops produce a broad range of values for many stakeholder groups.

How does ActionMap support capacity building?

ActionMap workshops: 

Quickly produce strong shared understanding among stakeholders of operational processes along with each other’s interests, concerns and ideas with respect to those processes.

 ❑  This strong shared understanding is a foundation for engagement, teamwork, and all other capacity building functions and stages, from vision to detailed implementation.

Rapidly accomplish detailed discovery of organizational processes along with stakeholder’s views of those processes.

Produce high quality process maps, evaluations and action plans based on strong shared understanding among stakeholders of operational details.

Systematically uncover actionable opportunities for process improvement and organizational change. 

Provide fast, effective, affordable support for in-house capacity building efforts.

Quickly launch extended capacity building projects and accelerate extended capacity building implementations.

 

What particularly valuable “people” results are produced by ActionMap workshops?

  ActionMap workshops strengthen knowledge sharing, teamwork and engagement, helping to increase productivity, distribute workload and reduce stress.

  Board member engagement is increased through stronger shared understanding of operational details.

Communications and support between grantmakers and grantees is enhanced by strong shared understanding of activities and plans. 

What are multi-workshop programs like?

Workshop Program Designs

General Guidelines

❑  Workshops use an online software application, accessed through e-meeting services such as Zoom or WebEx. Participants need to be able to view the application via individual workstations or large display screens or projections in meeting rooms.

❑  Identify the right people to attend and participate.  The group will ideally consists of people that together have knowledge of the entire topic area, and who are central for creating strong shared understanding and alignment.

❑  Workshops are initially scheduled for two hours, with 90+ minutes effective working time.

❑  No advance training or knowledge exchange is required for participants or facilitator. Just schedule the time and get started.

❑  Results are exported to PowerPoint and Excel for broad distribution.

❑  The PowerPoint and Excel work products can be used after the workshops to capture additional information from a larger group.  That information can then be added into the software for re-export.

 

ActionMap offers subscriptions and training in the software so that groups can run their own workshops with no further ActionMap service fees.

What do ActionMap services cost?

Service Pricing

Currently available for pro bono engagements; let’s discuss.

Workshop programs that deliver significant standalone value in terms of:
❑ knowledge sharing,
❑ team building, 
❑ detailed process maps, and
❑ concrete, doable action plans

can be conducted within a few weeks (or even days) at a fixed cost of  $995.

This program package covers:
❑ Initial consultation and program design conversation (see “Program Design” above.)
❑ Communications for meeting planning and coordination.
❑ Up to four hours of online workshop time, producing the work products described our examples page (click), along with strong shared understanding, knowledge sharing and team buliding.
❑ Post-workshop document preparation (for distribution in PowerPoint and Excel).
❑ Up to an hour of action plan organizing, formatting and review.
❑ Workshop and program review conversations.

This investment can be rapidly returned through increased productivity and impact, and has lasting benefits in terms of shared understanding and process documentation.

Additional services are billed at a target rate of $195 per hour, always on clear mutual agreement.

The times above are flexible; our goal is to deliver the results.

Alternative fee and payment structures are also available.

Who delivers ActionMap workshops?

About ActionMap

ActionMap services are delivered by Jim Johnson, co-founder of ActionMap Inc., a consultancy and software provider based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Jim’s career includes over 40 years of:
❑ IT development, management, support and sales
❑ Tier 1 consulting business development and account management
❑ IT performance management and compliance
❑ Professional meeting facilitation.

Jim has a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, where he served as student body president. 

For more information about Jim see his LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson
or see the “Company Info” item on the main menu above.

Call to Action

ActionMap is seeking clients, referrals and partners to expand and accelerate action toward a sustainable and regenerative environment. 

If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me in one of these ways:

Connect or send me a message on LinkedIn:
Jim Johnson
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson/

Arrange a conversation at this link: 15 minute Zoom meeting

Email me at: 


Summary

Why?

Too much to do, too little time and resource to get it done
=> a need for the greatest possible impact from the available funds and resources
=> a need to reduce stress on staff and volunteers

Problem:

Strategy, Capacity Building and Team Building are critical needs in maximizing positive environmental impact.

While many organizations are very well managed, virtually all organizations can increase their impact with continuous process improvement and intentional organizational design.

This is particularly true for environmental action organizations that are going through start up, high growth, staff turnover, new service development, and/or new strategic direction. 

We are using “Capacity Building” in the strong sense to include a range of functions that contribute to the ability to have impact.

However, there is a bottleneck in Capacity Building: there are a limited number of people with specific skills in capacity building, both internally and in environment-oriented consulting organizations.

Solution:

ActionMap can rapidly open that bottleneck, through  affordable, fast-result, high impact online workshop programs  for environmental action organizations.

Why ActionMap:

ActionMap provides software, training and delivery of high-impact online workshops that rapidly produce:
high quality work products that directly support strategy, organizational change and capacity building, along with
team building and engagement based on strong shared understanding of tasks, values and ideas.

ActionMap® online workshop programs are:

Fast – significant results can be created in a few hours of online workshops over two or three weeks or less.

Reliable – the ActionMap workshop procedures have been proven in over 100 engagements.

Versatile – ActionMap has been applied to a wide range of purposes, from strategy to action plans.

Affordable – ActionMap workshops can produce significant results in strategy, team building and capacity action planning at a fixed cost of $995.
(See examples of what can be produced in such programs by clicking here.)
(See Service Pricing by clicking here.)

Collaborative – ActionMap can be used in conjunction with many other methodologies and services, including for initial engagement stages.

Scalable – Extensively supported by software, the ActionMap® workshop method is widely learnable, greatly increasing the number of people that are able to contribute to organization and process optimization for environmental action organizations.

Call to Action

ActionMap is seeking clients, referrals and partners to expand and accelerate action toward a sustainable and regenerative environment. 

If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me in one of these ways:

Connect or send me a message on LinkedIn:
Jim Johnson
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson/

Arrange a conversation at this link: 15 minute Zoom meeting

Email me at: 

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