The Lee Institute’s work is based on the following premise...
When people engage in well-designed, informed and inclusive processes, they can create authentic visions, solutions and strategies for their organization and communities.
In every project, whether helping a start-up nonprofit of serving a large, established charity, we ensure that our process includes:
- The intentional search for—and inclusion of—diversity of thought, background and perspective.
- Transparency of process and the open exchange of information.
- Respect for all participants’ experience and expertise.
- Rigorous methodology build on best practices in facilitation, group dynamics, data analysis and organizational development.
- Sustainability: Building our clients’ ability to have strategic, collaborative conversations long after our consulting engagement ends.
- An aggressive humility on our part: We honor the remarkable subject-matter expertise of our clients.
From our work with hundreds of clients, we have developed the following seven principles that guide and inform our work:
- Well begun is half done
How thoughtfully you begin directly impacts where you finish.
- Build on your strengths
Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strengths, not weaknesses. This is equally true for governments and nonprofit organizations.
- It’s about what you want to see more of
Keep your focus here, on existing strengths and assets, rather than on deficits and what you don’t have.
- Involvement is key
The wisdom needed to solve the problem exists collectively within the group. Our process design helps you tap into it!
- Context matters
Every sitation requires an understanding of the context in which it operates.
- Conflict and disagreement add value
They create opportunities for honest dialogue and deeper learning.
- Make decisions by consensus whenever possible
Consensus builds ownership.
- Keep the process transparent and collaborative
The quality of the process is at least as important as the final written plan.