A suite of services are available to change leaders through Sam Kent Strategy, my private consulting practice launched in 2015. These services are benefitting a variety of organizations including start-up companies, schools, consulting groups, established nonprofits and new ones.
Strategic planning and implementation
An innovative, streamlined approach to strategic planning is designed for the realities of change leadership. It cuts out the wordsmithing and circling on sections that ultimately provide little value under the pressures of implementation and focuses on the content that matters. We spend time defining the problem to create a shared understanding of the why, do detailed program design to ensure clarity about the what, and lay out the process details (the how) so that the roadmap is clear. Clients finish with a complete toolkit for strategic change. Learn more about my experience leading city-wide change, an experience that helped inspire this approach.
Advising and consulting
Struggling with a particular implementation challenge? Navigating a complex shift in strategy? Dealing with a challenging crisis and trying to turn it into an opportunity? I work directly with clients to deliver concrete, agreed-upon outcomes that help their communities move forward. I also provide ongoing thought partnership and flexible support for senior executives or new managers leading big change for the first time. Learn about my experience founding a high-performing public high school, and the toolkit that came out of this experience.
Leading change is hard, and few leaders are trained for it. Many feel pressure to solve problems for their communities rather than creating a shared process through which these problems can be shared and solved together. Often, a leader’s greatest strength can also be the source of some of their biggest challenges in a high-stakes change process. I help teams think differently about change leadership, and speak about skills and strategies for leading change in complex environments. I also have expertise in specific areas of education and organizational performance including talent strategy, performance management, progress monitoring and the future of school and learning. Check out the portfolio of courses I taught at Carnegie Mellon during my executive residency.