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Proudly in our 28th year

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The Davison Group has been working with organizations of all types since 1988. We focus on transforming organizational performance first by analyzing, then making recommendations, then coaching clients through an incremental, layer-by-layer process that, over time, has the power to raise the performance bar organization-wide.

If we were asked to identify the most critical factors that determine the success of an organizational transformation initiative, it would certainly be buy-in, commitment, and skillful stewardship at the top. If leadership at the top pays only lip service, without true commitment or expectation, then lip service will prevail in the other layers of the organization; and little will change. If the expectation is set at the top that commitment will be authentic and persuasive, that those other layers will be infused with authentic buy-in and follow-through, with new modes of working respected and maintained, then change is likely to be palpable.

But organizational transformation is not the sole responsibility of one individual at the top. Nor can the responsibility rest in the well-intentioned desire of one manager, without the strong institutional backing and resolve at the top that an effective internal champion requires.

As we guide our clients through an organizational transformation initiative, it is common to discover deficiencies in leadership skills in many organizational layers. Our business process reviews often reveal flags that some in leadership positions are insufficiently trained to think and act strategically, with the mission as their guidepost; to manage projects and people with objectivity, fairness, and consistency; or to develop and apply the building blocks of a high-functioning unit or department, such as substantive leadership meetings, job descriptions, or policies and procedures. These are just a few of the factors that influence the quality and productivity of the work environment. At the worst, such deficiencies can create a leadership vacuum that seriously impedes performance and becomes institutionalized in the organizational culture. Often, they are simply the result of situations where good employees, competent at managing tasks, ascend to leadership positions and either lack the knowledge or skills to lead effectively or perhaps are not the right technical “fit” for the position.

From a more tactical standpoint, our one-on-one, on-site work allows us to go beneath the surface to unlock the process knowledge. This is where inefficiencies, misconceptions, duplicative or even archaic patterns, and outdated or misplaced priorities are typically found, and where we begin to discover the concrete opportunities for organizational change.

In a turbulent external environment, effective, authentic leaders display the courage to use that turbulence as a springboard to strategize and transform the way their organizations do business. Recalibrating the mission, reinventing business processes, developing next-generation leaders, and breaking down long-standing barriers are the tools they use to make all employees feel ownership not only in their own success, but in the success of their colleagues as well. Ultimately, that commitment and determination will purge dysfunction from the work environment and raise the organizational bar. And that is the accomplishment that we continue to help our clients across Pennsylvania to achieve.

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Since 1988, we have worked on site, one-on-one, to go beneath the surface—to gather and analyze data and unlock the process knowledge at every organizational level. This is where inefficiencies, misconceptions, duplicative or even archaic patterns, and outdated or misplaced priorities are typically found, and where we begin to discover the opportunities for organizational change.
RECENT DAVISON GROUP ENGAGEMENTS
Business Process Reviews
Lawrence County PA Adult Probation and Parole Office
Diocese of Scranton - Catholic Social Services
Westmoreland County Adult Probation and Parole Office

Leadership Development
Adams County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Section
Administrative Office of PA Courts
Lawrence County PA Adult Probation and Parole Office
Westmoreland County Adult Probation and Parole Office

Mission Development
Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton
Lawrence County PA Adult Probation and Parole Office

Organizational Capacity Building and Board Development
Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton
Lackawanna County PA Department of Human Services

Succession Planning/Leadership Transition
Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton
Westmoreland County PA Adult Probation and Parole Office

The Davison Group is especially proud to have completed multiple projects for over two thirds of its clients, and to have had engagements in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

View our court and criminal justice engagements

Post Office Box 1398 Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Phone: 717-649-5104