Approaches To
Environmental Scanning

This one-day training is ideal for leaders who want to establish contextual awareness, understand historical trends and build a common vision with a group.

Program Overview

Understanding historical and industry context when planning programs or projects is imperative to completion, success and sustainability. Groups get confused and stuck when unreliable data is presented to them and ineffective or biased approaches are used to facilitate change. When the terrain for change is misaligned with the needs of a community or organization, success is not an option.

Participants will Learn to:

  • Facilitate a Group Research Project: Gather pertinent information for effective decision making by making research engaging and meaningful to maximize group contribution and commitment.
  • Ask Quality Research Questions: Who is in the room?  What is the historical context and importance of this work? Where are we going? What are the factors of success and failure? What are emerging trends? How can we respond?
  • Implement Context Specific Tools: Learn ten unique ways to conduct group assessments and research through hands-on practices by pairing the best approach with the specific challenge being faced.
  • Improve Group Functionality: Increase productivity, team effectiveness and partnerships and collaborations by understanding the historical connections, challenges and successes of various initiatives and programs.
  • Visualize & Tell a Group’s Story: Document organizational history and anticipate future trends by quickly studying industry materials and reports to establish a foundation of knowledge to use in preparing an individual or group plan.

2023 DATES



We use a sliding scale to improve access for underserved communities. Per-person prices for Approaches to Environmental Scanning are:

  • Corporate and Large Non-Profit (budget more than $5 million) Level: $800
  • Public Government Level: $700
  • Individual Professional and Mid-Sized Non-Profit Level (budget $1-$5 million): $600
  • Student and Small Non-Profit Level (budget less than $1million): $500

Participant Testimonials

Sterling Municipal Library is going through a period of growth and transition.  Like libraries across the country, our library recognizes that traditional service models are losing relevance to our communities.  Libraries have never been solely about books and reading, but as community needs change, libraries and librarians find themselves well positioned to take on new roles.  In preparation for creating a strategic vision that will help define those roles, library staff decided to participate in a series of environmental scanning activities.  Fortunate to have several HueLife trained individuals in our organization, we enlisted their help.  First, we chose “The Wave” to help us identify how library services have been trending over the past decade.  The exercise really illuminated the practices that we are ready to let go and got the group excited about areas we feel most worthy of our time and resources.

Jamie Eustace,, Director Sterling Municipal Library, City Of Baytown, TX

“We worked with HueLife to facilitate two separate discussions for our Board of Directors.  Each topic was broad, and required critical thinking, knowledge and patience to execute successfully.  I am pleased with the work their team completed to prepare and execute each session.  We accomplished more than what was anticipated, and I would highly recommend their team!” 

Annie B. Deckert, EDFP MPA CEO, Greater Fergus Falls Corporation

“These are smart and creative professionals who know what they are doing, I have enjoyed getting to know and work with several of these associates.”

Lynda Lieberman Baker

Hue Life is a first rate consulting and engagement firm led by professionals skilled in the art of active listening and independent and honest feedback. Highly recommended.

Michael Bell

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