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Highlands Consulting Group, Inc.

About Us

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Custom Programs

Our greatest asset is a team of consultants who bring a wealth of different backgrounds and experience to their work at Highlands.  We welcome the opportunity to meet and explore with you the needs of your organization.  Together we will develop a customized approach specifically designed to address these needs.

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Strategic Coaching

Personal strategic coaching is a powerful, collaborative relationship between a coach and a willing individual which enables, through a process of discovery, goal setting and strategic actions, the realization of extraordinary results.  Coaching is also a body of knowledge, a technology, and a style of relating that focuses on the development of human potential. Coaching is interdevelopmental in that the collaboration develops both the coach and the individual being coached.

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Our mission

The mission of the Highlands Consulting Group is to support individuals at specific career and life transition points and to serve as a catalyst for change.  We offer distinct services to meet your personal and organizational needs.

Highlands Consulting Group    Phone: 575-751-7422  Email: Info@hcgroup.org

What We Do

Personal Career Development

For people in career transition  

The Highlands Potential Indicator (THPi™) is a process designed to help individuals gain focus and direction at key life transition points.  Upon completion, participants are able to articulate their strengths, integrate them with other key influences, develop a personal vision, and then frame this new direction for practical action.  

Who is in Career Transition

  • High school students determining post-secondary direction
  • College students developing a post-collegiate action plan for further study, career preparation, or job  search     
  • Mid-career individuals seeking a better career fit
  • Women reentering the workforce 
  • Early retirees transitioning    
  • Empty nesters
  • Anyone seeking a sense of personal fulfillment in what they do  

The Leadership Awakening Experience™ 

For senior managers and emerging leaders in your organization

There is a critical and strategic need for improved leadership in today's organization.  The role of the manager is changing dramatically.  Teamwork is the new organizational model.  Spans of control have widened.  The bottom-line managers must coach rather than direct, support rather than control.  The Leadership Awakening Experience™ jump starts this process.  

Leadership Assessment A two-day leadership program for mid to senior-level managers   

Leadership Assessment is a two day intensive course designed for the mid-level manager seeking leadership roles.  

The transition from managing people to leading and setting a direction is difficult to navigate for the employee and critical to organizational success.  Some employees move into senior leader roles easily, while others struggle. Leadership Assessment was designed to increase the effectiveness of this strategically important group of employees.  

Leadership Alignment A one-day leadership program for frontline managers   

Leadership Alignment is a one day intensive course designed for the frontline manager.  

The transition from managing work to managing people is difficult to navigate for the employee and critical to organizational success. Some employees move into broader managerial roles easily, while others struggle. Leadership Alignment was designed to increase the effectiveness of this strategically important group of employees.

Highlands Consulting Group    Phone: 575-751-7422  Email: Info@hcgroup.org

Career Development

Who Needs Ability Testing?

  • Mid-life adults determining long-term career direction   
  • Graduates deciding on a career     
  • People who have left their jobs     
  • High school students choosing a college     
  • College students choosing a major     
  • Women re-entering the workforce     
  • Early retirees     
  • Empty nesters

...or anyone seeking a sense of personal fulfillment in what they do.

Why Ability Testing?

  • Ability testing is the fastest, most efficient way to discover your natural abilities.     
  • Everyone has natural abilities.     
  • Certain jobs use specific aptitudes.     
  • Some jobs require low scores in certain aptitudes.     
  • Experience and education do not identify natural ability.

Why Personality Testing?

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®  

Personality is a significant factor in career decision-making.  For example, ability testing may indicate a career in engineering, but the personality testing could indicate the need to serve people. It is crucial that both abilities and personal style be the foundation of a career development strategy. The expanded version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is included in the 4-hour testing process. The results are integrated into the client report. During the two-hour feedback, specific career fields and roles within those fields are suggested.

Ability & Personality Testing Process

  • Testing is done in the comfort of your home or office on your computer.     
  • Testing is available on site, upon request.     
  • When you are finished, we pick up the data and prepare a personalized 45+ page report  that links your personal profile to career fields and roles within those fields for which you are ideally suited.     
  • Included is a one-on-one, 2-hour feedback conference - available by phone or in person.

Follow-Up Career Coaching

Career coaching is available and recommended. The Highlands Potential Indicator (THPi™) is the foundational first step in developing a career strategy.  Research has shown that successful career choices should incorporate more subjective information about a person. Values, interests, motivations, vision and goals, and family influences all have a direct bearing on career choices.

