We inspire leaders and empower teams TO
DO THE RIGHT THING.
At the heart of our approach is communication.
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. Invest in your professional development by working side-by-side with our team.
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.
Leadership begins with listening and learning. We know cultivating a culture of continual learning is an investment in your company’s human capital. We can help facilitate training programs that are designed for your organization and your people. We hate a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s just not how we roll.
our values drive our decisions. What do you value?
AND, do your values 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
- Building teams
- Developing 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
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
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.
CHASE's professional bio
Chase is responsible for developing and implementing all social media, publicity, and corporate events. Essential to her position is her ability to perform market research, implement differentiation strategies and craft creative business development initiatives.
Chase is also responsible for all media pitches and is a talented writer — she is often the author of the company’s regular communication to clients, stakeholders and the general public. Additionally, Chase is creative as expressed in her graphic layouts and designs. Chase also has experience interning as a Marketing Contractor with Trust Tree, a multi-platform lifestyle brand for women.
Chase is in her last year at Washington State University in the Integrated Strategic Communication degree program. She is actively involved as a leader in Young Life, she has been a Photography assistant for Natasha V Projects as well as an event planning and styling assistant for Mae & Co Creative.
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 consulting, how much will this cost?
We will always discuss the scope of work and associated fee early to ease anxiety. An investment in strategic communications and organizational development 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. “
“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.”
“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.”
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