Teams are essential for business success, but getting team members to work together can be a challenge. We specialize in working with leadership teams, serving as a catalyst to equip, inspire and support. Since 2005, we have been engaged in developing workshops that focused on such topics as:
- Developing a Leadership Team Vision
- Strategic Thinking and Planning
- Addressing Organizational Development Challenges
- Improving Team Communication and Performance
Dr. Switzer is a State of California approved Team Building Workshop Facilitator with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He and his vetted team of experts are available to help you maximize the potential of your teams and business.
To prepare for your customized workshop we start with an interview of the senior leader in order to identify the desired outcomes. From there, we typically will use such methods as team interviews, team building assessments, and employee surveys which will be used to get to know the unique dynamic of your team, their strengths and their challenges. Once we have all this information, we will draft your customized Team Development Plan and submit it for approval.
Workshop materials are customized to help the leaders and organizations move forward. Activities are frequently used to allow participants to have fun while yielding rich dialogue and experiential learning. These activities are also used to help teams identify opportunities for growth, prioritize issues, and develop strategies.
We have worked with and have experience with many business sectors. We are proud that we have a depth of experience in working with CPA, police, and fire organizations.
Here are our net promotor scores in two important workshop evaluation elements: To what extent do you agree
- You would recommend this facilitator to others? Net Promoter Score: 91
- Overall, the workshop was worth your time? Net Promoter Score: 94
Additionally, consider these testimonials:
Merle Switzer has been amazing to work with. Just over a year ago I interviewed Merle and we invited him to our annual company kick off meeting for our first work together. Although we had not worked together prior to that all-hands meeting, in which Merle led some teamwork exercises, the company completely embraced Merle and the work we did together. Looking back a mere 12 months, at our organization, management team, and the individuals, I can see a huge evolution and transformation. Merle was the catalyst or change agent who made this transformation possible. When the management team reflected on all the positive growth at the conclusion of our last fiscal year, Merle and the work we did together was cited as one of the most important things we did.
Since our first all-hands meeting with Merle, we have engaged Merle for personal coaching (myself and all my management staff), and several management development workshops, and additional team building with our company. The 360-degree process work we did with Merle was amongst the most impacting work – opening management individuals’ awareness to how their colleagues’ experiences in working with them. This began a tremendous positive evolution within SOS. However other management workshops have been just as impacting – Merle’s training on employee coaching/counseling was critical information that we use now as a methodology within our organization. I will also say that personally, reflecting back 12+ months ago, my life has personally transformed into a life I am in love with – and that is something that came through my coaching with Merle, and actions resulting. Even my marriage has improved! I can’t say enough great things about Merle and the work he has done with me and our organization.
- Gia McNutt, CEO, TEAM SOS
Merle Switzer has lead our firm retreats to build teamwork in our firm. I would definitely recommend Switzer Associates for anyone in business who is working on developing strategies that provide for growth, better opportunities for employees, and who is looking for overall balance in both their business and personal lives.
- Kriss Mann, Partner, Mann Urrutia Nelson CPA
Every great team has a great coach and for the City of Ukiah and the Ukiah Police Department we are extremely fortunate to have a long-term relationship with Merle.
Merle has worked alongside our middle managers, our command staff, and myself as a coach, mentor and champion in our effort to provide the best services we can for the Ukiah community. Merle has provided our team members with on-going training, team building workshops, and assisted in introducing and using 360-degree evaluations to improve our performance. Merle also provided our City Management Team with a team workshop to improve communication and efficiency within our organization.
If you are looking to improve your organization – consider Switzer On Leadership – they have truly enhanced our City and our Police Department.
- Chris Dewey, Ukiah Police Department
I contracted with Dr. Switzer to conduct a Leadership and Team Building course for my Command Team. Prior to the class, Dr. Switzer and I had several conversations about our team needs, the teams background and experience levels, course expectations and desired outcomes. With this information Dr. Switzer customized the course for our team. The class was outstanding and Dr. Switzer provided our team with several tools and exercises that we continue to use today. If you are looking for Leadership Training and Team Building from someone who has a strong background in Public Safety I highly recommend Dr. Switzer.
- Sean Slamon, Fire Chief, Modesto Fire Department
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