Career Coaching provides:

  • A structured process to explore these factors    
  • A professional who focuses on your success    
  • Someone to hold you accountable to ensure follow-through

Highlands Consulting Group    Phone: 575-751-7422  Email: Info@hcgroup.org

Leadership Development

The Leadership Assessment Experience

A two-day leadership program for mid to senior-level managers  

The Leadership Assessment Experience is a two-day, intensive course designed for the mid-level manager seeking leadership roles.  The transition from managing people to leading and setting direction is difficult to navigate for the employee and critical to organizational success. Some employees move into senior leader roles easily, while others struggle. Leadership Assessment was designed to increase the effectiveness of this strategically important group of employees.  

What do you get?     

  • Thorough assessment of natural abilities and personal leadership style.     
  • Four foundational competencies necessary for success         
  • Effective influence through communication    
  • Decision-making and problem-solving    
  • Authorizing and empowering - working through the efforts of others    
  • Visioning and setting strategic direction      
  • Identification of strengths and how to leverage them for success     
  • Areas that could hinder success    
  • Feedback from colleagues as to what you do well and areas to improve    
  • A personal development plan

Leadership Alignment

A one-day leadership program for frontline managers   

Leadership Alignment is a one-day intensive course designed for the frontline manager.  The transition from managing work to managing people is difficult to navigate for the employee and critical to organizational success.  Some employees move into broader managerial roles easily, while others struggle. Leadership Alignment was designed to increase the effectiveness of this strategically important group of employees.

You Learn

  • Leadership competencies necessary to move to the next level
  •  Understanding of the four foundational competencies necessary for success
  • Effective influence through communication
  •  Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Authorizing and empowering - working through the efforts of others
  • Visioning and setting strategic direction
  • Natural leadership strengths and how to leverage them
  • Areas for improvement that will enhance your leadership  

You Get 

  • Comprehensive assessment of your natural leadership abilities and your personal leadership style 
  • Plan to leverage strengths to achieve leadership success

The Leadership Awakening Experience™

For senior managers and emerging leaders in your organization  

There is a critical and strategic need for improved leadership in today's organization.  The role of the manager is changing dramatically.  Teamwork is the new organizational model.  Spans of control have widened.  The bottom-line managers must coach rather than direct, support rather than control.  The Leadership Awakening Experience™ jump starts this process.

Highlands Consulting Group offers a variety of leadership development options to help you reach your corporate potential.

TESTIMONIAL: 

“I have thought a lot about leadership, the responsibility is enormous, and it has taken a personal toll at times. This course gave me confidence, new strategies and options to explore, a new group of colleagues. One of the greatest benefits for me was the time to think and plan, which is so rare in a fast-paced work environment.”  

President, International Construction Company

Strategic Coaching

Coaching For Leadership Excellence - IT WORKS !!!

What Is Coaching ?   Personal strategic coaching is a powerful, collaborative relationship between a coach and a willing individual which enables, through a process of discovery, goal setting and strategic actions, the realization of extraordinary results.  Coaching is also a body of knowledge, a technology, and a style of relating that focuses on the development of human potential. Coaching is interdevelopmental in that the collaboration develops both the coach and the individual being coached.

Competencies Addressed 

  • Leadership Development - for those superior performers who would benefit from raising their leadership skills and professional development to the next level
  • Performance Improvement - for those who may have a “blind spot,” a problem, or an issue that is preventing them from optimizing performance and contributing to the business.  Because of their value to the company, it is worth investing in them to overcome this problem.
  • Leadership Training - for those who have recently stepped into a leadership role. Personal coaching provides a customized training experience for their development.
  • Team Coaching - for the teams whose effectiveness is critical to the goals of the organization.       
  • Career Development - for those seeking their best fit in the organization.

The Benefits of Coaching

  • Experienced, Professional Coaches:  Our coaches are seasoned professionals with years of experience. After an initial interview, you are linked with the coach with the most experience in your field.
  •  Objectivity:  The coach is not influenced by personalities, history, or corporate culture.  The coach can therefore, approach the individual without organizational bias or pre-formed conclusions
  • Confidentiality:  This is a key ingredient to a successful coaching relationship. The person being coached needs to know that his/her coach can be a sounding board, an accountability partner, and an objective voice to ask hard questions. The results of these conversations are kept in complete confidence. 
  • Quality and Experience: A professional coach brings expertise in the area of executive coaching without being encumbered by other corporate responsibilities.  Good coaching is an art that is developed over time through a combination of wisdom and experience. 
  •  Relationship with Boss:  The boss’ role stays clearly that of a participant in the developmental process by providing on-going feedback and assessing the employee’s progress towards achieving his/her personal development goals.
  •  Return on Investment: The improved performance of the coachee results in a bottom-line impact for the organization that far exceeds the cost of the coaching contract.  Reduced employee turnover, greater impact from training dollars spent, and mproved performance and results from customer/client interactions are only a few of these successes.

