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OUR 

APPROACH

Explore our mission, values, and the framework we use to transform your organizational culture.

OUR MISSION

WHY "INTEGRATIVE INQUIRY?"

The field of development consulting is crowded, and it can be hard to tell what exact services are provided.  HR development consultants offer a myriad of strategies and frameworks claiming to "optimize organization efficiency" and "support managerial growth." We want to change the dialogue on what development looks like. What makes our consultation unique is that it approaches projects from a framework of integrative inquiry.  

 

Our work is integrative in that it borrows from a variety of techniques and theories and that it believes true effective programs and curriculum are co-constructed with all stakeholders involved.  The key to our process is that it is equitable and collaborative in nature. Our aim is to foster an organizational culture that encourages individuals in any role to lead from the top, middle, or bottom of a management structure.

It is also based in inquiry, in the hopeful space of continual progress. Knowing that no organization, project, or team is ever "complete" or "perfect", our approach maintains a fierce commitment to continued learning and growth.  This isn't a "one and done" model, with one-off trainings and mandatory checklists that employees must go through. We focus on capacity building and agency, so that organizations take on these principles and continue to transform and evolve the way they work together long after we part ways.  

CORE PRINCIPLES

EMPOWERMENT COMES FROM WITHIN

KNOWLEDGE IS CO-CREATED

GROWTH IS PERPETUAL

OUR APPROACH

To support our mission of building capacity, we take a three-pronged approach to HR development:

 

Leadership Development to enhance leadership qualities, values, and competencies for individuals in formal leadership/management positions.

 

Team Development to enhance collaboration and communication skills for all employees within work groups so that they work more effectively, inclusively, and relationally. 

 

Organizational Development to enhance the systems, policies, and processes that improve organizational operation.

 

We partner with businesses to radically improve their organizational culture through client-tailored

curriculum that help teams create innovative, safe, and inclusive environments that allow teams to challenge and learn from one another. 

Though our framework is based on cutting edge theories in critical human resource development and is based on principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, we know that there are many incredible organizations explicitly dedicated to teaching concepts and frameworks that deepen our understanding of equity issues.  We aim to provide a complementary service that helps lay the groundwork for teams to be able to address issues with transparent and open communication. 

 

Integrative Inquiry is an SBA Certified Women Owned Small Business, and we work in the public as well as private sector.  For more information about our credentials, see our Capabilities Statement here

OUR FRAMEWORK

Our HR Development Framework is based on decades of research in the behavioral and social sciences.  As we articulate in our white paper on the subject, we identify 5 characteristics of optimal organizational culture:

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT

All of the curricula and strategic support we provide for organizations directly address one or more of these characteristics. 

To learn more about what our work might look like in your organization, check out our services available or read bios about our consulting team. 

Not sure we are right for you?  Our work page offers more insight into past and current clients and collaborators. Or better yet, skip straight to some testimonials from our past partners. 

"EVERYTHING MUST BE MADE AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE. BUT NOT SIMPLER."

ALBERT EINSTEIN