Change as a Service

NOBL helps leaders make change. We train organizations to embrace new attitudes and adopt new behaviors, creating new market opportunities and cultural conditions.
 
 
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What We Offer

 
  1. Embedded Change
    "I need widespread organizational change, and I want it as quickly as possible."
  2. Offsite Design and Facilitation
    "I’m taking my team or department offsite to focus on our work and how we approach it."
  3. Training Programs
    "I want to level-up the skills of my people when it comes to leadership, change, and innovation."
 

 
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Embedded Change

 

When you need meaningful change and you need it now, we embed a team of 4-6 in your offices. We deliver change on an hourly basis by attending your meetings, participating in your processes, and measuring the impacts of your teams. 

“NOBL introduced clever insights and fearless ways of working to our team, boosting our creativity, communication, and overall performance as a brand marketing group.”
— Melisa Goldie, CMO at Calvin Klein, Inc.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Discover. First, we define the vision for change with your executives and identify the internal barriers for that vision.
  2. Align. We share our findings with your teams to raise their consciousness of the changes needed and gather their suggestions for new ways of approaching work.
  3. Trial. We coach a suite of teams trialing new ways of working together. Some will succeed and some won't. None of these experiments will be large enough or severe enough to threaten the health of the entire business.
  4. Codify. We define what has worked and what hasn't. This becomes your organization's unique way of working that is explicitly written down to better on-board new employees and manage existing employees.
  5. Habituate. We drive adoption of your new ways of working and identify any unintended consequences across your teams.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Our embedded teams typically need 5-8 months onsite to produce repeatable external results, but our timeline depends on the size of your organization and your internal barriers to change.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Consider this option seriously. Your first instinct might be that you can enact change on your own, but trust us that organizational change programs need all the help they can get. As outsiders, we often wield more leverage than internal change agents.
  2. Embrace the uncertain and uncomfortable. As a leader, change programs demand frequent uncomfortable conversations and new skills to succeed. Our fastest, most impactful engagements have been with leaders willing to their admit their failings, embrace new ways of working, and communicate openly with their teams.
 

 
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Offsite Design & Facilitation

When you need to align your team's goals, improve how you work together, and look to the future, our team designs and facilitates the conversation.

"Your ability to bring a group of senior leaders together and get them to focus is very impressive. I know personally I sometimes can dread days like this, but you have built a program that understands the needs and challenges of teams and brings actionable and meaningful next steps from them."
— Michael Law, EVP Managing Director, Amplifi US, Dentsu Aegis Network

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. First, we define your ambitions based on your desired outcomes and internal barriers.
  2. Next, we interview a subset of your team/department/organization.
  3. Then, we develop an agenda for your review.
  4. We facilitate that agenda.
  5. Lastly, we report out on what happened and what we saw as outsiders.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Give us 4-6 weeks and we can make your next offsite the best offsite you’ve ever had.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Reserve 2-3 times per year for taking your team offsite. Ask us about an offsite retainer to make it more affordable.
  2. Reserve at least a full day for each offsite. Often, we suggest 1.5 days for full reflection and planning for the future.
  3. Start planning for each offsite at least eight weeks out. Save the date but also save the time to interview key stakeholders and adapt your plans.
  4. Create some distance. Get out of the office and create a safe space for debate and dissent.
 

 
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Training Programs

We design and deliver training programs that help leaders manage teams and respond to changing external environments.

“I felt as though NOBL was a part of our company, rather than a presenter tasked with ‘teaching’ our team about management.”
— Michael Nolan, Director of Agency Operations at M&C Saatchi Mobile

 

WHAT IS IT?

We design and deliver training programs that help leaders manage teams and respond to changing external environments.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. We define the audience by skillset and seniority.
  2. We interview a subset of that audience to assess their capabilities and deficiencies.
  3. Then, we tailor a program for your audience(s).
  4. Lastly, we deliver our training programs along with shareable training materials.
  5. We offer our observations.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Some of our programs can be delivered off the shelf with only a few days notice. However, our highest-rated programs have been the result of customization which required 3-4 weeks.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Group your learners by their teams or shared outputs, rather than their internal ranks or when they were hired. We find teams are more interested in new skills when they can be tailored to their specific work outcomes.
  2. Don't skip the pre-work. Yes, there are plenty of learning providers that offer cheap training programs, but those programs are un-tailored and non-specific to your teams. 
  3. Be sure to communicate the barriers of new ways of working to your executives. If you teach a mid-level leader a new skill and they express a barrier to exercising that skill, do communicate that barrier rather than ignoring it.
 

 

Our Experience

 

Our expertise is based on people, rather than industry or even geography.

Since NOBL’s inception, we have supported clients across almost every industry: automotive, college prep, consumer packaged goods, ecommerce, education, entertainment, fashion, food/dining, health insurance, higher education, luxury goods, oil & gas, online dating, pharma, social media, technology, and more.

We've supported clients across the globe, including the United States (New York, California, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, and Florida), Canada, Spain, Peru, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, and Australia. With every month, we expand our reach in pursuit of literally changing how the world works.

 
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