A unique program for leaders of purpose-focused companies, nonprofits and associations
to help you navigate today's risks, align supporters, attract funding, and
get stronger results in times of change!
Based on THE CHANGEMAKERS’
DE-RISK SYSTEM FOR IMPACT℠
o A leader or board member of an organization with an important mission?
o Reeling with changes to schedules, operations, uncertain funding plans?
o Challenged to plan 2021 and think strategically with many unknowns?
o Stressed (and exhausted) as you lead others thru so much uncertainty?
Hi, I’m Susan Schramm. I help changemakers get traction faster and accelerate results. I spent most of my career in the technology industry taking big ideas to market -- new programs, new products, new services and even new companies. It involved a lot of geeky talk and acronyms.
My frustration was how often these global organizations fell in love with the WHAT (their wonderful new solution) but did NOT focus enough on the WHO, the PEOPLE who need to understand and take action for new initiatives to be successful.
The business consequences can be ugly: costly delays, missed revenue commitments, programs canceled. And the people costs are high as well: employees unprepared and stressed out, leaders frustrated, careers negatively impacted, the organization embarrassed, and customers confused and losing trust.
In my work with mission-led organizations - whether as a board member, as an executive on staff, or as a consultant or advisor -- I meet many inpiring leaders very committed to their MISSION. They lead companies, associations, non-profits, municipalities, faith-based communities -- all with a strong mission to improve the world around them.
Yet, I find these leaders can also underestimate the needs of the PEOPLE involved with a new initiative . The result is that initiatives get stuck, commitments missed, people get frustrated, and the credibility of the organization can be hurt.
This is especially true for established organizations dealing with a changing environment. History shows that mission-led organizations who do NOT adapt are taking a risk as well : Funding can dry up, mission impact can get delayed, and good people end up abandoning ship at a critical time.
Go to Market Impact LLC Founder
The keys to getting traction when you change directions and introduce a new strategy or new initiative are not magic! But when they are applied systematically, they work. People know what you’re trying to achieve and how it aligns with your mission. People know what to do and take action. People are not fearful. Expectations are aligned. Individuals and communities are better served. Outcomes are achieved.Organizations become resilient.
One day it hit me:
What if we can help mission-led leaders of organizations to consistently avoid the most common mistakes when introducing new strategies and initiatives, and be able to more confidently lead?
Couldn’t we accelerate the impact of these changemakers and change the world for the better -– faster? That’s why I launched my firm, Go to Market Impact LLC.
After doing research and listening to my consulting clients during these times of unprecedented disruption, I developed the Changemakers De-Risk System for Impact™ and this unique intensive program to help leaders and boards of organizations like yours quickly de-risk and prepare for a stronger 2021 despite so much uncertainty.
Your mission is too important to get derailed.
Interactive virtual training in a small group setting led by an experienced go-to-market expert to help you gain new insights
Hands-on assignments that enable you to apply your learnings directly to your own organization's challenges
Practical resources you can use immediately and share with your team to
Learn from like-minded leaders
Challenge your thinking and try out new approaches in an encouraging
Input from an experienced go-to-market expert to help you optimize your game plan
The Immersive 1 Day Option challenges you and your team to think differently about de-risking. You will be introduced to the Changemakers' De-Risk System for Impact℠ , and learn new tools that you can use to develop your own game plan.
Learn the most common mistakes when introducing new strategies, and ways to de-risk to accelerate your impact.
The Intensive Option introduces your and your team to the proven tools and processes of the Changemakers' De-Risk System for Impact℠ in 2 hour virtual workshops over 4-6 weeks, with homework assignments so you and your team have the opportunity to apply these proven tools to your own situation and build your game plan. A 1:1 consultation to review and optimize your game plan is included.
The Customized Program is designed to leverage the principals and tools of the Changemakers' De-Risk System for Impact℠ but also incorporate your own organization's priorities and content, with prescriptive consulting to jump start your approach and support you to execute and stay on track.
Contact us now to discuss your unique situation and how to start de-risking now.
De-Risk Programs were specifically designed to help leaders de-risk their plans and get in position for a stronger recovery.
Investment in this program will directly help you improve outcomes:
· Retain and grow customers/members -- and increase engagement
· Accelerate fundraising -- financing, donations and sponsorships, investors
· Avoid unnecessary costs and wasted time
· Align your extended team to execute and improve your "outcome per teammate,” which can result in double-digit ROI for your organization.
· Achieve "personal ROI" by investing in yourself and your team to develop professionally.
A straightforward methodology to anticipate risks down the road and be able to build a plan to address them
The 5 Top Mistakes organizations make when trying to get adoption for a new direction and unique challenges of mission-led organizations when making a change – and how successful leaders have overcome them
Two crucial questions you must be able to address for people to be willing to invest their funds and time into your organization
A proven process to communicate to help people take action in a new direction -- whether it is your staff or board, members or customers or volunteers, donors or sponsors, partners or suppliers, or those you serve
So that’s how this works. It's a unique approach with three delivery options to help you to de-risk your strategy or new initiative in these fast-changing times.
You can either simply gain some new insights , or dive in and do the work to build a game plan you are more confident in, better prepared to lead others and convince funders in these uncertain times.
Let's talk about how your organization can leverage this unique program and start de-risking today!
"The De-Risk program provided practical, applicable tools to help our organization look down the road. The process takes the emotion out of planning in a changing environment. It helped us frame our direction and more clearly see the challenges and opportunities. I was even able to use this process with our clients to help them build strategic plans and a clearer vision of the value they can bring their own customers."
