Meet   Merge

What We Do

Turning managers into leaders and people power into results

Merge’s leadership development consultancy has one singular focus – to turn managers into leaders; to help great people become exceptional leaders so that they can turn their people power into real and tangible results.  Through her speaking, training, consulting, mentoring and facilitation services, Merge helps leaders in organizations create high-performing workplaces.

Keynotes and break-out sessions at conferences and conventions

If you’re planning a conference or large learning event, we invite you to visit Merge’s Speaker services section.  Whether you’re seeking an inspirational opening keynote, an extended seminar or break-out session, or an energetic and enthusiastic closing keynote, Merge can help you make your event spectacular.  All her programs are expertly and fully customized to resonate with your audience.  With Merge, there’s no such thing as a “canned” presentation!

Leadership skills training that is uniquely “you”

If you’re looking for a training program to help develop leadership skills in your people, then Merge will craft a program for you that is uniquely designed to meet the needs of your organization and the specific challenges your leaders face.  Your final solution could be a one-time training event or a series of graduated learning programs; it could involve live, online or distance-learning modules; it could contain audio or video components, it could incorporate the use of social media or “virtual study groups”; it could even include peer support or one-on-one mentoring.  Whatever it is, Merge will always work closely with you to determine your specific needs, and only then establish objectives and a program design that are relevant and meaningful to your people.  Please visit our Training services section for more information.

Fun and educational team-building events

Motivating employees is an ongoing process, and one of the best ways to re-energize a team is to get them away and out of the office, even for a short time, from the challenges and pressures of the day-to-day.  A team that learns and laughs together is well on its way to being a high-performing team, and Merge can help you create the perfect experience!  She’ll work with you to identify what specific skills your people could benefit from, and then design and deliver a fun, exciting, and perfectly customized program to fit your people, your organization’s culture, and your needs. You and your employees will return to work exhilarated, with a renewed passion for leadership and action, and a toolkit full of unbelievably useful ideas that will make an immediate impact on their effectiveness.  For a specific example of how Merge facilitates a team-building event, please visit our Facilitation case studies.

Facilitation of meetings

If your meeting is likely to involve large egos, high stakes, complexity, many participants at different levels, anxieties, or low degrees of trust, then an experienced external facilitator such as Merge (who is skilled at refocusing with grace and humor) can greatly increase the likelihood of positive outcomes, ultimately saving you time, money and frustration!  Whether it’s a strategic planning session, a Board planning workshop, an association meeting, Executive team development, staff team-building, creative problem solving, or something else, Merge is skilled at creating a safe and productive meeting environment in which people are engaged, and more efficient in using their time, resulting in prudent decisions and a greater commitment to further action.  Please visit our Facilitation services section for more information.

Consulting support on people-related issues and projects

Let’s face it – there simply isn’t enough time and resources to get all those things done that you know you need to (or have to).  Sometimes, all you really need to get moving and finished is some expert external assistance.  And if it has to do with developing your leaders or capitalizing on the human potential of your people, Merge can help.  With her broad experience with over 250 different clients in a wide variety of industries, there is no doubt that she can add value to your efforts.  Perhaps you’re looking for specific insights and recommendations on how to engage your workforce; or possibly you’d benefit from an outside knowledgeable perspective on why your employees are complaining about poor communication in the annual employee survey; maybe you’d like to refine your recruitment strategy to better fit today’s demographics; or it could be that you just want a catalyst to spur your team at your annual strategic planning session.  In each of these situations (and more), Merge can give you an expert professional understanding and evaluation from an external point of view.  Visit our Consulting services for more information.

One-on-one mentoring

Sometime, even your high-potential leaders can get overwhelmed – demands and pressure from above, and unrelenting questions and problems from staff below.  At times like this, all they really need is an encouraging, supportive and confidential mentor – only on a short-term basis – just until they get back to their natural confidence and self-reliance!  As an external mentor, Merge can guide this person to think through specific issues, and determine options and consequences, while boosting confidence and motivating him/her towards positive and productive action.  If you’d like a better idea of how Merge can help, read this Mentoring case study.