WHO WE ARE
Working with our clients to build on existing strengths, we develop a set of recommendations that are practical, sustainable, strategic and grounded in the characteristics that make each organization distinctive and successful. Having access to a group of experienced advisers and associates allows us to build a skilled team tailored to address individual needs and provide insight that allows our clients to achieve their vision of success.
Strategic Steps President
Ian lives in the space between appointed or elected officials and organizations’ managers.
Since 2000, Ian has worked on governance and structural reviews, strategy development and implementation, and orientations or refreshers for boards of directors and elected officials. He has done this both as an employee of government and as a business adviser in the private sector, working for himself and others.
As a nationally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC) his areas of interest include local government, libraries, post-secondary education, health, non-profit organizations and community safety.
Strategic Steps Senior Associate
Kelly has extensive experience pushing the boundaries of strategic planning and building alignment with organizational functions. As a public servant, Kelly embraces a passion for people, community and all the potential there is when it all comes together.
When Kelly was acting as the Director of Corporate Planning in 2017, Strathcona County received a CAMA (Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators) award for the implementation of Priority Based Budgeting (PBB).
Drawing inspiration from PBB and receiving an endorsement from its founder, Kelly uses it as a foundation to support municipalities and non-profit organizations through an innovative strategic planning process.
STRATEGIC STEPS HELPS YOU IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES AND OVERCOME CHALLENGES.
When thinking about the current climate of your organization, have you considered the following factors? These are crucial in ensuring you are on the right path to achieve your vision and grow to your full potential.
How does your front line work help you achieve your vision?
What does ‘success’ look like a generation from now?
How does your organization respond to issues in a consistent manner that reflects your values?
How is success measured?
How well do you understand the needs of your stakeholders, clients and/or employees?
Do you have policies and procedures in place that are well understood and being utilized consistently and effectively?
Are council and staff on the same page from day one in terms of understanding the rules and vision of the organization?
When was the last time you checked to ensure your organization was poised for success?
Walking with our clients to cultivate good governance together.
Strategic Steps is an organization rooted in integrity, expertise, and diligence.
We are trusted by our clients to provide independence, a diverse skill set and capacity where it is needed most, helping our clients achieve their own visions of success.
Providing fact-based decision making free of preconceptions.
Finding unique solutions to complex problems.
Listening, respecting and choosing honesty in our commitments.
Sharing what we learn for the benefit of all.
For any organization to run as well as possible, there must be a clear understanding of the role of the governors and the role of the managers. Strategic Steps’ focus on the principles of good governance is woven into each of these offerings. Give your organization the best chance of success by getting and keeping everyone pointed in the right direction.
Council or Board Orientations
Council Mid-Term Refreshers
There is always more work to do than there are resources available to do that work. Various tools can be used to ensure that your organization is making the best use of those limited resources, and that it is checking in with those people who rely on your organization to provide necessary services and programs in the most efficient way.
Priority Based Budgeting
Policy and Bylaw Creation and Updating
Management Capacity Building
Over the years, we have seen hundreds of organizations in operation and learned along the way about how best to meet expectations. We believe it is part of our responsibility to set organizations up for success by sharing what we have learned, and by empowering current and future leaders to be the best they can be.
Pre-Election Candidate Workshops
Organizational Leadership Training
"Ian McCormack is a first-rate management consultant who I have had the privilege of working with on a recent engagement. He has a consultant’s mind and a professional’s work ethic. His character means that he can be counted on to do what is right and to tackle very difficult assignments."