Since 2000, Waybridge Associates has delivered professional development training to managers and their teams. At the core of our practice is a belief in human potential. We know that people naturally want to do well. We see that every day. We know that, given the right environment and the right nutrients, people can and do flourish. Making full use of our expertise in training, consulting, and facilitating, we help companies provide fertile ground for people to grow and develop. Our work is both challenging and exhilarating―and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
My first experience as manager didn’t go well at all. My boss promoted me because I was good at what I did. Unfortunately, my skills as individual contributor did not translate well to management. I had no clue how to manage people, I only knew how to manage tasks. I stumbled badly, angering my staff to the point where they practically chased after me with torches and pitchforks. Finally, my boss packed me off to attend a management development program. There, I learned the vast difference between doing and managing. First and foremost, I learned how to communicate. I became a much better manager because of it.
That learning experience has stayed with me over the years and has influenced my work as trainer, consultant, and facilitator. So many managers are thrown into the role with little or no preparation. Even experienced managers struggle to master the skills required to succeed. I work with companies who want to help their managers find and keep their footing. And I really like what I do.
I’ve been in the field of learning and development for twenty years. I served as human resource development manager for Marshalls Department Stores, responsible for the education, training, and development of field and staff management nationwide. In 2000 I left the corporate world and founded Waybridge Associates, Inc.
My education has served me well. While a BA in English (from Rivier College in Nashua, NH) may seem out of place in the business world, it turns out that English literature encompasses everything you need to know about human nature!
I am a programs instructor with Corporate Education Group (formerly Boston University Corporate Education Center). I design and deliver seminars covering a wide range of management development topics. I am a qualified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, providing feedback to individuals and groups to help them gain a better understanding of their unique contributions and potential growth areas. I am a member of the American Society for Training and Development and a member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. I am currently writing a children’s book, which has been a life-long dream of mine.
What We Do
We are skilled trainers, consultants, and facilitators. Here is a brief look at how we approach each area of expertise.
Training: Learning is a collaborative effort, driven mainly by the learners. Trainer serves as catalyst rather than presenter. Training is a process and not an event; emphasis is on transferring the learning from the initial engagement to the workplace.
Consulting: Listen more than talk. Ask really good questions. Work with the client to dig deeper to find the real business issues and concerns. Work to solve the problem so that it stays solved.
Facilitating: Help client solve problems, face difficult issues, or work more productively in a collaborative and creative setting. Allow breakthrough conversations to take place. Focus on what is talked about and how it is talked about.
We have worked with a variety of companies, including Comcast, Federal Reserve Bank, Hypertherm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mercury Computer, Movado Group, Natixis, Raytheon, and Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, just to name a few.