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New Ideas and Modalities

This page is dedicated to new ideas in 2023. The speed and demand for this work will be driven by funders and partners.


Coaching & Convening is committed to bringing people together - but we want to bring people together for better time, not necessarily more time.  Coming out of the pandemic, people have new expectations around how they work. Today's talent wants flexibility, excitement, and investment - as well as stability and opportunity and impact. The pandemic demonstrated the benefits and challenges with regard to flexibility on work location and hours. Some thrived, others struggled. Workers are rethinking how we want to work, with whom, and for how long. Yet most managers and organizations have been slow to catch up. These ideas seek to stretch us to work differently.

On these particular ideas, Coaching & Convening will partner with your organization in two ways:

  1. Engaging directly with your staff, board, or community in order to co-lead and co-facilitate the work.  

  2. Coaching the project's leader behind the scenes on design/management/facilitation, as well as broader capacity building to sustain the work after completion of the partnership. This is where the "new modalities" can be potentially applied. 

Thought partnership and collaboration are welcomed, as well as questions and pushback.

New ideas

These ideas are built on a few assumptions about coming together in-person:

  • It is one of the most important things we can do as leaders

  • It is risky, and usually not needed as often or for as long as we think

  • It informs our best habits and worst habits - and is an opportunity to build either of those

  • It needs to be quality and useful, and it must advance the work we do both individually and collectively

Reading Group

Improve the group dynamics, culture, and climate across your organization

Bar Chart

Have data conversations that are accessible, actionable, and aligned to the org's priorities


Engage staff to use continuous improvement in order to think about old problems in new ways  

Improve the group dynamics, culture, and climate across your organization


  • ​​Redefine collaboration and support within your organization. Take a new approach to the ways that people work together, interact, and disagree.
  • Learn about how the current group dynamics play out across the team, based on role or reporting structure or demographics or time in the org

  • Convene a core team to name the problems and identify a set of new conditions to which you aspire; identify an exemplar organization for each condition and do a quick study of their success.

  • Determine a strategy for investing the community in these conditions, both head-on and indirectly - setting data metrics and protocols for sustaining the work

Have data conversations that are accessible, actionable, and aligned to the org's priorities
  • Set a new tone for how and why data is used across the org, who engages with data, and the process by which we discuss those data

  • Rethink and reduce the amount of data analyses in order to focus in on the most strategic metrics for consideration and action

  • Engage staff across the organization to make recommendations based on the data trends, and distribute the leadership of data conversations and decisions

Engage staff to use continuous improvement in order to think about old problems in new ways  
  • Learn some of the basic theory around continuous improvement, what makes it work well (or not), and use a framework to envision each phase of the process

  • Use the continuous improvement cycle together to address an ongoing problem of practice, working alongside staff to navigate each step of the process

  • Build muscle for how to establish a culture of continuous improvement that is based in growth aspiration rather than shame and accountability

New modalities

There is already clear evidence of success within previous work that these modalities are engaging to staff and leaders - taking walks while coaching, meeting together outside, having wellness goals paired with professional goals, listening to research and prework via podcast on commutes rather than reading. But it is still unclear if there is viability of these modalities from a sustained funding and business development standpoint. 

People leaving a building

Taking walks or light runs while coaching

Studying in Groups

Meeting together outside

A Young man wearing headphones

Listening to research and prework more than reading

If you're interested in learning more, check out our services as well as the project highlights. If you want to talk, then let's connect!

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