Organization Change - Case Study
Trying to combine two organizations is sometimes one of the biggest challenges facing a manager.
No matter how similar the functions, the two organizations are likely to have different financial systems, operating methods and human resource cultures. ESCOT recently assisted in accomplishing such a combination. The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) was considering absorbing a program operated by another local organization and they asked ESCOT to advise them on portions of the change.
Strategic Planning - Case Study
Strategic Planning has gained increasing importance as a tool in the management of organizations of every kind.
In recent years, Strategic Planning has gained increasing importance as a tool in the management of organizations of every kind. It is used both to evaluate present operations and to chart a course for the years ahead taking into account the particular circumstances of the organization at the time. Last year Richard Miller, Board Chair of the Empire State Performing Arts Center, commonly called The Egg, asked ESCOT for assistance in developing a Strategic Plan for that organization. Two assigned consultants worked with the Board and the Executive Director, Peter Lesser, to complete this project.
Board Development - Case Study
Board Development, as we have offered it here at ESCOT, is designed to address any issues that need attending in order for a Board to work more coherently and effectively.
Our consultants gather data through interviews with Board members and, using this information, plan a retreat. At the retreat, the consultants help the Board to achieve consensus on the resolution of identified issues and to work better together as a team. Their role is to help the group address its concerns. They do not make substantive recommendations during the process or at its conclusion.
Management Coaching - Case Study
Management coaching is an emerging technique to help develop mangers more quickly and efficiently.
This technique is often used in large organizations to improve the performance of key staff; these groups have the capacity to select the best of their executives to help guide other managers address new issues or improve their organization skills. Using mentors in this way is an effective means of developing skills without requiring new managers "to attend the school of hard knocks."
Budgeting - Case Study
ESCOT recently helped one city make a major change to their budget system. Up to now, the city had followed a common arrangement for New York cities—the Mayor, the Treasurer and the Common Council operated on the budget independently and in serial fashion. The new system placed responsibility for proposing and implementing the annual budget in a budget committee that included representatives of the three governing functions. The change was neither easy nor quick. In the third year of implementation, improvements are still being made.
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— Perry Junjulas, Executive Director, The Albany Damien Center
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