Next Level -> Next Step

What should you expect?

Our first question:  Beginning with the end in mind, where are you now and where would you like to be? Where do you need to be?  As your partner, recommendations will be made based on your goals.

Research shows that those who work together to ensure knowledge transforms into action - and back to the workplace - experience greater success.  As partners, let’s discuss potential ‘baselines’, metrics, and other specifics to keep track of where we are, and where we are going. When things change, we can celebrate together.  

How do we get the job done? Consulting leaders, coaching managers, providing online and in-person sessions, and serving as a resource for future change.


How do we begin? 

1.       By engaging with your highest-level leaders. If your leaders do not carry the charge forward in this effort, you can’t effectively change the culture, turn raw talents into solid strengths, and transform behavior.


2. Second step? Provide every employee the opportunity to develop substantial habits and discover their strengths.


 3. Third step? Rely on strengths coaches – whether you build an internal network or use ours - managers will need practical insights in order to integrate these habits into performance management.


 4. Finally, rethink current programs. Instead of focusing on improving weaknesses, focus on what’s right in a person. Focus on strengths. Focus on habits. Focus on empowering leadership that challenges, inspires, and rewards the future.


Next Level -> Next Step™ is a recognized leader in providing outside-the-box and customized educational solutions. Our solutions are results-focused and are primarily research-based, substantiated empirically by millions over decades.


We leverage the primary teachings and proven practices from Gallup® CliftonStrengths®, FranklinCovey®  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People®,  The Leadership Challenge® & Lencioni's Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams.  If you are in need for long-term effective change, we hope you will embrace the power of proven practices within our specialization.

Feel free to explore our services online and then schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation here.

When and where do we work?

Like most, we are available virtually anytime during business hours.  We work with people around the globe and can make arrangements for all time zones.   

We travel anywhere within the USA. Whether an in-person 3-day session combined with online sessions, or a longer in-person series combined with online sessions, we will do whatever works best for your needs. We are here for you.

Feel free to explore our website and then schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation here.

What is our focus?  Who is our ideal client? 

With more than 20 years of experience in working with and within corporations, industries, nonprofits, higher education, government and community groups, the focus is to provide positive results through research-based, best practice solutions. 

Who is our ideal client?  A leader or manager within an organization who is seeking a sustainable, long-lasting change for their workforce. This individual recognizes ‘one and done’ development doesn’t work – and is looking for something that actually does.


Our ideal client looks at the research in order to take a proven approach. He/she values the researchers who have spent decades writing and testing ways to help millions around the world. He/she wants to shape or shift the culture into something different – something meaningful, purposeful, productive yet positive.


Our ideal client knows becoming extraordinary or world-class is not for everyone; getting there takes commitment and perseverance. Like a future Olympian who is eager to begin, the journey starts right here and right now. It takes a strengths-based approach and requires dedication. Some would say it’s not for the faint of heart. This type of development is for those who truly want to take themselves and their team to the next level, one step at a time. Our ideal client is ready for that transformation to begin. That time is now.

We specialize in helping you and your team discover and optimize strengths, change habits and establish leadership practices to close gaps and drive high levels of engagement. Why?  Because we believe in sustained superior performance. While sustained superior performance doesn’t happen overnight, it does happen utilizing proven practices and best practices. Our mission is to empower. Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself? We promise to take it to the next level, one step at a time.

Under the hood

Have you ever attended an educational session and:

Adult learners need to be actively engaged and treated as adults. Each brings their own experiences, viewpoints, and leadership to the table. INCLUSION is key! 

Interactivity:  Whether working with groups of 5 or 5,000, our sessions are filled with fast-paced interactivity.  We ask adults to take the challenge and potentially get uncomfortable by meeting others, sharing their viewpoints, and being responsible for their own learning. Some classes require learning partners when material is difficult or when “common sense is not common practice.” 

PowerPoints:  By default, we steer clear from the monotony of templated, 1000-words on a page PowerPoints.  Instead, presentations are created to be as visual as possible in order to maintain the attention of today’s learner.

Music:  Research shows music can enhance learning when utilized appropriately. Upbeat pre-class/intro music, classical or transitional music and up-beat post-class music is commonly used.  

Atmosphere Matters:  Whether colorful paper, markers or small trinkets are on tables, the adult learning atmosphere needs to be comfortable (not stressful or stuffy) in order for us to build trust. Food is encouraged to satisfy hunger so professionals can better focus.

Materials Matter:  Adults learn better and retain more when they write things down. The human brain does a better job of retaining concepts or content when it ‘fills in a blank’, brainstorms on paper, matches terms, or doodles.

For PhDs in Adult Learning:  We take a principle-centered stance and subscribe to and believe in ADDIE and SAM methodologies, the work of Alheit, Bierema, Clark, Cooperrider, Hodell, Gagne´, Jarvis, Kirkpatrick, Knowles, Kolb, Merriam, Mezirow, Phillips, Silberman, Thalheimer, Vella, and other experts in adult learning, instructional design and evaluation.

And just like that, we are at the end of our ‘About Us’ so how about we now focus on you? Contact us to arrange our first conversation.