Growing Organizations - Innolect, Inc.

Innolect is known for helping clients “Think Differently”

We understand that when companies and leaders truly innovate, there will inevitably be brushes with failure. If leaders never make mistakes, they’re not taking risks, and that means the company chooses to maintain the status quo. We help leaders cultivate courage to pursue innovation.

Innolect helps build the foundation for employees to bring their best selves to their work. Our Innovative Intelligence® tools and techniques make it easier and more fun to generate creative ideas and solve problems.

All client services are customized… “one-size does not fit all.”

We exist to build creative, high-integrity workplaces that:

  • lead with purpose and clarity
  • attract and retain top talent
  • thrive in times of uncertainty
  • outperform the competition
  • engage employees to grow and put their strengths to work

Strategic Change

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Peter Drucker

Leaders struggle to respond to the cumulative challenges of a “VUCA” (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. Ironically, as the world has become more confusing and unpredictable, expectations for agility as well as performance and profits continue to rise.

Our Strategic Change Practice consultants serve as change guides, working in partnership with clients to address business challenges. Regardless of size or focus, our blueprint for change emerges only after we have taken time for thoughtful discernment. Next comes care with:

  • Design (creating the map), and
  • Facilitation (guiding the journey).

Core Principles:

  1. Ensure change is initiated and led by the people involved. We co-design to increase commitment and alignment.
  2. Build internal organization “change mastery.” We work ourselves out of a job and build internal capacity.
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Culture Development & Integration

No company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.” - Jack Welch

An organization has its own unique cultural DNA or culture. It determines what employees value, how they behave, their priorities and what they do when no one is watching. Since as many as 50% of people leave a job in the first two years, cultural fit is important.

Cultures are shaped “One Leader at a Time.” To understand a culture, we look at an organization’s leadership, values and structure.

Leaders are “culture shapers” who:

  • Keep the vision, values and purpose top of mind
  • Serve as role models and storytellers for what is expected 
  • Influence day-to-day  employee actions and behaviors 

We help executives and their teams:

  • Look at their cultures from a fresh point of view
  • Envision the culture they want to create and engage employees in the process
  • Design a roadmap to shape and align cultures to the business strategy
  • Facilitate the learning, feedback and reinforcement necessary for lasting change 


Organizations are experiencing the Great Resignation. As listening experts, we know the TOP driver of retention is being heard. Organizations that listen, understand and act on what employees say are 15% more likely to retain them.

Most organizations don’t have well defined listening strategy. Innolect’s Listening Architecture is a deliberately planned approach to engage with and gain insight from employees. Our Listening Architecture equips organizations with quantitative and qualitative strategies that lead to greater inclusion and retention success at individual, team and systems levels.

Why is Listening Architectureimportant?

  • Shows employees that their voices are relevant and heard
  • Improves the employee experience and efficiency
  • Strengthens customer relationships
  • Reduces resignations and attrition
  • Establishes psychological safety for employees to speak their truth


  • Industry leader in listening assessments, products and services
  • International listening recognition and research awards
  • Field-tested, statistically validated listening assessments featured on ABC’s 20/20
  • Award-winning program design and implementation
  • Published scholarship and 6 Listening books
We area Listening!

Reach out to us today…We ARE Listening!

Inclusion, Equity and Belonging

Are you concerned about attracting and retaining top talent?

Consider your employee experience. How are you ensuring your employees are included and feel they belong?

According to Gallup, with only 32% of employees being engaged, the ability to attract and retain top talent is critical to a company’s success. Without intention and awareness, leaders and other employees unintentionally offend and alienate others. Organizations need employees who notice and act on inappropriate behavior rather than remaining silent and think, “Someone else should say something” or “I’ll say something later.”

Organizations are spending over 172 billion dollars on EEOC and Discrimination Cases over the last five years - SHRM Report, 2021


Innolect builds high-integrity workplaces where:  All employees are valued, involved, supported, & respected. We:

  • Improve the quality of work life by using fair and consistent treatment
  • Provide equal growth opportunities for ALL employees and suppliers
  • Create an inclusive environment where respect, understanding and encouragement of others, in and outside the company, is a business imperative

Our practices provide strategic and disciplined points of view to increase engagement, retention, belonging and productivity.

Full Circle DEI StrategyTM


Services and Programs

  • Inclusion, Equity and Belonging Assessment and Strategic Planning
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERG/BRG) and Leadership Development
  • Business Case for Diversity
  • Strategic Listening ArchitectureTM
  • Sustainable Legacies®
  • Comprehensive Training Programs
  • Facilitated Dialogue with Master Facilitators
  • Working Across Generations
  • Employee Engagement
  • Build a Belonging Eco-SystemTM

Innolect Facilitator Differentiators
Beyond Awareness
Manage Bias – Change Behavior – Track Progress

  • Group of people discussing DEIBEngage diverse facilitators who model authenticity and vulnerability
  • Hold small group sessions to encourage open, real-life conversations
  • Establish psychological safety norms for participants
  • Provide practical action focused Toolkits
  • Develop customized, interactive scenarios to practice tools
  • Debrief all activities and address questions with DEI expert facilitators/coaches

We are Bridge-builders for Inclusion and Belonging

DA4S LogoStrong voices are needed within organizations to ensure and build greater inclusion, equity and belonging. Innolect helps identify policies that hinder equity success and guides leaders in how to facilitate inclusive dialogue with individuals, teams and systems.


