Our Approach

 

Before you work with us, you should know that we do things a little differently around here. Most people find it refreshing. We bet you will, too. Discover how Westwood International can strengthen your leadership, your team, and your organization.

 

WE WORK WITH THE CRITICAL FEW TO IGNITE A CRITICAL MASS

We don’t think pedestrian HR programs get enough people involved, and they’re just too slow to ignite true change. We design our programs so that the leaders we work with, the critical few, can act quickly to inspire and mobilize the critical mass. Everything they learn, they apply right away – so when the program is finished, the momentum doesn’t fizzle.

WE BELIEVE DEEP CHANGE CAN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT DEEP RELATIONSHIPS

Sure, your leaders can accomplish a lot on their own, but the real magic happens when they work together. We help people make vital connections and foster friendships across silos, departments, divisions, and regions. We forge collaboration across the enterprise because we know this to be true: deep change just doesn’t happen without deep relationships.

WE’RE GURU-FREE AND EGO-FREE

We can create trusting and open opportunities for learning. There’s no stone-throwing, no judgment, no battling egos. We make these our priorities instead: sincerity, openness, and yes, even a little vulnerability. The result? Working with us is creative, collaborative, and deeply transformative.

WE DON’T CUT AND PASTE

During our collaborative design process, we create programs that reflect your strategic objectives, not someone else’s. We don’t just “paste” a program onto a “problem” and hope things work out. We intuit your culture and honor your foundations. We get the best minds in the room. We ask good questions. And we work with the answers we get, even when – especially when – they’re not what we expected.

WE ARE FEARLESS ABOUT FEEDBACK

Careful – we’re not afraid to kick someone in the butt when needed! Sometimes, the rough spots hold the most opportunity for real growth. We make sure not to gloss over them. We tell you up front: let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Let’s pick up the carpet and face the stuff that’s been swept under the rug for a little too long.

WE THINK LEADERS SHOULD BE WISE INSIDE, SMART OUTSIDE

True leadership comes from a deep and personal place. So we guide people as they uncover the inner wisdom that will orient them even when everything else falls apart. We help them grow as people first, leaders second. And what we’ve noticed is this: when people experience true growth from within, they lead with passion, heart, and purpose – no matter what may come.

WE BRING A DEEP RESPECT FOR THE LEARNER

We aren’t the stars: your people are. So when they talk, we listen. We don’t create silly divisions between us and them: yes, we have expertise, but we’re not “above the people.” We know the best ideas can come from anywhere, not just the people standing at the front of the room. Our role, then, is not just to “teach and tell.” Our role is to bring out the untapped wisdom already in the room.

WE DON’T THINK IN TERMS OF YOU AND WE – JUST US

“You understand us,” our clients tell us time and again. And we do. But we don’t just strive to understand you; we strive to become a part of the very fabric of your organization. We come as collaborative partners, we become friends and we part as family.

WE MEET YOU IN THE MOMENT

We don’t just customize your program, we allow it to breathe and evolve as we go. We believe true learning is unscripted, in the moment. So we respond to what’s actually happening in the room, not what we wished would happen. When your leaders encounter an unexpected detour, we join them for the journey. We pull from all the tools and resources at our disposal so we can offer just the right nugget of insight at just the right moment.

IN A VOLATILE WORLD, WISDOM GOES A LONG WAY

You want your leaders who thrive through turbulence. The truth is, we’re headed into a new unknown, and we have to embrace chaos. Yes, you can make smarter leaders. But the world doesn’t need more of those. What the world needs is leaders who are wise. That’s why our work brings out your leaders’ inner wisdom and outer smarts. And then we ensure both are working together for exemplary results.

This is a new, uncertain, volatile world. Organizations are learning that the old models they depended on no longer work. Hierarchies and bureaucracies are falling apart. A new norm is emerging: collaboration, openness, and transparency. And on this new frontier, wisdom is the main currency.

That’s why we design executive leadership programs that bring out your leaders’ inner wisdom and outer smarts.
Being prepared for anything isn’t enough: they must be prepared for everything.

But we don’t stop there. We work with your most promising talent – those critical few – and teach them to ignite the critical mass. That’s because in every situation and in every company, above-average results depend on the “average” people who execute them. These are the people on the front lines. They are the ones who make things happen. And they’re exactly the ones your leaders need to be able to reach.

We believe the biggest leadership challenge of today is: how do we influence and motivate this critical mass?
If your leaders can do that, they can do anything.

Choose from a variety of Executive Development options, including:

  • Executive coaching and one-on-one leadership development
  • Leadership summits, seminars, retreats, and workshops
  • Customized leadership training programs
  • Global action-learning programs (link to Global Leadership page)

Develop your top talent with Westwood International.

CREATE A CULTURE TO GET THINGS DONE

At Westwood International, we build formidable strength-based teams famous for their collaboration, sense of community, and cohesion.

When your team functions well as a unit, they can be an unstoppable force. But even with great people, teamwork is not always intuitive or guaranteed. That’s where we come in.

We bring people together, we honor their strengths, and we welcome them to the club. We connect across silos, departments, divisions, and borders to forge internal collaboration across your enterprise. We build community. We change the culture. We help you get where you need to be, to be even more successful.

Great Teams Solve Even Greater Problems 

Our strength-based teams get great things done, together.

After working with us, they have:

  • More positive working relationships
  • Improved decision-making abilities
  • Sophisticated conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Greater productivity, efficiency, and collaborative abilities
  • Improved internal communication skills
  • Rally around a team mission and vision then develop clear action plans with appropriate accountabilities

But most importantly, our teams are strong enough to withstand any challenge they may face without flinching. Together. See how we helped a private dental practice create a better team.

Choose from a variety of Team Development options, including:

  • Intact team development
  • Team coaching
  • Group facilitation
  • Experiential learning, team-building, and challenge-based projects
  • Global action-learning programs

Westwood International • PO Box 1166 Stowe, Vermont USA 05672 • Phone 802.253.1933 • Fax 802.253.1935