ADVICE & CONSULTING
Guidance and Advice
SOLS consultants are skilled at providing timely and relevant professional guidance and advice to library CEOs, managers, and board members. They support the library’s problem solving and decision making in a manner that incorporates both creative and critical thinking, and raises awareness of possible short-term and long-term consequences. When providing guidance and advice, SOLS consultants strive to:
- build capacity for making good decisions by sharing guiding principles, current management/governance thinking, and frameworks for effective problem solving
- coach people in the decision-making process in a way that is helpful and supportive
- ask questions that help expand thinking and identify considerations
- make meaningful connections between those responsible for making decisions and others who have faced similar situations.
SOLS consultants work at empowering library leaders to become strategic and political in their analysis of situations and to make decisions that are in the best interest of the library and the community.
They are adept at designing and facilitating successful meetings and networking opportunities, and have a good understanding of group dynamics and how to design for participation, engagement and resolution.