Sample Training and Dialogue Topics

  • Leading as Change Guides
  • Building Team Trust
  • Belonging Builders
  • Inclusive Leadership as Listening Leaders
  • Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions
  • Inclusive Facilitation and Allyship
  • Psychological Safety and Covering
  • Leading and Engaging Hybrid Teams
  • Listening and Radical Empathy
  • Mental Fitness and Resilience
  • Navigating Polarities
  • Leading through Uncertainty
  • Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Intelligence and Growth Mindset
  • Courage A.C.T.
  • How to Talk About Bias and Inequities
  • Speak Up – What to Say and How to Say It
  • Bridge-Builders: 3rd Party Advocacy
  • Sensitive Conversations: How to be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Strategic Communication

A leader’s ability to communicate change quickly and effectively can mean the difference between an organization thriving or declining. During times of uncertainty, complexity and change, communication is the glue that:

  • Aligns goals for better coordinated action
  • Promotes faster, more effective decision making
  • Ensures smooth implementation 

Our communication experts help leaders learn “best practices” to engage the right communication channels, processes and practices. We work to ensure that messages build trust, commitment and are:

  • Timely
  • Consistent
  • Aligned  
  • Transparent

Time-tested Selected Communication Strategies and Tools

1. Communication Audits

  • Evaluate usage and effectiveness of current channels, processes and practices
  • Use technology most efficiently and effectively
  • Adapt messages to employee preferences and practices
  • Engage collaborative decision-making strategies and tools
  • Standardize operating procedures for clarity and engagement

2. Strategic Stakeholder Roadmaps and Communication Plans

  • Provide a framework to ensure messages, initiatives and actions cascade to key stakeholders
  • Revise plans as targets are met, circumstances change, or new objectives are identified
  • Measure outcomes
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3. Key Communicator Programs

  • Communicate with Impact - Ensure leaders are well-informed and prepared with consistent messaging to:
    • Support the vision, values and change internally and externally
    • Engage and influence others to achieve goals
    • Present consistent, clear and compelling updates at the right time, through the right channels and to the right people
    • Listen to and involve others in key activities and goals
  • Team Briefings - Regularly scheduled face-to-face or enhanced video processes that encourage two-way communication from those closest to the source of information
    • Cascade information throughout the system within set time frame
    • Offer JIT data for managers to share with direct reports 
    • Provide consistent, timely and accurate information
    • Move through layers of workforce simultaneously
    • Maintain momentum during change initiative
  • Listening Groups - Forum to help leaders engage employees in dialogue to gain input as well as explore and discuss issues. 
    • Focus Groups:
      • Generate hypotheses for future opportunities
      • Develop sound approaches for intended audience
      • Gain understanding from those on the frontlines
      • Enhance use of survey results and delivery channels


Keynote Presentations & Webinars

When you engage a speaker for a conference, keynote, lunch & learn, webinar or workshop, you want an expert who can engage and hold an audience. The Innolect community offers sought-after authors, thought leaders, and expert speakers who highlight our most current research and expertise. Write us today to schedule one of our team to speak at your next corporate event, industry conference or leadership development initiative. Our speakers customize their content to meet your needs…whether to inspire, activate, energize, inform or persuade.

Popular Topics

Growing Leaders

  • Crisis Leadership and Rogue Waves
  • The Key to Engagement: Listening Leaders
  • Executive Presence:  5 Stories ALL Leaders Need to Be Able to Tell 
  • Build Your Personal Leadership Brand
  • Learning Leaders and Managing Transitions
  • Leaders as Key Communicators
  • Onward and Upward: Positioning Yourself for a Board Seat
  • Reluctant Leadership
  • Vertical Development: Identify Stages and Behaviors
  • Develop and Retain High Potential Leaders: Five Secrets to Success

Growing Women Leaders

  • Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Women of Courage
  • Women’s Language and Powerful Points of View
  • Invention of Wings: Lessons from Bessie Coleman and other Women Pilots
  • Meetings with Remarkable Women
  • Listen Up: Ignite the Power to Succeed
  • Expanding Your Wings: Building Sustainable Legacies
  • Plugging the Leak: Retaining Women Leaders
  • Women, Mentors and Sponsors

Growing Teams and Organizations

  • Navigating Organizational Whitewater
  • Bend Not Break: Resilience for Turbulent Times
  • High Performance Teams: Build a Smart House
  • The Courage to ACT
  • Learning Agility and Collaboration
  • A Blueprint for a Strong Foundation: Organization Strategy within Transitions
  • Team Success: The Right People…At the Right Time…In the Right Place 
  • ESP: Select and Build a Strong Leadership Team
  • Get and Hold Attention: Adapt to Listener Preferences

Selected Conference Keynotes         

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Association of Women Judges
  • Diversity Alliance for Science
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Business Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • International Listening Association
  • International Right-of-Way Association
  • Jaycees International
  • Kiwanis Club International
  • International  Society of CPAs
  • National Burglar and Firearm Association
  • National Communication Association
  • National Defender Investigator's Association
  • OD Network
  • Purchasing Management Association
  • Rotary International
  • Small Business Association
  • Southeastern Association of Fish and Game Agencies
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • Wholesale Florists and Florist Suppliers of America
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council
  • Women in Manufacturing

Corporate Presentations include: Atrium, Aveda, Ingersoll Rand, Trane, The Walt Disney Company, IMS, Wells-Fargo, Institute for Management Studies, etc.

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