Synchronicity, established in 1999, works with companies and organizations that want their employees, teams and leaders to “be in synch” and make impact.
We are best at:
- Facilitating development processes
- Designing and leading learning programs
- Providing products and support to trainers
Our programs and services are custom-designed to your organization’s unique needs. In our designs, participants are interactive and involved in their learning process. We use experiential and action learning activities and simulations to anchor content and reach learning outcomes. This allows for effective transfer of learned skills from the classroom to the work place.
Synchronicity is led by its President and Principal Consultant, Carol Horner. Carol’s extensive experience began in 1987 and has led her to believe that in order to affect positive and productive changes in people’s attitudes, performance, and relationships, you need to actively engage them in their learning process and align them with key business objectives.
Carol’s strengths lie in her ability to successfully custom-design and implement learning and organization development programs and processes in the areas of leadership development, coaching, team development, communication, and change-management. She works with large companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals seeking to grow and make productive and positive impact.
Carol is considered a leader in her field with numerous conference presentations and publications in trade newsletters. She holds several leadership positions within and is affiliated with the following professional organizations: American Society of Training and Development; Organization Development Network; Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce; Rotary International; Iowa Small Business Development Centers; and the Texas Experiential Resources Association. Carol is also a contract instructor at Creighton University and Iowa Western Community College.
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Be In Synch Blog
|Preparing People for Change|
|I so enjoy finding unlikely or unusual connections between things.
I was at a wonderful conference on change last week put on by the Omaha ODN that featured Meg Wheatley and Marita Fridjhon, significant thought leaders on change.
I just finished reading a blog on Fast Company by Don Peppers called "7 Ways to Stimulate Your Creativity" which led me to another post by him called "Entropy Can Be Good For You". In that post Don discusses entropy as it relates to information (I will let you read his post to have that explained). It was when he spoke of how people prefer "predictability" when it is "unpredictability" that leads to the most knowledge and insight that my wheels began to turn. He said, "As human beings we are biased to prefer the routine and familiar, as opposed to the new and different."
And there it is...change. I have always thought that our profession spent a lot of time on "change management" when maybe we should focus on building capacity for adaptability in our people. At the end of both of Don's post he lists several ideas for people to "get more comfortable" with what he called "mind-expanding high-entropy information" ("the unpredictable", creativity, change). There were a few that stood out as ideas that we could use to stimulate adaptability in our people:
Read a magazine you would never ordinarily have the least interest in.
Drive a different route to work or school, or to church, or to the club. Take a long cut, on purpose.
At a party, find the person you have least in common with and spend at least an hour in conversation with them.
I have a couple more directly connected to the office that I often share in sessions where I talk about creativity or adaptability:
Sit in different seats in regular meetings, heck hold them in an entirely different place (like outside).
Brainstorm "bad" or "outlandish" ideas, then ask, "what about this might actually work?"
Start meetings off with a unique question about the attendees that no one will know about them.
What ideas do you have to build capacity for adaptability in your organization?|
|A Brighter Future|
|I am thrilled with a new opportunity and connection!
In February Wiley, and their global workplace learning brand Pfeiffer, purchased Inscape Publishing, which I am a distributor of their products. Wiley/Pfeiffer's best-selling authors include James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner, Patrick Lencioni, Edgar Schein, Peter Block, Ruth Clark, and Elaine Biech. So I am in awe of the company I am now associated with, although rather loosely at this point. But that all can change here in a couple of weeks when I attend Inscape's annual distributors conference called MindLab48 in Austin. Jim Kouzes, co-author of Leadership Challenge will be our keynote speaker and we will learn how our new connection will create a "brighter future" for both our companies.|