Summary and focus:
Michael Tate brings change and focus to stalled organizations needing new energy. He directs Tate-Francesca Company, since 1990, prior to which he was a partner and senior in two major consulting
firms, and a manager and policy analyst in government.
managing and implementing change for clients, he works with presidents, Boards, senior executives and working staff.
Core client base: industry and professional associations.
His leadership and management skills include consensus building, project/program management, strategic
planning, organizational development, evaluating alternatives, change implementation.
Balance between “get it done” and “get it accepted” is key in many groups; acceptance by
staff and customers/constituents is key to long-term effectiveness. His clients will attest to his sound judgment on balancing
pace, pressure, and performance outcomes.
- Discarding “same old, same old”
thinking; defining new practices, services and systems.
structural and cultural aspects for organizations to reflect clear mission and vision.
- Knowing institutions respond to external needs, but are limited by uncertain staff direction.
Tate has prompted sharper focus, improved cooperation, revision of strategic direction,
analysis of new business models, and enhanced member service – with and for varied clients.
Change management philosophy: collaborative, analytic, disciplined, and accountable.
- Managing and supporting change requires governance, management, staff and constituents
to work in concert.
- Leadership, communications, analytic skills,
and adaptability are essential.
- Consensus is found in active listening,
clarifying needs, and tenacity. More orchestration than command and control, effective change rests on defining mutual values
and exploring shared vision.
Client participants are typically
the Boards, CEOs, staff and constituents.
- Planned change recognizes
market realities and identifies creative opportunities.
change puts a premium on knowledge of strengths and weaknesses, and intelligent response.
- Openness to new ideas, challenges to assumptions, and ability to find potential for order in chaos:
all these contribute to a team with synergy, trust, accountability and attention to results.
Tate has long and successful experience with change management. He is a skilled facilitator, a creative
problem solver, and an effective writer and speaker.
Across a broad
client range, he has aided analysis and advocacy, learning new areas quickly through immersion and focused interest.