We inspire leaders and empower teams TO
DO THE RIGHT THING.
no matter what.
We are communicators at our core. We know effective communication begins with a strategy and a commitment to listening. We can help you tell your story to be heard within your team, your partnership and beyond. We love to facilitate meaningful conversations while engaging stakeholders. Let us help you share your story.
Being a leader isn’t always easy, neither is knowing when you are doing the right thing. We can provide the tools to meet your challenges in this rapidly evolving work climate. We know cultivating a culture of continual learning is an investment in your company’s human capital.
Building trust among work groups to maximize collaboration is a key element in building successful teams. As organizations change so does the makeup of today’s work groups, making it even more important that team dynamics are thoughtfully constructed and allowed to evolve dynamically.
From time to time, we all need a champion in our corner. We may need someone to listen and to offer objective insight. We strengthen leaders by listening and learning as you set the course that is right for you. Invest in your professional development by working side-by-side with our team.
Do you know what your leadership values are?
AND, do they align with those of other leaders in your organization?
You should be. And we can help you find out.
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Your leaders deserve more
We believe all leaders have the potential to forge new paths by doing the right thing. They just need the right tools.
what we do best:
- aligning values and culture
- Facilitating Partnering Agreements
- multi-generational leadership
- Developing emerging leaders
We know companies with a higher purpose who have invested in their leaders are more profitable than those that put profit above people thinking only about the bottom line.
Using the Whole Brain® strategy as a tool, we assist in developing strategic and empathetic leaders as well as value driven teams.
Plan for a better Future
“We need moral, effective leadership, collaborating and communicating across boundaries – business, non-profit and political leaders all have a role to play.”
– David Gergen – Prof & Co-Director Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Gov’t
According to forbes, 82% of people don’t trust their boss to tell the truth
According to Harvard Business, Showing integrity was among the highest rated critical capabilities for leadership
who we are
Founder, Partner of PointNorth
“I believe leadership is something special. When you are a good leader you are empathetic, ethical, unselfish, approachable and you are willing to take new ideas for a test drive. This may sound like a superhero but it doesn’t really require super talents. It does however, require the desire and courage to listen, learn and unselfishly teach what you have learned, then you may truly lead. With the proper tools, mentorship and listening skills anyone can become a good leader.
At the core of leadership is ethics. Ethics can assist you in doing the “right thing”. There are certainly other filters that are important to doing the right thing such as experience, knowledge and good listening skills. It is important for potential leaders to note that without followers that share your vision and culture, there is no leadership!”
al's professional bio
Al Schauer has over fifty years of leadership experience working in the public and private sector. Al began his leadership career serving our country with the U.S. Navy Seabees. His service included the responsibility of leading Seabees and Marines off the coast of North Korea to I CORP, Vietnam. After his military service Al led an engineering team at the City of Hayward, CA reviewing engineering designs for the growth industry and representing the Public Works division to City Council. Al transitioned to the private sector in CA working for MacKay & Somps and then being recruited to serve as the Office Manager for the firm in Vancouver, WA. After the firm changed ownership to MacKay Sposito, Al soon became a partner and the Senior Vice President. He provided engineering, surveying and human resource leadership in this capacity for almost 30 years before becoming the President and CEO. Al retired in 2011 and soon established PointNorth Consulting, performing as a leadership Mentor and Coach to individuals, WSU students and organizations.
Al has been an advocate for sustainability initiatives and a champion for responsible growth. He has served in leadership roles locally, regionally and nationally. Today, Al is the Board Chair of Columbia Credit Union, a $1.2 billion dollar financial institution, he gives his time to causes such as the Salvation Army and Washington State University, Vancouver’s Business Mentoring Program.
Al’s educational background includes academic studies in both engineering and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, Portland State University and Washington State University.
President of PointNorth
“I believe everyone has the potential to lead regardless of their position or their title. In order to lead, leaders must also have followers. The role of followers is significant. Our work focuses on how to support organizations cultivate ethical leaders and courageous followers.
The complexities of a global environment, an increase in toxic leadership, a lack of integrity and a mistrust of supervisors makes ethical leadership even more critical. Leaders and followers must develop the tools to withstand the organizational demands and changes they are faced with today.
