As a former Mayor, Christina has a unique ability to speak the language of elected and leadership officials. She is known for her passion for asset management throughout the organization.
Strategic Leadership Solutions works with councils, boards, and organizations to build a culture of excellence in leadership and governance.
We pride ourselves on being exceptionally creative, dynamic, and complexly layered in our approach to functional governance and differentiated leadership. By facilitating conversations that encourage meaningful dialogue and challenge standardized assumptions, we can help governing bodies transition from strategic vision to practical action. We offer a wide variety of consulting, advisory, and coaching services that use a combination of pragmatic and imaginative approaches. Our distinctive blend of academic credentials and lived experience both in government and business make us highly skilled at systemic analysis, and able to craft workable solutions. We recognize that every client is unique and requires a personalized approach. Our calling card has been to leave organizations with a greater state of focus, with increased clarity and purpose, and with a workable road map towards higher functionality. Our strategic thinking and strong analytical skills, combined with genuine caring, contribute to our track record of exceptional results.
By way of introduction, my name is Christina Benty and after two terms as mayor for the Town of Golden and two terms as a councillor, I chose to retire from local government with my sights on new horizons. You can quit your job but you can’t quit your calling. I am passionate about policy governance, leadership development, asset management and community engagement with over 16 years’ of policy governance experience spanning from health care, government, information technology, and community planning. During my tenure as mayor, I completed a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University with a research project on engaging the community in sustainable service delivery and the infrastructure gap.
I have joined forces with current town councillor, Caleb Moss. You can have the best strategic plan and the finest staff to carry it out but if the governing body is unclear about its roles and responsibilities, the organization can unwittingly become dysfunctional. We can help make sure that doesn’t happen. Caleb is a dynamic, amusing, and sophisticated consultant with nearly 20 years of practice with higher level systems theory. He has time spent as a high school teacher, family therapist, business owner, consultant, and a municipal councillor.
Having navigated through some of the most economically challenging times, we have witnessed firsthand what can go right and what can go wrong within organizations. We understand the importance of cultivating a council that leads by governing and not managing.
Our investigative consulting approach will create a space for important conversations and shine a light on delicate issues. In our high energy facilitation style, we can build a session for your governing body that is customized, relevant, and addresses the following:
- Equip individuals and organizations to become successful leaders who thrive in uncertainty
- Build the groundwork for high performance relationships
- Involve the right people and ask the right questions
- Establish clearly defined roles and healthy feedback structures
- Identify friction points and create functional group process
- Bridge the past to the present and the present to the desired future
- Pursue positive and lasting structural change
- Define a clear mandate and strategic objectives
- Establish performance measures and targets to track progress
- Focus on organizational capacity and match resources with strategic priorities
It has been our observation that at times, external consultants are brought in to work with local governments with little to no personal lived experience. This has led to work that is template driven and relates more to semi-relevant public sector agencies or the private sector. As such, the trademark of our work is to personalize each and every working workshop to fit the unique identity of the engaged community. Though it is more labour intensive for us, we believe that cookie cutter workshops do not maximize either time or resources of the client. The result is a less than ideal, and seldom a dynamic experience.
A somewhat unique piece that we build into all of our work is a built in follow up system. We have found that the best results often take interpreting and integration of information, and systemic change that comes on after the allotted consultation/workshop hours. We build in time to help translate the necessary systemic shifts and troubleshooting residual problem areas. This helps build in a greater probability of successful long term change. We believe this is a responsible and highly positive manner of conducting business.
I look forward to hearing how we can help you and your council navigate through the process of transition to become a high functioning team.