Regional Director for North America
Nehemiah Project International Ministries
“The De-Risk program revealed meaningful new insights about how to view and engage key stakeholders aligned with our mission to help advance students in cybersecurity careers. The program provided a methodology we can continue to leverage. In fact, I’ve referred to some of the lessons learned in this program to help deal with new risks associated with a pandemic none of us could have ever anticipated.”"
Director Strategic Partnerships
National Cyber League
We want you to be successful!
If you attend the sessions, actively engage, and complete the assignments, you will walk out of this program with information to help you de-risk your plans and address the most common risks when introducing new strategies or plans. You will also have a set of proven tools you can with your organization or use personally in your future career.
If after completing the entire program you are not satisfied that you’ve learned new approaches to de-risk your new direction, we will work with you 1:1 to get you on track and make sure you've learned the process - free of charge.
Is this a business course? Is it consulting?
This unique three-phase program is designed to help you systematically identify risks of your 2021 strategy or new initiative, and help you use proven approaches to manage those risks and accelerate results.
The program is outcome-focused and leverages the principals of our exclusive Changemakers' De-RIsk System for Impact℠ that has been effective for non-profit and for-profit organizations to accelerate results --- especially when there is a myriad of stakeholders who need to take a new direction. The concepts are grounded in strategy, product management, sales and marketing, communications, change management, organizational behavior and brain science.
What is the Changemakers' De-RIsk System for Impact℠ ?
The Changemakers' De-Risk Sytem for Impact℠ is a systematic process to help leaders of organizations with an important mission implementing a new strategy. The system is based on six principals that serve as the foundation for evaluating and managing risks when an organization is taking a new direction in a dynamic environment. The system provides simple and intuitive tools and frameworks for each principal. Best implemented as a team, the system enables you to objectively and systematically examine the key components of the changes you are making, evaluate where you may not be aligned or are missing answers, identify the biggest risks to your strategy, and define a practical way to manage the biggest risks over time.
Who should attend the program ? Should I take this with my team?
· Leaders with ownership for driving results. Titles may vary but accountability for bottom-line results and measurable outcomes in '20/'21 is the key. This program is appropriate for leaders of non profits, associations, and mission-led companies.
· Leadership Teams taking the program together will significantly accelerate your ability to execute.
· Board Members committed to actively supporting the leadership team to take a new direction. A special option allows you to participate in key elements of the program. This can help to accelerate alignment between the leadership team and the board, and get an even stronger start.
Is this program appropriate if we’re still in the middle of defining our new strategy?
The earlier you identify the critical elements and the risks -- and a plan to address them -- the stronger your plan will be. The opportunity to participate with leaders of other organizations who may be further down the road can provide instructive insights.
How can I use this program to prepare for our annual strategy session and budget planning process?
The tools and best practices you will be introduced to, along with the assignments you will complete, will provide you with important building blocks that become INPUT for your regular planning processes. Some of tools you might want to actually use as part of your annual strategy session!
The insights and tools can also be used in your fundraising plans, planning your marketing communications and social media, partner and channel management, organizational design, internal communications, and even in supplier management. You will have identified risks in your current plans and ways to mitigate that risk. You may also flag some gaps in your strategy that need more work to ensure a successful outcome.
We've launched our new plans, but we still aren't aligned as a team.
De-risking is never done. One of the fastest ways to get back on track is to systematically evaluate the key risks and create a plan to address them. Simply applying these tools and openly discussing your plan to address risks can help align your team -- and build the confidence of your stakeholders. This is an accelerated way to build a corrective plan while also gaining some ‘outside in” perspective from industry experts.
I like the idea of the Intensive Program with virtual workshops over several weeks -- but what if I miss one of the workshops?
Each of the virtual workshops in the Intensive Program is recorded, so you always have the opportunity to go back and listen to the content, and catch up with the assignment for the next week. Even people who attend every sesssion can use these recordings to go back and review the concepts covered at any time.
How much time is required for the Intensive Program?
An engaged participant will invest about 12-15 hours over four-six weeks to be able to apply the content of the program and get the benefit. There is 30 minute orientation call once you register, three online workshops each lasting about 2 hours, and there's a 90- minute 1:1 consultation at the end of the program to help you proritize for impact.
However, the true value of this course comes from time you invest thinking through and applying the concepts we discuss. The pre-assignment and homework assignments after each workshop are targeted to take approximately one hour each. But you will typically want to take time and do some thinking as you build your own game plan. Enthusiastic participants will want to dive into optional readings and videos, tap support for questions as they do their assignments, and involve colleagues and board members to get input and feedback and align to go forward.
Questions about how to De-Risk Your Initiative?
** Lets' discuss what program options work best for you!**
Today's uncertain environment requires bold leadership. It demands a well thought out plan that aligns people to execute. It can be rewarding – but challenging! This unique program provides you a practical, time-efficient way to step back and be strategic, systematically apply proven principles, and more confidently lead. It also is an investment in yourself. I look forward to working with you!
Founder, Go to Market Impact LLC
P.S. I realize that this is a big decision. But I want you to ask yourself: If you don’t do this , what else are you doing to reduce risks in these uncertain times? Your mission is too important and the time and energy you are putting into it is too great to not have done everything you can to make it successful. I hope to hear from you soon. If you would like to discuss your specific situation, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org