Aim for Improvement

by Laura Yoshitani, Workplace Effectiveness Consultant and Catalyst Consulting Group Associate Catalyst Consulting Group is working with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in Minnesota to coach five caregiver services programs to improve the quality and effectiveness of their programming and … [Read more...]

Catalyst Intern Hones Instructional Design Skills

Catalyst Intern Hones Instructional Design Skills By Diane Fluin   Exposure to all Phases of the Instructional Design Process For the last four months, I experienced the life of an instructional designer! After more than 20 years of technical writing, I wanted to try my hand at the … [Read more...]

Bridging the Personal to the Professional

Bridging the Personal to the Professional By Nancy Weiss, M. Ed., President/CEO I keep up with national and world events by reading daily news on my own time. But recently I was able to combine my personal interest in politics with a book writing contract for Cherry Lake Publishing. Asking … [Read more...]

Write for Insight: The Surprising Link between Documentation and Continuous Improvement (Blog 4 of 4)

Safeguard Your Institutional Knowledge Before It Walks Out the Door! is a four-part blog series written by Nancy E. Weiss, of Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC. Learn how to capture your organization’s unique intelligence and use it to grow, excel, and thrive. Get FREE tools! Contact Nancy: … [Read more...]

Mine the Mind: Capture Institutional Knowledge through Structured Interviews (Blog 3 of 4)

Safeguard Your Institutional Knowledge Before It Walks Out the Door! is a four-part blog series written by Nancy E. Weiss, of Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC. Learn how to capture your organization’s unique intelligence and use it to grow, excel, and thrive. Get free tools! Contact Nancy: … [Read more...]

Trap the Gaps: Audit to Identify Gaps and Risks (Blog 2 of 4)

Safeguard Your Institutional Knowledge Before It Walks Out the Door! is a four-part blog series written by Nancy E. Weiss, of Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC. Learn how to capture your organization’s unique intelligence and use it to grow, excel, and thrive. Get free tools! Contact Nancy: … [Read more...]

Safeguard Your Institutional Knowledge Before It Walks Out the Door! (Blog 1 of 4)

Safeguard Your Institutional Knowledge Before It Walks Out the Door! is a four-part blog series written by Nancy E. Weiss, of Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC. Learn how to capture your organization’s unique intelligence and use it to grow, excel, and thrive. Get free tools! Contact Nancy: … [Read more...]

Hey, Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners…Think Tank Starting Again

… Have an idea you want to bounce around? Need to problem-solve? The Catalyst Think Tank is a supportive place to get strategic advice and answers…. Save the Date -----Next Meeting Thursday Sept 18, 4-5:15 pm at Rincon 38 -----Put it in Your Calendar Now! A think tank by Webster’s definition … [Read more...]

Consultants, Small Business Owners, and Entrepreneurs: Have a Burning Business Question?…

...An idea you want to bounce around? Need to problem-solve? The Catalyst Think Tank is a supportive place to get strategic advice and answers.... Next Meeting This Thursday May 1, 4-5:15 pm at Rincon 38 A think tank by Webster’s definition is “… an organization that consists of a group of people … [Read more...]

Nancy Weiss now serving Minneapolis Swims as strategy coach

Nancy Weiss of Catalyst is now a strategy coach for Minneapolis Swims, a nonprofit dedicated to bring swimming to children living in inner-city Minneapolis. Minneapolis Swims is located in the Phillips Neighborhood which is the most economically challenged and racially diverse neighborhood in the … [Read more...]

This Thursday 1/16 – Ask the Think Tank

A think tank by Webster’s definition is “… an organization that consists of a group of people who think of new ideas on a particular subject or who give advice about what should be done — also called a ‘think factory.’” Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC brings this concept to consultants, … [Read more...]

End-of-Year Newsletter

Technology Audits - New Service Offered in 2014 A technology audit describes your current state of technology usage and creates a benchmark from which to improve. An audit allows you to choose better technology to fulfill your goals, mission, and work tasks, and overall organizational … [Read more...]

