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OUR MISSION

To build the capacity of organizations and individuals to work in more collaborative and equitable ways.

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.  That means you shape the work. 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.  

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How Our Work Intersects With Racial Equity

Integrative Inquiry is a firm committed to equity across all dimensions of identity, including race. Our team represents a wide spectrum of perspective and experience, and we use this to inform all aspects of our work. 

 

That said, the focus of our work is to develop organizational cultures where individuals have the interpersonal communication skills to help foster psychological safety. This ensures that difficult conversations can be addressed with transparency, vulnerability, and integrity.

 

We do not explicitly teach on racial equity and prefer to refer interested clients to one of the many incredible organizations that specialize in these conversations. Instead we aim to offer a complementary service that fosters space for this work. 

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:

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Trainings & retreats to enhance leadership qualities, values, and competencies for individuals in formal leadership/management positions.

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Strategic planning to achieve your goals to enhance the systems, policies, and processes that improve organizational operation.

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TEAM DEVELOPMENT

Team building helps enhance collaboration and communication for all employees within a specific work group or department  so that they work more effectively, inclusively, and relationally. 

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:

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 or read bios about our consulting team. 

Not sure we are right for you?  Our clients pages offer 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

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