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We help people work together more effectively.

Increased productivity     Improved working relationships 

Enhanced individual well-being.

We know how you feel -- stuck.

Maybe you've tried everything. Or maybe you don't even know where to start. It's OK. We get it. People are hard! We know it's easy to have good working relationships when things are going well. But when times are tough, it gets messy. 

It's OK. We've got a way to help you break through the unproductive habits that cause people at work to get stuck. We get them unstuck.

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Don't worry. We've got your back.

It's frustrating. And overwhelming. But it's probably not anything we haven't seen before.
Fortunately, it's really easy to see if -- and how -- we can help.

What makes our approach so effective?

We transform the relationships people have at work. 

The services we offer are infused with the values and assumptions of mutual learning, a research-based approach developed by Roger Schwarz of Roger Schwarz & Associates. Mutual learning is the "antidote" to unilateral control, a default mindset people naturally revert to during conflict. Using our approach, we get in there with you to help you learn and apply the mindset and behaviors. We'll show you how and why it works even in the stickiest situations. You will learn the underlying principles of why people do what they do so you can redesign your behavior -- in the moment -- when faced with new and challenging situations. Mutual learning is the way people work together more effectively.

Mutual Learning Approach
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An effective team meeting at work
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Team is having a productive conversation

Download "Eight Behaviors for Smarter Teams" by Roger Schwarz to learn more about the Mutual Learning Approach.

What changes when we work with you?

Nothing. And everything. Our approach is not to change people. We don't turn them into something they're not. We help them become the most effective versions of the people they are. Imagine what can happen when people are at their best ... and they're all working together. It's incredible!

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When teams works better together, you gain ...

  • Higher-quality decisions

  • Greater innovation

  • Shorter implementation time

  • Reduced cost

When teams works better together, you gain ...

  • Greater commitment

  • Increased trust

  • Increased learning

  • Reduced defensiveness

  • Productive conflict

  • Appropriate dependence on others



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When teams work better together, you gain ...

  • Increased motivation

  • Increased satisfaction

  • Richer development opportunities

  • Reduced stress

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Our tagline conveys that employees will be happy after working with Applegate Talent Strategies

Who needs our help to improve their effectiveness?

They are good people. And they do good work. You just feel they're leaving something valuable on the table. Everyone knows it. No one is happy about it.

(The good news is it doesn't have to be this way. We will show you how you and your team can get unstuck and work together more effectively.)

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The Whole Organization

"I feel like we're leaving something on the table. I want my managers and supervisors to have the skills and the confidence to motivate their teams more effectively." You are an executive, a business owner, or an HR leader seeking a strategic solution to developing your people. You want to improve company performance. And you know culture and engagement has something to do with it. That's our sweet spot. You've come to the right place!


A Team or Group

"They are good people and they do good work. I just can't figure out how to get them to move forward as a team." You are a department head or leader of a team. You feel the team is stuck. You want things to be better. Not just for performance but feeling good about coming to work every day. We got you! We can help you get things back on track.


An Individual

"When I first got promoted to be a manager, I thought I'd be good at it because I'm a good person. Nobody told me there's way more to it than that."  You know how to have good relationships with your coworkers and the people you lead -- until things get uncomfortable. You're seeking skills to be a confident and effective leader. We can show you the way to become the boss everyone wants to work for!


I'm Just Looking

"I'm a student of leadership and I love to learn what other people are thinking and doing. I'm just looking around." We love it! We do that, too! We've got plenty of resources here to educate yourself as you explore ways to enhance your leadership and improve the effectiveness of your working relationships. We're happy you're one of us -- leadership practitioners, that is!

What services do we offer to enhance effectiveness?

It doesn't have to be this hard. We can help.

Our tagline conveys that employees will be happy after working with Applegate Talent Strategies

Who else have we helped with their effectiveness?

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What are our clients saying?

Jennifer McCallum is happy about services from Applegate Talent Strategies
The Team Facilitation sessions were incredibly valuable! Andrea and Lora were able to lead each group to articulate their greatest strengths and opportunities. It helped to create conversations and the commitments teams are still using today!

Jennifer McCallum, Chief People Officer

Experience Columbus

How much longer are you willing to suffer through bad working relationships, toxic work environments, and conversations that go nowhere?

Does any of this sound familiar? 

  • Excessive collegiality. Toxic positivity.

  • Political correctness.

  • Strained, stressed, demotivated employees.

  • Lack of commitment to decisions. Low accountability.

  • The meeting after the meeting. Gossip.

  • Defensiveness. Fear. Low psychological safety.

  • An "I win - You lose" mentality.

  • Avoiding the undiscussables. Tip-toeing around important issues.

It's not just you. It's everywhere. But, it doesn't have to be this way. We can help you transform the working relationships your people have so they are strong and productive. 

Our tagline conveys that employees will be happy after working with Applegate Talent Strategies

We are your guides ... every step of the way.

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We are committed practitioners of the mutual learning approach and are skilled in facilitating the behaviors that transform relationships at work. We build foundations of trust, belonging, and psychological safety so people can be the most effective versions of themselves.

Download "Eight Behaviors for Smarter Teams" by Roger Schwarz to learn more about the Mutual Learning Approach.

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