A CCP Consulting Project Team typically consists of 2-3 consultants, selected from the pool of CCP Volunteer Consultants. To view recent project teams and clients, click HERE.
CCP Consulting Teams are made up of ODN-Oregon Members. Participation in CCP is directly aligned with the tree major reasons members join ODN-Oregon:
- Learning – CCP mentoring provides significant learning opportunities for members wishing to expand their consulting skills. Working together alongside other members and under the leadership of a Senior Consultant provides a rich environment for professional growth.
- Networking – Members who participate in CCP build a close network with other members of their team. Working together, they have a significant opportunity to demonstrate competence and gain the confidence of others to refer them in the future.
- Serving – CCP provides the ultimate opportunity to serve, both for those members wishing to give back to the COMMUNITY, as well as for those seeking to give back to their PROFESSION, by mentoring others.
ODN-Oregon members interesting in participating may download and complete the CCP Consultant Application.
How Teams Function
Each team of Volunteer Consultants works closely with a Senior Consultant whose role is to guide the team and ensure that the client receives quality consulting services.
Teams are basically self-managed; and the participants decide how they will work together. They set meeting times and places with each other and the client. Teams stay together until the project ends. In extreme situations it may be necessary to add/replace members of a team in order to meet project needs. These decisions are made by the Core Team in consultation with the Senior Consultant leading the project.
CCP is maintained by a core group of consultants that meets monthly. The necessary skills for this team are primarily leadership, planning, and management. This team recruits and coordinates the involvement of many volunteers necessary to make the CCP successful.
The Core Team markets the CCP services, performs the initial screening of potential clients, and recruits and orients volunteer consultants. The core team oversees the formation and launch of each consulting team/project; then, monitors team progress from a distance (through the Senior Consultant assigned to the project). The Core team only becomes involved with a particular consulting project if problems arise.
Volunteer consultants are drawn exclusively from the membership of Oregon ODN.
Volunteer consultants bring diverse backgrounds, interests, and experience to each team. There is often a good representation of graduate school students who have academic grounding in OD or Training and Development. Others new to our organization, or perhaps exploring career changes look to this experience for career confirmation. In some teams there are veteran CCP participants – volunteers with one or more CCP projects under their belts. This variation in participant backgrounds makes for a fair amount of diversity of opinion and can be an interesting, fun and challenging part of the learning experience.
In general, volunteer consultants are members who want to:
- Develop new consulting skills or gain experience
- Give back to their community/profession by sharing their skills experience with other consultants and our clients
- Collaborate effectively with others
- Openly give and receive feedback
- Be tolerant of ambiguity and receptive to change
- Commit the time necessary for the team to succeed (see below)
We welcome anyone who wants to improve his or her organizational development and training consultation skills and is willing to:
- Meet with their Consulting Team regularly (weekly) throughout the project.
- Attend two retreats during the year for orientation, project review and team formation.
- Commit 40-80 hours during a 3-4 month project.
Participants need to think carefully before committing to this process. Once selected for a project, they typically participate in a weekly face-to-face meeting with their team, which may require 1-2 hours.
Additionally, there will be client meetings and ad hoc work with critical deadlines that must be met. It is impossible to fully anticipate the demands of a particular consulting project. Volunteer Consultants work an average of 3-5 hours a week on CCP projects. Over the course of 3-4 months, it is common for individuals to give 40 - 80 hours to their project... often during periods they did not anticipate when they signed up.
The biggest issue regularly faced by team members is the amount of time this important work takes. Team members who benefit the most are those that give CCP a top priority during the life of the project.
Everyone involved in CCP activities participates on a purely voluntary basis. There is no exchange of money for workshops, coaching, or consultation. Volunteer consultants are asked to contribute $20 each to cover expenses. This is collected with their application. Fee wavers are possible.
Process to Volunteer
Those interested in being on a consulting team declare their interest by filling out a CCP Consultant Application. This form collects information about past experiences and current skill sets, and asks what the volunteer wishes to learn or gain from participating in the CCP.
Semi-annually we gather interested consultants for an Orientation and Planning Session during which we talk with them about the CCP process and the prospective clients for that cycle. Teams of 2-3 volunteer consultants are then formed based on skill sets, personal development goals, and the client project/needs.
There is no guarantee that a volunteer consultant will be assigned to a project team. However, all CCP volunteers are invited to participate in the bi-annual retreats.
Each team works closely with a senior consultant whose role is to guide the team and ensure that the client receives a quality consulting service.
We have a "bench" of seniors who have expressed interest in serving the community and helping volunteer consultants learn new skills. Senior consultants are recruited directly by the Core Team from our most tenured ODN members and from CCP team members whose proven CCP project performance qualifies them for this role.
The Senior may directly lead the project or may ‘shadow’ an experienced Lead Consultant who serves as the team facilitator and acts as the lead consultant and project manager. In either case, the Senior provides coaching, mentoring and problem-solving assistance to the team. No project will be accepted with a Senior committed to lead or shadow the project.
Seniors are responsible for the overall quality of the project, our mission of community service, and for providing a basis of team and individual learning around consultancy skills. Seniors take an active role in meeting with the team, and they stay in touch with the client, although their involvement in each phase of the project may vary depending on the project and his/her availability; this can allow team members to have the experience of working on their own with the client.