Set yourself, your team, your organisation and your network up right
and shift the odds in favour of success
You are fit and have winning ways – you know your skills and combine brilliantly with others
We help people discover their natural talents, improve skills for collaboration and develop networks of support
You are energised and productive – good at spotting opportunities and solving problems
We help people tap their creative powers and develop mindsets that bring out the best of their positive sides
You have great balance – you’re able to adjust to whatever changes come your way
We help people see the patterns likely to affect them so they can anticipate things and prepare
You’re fulfilled – your purpose is clear and you’re achieving your goals
We help people scan the horizons of ambition to sharpen their clarity of mission and vision
Here are a couple of projects we’re working on right now:
modoto ltd was set up in 2003 with two directors: Mike & Liz Zeidler. The company has a history of working with associates from a wide network of highly skilled professionals (see ‘what we’ve done’ below).
Liz Zeidler is now full time CEO of The Centre for Thriving Places but remains a non-executive director.
Our first ever job was to run a public consultation exploring the possibility of building community facilities powered and funded by a waste to energy plant in the village of Bromham,Wiltshire. We’ve come a mighty long way since then, so here are a bunch of examples of the kinds of organisations we’ve helped out:
Organised and facilitated a week of visits showcasing the best of CSR in the UK for delegates from the Chinese Executive Leadership Academy on behalf of the British Council.
Strategic team building
For staff and trustees to: improve understanding of clinical, non-clinical and corporate issues; improve team morale and wellbeing; and to understand/commit to 2017-20 business plan
Workshop for Social Enterprise
Produced and delivered participative workshops on partnership working skills and strategic planning as part of the SSE Climate Action for the Social Economy and Trade Up programmes
Co-produced research into viability and possible futures including stakeholder engagement, business opportunities and recommendations for change management in a project led by Vivid Regeneration.
International Strategy week
Guided a planning group of 18 people from 7 teams to design a week long retreat. Facilitated the week, managing external speakers,, keeping energy flowing and collating full reports. Case Notes here.
Set and facilitated exercises to explore the core business proposition for a new 3 year Operational Plan with a review of the constitution, finance and impacts
An Appreciative Inquiry design to help cross-cultural understanding between different countries and venues. A look at key marketing challenges including target audiences, weather-proofing and practical action for sales.
Creating, guiding, facilitating and sometimes coaching for small groups (3-4) of leaders dealing with loneliness at the top. Short sessions leading to peer to peer support for the long haul.
Business Planning Priorities
Gathering diverse Somali interests together in a forum to facilitate the first steps towards sharing a vision and mission in the community so practical business plans could be laid.
Open Collaboration Events
Open Space events bringing change-makers together to think creatively about the future and how to build it together. Favourite quote – “I love this worky, learny, holiday kind of thing”
Leadership in Healthcare
Supported the facilitation of Compassionate Inclusion Leadership Programme sessions for NHS Thames Valley & Wessex Leadership Academy, designed and led by Added Value Learning
Appreciative Inquiry for Boards
Intorductory session on Appreciative Inquiry for Employee Ownership Companies where people are often new to board membership. Guest session in The Eternal Business Programme
Multi stakeholder Call to Action
Planned and facilitated a public Open Space event introducing the Feeding Britain Initiative to Bristol. Explored the potential for collaboration to alleviate hunger/ vulnerability to hunger and commit to collective action.
I’ve served on 15 boards over the past 28+ years, helping organisations think and work strategically to achieve their goals. I do my best work as a non-exec director, facilitator and informal coach.
The running theme in my work is ‘responsible business’. After 10 years at www.centreforthrivingplaces.org, that’s any kind of enterprise aiming to keep the well-being of people and planet in mind.
I’m especially interested in mutual learning, teamwork, getting stuff done, and making the most of our connected potential.
My special ninja techniques are:
- Skills for Collaboration: Practical, bite sized ideas, tools and exercises to help people with different ideas work together well
- Appreciative Inquiry: Great for leadership development and keeping hold of strategy when daily pressures build
- Open Space facilitation: Brilliant for creating practical solutions from the wisdom of groups
People say I’m an ‘Opportunity Maker’
– a pattern seeker involved in different worlds, communicating sweet spots of shared interest to make opportunities for people to accomplish greater things together.
I’m way richer in connections to diverse people, places and ideas than I am in money – but that’s why I’m good value 🙂
Please Get in touch if you think I can serve you