Helping individuals, organizations, and networks become systematic, productive, and healthy.
Strategic Planning & Practice
We live in a time of near perpetual change were opportunities and challenges appear quickly. Having a Strategic Plan and a Strategic Practice today makes individuals, organizations, and networks more agile and resilient for whatever tomorrow may bring.
Strategic Planning means you plan to increase the effectiveness of your entire system as a system. It means you understand your success is a result of how you spend your time, how you manage yourself and others, and how you run your system. But Strategic Planning itself has changed. Gone are the days of three to five year plans that are revisited on an annual basis. Today’s dynamic environment demands the development of a Strategic Practice as well.
Strategic Practice allows an organization to focus on the day to day while simultaneously keeping the future in mind. A Strategic Practice is a commitment to regular reflection on successes and failures, to continual learning, and to the development of resilient and broadly applicable skills and processes.
Strategic Planning engagements are one-time events that help your effort find focus and develop an action plan. Strategic Practice engagements are ongoing commitments that flex to meet the needs and resources of the client (like a lawyer or accountant). These two services can be delivered independently, but their effectiveness greatly increases when they are used in tandem.
Research, Development & Project Management
Think of Research, Development & Project Management (RDPM) as your very own on-demand, problem-solving, question-answering, get-that-thing-done department. RDPM projects can explore emerging trends in socioeconomic development, the future of work, and productivity. RDPM efforts can also implement that big project you need to get done but don’t have the people power to do so.
Great-fit clients for RDPM services need a competent, sophisticated, and driven person to design and develop a professional development experience, launch a new program, run a grant, or answer an important question. Areas of expertise are productivity and well-being best practices, socially-oriented small businesses, and project-based work.
RDPM engagements tend to be one-off projects. Outcomes are best practices, documentation, news skills acquisition, and shovel-ready models ready for implementation.
These values are the guiding framework for all actions taken by Contexture / Tim Syth.
- Well-being: prioritization of a positive human condition.
- Effectiveness: production of the right work at the right time with high quality.
- Systems: integration into the larger context.
- Authenticity: cultivation of transparency, integrity, and cultural representation.
- Practice: commitment to a disciplined approach on a daily basis.
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute
- Alliance for Regional Development
- Greater Milwaukee Committee
- Milwaukee Real Estate Investors Association
- Institute for the Future
- National Arts Strategies
- Knight Foundation
- Dart Chart Systems
- St Joseph Food Program
I am Tim Syth, and I provide Organizational Consulting and Research, Development & Project Management services to my clients.
I support organizations and workers as they adapt to the shifting nature of work in response to globalization and technology. There exists a golden opportunity to reconsider how we undertake work and how our organizations function to better serve humans.
My professional focus is on systems that improve organizational operation, heighten worker productivity and well-being, and increase healthy socioeconomic development. In 2017, I started a coworking space called 5Wise Workshop. I currently work with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations as a consultant. I have also worked on both local and national level grants.
Prior to moving to Milwaukee, I lived and worked as a photographer in Berlin, Germany, while completing my Master’s degree in the the field of Media & Communications. I have lived abroad extensively, grew up in the rural farming community of Greenwood, WI, and am handy with a chainsaw.
An integrated work-life practice and Nora (my companion) are key to my production and well-being.