To support leaders in motivating others to commit to a common purpose and doing the right thing, no matter what is an honor and privilege.”
lisa's professional bio
Lisa Schauer envisioned a life in politics believing elected office was the primary way to serve her community. She has learned there are many ways to serve as an effective community leader. Lisa has worked in government, private industry and not-for-profit organizations. A perpetual student, Lisa’s thirst for learning and leadership led her to Washington D.C. where she worked for the Secretary of Interior in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She returned to the Pacific Northwest as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Clark County chapter of the Homebuilder’s Association of Washington. Before her departure, her role expanded to include Community Affairs.
Lisa was recruited to join the management team of a regional engineering and construction management firm to launch a business development and marketing program with an emphasis on local government sales. Lisa was asked to join the partnership group where she possessed over 20% ownership, was the first female Partner and the first female Board Director. During her tenure, Lisa contributed to tripling the staff size (50-160 employees) and revenue ($5M – $18M). She also led many of the firm’s largest business development efforts ranging from $50k to $75M contracts. Lisa held roles as Vice President, Business Development; Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before she left the company to re-launch PointNorth with her husband, Al.
Lisa was appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to serve as a Regent for Washington State University. Lisa is the Past-President and current Board Director for the Children’s Center and Co-Founder of H-RoC, a non-partisan Political Action Committee formed to advance women leaders in Southwest Washington. Lisa teaches strategic and crisis communication at Portland State University.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from George Washington University. Lisa is a certified Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) facilitator and is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) by the Society of Marketing Professional Services.
What Types of Businesses Do you Work With?
We like to work with small to medium sized for-profit or non-profit organizations. We aren’t afraid of family owned businesses or complex corporate structures.
We don’t have a budget for leadership consulting, how much will this cost?
We will always discuss the scope of work and associated fee early to ease anxiety. An investment in leadership consulting is an investment in your organization.
We need solutions today. How long will this take?
Much of the schedule will depend on your availability and willingness to roll up your sleeves and be part of the solution. Once we have agreed on the work to be done, we will set up an agreed upon schedule before we get started.
Not everyone in our organization is onboard with hiring a leadership consultant. Does organizational buy-in matter?
Of course it does but we can help. We have a step by step process for engaging stakeholders in evolving organizational culture with an emphasis on ethical leadership.
Doing the right thing may mean something different to each of us. Will you be lecturing us?
We promise not to lecture. Our approach is fact and research-based. We work with each individual organization and leader to determine and deploy exactly what this means for you and your business.
What if a conflict of interest arises?
Conflicts do surface occasionally. Every engagement with PointNorth is confidential. We have found the best way to resolve conflicts is to talk about them as soon as they are discovered. We will work with you to find a solution that feels right.
“Educational Opportunities for Children and Families provides early learning services to over 1100 children in Southwest Washington and has approximately 300 employees. When EOCF began the strategic planning process with PointNorth, it was clear to me why they came so highly recommended. Lisa and Nancy went above and beyond a typical text book approach, they used community based participatory methods and included varied information gathering techniques and strategizing with our board, leadership team, all staff, our community, and most importantly our families (customers). PointNorth has been a true asset to my agency. “Rekah Strong
“With the HBDI assessment, in conjunction with Al and Lisa’s data analysis, our Executive team learned valuable insight in areas that we need to focus on as we move forward. The process also doubled as an impactful team building experience. It has been 7 weeks since we completed the assessment and, daily as a team, we still are talking about what we learned. Bottom line, what we learned will help us deliver results and was worth the time commitment.”Dena Strong
“I have taken many leadership assessments over my 25 plus years of executive experience working in higher education, and this is the first time the results of an exercise have rung true with me. In other words, the results were consistent with what my gut tells me are the stronger aspects of my leadership abilities and those that need to be complimented or further developed. I also greatly appreciated the comparative results between me and my immediate supervisor allowing us to see how we can better balance-out each other based on our respective leadership abilities. Completing the exercise was time well spent – and I’m still thinking about the findings almost every day since receiving them.”Joel Munson
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