Since 1992, Mission Facilitators International has been training managers to CEOs in industries ranging from nonprofit charities to multinational aerospace companies.
Coaching • Facilitation • Training
Our highly interactive skill development programs are designed to make your employees successful today and your company competitive tomorrow.
MFI resources will help you improve your leadership, develop your team, and transform your organization. Such as what Jim Collins says about leading through tough times, and Dean Newlund's advice on how to be more competitive by encouraging creativity.
What MFI Can Do For You
Fresh ideas… Making the complex simple… Seeing and developing the best in people… These are just a few traits extraordinary leaders are expected to perform every day. But what happens if the leader isn’t reaching his or her full potential? What is the cost to the profit line?… To fulfilling the company’s mission? …To the company’s long term viability?
This is where Mission Facilitators International comes in. We’ve coached over 400 leaders from small companies to Fortune 100 organizations. We’ve helped the CFO who needs proven techniques in developing her team, the Vice President on-boarding in a new role, or the underperforming manger needing an intervention. Our certified, highly trained coaches have real world experience, and are ready to customize an approach designed to help you get remarkable results.
People on teams outperform those that aren't. Yet, most organizations simply do not apply any disciplined and sustained approach to team building, and thereby miss huge improvements in performance.
Mission Facilitators International has taught organizations from around the world the discipline of building highly effective teams. Along with a deep knowledge of how adults learn, our customized programs are highly interactive and memorable learning workshops. We'll collaborate closely with your department leaders, human resource people, or training teams to develop programs that support your business and performance goals. We can also utilize our executive coaching and organizational development expertise when training is a part of a larger change initiative. Contact us today and we’ll start helping you develop the discipline for teamwork and the recipe for high performance.
The effectiveness of your employees, teams and leaders is influenced by the overall health of your organization. At Mission Facilitators International we see the connections and how one part of an organization affects another, how a decision in the boardroom affects the interaction with a customer, how communicating a new change initiative shapes employee engagement, and how a vision for the future influences the type of risks a manager is willing to take.
We’ll use our real world experience with companies such as Hewlett Packard, TGen, Goodrich, Honeywell, and Microsoft to create custom solutions. We’ll help clarify your direction, develop strong strategic decisions, align your goals, develop a balanced scorecard, and engage your employees. If your executives need support in change management, we will be there with executive coaching and consulting. If your teams need new skills to deploy a new strategy, we will develop and deliver customized training programs. And if your teams are unclear how they align with your new direction, we’ll help them develop their own direction that supports the direction of the company.
What Our Clients Say...
The tools and principles Dean is teaching me transcend our perceived need to just try to get better at doing things the way we do them within our Honeywell paradigm. What has been particularly valuable to me is that what Dean is helping me develop is universally applicable, so that I am becoming a more productive person in all aspects of my life.
D.K., Engineering Director, Honeywell Aerospace
Great job of not only providing good and relevant material but pulling the group in to provide their experiences and ideas. For your quantitative, on a 1 - 5 scale with 5 being "exceptional" you had an average of 4.8, a mode of 5 and a median of 5 which is absolutely outstanding - breakout tend to hover around a 4.
Anonymous, Participants, ASU Compete Through Service Symposium
“Dean provides critical strategic planning assistance to TGen as well as Executive Coaching. His ability to view individual and departmental challenges and help us plan and execute positive results is his strength.”
Janine Tilli, Vice President of Human Resources, TGen
“Dean has transformed my career. He is innovative, reliable, and has helped me discover my full potential. He is constantly coming up with new ideas and new ways for me to do my job better. He is also always on the forefront of cutting-edge technology.”
Anton Decker, GI Fellowship Director and Physician, Mayo Clinic
“Dean and I first met at the Advanced Strategy Center during the Arizona Leadership Forum Series. I am continually impressed with Dean’s ability to facilitate and create engaged discussion with the members of the forum. I have continued to value his insight, keen sense of communication and innate style of understanding leadership philosophies. Anytime there is a chance for me to attend a forum where Dean is facilitating or speaking, I will be certain to attend because I know I will always learn valuable concepts to help my business.”
Anita Grantham, Chief People Officer and Business Development, Jokake Construction
“Dean helped me rally my Finance team at Scottsdale Healthcare to an aligned vision, right at the time I was transitioning from the number two Finance role into the CFO position. He helped us identify how we viewed our function's role in a larger organization, and how we might see it evolve over time. Dean was encouraging and yet challenging. Our team felt as though we customized our thoughts, but appreciated a structure that Dean facilitated. I highly recommend Dean for this type of work. He has also served as a supportive executive coach for me at times, again encouraging yet challenging.”
Todd LaPorte, SFV, CFO, Scottsdale Healthcare
“Dean has provided insightful and expert organizational development consulting. In addition, he has delivered excellent executive coaching. I know Dean as consistently competent and enthusiastic, and would highly recommend him.”
Cliff Goldberg, President, Vendor Negotiation Services
“As a CEO I had the pleasure to work with Dean and my Board of Directors in creating and implementing a formal CEO review process. This process was followed by the actual review. Not only was Dean a great coach and influence in creating the process, but he was very helpful to me and, I believe, the Board in understanding and communicating the results of the review. He was also a wise confidant whose experience and advice was welcome and appreciated.”
Donald Smith, CEO, SCF Arizona
“Dean was very skillful and thorough in assessing the needs to be addressed and developing a plan to address them. He also was very helpful in developing new solutions and providing the resources and/or ideas to achieve them.”