Catalyst to Develop Training Toolkit on Collaboration Principles

Catalyst has won a contract to develop a training toolkit on collaboration principles for the National Rural Health Resource Center. As the leader in providing technical assistance and knowledge to rural health networks nation-wide, this Duluth-based nonprofit is dedicated to sustaining and … [Read more...]

Catalyst Invited to Participate in Communications Forum in Istanbul, Turkey

The Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs, and Communications has invited Nancy Weiss, President and CEO of Catalyst Consulting Group to participate in their 11th Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Forum. Nancy has been asked to critique meeting structures … [Read more...]

Catalyst President is Interviewed on Launch Talk Blog Radio

You're thinking about striking out on your own or have already started the process. Hear some words of advice from a veteran consultant who has been working independently since 2001. Nancy Weiss, President/CEO of Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC, an organizational effectiveness firm based in … [Read more...]

Catalyst Wins Project with the MN Multi-state Contracting Alliance

The Minnesota Multi-state Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) is a group purchasing organization operated and managed by the Materials Management Division of the State of Minnesota's Department of Administration. Its  primary function is to provide a full range of pharmaceuticals to government … [Read more...]

Catalyst to Assist Human Rights Activist

Abebech "Mimi" Girma is an activist and artist who has led many initiatives to promote the human rights and dignity of refugees and victims of torture. A refugee from Ethiopia herself, she made her home in Minnesota after a circuitous and often tumultuous journey. Mimi is dedicated to bettering the … [Read more...]

Should I or Shouldn’t I

How should I handle a Request for Consulting from a Friend When I Don’t Agree with What She Wants Me to Do? Two important issues arise from this question: how to come out friends after walking this slippery slope and how to tell a client, particularly one who is dear to us, that what they want us … [Read more...]

Catalyst and St. Thomas Professor Team Up

Nancy Weiss, CEO and Chief Consultant of Catalyst is helping the University of St. Thomas link up graduate students in the Department of Organization Learning and Development with nonprofits and businesses in the Twin Cities area. These students are nearing the end of their studies and require a … [Read more...]

What is at the Heart of Nonprofit Restructures?

Today, Nancy Weiss, President and CEO of Catalyst held a conference phone call with Kim Dorniden, Case Western Organization Development graduate student and Vice President of Human Resources of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Kim had come up short during her Internet searches for advice and down-to-earth … [Read more...]

Subcontractor Hiring Options

At the last think tank, one participant asked for advice on hiring subcontractors and a fee model that would allow her to take on more business than she could complete herself. Below is a table of hiring structures that Nancy Weiss of Catalyst Consulting Group had developed for a previous coaching … [Read more...]

Catalyst and Local Evaluation Specialist Develop Participatory Evaluation Session for the National Minority AIDS Council

Nancy Weiss, President and CEO of Catalyst Consulting Group is pleased to announce a recently formed partnership between Catalyst and  Ann Zukoski, DrPH, MPH. Together they will develop a one-hour online learning module on Participatory Evaluation for community planning groups across the nation … [Read more...]

Catalyst Provides Consultations to Poland’s Premiere Provider of Intercultural Training

Nancy Weiss, President and CEO of Catalyst Consulting Group recently provided consultations for Etta Consulting and Training for Business located in Wroclaw, Poland. Nancy met with Etta's founder Monika Chutnik using Skype to talk about various ways Catalyst and other consulting firms in the U.S. … [Read more...]

Think Tank in the News

A brief write up about Catalyst Consulting Group's Think Tank appeared in the October 15-28th edition of the SouthWest Journal, a local newspaper in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, Nancy Weiss, Catalyst President/CEO recently met with Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director of the Kingfield … [Read more...]

Restructuring Your Electronic Filing System

by Laura Yoshitani, Consultant with Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC Are your company’s electronic files in a state of chaos? Do you groan at the thought of trying to find a specific document on your shared network? If so, you’re not alone. When fully implemented, a restructured electronic filing … [Read more...]

Documentation Tools Improve Staff Productivity and Instill Confidence

by Nancy E. Weiss, President/CEO of Catalyst Consulting Group, LLC   Your organization’s intellectual assets are at risk when staff members carry valuable business knowledge in their heads.  With Baby Boomers retiring in record numbers, your valuable information might retire with them. To … [Read more...]