Meet Leslie

Leslie H. Martin

Since 1991, Leslie has been President of the Highlands Consulting Group, Inc., a career and leadership development company. She is recognized as an expert in career development using state of the art assessments that measure work-related strengths to maximize effectiveness. She is credentialed in the analysis of the Highlands Ability Battery™, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and 360 Degree Feedback. She also developed The Leadership Potential Indicator for use with senior executives.  She consults widely in both the public and private sectors, for non-profit organizations, schools and churches. She is the co-author of Highlands: The Right Choice-Matching Your Abilities With College and Career, a complete guide for students and their families as they determine their future direction.   

Leslie is a popular speaker and a professional certifiied coach (PCC) certified through Corporate Coach University. She assists leaders in accomplishing their personal and professional goals through the three phases of self-development: awareness and ownership of their strengths and areas of challenge; learning to leverage these strengths for increased effectiveness as well as to marginalize the affect of their challenge areas; and developing and accomplishing their plan of action. Her clients represent a wide range of organizations: trade associations, construction and engineering firms, international businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  

Leslie has been on several pioneering teams in the area of leadership excellence. She was on the founding team of The Leadership Institute, a corporate leadership learning experience in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is co-founder of The Leadership Awakening Experience™, a leadership development curriculum for senior leaders. She is also adjunct faculty to The Federal Executive Institute, graduate school for the Senior Executive Service in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Our Consultants

Matt Martin - President of NM Coaching & Consulting

Matt Martin - President of NM Coaching & Consulting has focused on assisting leaders in achieving exceptional performance results both professionally and personally since 1985.  He has done so through coaching, consulting, and counseling high-capacity leaders in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  

Matt specializes in developing and strengthening leaders in the areas of organizational leadership and people leadership.  His clients span a wide variety of industries and organizations from construction, financial services, IT, scientific-engineering, journalism and restaurants to think tanks and trade associations, to name a few. For over twenty years, he has worked with both young entrepreneurial leaders of all ages in small to large companies.  In 1990, he co-authored The Halftime-Journey, a life and career transition curriculum designed for leaders who are seeking to pursue significance as well as success in the second half of life.  Helping leaders develop and clarify a sense of personal mission that leads to a legacy of greater fulfillment and contribution is a personal passion of Matt's.  

Matt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a BA in Political Science in 1969. After serving four years as a Naval Supply Officer, he spent six years coaching and developing military leaders in Europe. Upon returning to the states in 1980, he completed his master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has certifications as an executive coach as well as training as a counselor.

Consultant

Antony (Tony) Bell

Antony (Tony) Bell is a senior consultant and CEO & President of LeaderDevelopment, Inc, where his focus is on helping leaders build and strengthen the leadership capacity of their organizations. 

Tony is committed to helping organizational leaders assess their strategic management practices and develop leadership strategies that enable management teams to accomplish their purpose and goals. He specializes in coaching executive teams in developing management leadership skills through a hands-on mentoring environment.  

Tony speaks internationally on issues of leadership development, corporate reorganization, corporate culture renewal, coaching, and leadership change. He designs and delivers courses on leadership development and corporate reorganization, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Daniel School of Management at the University of South Carolina. He writes frequently on issues of leader and organization development. His recent book, Great Leadership - What It Is and What It Takes in a Complex World (Davies-Black Publishing, 2006) is a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of leadership excellence and  The Clock Tower (The Gordian Publishing Company).  

Tony started his career in systems engineering, moving into production management as a production manager for a major UK supplier to Marks and Spencer. After completing his masters, he became sales manager for a Swiss industrial equipment distributor, and then opened and expanded the French division of a Dutch brokerage company. With a leadership background in production, sales, and start-up, he worked with a leader development organization in the nonprofit sector, becoming the assistant director of its French division. As part of their leadership development training, he designed and conducted numerous seminars and workshops on leadership development. He subsequently developed his own practice that led to engagements with clients such as Continental Grain, Hamilton Telecommunications, Fairfax Anesthesiology Associates, British Telecom, NCR, Nike South Africa, Shindaiwa USA, HC Stark, Duracell, Momentum Health, Voltex, and Carbbits.  

