Helping individuals, organizations, and networks become systematic, productive, and healthy.
Organizational Development, Strategic Planning & Strategic Practice
We live in a time of near-perpetual change where opportunities and challenges appear and disappear quickly. Having a strong organization today makes individuals, organizations, and networks more agile and resilient for whatever tomorrow may bring.
Organizational Development 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 Organizational Development itself has changed. Gone are (or should be!) the days of three to five-year strategic plans and consultants who parachute in and then disappear just as quickly. Today’s dynamic environment demands that organizations aim to improve on a near-daily basis.
Strategic Planning & Strategic Practice allows an organization to focus on the day to day while simultaneously keeping the future in mind. Effective Strategic Planning & 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.
Organizational Development, Strategic Planning & Strategic Practice engagements begin with a Launch Workshop that helps your effort find focus and develop an action plan. This service can be delivered as a one-off event, but effectiveness greatly increases when these services are delivered over a 3 to 12 month period. Any ongoing engagement is designed to flex in order to meet the needs and resources of the client.
Technology & Data Consulting
There is no escaping technology, especially if you operate a small organization or work for yourself. But as we all know, technology can cut both ways. On the one hand, it can reduce work and increase productivity. With the right technology tools and a processes, a small organization or individual can have outsized impact. But on the other hand, bad technology tools and processes can increase stress and complicated efforts quickly. When I with you on your technology systems, my goal is to use as few tools as possible as elegantly as possible. I specifically focus on getting your work set up in the cloud.
Research, Development & Project Management
Think of the Research, Development & Project Management service as your very own on-demand, problem-solving, question-answering, get-that-thing-done department. Projects can focus on any topic or sector. Previously, I have worked on manufacturing workforce development, HUD reporting for federal funding, research on the future of work, hunger relief systems change, community health worker professional development. I excel at implementing that big, important project you need to get done but don’t have the people power to do so.
Great-fit clients for Research, Development & Project Management services need a competent, sophisticated, and driven person to design and develop a professional development experience, launch a new program, run a grant, or manage a project.
Project-Based Research, Development & Management engagements tend to be long-term 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.
Previous Clients & Partners
- 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
- St Joseph Food Program
- Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
I am Tim Syth, and I provide two services to my clients:
- Organizational Development & Strategic Practice
- Project-Based Research, Development & Management
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 developing systems that improve organizational operation and heighten worker productivity and well-being. I have extensive experience running small organizations and doing project-based work. I currently work with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations as a consultant. I have also worked on both local and national level grants. In 2017, I also started a coworking space called 5Wise Workshop.
Prior to moving to Milwaukee, I lived and worked as a photographer in Berlin, Germany, while completing my Master’s degree in 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.