We get you. 

Intragrain is an organization built on farm values; You earn what you have through hard work,  your word is your bond and always take care of your people.  

As a small Saskatchewan business,  those farm values have taken you far- growing from a team of three to one that now boasts thirty, a majority control over your domestic market share, and your sights set on making your technology the solution of choice for the global market. Your growth has been fast, and so has your success. It's been an amazing ride, and there is so much track left out there to ride! 

What you told us. 

From what you've told us, the success that you have enjoyed has now put you at a bit of a crossroads. The work that was necessary to initially grow your organization from a people perspective has gone from a "sometimes" thing to an everyday occurrence. With over 30 staff to manage and develop, and plans for greater expansion, you are starting to see a "split" occur between maintaining your small family-business feel and the need for organizational structure. There is a need for clearly defined mission vision and values statements that guide your people,  policies and maybe even leadership development to ensure that your company culture stays connected to those farm values that made you a success in the beginning. 

On top of that, you may also need some support in centralizing and operating the day to day part of your HR practice. So far, you've been keeping up with your HR needs with your existing office staff taking on duties off the side of their desks, but this may not be sustainable in the long run. 

It's time to start to look at your options. 

We can help with that.

We see a number of potential opportunities to work with you and your people at Intragrain, helping you develop a solid people plan that can be easily implemented today, and can grow with you as Intragrain continues to succeed in a global marketplace.

At first blush, we can see potential for us to work together to identify a number of potential opportunities for you- we can work with your team to build an organizational design that mirrors your leadership beliefs, but also gives your employees the structure in their environment that they may need for clarity purposes.

We can provide you with some foundational pieces of a solid HR process, including HR policies, employee handbooks, and support to help finalize those Mission, Vision and Values statements that you have been working on.

And finally; we can help better understand, and even run, the day to day people issues (if this is what you want) so we can provide you with a clearer understanding of what your resource burn currently is on these practices, and whether or not they warrant a dedicated resource. Again, as we said in our meeting with you - we can provide you with the support ourselves, or even help you hire that first HR Generalist to support Intragrain long-term.  

About us.

We're a small boutique leadership firm. You're welcome! ;-)

Our belief is that there is no single solution or model that can be used to solve every issue. One size does not fit all; one size fits one.

We leverage the strengths of each of our partners to work with our clients using small teams that allow our approach to be extremely adaptive and customizable to the needs of the people we are seeking to serve. We involve our clients as partners in the process from day one, helping us truly understand their business. We believe in an individualized, person-centered approach that puts people at the center of our design, and helps transform our client’s organization.

working with a boutique local firm like the guys at Affective Consulting offered better personal customer service, easy accessibility and an opportunity to meet and know the people behind the service.
— Janson Anderson, Director- SaskPower

Our design approach includes a strong focus on follow-up. We believe that one of the greatest areas where consultants fall down is the traditional practice of moving on before the desired outcome has been achieved. The boutique approach we have taken, is to build-in a small amount of post-development consulting time, so that we can ensure that what we have intended to deliver hits the mark and stays on track.

Through the use of this approach, we begin to establish organizational trust, understanding and the belief that everyone truly matters within the design of the business.

Our approach to HR outsourcing and consulting. 

We believe that the best person to run your organizations People Program is you. 

Most HR consultants seek out operational control and ask for the power to develop programs and approaches to organizational design so that they can build the systems they want to implement, not necessarily the systems that you need. 

We just don't roll that way. 

We want you to keep the keys to your business- we just want to help you steer. Our belief that the best person to implement your people plans is you - the one who has put your blood, sweat and tears into building your business, and we can help set you up for success.

Through our Free Agent offiering, we provide small to  medium sized business owners an opportunity to build the foundation of their People Plans, with the support you need to better understand HR practices so that you can confidently speak to and support them with your people. Your People Plans should be an extension of your values and beliefs as an organization, not a list of regulations that make the lives of your leaders and your people miserable.

Free Agent allows you to tap into the expertise of our team, providing you strategic, operational and organizational design that can not only pick up the ball and take over your existing HR practices, but build the foundation of a full People Plan that will set the organization's foundation for the future. We can help you establish the direction for your people practices so that you can effortlessly continue with them long after we have left.  

Our approach towards team building and self-awareness. 

I absolutely loved this session. It was nice to see that I’m not the only fact-finding nerd in the group! The session was kept interesting and engaging. I would have been happy with it lasting a full day. It was that enjoyable. Thank you for giving me this insight into myself and my colleagues. It was a very valuable experience and I look forward to the next one.
— A recent Kolbe Teambuilding Session Attendee

We believe that teams who are self-aware are more engaged, and therefore more productive. 

Team self-awareness brings a greater understanding of individual strengths and abilities, and shifts the way that we think about each other. As teams, we begin to see our colleagues not for the position that they hold, but the value they bring. Team awareness starts with self-awareness, and the understanding of your personal strengths is something that can be valued when a collaborative and inclusive team approach is in place.

We believe that a greater awareness of not only who we are, but why we do what we do is essential to the development of high-potential teams - so much so that it has become a cornerstone belief of our leadership philosophy.

We have sought out the only evaluation tool in the world that measures the conative part of your brain- the part of your brain that controls your instincts and drives individual actions. Our team has become subject matter experts in the field of conative strength, delivering over 1,700 assessments in organizations just like yours. 

Through the use of Kolbe assessments (called a Kolbe A™ Index ) and decades of professional coaching and recruitment experience, Affective Consulting can assist your organization's employees better understand what drives them, and how they can best position themselves for personal and professional success. 

