Laridae is a vendor of record with the Ontario Government (MGS) – OSS-00426611 – Management Consulting Services.
When your new plan reflects stakeholder views, when staff and community partners have contributed ideas and voiced concerns—when they’ve been heard—implementation becomes easier. Whether the project involves new strategic directions, operational planning, communications, or marketing and branding, Laridae creates the conditions for real action and positive change.
Thoughtful, long-term planning keeps organizations on track, helps them achieve their goals, and enables them to weather shifts in the broader funding and philanthropic environment. We are strategic planning experts, and pride ourselves in excellent project management, deep stakeholder engagement, facilitated decision making, leadership coaching, research, and communications. Laridae uses a positive and inclusive planning approach, and we customize our work to fit your circumstances and needs. We know how to ask tough questions and listen hard, producing plans that inspire action. Laridae works with organizations that are ready to define their future in a deliberate way. We help create strategic directions through consultation with staff and community partners, as well as analysis of data on programs, performance, and environmental factors. We see strategic directions as necessarily broad, forward-looking and aspirational.
At Laridae, we also view strategic planning as an opportunity to increase awareness about your organization. Ideally, the consultation process becomes a two-way communications channel. Stakeholders provide insights that can be incorporated into the strategic directions, while they learn more about what you do, why you exist and the important role you play in the community. A typical strategic planning project includes the following elements:
Laridae manages projects and activities effectively, including preparation, planning, implementation and evaluation. We can assist with managing projects ranging from complex, multi-stakeholder to simple, short-term initiatives.
Major change is coming: a re-organization, new service mandate, shift in funding, or expansion. Everyone at your agency is too busy serving clients to think through the implications of change, let alone make a plan to get through it. Uncertainty can affect staff morale and slow decision making. It doesn’t have to be that way. Laridae’s expertise in planning and change management takes the pressure off. Let us guide you through the transformation and position your organization for continuing success.
Floods, fraud, cyber security, workplace disruption, unwanted media attention. It’s not if, it’s when.
Crisis planning is essential. Our clients rely on us to help them think through the worst of the worst. Together we create plans. Build in redundancies. Conduct mock exercises. Laridae understands how to navigate the white water of crisis communications.
Could your organization face a debilitating crisis tomorrow?
Good governance means that directors understand their roles and responsibilities. It means that committees work effectively. And that the right policies and procedures are in place, followed, and updated regularly. Boards that strive to continually improve their governance work achieve better results. Laridae helps Boards get there, with governance training, policy development, organizational reviews, and leadership coaching for Directors and executives.
If your policies and by-laws are antiquated—or missing altogether—you’re not alone. Keeping organizational policies current and ensuring they are followed can be a full-time job. Yet having the right policies in place is a determinant of organizational performance—and mitigates against risk. Non-profit organizations face ever-increasing expectations about how they handle human resources, volunteer management, finances, fundraising, communications, social media, privacy and more. Laridae will help your organization develop up-to-date, customized policies that you can rely on.
How’s your Board doing? Many non-profit Boards struggle to understand their governance role—overseeing the organization and setting the overall strategic direction. Committee structures could be more effective. Perhaps long-serving Board members are about to retire, and new recruits are joining the Board. High-functioning Boards have recruitment plans and orient new members. They set performance goals and track progress. Whether the Board needs training, policy development, or techniques for performance management, Laridae is here to solve problems.
Even the most skilled executive can benefit from expert coaching. Whether it’s dealing with a thorny workplace situation or improving overall leadership skills, Laridae’s confidential counsel lets you soar. We help leaders identify their needs; we create customized solutions.
The Special Needs Strategy is an important Provincial initiative that will have a profound effect on service delivery in our region. Going into the process, there was a great deal of uncertainty. At times the path forward seemed to be unclear. Laridae’s role in moving us forward through strong facilitation and project management was crucial. The Steering Committee Co-Chairs and all the committee members relied a great deal on Laridae’s advice, organization, skills, and persistence.
PFRC’s strategic planning experience with Laridae was extremely positive. The depth of their knowledge was impressive and broadly based. While always professional, [they] were also able to bring a sense of humour and energy that kept the Board engaged. There were no “wrong” answers, yet they were able to keep us on track and relevant. The resultant strategic plan is exciting and challenging but fundamentally very ‘doable’. PFRC would definitely hire Laridae again.
The YWCA also turned to Laridae as we were finalizing our Vision, Mission and Strategic Directions for our new Strategic Plan....[they] asked us the right questions and then showed us what they heard. As our Board was reviewing the new document, one Director expressed it well. “It’s so exciting to read this and realize it could only be the YWCA saying these things, and having these priorities! I feel inspired.” Laridae helped us to express our YWCA plan to those who know us well and to those who are just meeting us for the first time.
Thank you for making our strategic planning process so seamless and enjoyable. From the start you had everything organized in a way that made it easy for everyone. We were very pleased with the results.
We were impressed with the experience and capabilities that Laridae offered for our small not-for-profit organization. Having access to expertise in human resources, governance, strategic planning, operational reviews, event planning, project management, communications and branding with Laridae was a great fit for our needs. I highly recommend them for any organization seeking expertise in the services they provide.
Laridae provided excellent services and value for money. Jonathan quickly comprehended and analyzed the scope of our initiatives. He proved to be very effective in connecting with stakeholders and capturing the critical substance of comments and suggestions made, whether by a member of the public, a Board member, an employee, a volunteer, or a funder. Most important, his communication skills, both verbal and written, have always been exceptional. He has demonstrated the unique ability to develop immediate rapport with individuals and groups while at the same time facilitating and engaging them in a productive manner related to the task at hand.
As Chair of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR), I have valued the sound advice and guidance provided by Amanda English. Her strong organizational skills, clear understanding of the association, knowledge of board governance, facilitation and negotiation skills, have been a great asset to this organization and its board. The board, run by volunteers, have relied heavily on Amanda to help them in their work. With her help, our association has become a growing, strong, and viable organization.