As an organizational development consultant, Sylvie pioneers change initiatives in government, non-profit, and business sectors. Using innovative methods such as Open Space, World Café’s, Storytelling Circles, Communities of Practice, as well as traditional tools (Strategic Planning, Decision Matrix, Process Mapping, etc.). Sylvie helps organizations and teams become more effective and resilient to change. Sylvie Lapointe coaches and advises senior management to find solutions for leadership challenges.
Who am I?
Stemming from my background in psychology and sociology, I have a passion for helping individuals grow and thrive as they make meaningful contributions to their community. I come from a family of teachers and inherited a deep desire to facilitate learning. Through learning I help individuals and organizations to unlock their potential so they can flourish and evolve.
What fascinates me?
The dynamic between individuals and their organizations is a fascinating one. How do people create a niche for themselves in their organizations where they feel validated and important? How does the organization create an environment where everyone’s contribution is solicited and celebrated? How can the individuals influence the system? Change the culture? How does the system adapt to the changing times or, to the changing needs of its people and clients?
No matter how you look at it, an organization is simply a group of individuals working towards a common goal. An organization is only as strong as its employees and the relationships existing between employees. The big question is how do we achieve a Yin and Yang like balance between the head and the heart in our organizations? How can humanity happily cohabitate with the fast paced and sometimes impersonal world of business transactions?
Creating the conditions for people to flourish and grow in their organizations through training and facilitation. I like to think of it as building a bridge from the head to the heart of an organization through its people.
What am I committed too?
Organizational Development Consultant
What do I do?
If I had to describe my work in ten words or less, I would have to say that it is all about fostering opportunities for meaningful conversations leading to culture change. I am an artist at heart and I love to tell stories. I like to use metaphors to trigger honest dialogues. I believe that when a group has laughed together they are more apt to listen to each other so I inject humor in my presentations and workshops. I believe that you generate energy in groups by giving of
your own energy – so I strive to be a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”