For over 30 years as a chief executive and consultant, Craig Rapp has designed and implemented organizational strategy, supported and developed high performing teams, and led organizational improvement initiatives that have achieved sustained results.
From one-night goal-setting sessions to year-long community visioning efforts, Craig tailors the strategic planning process to the needs of the organization and the community. He works with organizational and community leaders, helping them articulate their challenges, develop strategic priorities, and define actionable follow-through. Using a process that clarifies desired outcomes, performance indicators and success measures–the organization’s strategic “guidance system” is established. This is followed by a facilitated process with management to develop detailed initiatives and action plans, to ensure accountability.
Great teams don’t just happen; they take hard work and require sustained attention. This is especially true for the leadership teams in local government — where politics, community unrest and unfulfilled expectations can lead to strained relations and decision-making gridlock. Craig has helped dozens of local government leadership teams go from dysfunctional to functional.
OPTIMIZING ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Optimizing the performance of organizations in the public and nonprofit sectors falls into two distinct areas of activity:
Organizational Assessments – Our consultants have decades of experience leading, managing and assessing the performance of organizations. Using time-tested and cutting-edge practices, we deliver clear analyses and actionable solutions.
Alternative Service Delivery – Many organizations have tried to cut costs or improve performance by pursuing consolidation, outsourcing or privatization strategies. These approaches are effective but difficult to implement — from both political and organizational perspectives.
Craig Rapp interview with Lakeville, Minnesota City Administrator regarding community visioning project. The taping was aired on “City Limits” weekly cable television show.
Craig Rapp has provided strategic planning and consulting services to over 100 organizations of all sizes, ranging from Hennepin County, Minnesota (population 1.2 million) to the cities of State College, Pennsylvania (pop. 42,000) and Grass Valley, California (pop. 13,000).
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We work with a network of best-in-class strategic partners in order to provide a “total solutions” approach for our clients.
As a strategic partner of the Rapp Consulting Group, Polco provides multifaceted stakeholder engagement and survey tools–enabling leaders to make evidence-based decisions, and clearly understand the needs and preferences of their communities.
As a strategic partner, Envisio provides a critical link in the Rapp Consulting Group’s “end-to-end” strategic planning process by providing innovative, cloud-based strategy execution and performance management software–including Envisio©Strategy Manager,Envisio©Public Dashboard, and Envisio©Employee Performance Manager, and govBenchmark©