Tony earned his Bachelors in business and economics from Loughborough University of Technology, a top-ranked British business and engineering school, and his Masters in European Community law and business institutions from the Institute of Higher European Studies at the University of Strasbourg in France.

Publications

Highlands: The Right Choice-Matching Your Abilities  with College and Career  

Leslie Martin & Kathy Danelo  

A practical step-by-step guide for high school  students as they think through their futur

  • Where to go after high school
  • What career to pursue
  • Where to study


Great Leadership  What It Is and What It Takes in a Complex World 

Anthony Bell


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Highlands Consulting Group  

Phone: 575-751-7422  Email: Info@hcgroup.org

Have questions?

FAQ'S : Individual Clients

Q: How do your services differ from those offered on The Highlands Company web site?   

A:  In addition to taking The Highlands Ability Battery™, you will also take other assessments including the Expanded Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) which provides an in-depth review of your personality type.  All of your assessment results are used when The Highlands Potential Indicator (THPi™) is prepared for you. This report and your assessment results are discussed with you in a 2-hour feedback session.  You will be given a copy of your report and, upon request, an audio-taped copy of your feedback session.   

Q: How do your services differ from other Highlands Company licensees?   

A:  Many other Highlands Company affiliates offer The Highlands Ability Battery™ as part of their psychological practice.  We differ from them in that we include the Expanded MBTI® as an integral part of your report to make recommendations based on both your natural abilities and your personality type.   

Q: How do I schedule my assessments?   

A:  The Highlands Ability Battery™ and the MBTI® are available to you online through the internet.  You can take them at your convenience, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  When you are ready to register with us, we will provide, in an email sent to you, all of the information needed to register and complete the assessments. It is then up to you to take the assessments at your convenience.   

Q: What if I'm not able to take the assessments over the internet?   

A:  We can arrange for you to take the assessments in an office located in the Northern Virginia area.  We will have our trained professional meet with you and facilitate the assessments using the paper-version of both The Highlands Ability Battery™ and the MBTI®.   

Q: How long does it take to complete the online version of the assessments?   

A:  The Highlands Ability Battery™ takes approximately 3 hours and the MBTI® takes approximately 30 minutes. If you are unable to complete either assessment in one sitting, you are given the opportunity to return to the web site and complete the assessment at a later time.   

Q: When is my feedback session scheduled?   

A:  As soon as you have completed the assessments, we will prepare your report. Once it is prepared, we will contact you to schedule your feedback session.  This usually takes no more than 1-2 weeks depending on your availability. Our goal is to meet the clients' needs in providing our services.   

Q: With whom and where do I meet for my feedback session?   

A:  The feedback sessions are conducted by phone, Skype, or in person, if it is required.    

Q: Do you provide ongoing counseling or coaching after the initial feedback session?   

A:  Following the feedback session, on-coaching is available and recommended. A coach is able to support the client by providing the structure and accountability to follow-through with their plan of action.    

Q: Are you associated with job placement organizations or head-hunters?   

A:  No

Have questions?

FAQ's: Corporate Client

Q: I am very busy. How long will this take?   

A:  We have developed a user-friendly process that fits in beautifully with most busy schedules. All the assessments are taken online at your convenience.You are not required to complete all the assessments at one time.  If you choose to do them all at once, it takes approximately 3 ½ hours.  

Q: Who will get my assessment results and how will the results be used?   

A:  The results belong to you and the information is kept confidential.  Your feedback coach will advise you how to share this information with your boss or whoever is your corporate sponsor.  

Q: I am not changing careers. How will this help me?   

A:  The report is customized to your situation and specifically identifies strengths and areas of challenge in the specific areas of leadership effectiveness, problem-solving and decision-making, emotional quotient, reasoning abilities, teamwork, and your current role at work.  

Q: Who are your typical corporate clients?   

A:  Young emerging leaders, managers moving into broader spans of control, and senior executives.  

Q: What happens after the feedback conference?   

A:  On-going coaching is highly recommended.  During the feedback conference, areas for development are brought to light.  The client is then able to generate an action plan that is targeted and realistic based on objective data that was derived from the assessments.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Highlands Consulting Group, Inc.

PO BOX 804, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514

(575) 751-7422