The use of the Kolbe B™ Index measures an individual's perception of their own job responsibilities. Comparing the Kolbe A™ with the Kolbe B results helps job holders recognize when they are trying to perform contrary to their natural strengths and abilities.

Finally, a Kolbe C™ Index result is designed to identify the characteristics necessary to function in a specific job. Unlike the Kolbe A™ or Kolbe B™, this form is filled out by the supervisor and defines his or her functional job expectations. Comparing Kolbe A to Kolbe C results identifies when job related stress is caused by impossible demands.

Through fun, interactive and always positive team interpretations, called Kolbe Teamsuccess® Seminars, Affective consultants can bring an understanding of individual results, team dynamics, share personal stories and real life examples of how you perform better as a team when you better understand your instincts, and we leave behind practical, customized strategies to keep the momentum going.  

Our Sales Pitch. 

We are pleased to offer you several options for you to consider as a solution to your team's needs. We understand that budgetary restraints can also play a significant part in employee and team development planning, so we have developed a few different options for you to evaluate. 

All of our contracts include 5 hours of consulting services at no charge to the client, which we traditionally use to conduct an initial consult and post session follow up to ensure that we have achieved the desired outcome with our partners. 

 

Option 1                                              The Cadillac Escalade                Investment: $12,500+GST

We've given you an option that provides you comfort and functionality. So sit back and enjoy the heated seats and sunroof.....

This offering combines a People Plan Evaluation as well as a facilitated Kolbe team building exercise that brings your team closer together, and also allows us to better understand your team from the inside out. The combination of these two activities gives us the ability to interact with your team in their natural work environment and gain a greater understanding of the corporate culture in a non-threatening way, while also providing your team with a development opportunity. 

Here's the two offerings: 

People Plan Evaluation                                                                                                                                                 $5,500+GST 

Kevan, Cory and Scott will work with you and your team responsible for Intragrain's people processes and practices to complete a deep dive into what practices and policies exist within the organization and gain a better understanding of the resource burn currently dedicated to achieving it. 

Between the three of us, we will review your big picture strategies, your programs and activities and the systems that are supporting them to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that exist for the current state as well as in the future. From soup to nuts, we'll cover all the bases and gain a greater understanding of what you have, and what you need. 

Upon the completion of our evaluation, we will hand deliver a written report outlining our findings and what we feel may be the best approach to move Intragrain forward for the future. We will also include how we may be able to help get you there through our Free Agent offering. 

Estimated time of completion: TBD

 

KOLBE Team Building Session                                                                                                                                        $7,000+GST

Individual Assessment                                                                                                                 30 team members @ $150/ assessment - $4,500+ GST

Each member of your team will complete a Kolbe A assessment, measuring their instinctual skill and strength, giving each of them valuable insight into their beliefs of the conative strengths required to perform their current roles as they see them. 

Estimated time of completion: TBD 

Kolbe Team Success Session (3 hours)                                                                                                                                                              $2,500 + GST

Through fun, interactive and always positive team interpretations, called Kolbe Teamsuccess® Seminars, Affective consultants can bring an understanding of individual results, team dynamics, share personal stories and real life examples of how you perform better as a team when you better understand your instincts, and we leave behind practical, customized strategies to keep the momentum going.  

Estimated time of completion- TBD

 

Option 2:                                                  The Toyota Corolla                  Investment: $5,500+ GST

We've stripped down the proposal to keep things a little more basic. 

We'll focus purely on the identification of your current people practices, working with key Intragrain staff who have an accountability for day to day activities, and reviewing all internal policies and programs as well. This process will give us the understanding that we need to develop a detailed evaluation and possible strategy for the way forward. 

As in Option 1, we will hand deliver a written proposal outlining our findings as well as identify any opportunities that we may be able to help you and your team with moving ahead. 

Option 3:                                                   The Uber                                               A la Carte Services

Not quite sure you want to make a commitment? That's cool. For now we'll just keep things strictly plutonic. 

We take great pride in building solutions that meet the needs of our clients. As such, we are also able to work with you to develop a unique package of services that you may feel may better suit your needs and budget than what we have provided above. 

Listed below is what we traditionally charge for A la Carte service, but we are more than happy to work with you to create a package of offerings that may also be available to you for a reduced rate. 

TEAM BUILDING SERVICES

Individual Team Member Assessments   (Kolbe A and B)                             $225/ Team Member

Kolbe C Positional Assessment                                                                       $150/ Position

Leadership Dynamics Evaluation for Leaders                                                $2,500

Facilitated Team Building Session (20 ppl max)                                            $1,500

 

GENERAL CONSULTING SERVICES

General Consulting Services                                                                           $250/ hr.

Administrative Services                                                                                   $150/ hr.

 

RECRUITMENT SERVICES

Initial consult                                                                                                      $500

Candidate Assessment                                                                                     $125/ Candidate

Candidate Evaluation                                                                                     $250/ hr.

Competition Debrief                                                                                       $500

Customized Interview Guides and recruitment services                             $250 - 500/ hr.

So, what do you think? 

I had the opportunity to share with the Affective team what my goals were for this engagement. They listened and were attentive to understanding my needs.
— Kevin Harris, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Foster Families Association
As always, we are open to your feedback and any comments or concerns that you might have. We want to find a solution for you that helps you and your team achieve your goals, and we are thankful for the opportunity to help you meet those goals. 

If you see something that you like, fantastic. Send us a note or give us a call and we can create a contract and timeline to get the ball rolling for you as soon as possible.

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