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Examples of our work

Shifting Mindset

An Agency was about to be absorbed into another governmental department. The organization was paralyzed as employees feared the loss of values they held dear. In an organization-wide intervention, Catalyst Mind integrated a model for insight that allowed employees to reassess; the result was that organization-wide panic was replaced with a culture of resilience.

Young entrepreneurs in Africa attending sustainable livelihood training learned to build on their own strengths and passions and to assess their surroundings based on asset mapping. This perspective had a profound impact, as the following comment reveals; “We have seen a great psychological change in the beneficiaries who have taken this training. There was a sense of hopelessness among the young people here but after the training they seem to see a brighter future for themselves and the community”, Abera Ogato, program coordinator.

Integrating Across the Organization

A medium sized organization of property managers wished to initiate a corporate social responsibility program, with few resources and no dedicated role to drive the initiative. Catalyst Mind introduced a corporate-wide program of integration so that corporate social responsibility was embraced as a core organizational value. This program was then maintained through a steering committee and by tools such as regular lunch n learn sessions, social media and employee empowerment to share best practices throughout the organization.

A department within a municipality was required to integrate in order to find efficiencies. Directors were resistant and mutually suspicious of each other. Catalyst Mind introduced a series of interventions that shifted the mind-set and initiated integration across the organization. This resulted in new collegiality among directors and other employees, and a cohesive, efficiently run department.

Learning from Nature

A network association hit a crisis of relevance to its members; how to provide value while maintaining integrity. Catalyst Mind introduced an intervention for a board of directors strategic planning session. By envisioning the association as an ecosystem, the board of directors were able to shift perspective. The organization’s role was perceived in a new way and the board developed a plan to create sustainable value for members and to effectively navigate threats.

“Hilary, I really enjoyed your stories. I appreciated all the time you put into planning our day together. You took the time to ask us questions and to learn about our organization.

You are very intuitive and seemed to just know where we needed to go and allowed us the space to do it. You are a skilled facilitator and I hope I can work with you again.”

Beth Corey, Executive Director
Military Family Resource Centre, National Defence

A healthy culture is one of mutual exchange

Shifting Mindset