Our Ongoing Promise to You
It has always been important to us to be truthful, honest, and responsible in all areas of life, in our professional work and in our personal lives, in the people we are, who we hire, and who we choose to work alongside. This will always be our anchor.
We aim to harness the power of data in all we do, and in the future use data and evidence more fully to inform our work.
We commit to continuous learning and improvement and building this into our work.
Making A Difference
At the end of the day, this is what keeps us going and why we exist. Without this, there would be no Berlineaton.
25 Years of Methodologies, Tools and Tips for You to Download.
One thing we all have in common is that we all attend a lot of meetings in our work day! Some are better than others. Since the onset of COVID-19, traditional in-person meetings have shifted to virtual platforms with individuals and organizations adapting the way they prepare for host, participate, and follow-up from meetings. In this post, we provide 10 tips you might find helpful when hosting or attending a virtual meeting.Download
Given we spend so much time in meetings, it’s worth the investment to make them as effective as possible. At Berlineaton, we endeavour to model effective meetings consistently by paying attention to 3 key elements: (1) Preparation, (2) Delivery and (3) Follow Up. We use tools, including meeting agendas, action trackers and session evaluations to increase the effectiveness of these elements. In this post, we provide a series of best practices and tools to help make the meetings you attend more effective.Download
The turmoil of this pandemic has led many of us to reassess our personal, career, and financial priorities. As we make decisions about our future, it is essential to have a north star to guide us. A personal strategic plan is a powerful tool to define your north star for 2022, and beyond. We have taken our organizational strategic planning methodology and revised it for personal use. Give it a try and see if it helps you gain clarity during these uncertain times.Download
Strategy Development & Execution
For the past 25 years, Berlineaton has been helping leaders set a bold course, with an aspirational vision, unique purpose, guiding values and effective strategies. Using our highly engaging and collaborative 6-step Strategy Development & Execution Methodology, we’ve helped hundreds of clients design exciting, bold and courageous futures, coupled with achievable, well-executed plans.Download
Strategy Development & Execution
Our Strategic Framework serves as a “plan on a page”, and includes an organization’s Vision (desired future), Mission (unique purpose), Values (beliefs that drive behaviour) at the top. VMV are further articulated into Goal Pillars, which are broad results that when achieved move an organization closer to living its mission and fulfilling its vision. Under Goal Pillars lie Strategic Priorities, the handful of ‘must dos’ and the non negotiables required to achieve your goals. Nested under each Strategic Priority are key activities which articulate who will do what by when to achieve the Strategic Priorities.Download
Data & Insights
Data is critical to decision making. At Berlineaton, this is an area we continue to invest in, and encourage our clients to do the same. In 2020, we officially opened our Data and Insights practice and entered into a partnership with Qualtrics. This leveled up our abilities, and we haven’t looked back. Drawing insights from data is a skillset all on its own and requires a thoughtful blend of art and science. These five principles guide us in our work.Download
Boards govern a multitude of organizations and yet, effective board governance is an ongoing quest. For the past 25 years, Berlineaton has been helping Board’s and the organizations they govern become more effective. Recently, we developed a Board Governance Model that outlines the drivers and attributes of effective boards. Our goal is to help Board’s self assess and then create action plans for improvement.Download
Andragogy, or Adult Learning Theory, recognizes that adults learn differently than youth or adolescents and require different approaches. We begin with 4 “must haves” for adult learning and provide 6 adult learning principles. At Berlineaton, we use these principles daily.Download
Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based approach to problem-solving. It involves the art and practice of asking questions that heighten positive potential. At Berlineaton, our approaches to solving complex problems consistently use Appreciative Inquiry.Download
Designed by Harrison Owen, an Open Space Conference is a tool used to tap into the wisdom and ideas of a group while creating networking and sharing opportunities. At Berlineaton, we’ve facilitated dozens of Open Space Conferences over the past 25 years. They are fun, energizing, and elicit excellent results in a very short period. It is one of the most powerful and innovative facilitation techniques we use.Download
One of our most important tools came to us via our friends at The Roy Group, almost 20 years ago. It has stood the test of time and has had a profound impact on our work, how we do things internally at Berlineaton, and how we work with clients. It is the Feedback Model, and while simple, when applied well and consistently, this tool has the power to eclipse old ways of giving feedback and seed a dynamic, feedback rich culture that improves engagement, performance and results!Download
Dr. Deming loomed large in Berlineaton’s early days. His work, beliefs, and principles guided the development of our Continuous Improvement methodology, which kickstarted our firm’s 25-year journey in March of 1996.Download
Thank you to all our clients for these 25 years, some of which are noted:
Berlineaton staff are proud members of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. In 2021, Shelly Berlin & Richard Eaton were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the profession.