Executive Services


Executive Services


Fine-tune your ability to communicate and work together as an executive team. Uncover and understand the real sources of interpersonal conflicts, and recognize how to resolve them. Learn how decision-making systems differ, and why those differences are essential to success. Define the best practices for effectively interacting with other members of senior management. The end result is your senior management team will be less distracted by interpersonal differences, better able to focus on the real issues affecting your business and capable of providing clear focused direction for the organization.

We had never before experiences the power we now generate as a cohesive leadership team. Thanks to Newton Learning for their help in bringing out the best in us.
— Kathy Dotson, Stanford Health Services


Articulate your vision and values and put them into action. Values are a set of deeply held beliefs that govern and guide our behavior in our relationships with customers and team members. Forming shared values causes people to build trust with each other and the organization and be more willing to take risks, explore alternatives, learn and grow. We will conduct a values distillation process and a visioning process that allows all senior manager team members to contribute and buy-in. These processes will illuminate the underlying principles and values that will guide you and your organization as you strive to fulfill your vision for the future.

Develop effective strategic plans for meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Our process for strategic planning is activity based, solid in it's own foundation and designed to teach you to become more strategic day in and day out. This process is designed to tease apart the team's 3-5 primary goals, identify corresponding objectives and establish accountability for each. The process will assist you in:

  • Creating an action plan that identifies core drivers and areas for improvement.
  • Integrating that plan with the overall vision and goals of the organization.
  • Developing a plan for creating buy-in at all levels of the organization.
  • Creating systems of communication and follow-up, which insure long lasting results.
Newton Learning helped us realize what we knew but were unwilling to admit, that we had a mature business in decline. They helped us identify our options and opportunities so that we could decide our future direction. we couldn’t have done it without them.
— Paul Pickard, CEO, National Pen


Properly planned and implemented, retreats are far more than a mere respite from the daily work world. They offer opportunities to establish new relationships, examine assumptions and processes, and explore creative possibilities in a reduced-risk structure. An executive retreat includes several elements - fun, relaxation, learning, strategic planning, team-building, personal development, and renewal - to name a few. A well-designed retreat can make a significant impact on both the executive team and their organization by acting as a catalyst for positive change.

I came back ready to take my place as a leader in the Forest Service
— Becky Nelson, USDA Forest Service


Designed to help those in leadership positions achieve their full potential, this program will assist you to develop your ability to mobilize, inspire, challenge and lead others. Join us for an exciting and challenging journey of self-exploration and development, which will dramatically expand your range and effectiveness as a leader.

  • Learn to be "a non-anxious presence in an anxious environment". 
  • Learn how to take a stand in the face of strong resistance and still remain connected. 
  • Dramatically increase your ability to influence and guide others to create greater results.
  • Develop the ability to consciously control and focus your "state of being" and "presence of mind”.
Visionary Leadership was an outstanding assessment and development experience for me. It helped me discover effective tools to be a non-anxious presence in an anxious environment. I also learned concepts that enhanced my understanding of myself and my leadership capabilities.
— Richard Carr, President and CEO, TEC Worldwide

Organizational Development

Organizational Development

Creating Intentional Cultures

The purpose of a company wide initiative such as this is to identify the traits of a successful culture in your industry that is strategically positioned for the future, and then to design and implement a strategy for building and sustaining that intentional culture. We will begin by focusing our research on your industry in order to lead the management team through an exercise to understand the trends of the industry as it relates to culture and the professional development of the workforce. We will then assess your current culture and the issues you face.

The assessments will cover the following areas:

  • Organizational Culture
  • Management and Leadership Effectiveness
  • HR policies and procedures
  • Individual Effectiveness
  • Team Effectiveness

This will provide a means to benchmark key indicators including employee morale, retention, productivity and others most vital to your business. This will position us to agree upon the characteristics of the desired intentional culture and build an implementation plan. We will guide the senior management team through a transition management process so that they may lead and manage the transition to a new intentional culture.

Your help in our effort to build and intentional culture is paying off big time. We are seeing opened lines of direct, honest communication; definite improvement in productivity [individually and in teams]; and a clear understanding of accountability.
— Rich Everett, Human Resources,

Building High Performance Teams

Clarify the roles, responsibilities and position of teams within the organization, from the Executive Team to functional/department teams to cross-functional/project teams and dramatically improve their performance. Cultivate a foundation of the common values of trust, respect, acceptance, and personal accountability. Develop the skills of clear effective communication, fact based team problem solving, and complex team decision making. Create a forum for honest communication, systemic perspectives and break through thinking.  

It has been 6 months since our training and our team is still setting production records. What a difference taking the time to develop our team skills has made. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Danette Willingham, IJBU, Production Supervisor, Hewlett Packard Company

Transforming HR into HRD

We will assign our HRD expert to consult with, and train as necessary, your HR department for the purposes of reviewing and evaluating Human Resource activities and suggesting improvements. Efforts will focus on organizational alignment, performance management and team member development.

Consulting topics include:

  • Internally marketing the intentional culture initiative 
  • Review of existing HR policies
  • Creation/update of the employee manual
  • Creation of an employee development process
  • Aligning HR policies with initiative goals, principles and values
  • Creating new HR processes for reinforcement of new skills and paradigms

Upon completion of this set of consulting activities, your organization will have aligned its employee policies and processes with the demands of its new culture and completed the initial stages of an Employee Development process. The projected result of these activities should create a stronger bond between corporate goals and employee actions, which should increase the effectiveness of all employees.

Michael Chick’s experience and perspective was key to out efforts to transform our HR function to one that is dar more effective, flexible and in alignment with our new culture.
— Rich Everett, HRD Director, Dura Pharmaceutical.

Values in Action

Bringing your company values to life. We will design new employee orientation programs, train-the-trainer programs, specialized curriculum, human resource campaigns and company-wide events that help employees understand how to live your company values in daily behavior. When values are expressed in action, policy, projects and results they become more than words; they become the foundation of your company's heart and soul.

Michael Saul helped us bring one of our corporate values, “Success through relentless improvement” to life. His design of relevant curriculum and consultations on an internal process for process improvement created a tangible way for our people to live this value.
— John Vilestrata HRD Garden Fresh Corporation.

Employee Development

Newton Learning compliments its work within organizations by offering regularly scheduled development programs for individual participation. These programs assist people to make significant performance improvements.  Participants develop a deep understanding of accountability, dramatically improve their relationship skills, and become more inspired, creative, and motivated. Whether its learning to be a masterful facilitator, a visionary leader or an effective team player, we are sure to have a solution for your individual employee needs. 

I went back to the office thinking about what you had told us. I knew what I had to do. I sought out a coworker with which I have a lot of baggage and explained why there had been so much friction between us in the past. we had an amazing experience and we’re buds now. Thank you.
— David Paulin, USDA Forest Service.