David Gullen, Physician, Mayo Clinic
“Although he has never written a book on the subject (he should), Dean has amazing insights into leadership. Despite his expertise on the subject, he has a deft touch, and does not overwhelm. He pushes, hints, and questions -- but ultimately he does what all great coaches do, and allows individuals to grow on their own. If you are interested in a brand of leadership which focuses on developing a purpose-driven culture which excites employees and ultimately leads to greater company performance, you will want to talk to Dean (or at a minimum, start reading his blog).”
Michael Gorman, Circulation Director, Arizona Republic
“Dean is a high energy, positive and effective coach and facilitator. He is always well prepared, and takes a personal interest in each individual assignment, whether for coaching or strategic planning. He has been a valuable asset to our organization.”
James Harris, Employee, TGen
“I enthusiastically endorse Dean to anyone contemplating an engagement with him for professional services. I brought Dean in to my large international firm in 2001 to develop and present a class for Chief Engineers, on the topic of effective mentoring. This was a greybeard group of very critical thinkers, but all were extremely pleased and impressed with Dean's input at every level, and all viewed the effort as being of high value. I have maintained a relationship with Dean ever since, mainly within a professional think-tank forum in which we participate. I find myself to be consistently impressed by his wisdom, insight, effectiveness, and that he is consistently a delight to work with. If currently looking for professional service of the type Dean offers, I would look no further than to Dean.”
Brian Cottrell, Chief Engineer, Honeywell
“Dean is an excellent listener and facilitator. He has worked with my team to do personal coaching for several leaders, for teambuilding, and facilitating crafting a vision for the business unit. He is current in his reading of topical material and has creative approaches he brings to the table. We have had great results working with Dean.”
Gary Baker, Senior VP, Scottsdale Healthcare
“Dean Newlund is the finest facilitator/instructor that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His mastery of the course material along with his personal experiences, extensive knowledge and insights are simply the best. His professionalism on the job is second to none.”
Gregory Lang, Network Specialist, RED Global Group
“Dean, congrats on your very successful sessions at the ASU Compete Through Service Symposium. Your central point that coaching itself is an opportunity to model extraordinary service to another human being clearly resonated with your audience. Your energy and slides made the session fun, upbeat, and productive. Thanks for making me look like a star for recommending you!”
Charlie Tombazian, President, Innovative Strategies
“Dean is an excellent executive coach, training consultant, and seasoned facilitator. He has an easy way with people, builds trust quickly and is outstanding at building consensus among groups with diverse points of view. Dean is able to understand broad, complex issues quickly, is able to lead others to identify strategic objectives and effectively coach them to achieve the outcomes they desire.”
Mike DiRobbio, President, Sales Intelligence, LLC
“Dean is an expert career coach and develops strong relationships with his clients. He builds a path of trust first, then partners with the clients on their journey.”
Linnea Whisler, Director, Mayo Clinic
“Dean Newlund is a fantastic service provider. He is personally, knowledgeable and most importantly a great listener. He takes the time to hear the needs of the client and then is very creative and resourceful in getting a solution, which achieves client satisfaction. Dean is a high integrity leader who delivers on his commitments and takes great pride in creating value for his clients.”
Jeff Osborne, Senior VP, Accenture
“Dean is a dynamic presenter and an excellent group facilitator. He has an uncanny ability to work with even the most difficult personalities. He is thought provoking in his questions and views. I've not only hired Dean for my company, I've worked with Dean for more than two years on committees within a local chapter of a national professional organization. I would work with him any time!”
Dean Hebert, Vice President of Human Resources, Blood Systems
“Dean has a passion for leadership training and coaching. His persistence in launching Mission Facilitators has benefited many whose lives and careers have "taken off." The respect he earned placed in the position of President of ASTD here in Arizona.”
Linda Baugh, President, American Career Executives
“Dean has been an excellent sounding board and has offered outstanding advice in the field of communications and interactions with staff. His ideas and strategies have had a profound impact on the Emergency Department overall morale and productivity. He has also been an invaluable asset with regards to leadership development; both for myself as well as building my leadership team within the department.”
Laurie Zessin, Nurse Manager, Mayo Clinic
“Dean is a first rate executive coach and facilitator. He has an exceptional ability to get at the heart of the matter. I have found that his perspective is creative, enriching, and always leads to productive action. He has a wealth of experiences to draw on and freely shares them. He has made a very real difference in my ability to lead and manage. I highly recommended him to anyone looking for a breakthrough experience.”
David Overholt, Business Unit Director, Parker Aerospace
“Dean helped our department find balance in our challenging work environment. The recommendations on how to handle difficult work-related situations was invaluable!”
Susanna Joiner, Vice President, SunAmerica
“Dean has been a pleasure to work with and provides invaluable assistance to our Executives "in training." He is both professional and courteous, as well as creative and readily adaptable to changing situations. I would give him my highest recommendation.”
Connie Clark, Member, American Society of Training and Development
“I related to Dean immediately. I appreciated his straightforward approach to our work. The insight and concepts he presented has been a tremendous asset to my professional development. The experience has prompted me to seek more information and additional concepts.”
Scott Dulla, Manager, Mayo Clinic
“Dean and I have known each other several years, first via informal networking and in the past two years, as professional colleagues. I asked Dean to collaborate with the Advanced Strategy Center as a co-facilitator of our quarterly Arizona Leadership Forum Series and our Leadership Institute at Pinnacle Peak. In addition to being a good friend, he is a witty, intelligent, humorous and thought provoking professional. Dean brings a wonderful perspective to our varied leadership programs. He is a compassionate, caring business coach and facilitator, who is a master of the most important skill and art necessary today - a careful listener. He lives to make a difference in other professionals' lives.”
Carl Lundblad, Director of Client Development, Advanced Strategy Center at Pinnacle Peak