Provost Consulting - Purse Strings

 We equip employees to be
Competent and Confident
in the work that they do.

Performance Management

Barbara Provost MS EdD – Doctor of Adult and Higher Education, Business Coach, Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneur, Thought Leader on Women and Financial Services, and Expert on How Adults Learn — leads our team of professionals as we

  • Assess your organizations training and education needs,
  • Design solutions, and
  • Implement the results

With over two decades of experience developing training programs for Fortune 100 companies, our team understands the demands of the corporate world and how to balance them with maximizing your employees’ value

Motivating Employees

It’s a common misconception that employees are motivated primarily by money. While compensation always helps, research shows that the number one thing people want is growth and development in their work. They want to be successful in the job that they do.

So whether you’re rolling out a new product line, making significant changes to your organization, or just taking a fresh look at your training program, investing in employee training results in workers with:

  • higher motivation,
  • greater feelings of success in their jobs, and
  • increased competence and success.

Expense vs. Investment

We’ve all experienced traditional “training” that consists of hours or days of slide presentations in large venues. It’s expensive, it’s tedious, and it often fails to yield real learning. Taking people off the sales line or workforce should be an investment, not an expense.

Our team will design and develop education that will help your end users be successful, competent, and confident in the work that they do. Creating training that is engaging and will hit the mark for the learner is the key to making it work.

The Provost Consulting Guarantee

With over a decade of experience in educating and coaching businesspeople, the Provost Consulting team consistently produces results through:

  • Accurate and timely needs assessments
  • Practical yet aggressive project plans
  • Designing, developing, and delivering curriculum or programs to meet end-user needs and effect organizational change
  • Meeting milestones
  • Projects delivered on time and on budget
  • Minimal operational disruption

Our Specialties

Here’s a list of just some of the ways we have effected change in organizations throughout the United States.

  • Implementing LMS systems
  • Engaging Online Learning via Storyline
  • Sales Vignettes to step through the sales process
  • Sales Presentation that engage
  • Presentation skills training
  • New employee onboarding programs
  • Technical system training
  • Large/small group discussions and facilitation
  • Performance checklists
  • Instructor-led education
  • Multi-media education
  • Case studies/scenarios
  • Task forces/groups
  • Demonstrations
  • Consultation
  • Online facilitation

Our team will design and develop education that will help your end users be successful, competent, and confident in the work that they do. Creating training that is engaging and will hit the mark for the learner is the key to making it work.

Steps to Success:

When you work with Provost Consulting, we begin with a proven process that meets your needs.

Assess

A thorough assessment is the foundation of all good performance improvement. It’s finding out the core issues at hand. Here is where we investigate where the organization is now and where they want to go. By gathering all the pertinent information, we then strategize how to overcome gaps to meet the organizational objectives.

Design

Once we know where the organization wants to go, then we make a game plan. We design a strategy – like blueprints when building a house. We map out how everything will look and what needs to be done.

Develop

Now, we have our marching orders. We know what needs to be built – so we are on to development. This could be courses, job aids, webinars, communications, group work, you name it. We start our process of developing what’s needed to equip audiences to be confident and competent in the work they do!

Implement

Now, we are ready to launch. Be it a pilot session, or a full-blown program, we hit the ground running. We train trainers to implement the strategies created to meet the needs of the organization. We stay close to this process to adjust or tweak as needed.

Evaluate

As performance improvement sessions are active, we evaluate and adjust as necessary. At completion, we gather input at many levels to measure against the intended outcomes provided in the assessment phase. Evaluation and adjustments are continuous to ensure enhanced performance is achieved.

Dr. Barbara J. Provost, MS, EdD
President, Provost Consulting, Inc.

Barbara Provost MS EdD is a 25-year veteran of the fast-paced world of Chicago business. With multiple Masters Degrees and a Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education, Barbara Provost MS EdD is an expert in how adults learn. In her roles as an Educator and as an Adjunct Professor, Barbara Provost MS EdD has taught new and emerging leaders at some of America’s foremost financial companies.

Dr. Provost’s leadership provides the best of both worlds — cutting-edge research and academics combined with more than two decades of experience developing training programs for Fortune 100 companies. She knows the practical demands of the corporate world and can help you and your organization take the next steps to success.

As a Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation, Dr. Provost’s one-on-one work focuses on personal, professional, and small business fields.

About Provost Consulting

Our Team of professionals, led by Dr. Barbara Provost MS EdD provides training expertise in the following areas:

  • Selling strategies
  • Field leadership
  • Building organizational influence
  • Efficient workflow
  • Enhancing collaboration
  • Change management
  • Coaching

Our Clients

What People Are Saying

Barbara’s strongest talent is her ability to assess a situation and design education accordingly. What I love about Barb is that she understands our culture and she can design education to fit the way our culture works. Her work is just high quality and I trust that she’s going to deliver that quality on time. She’s just very good at what she does. She knows her business. She’s very good at putting together a project plan and she’s good at executing a project plan. When I say her name people are instantly comfortable because she has a great reputation. I’ve worked with some other people that I just won’t hire anymore. I trust that she’s going to get the job done when she’s supposed to and she has the ability to handle difficult customers in a professional way. I can put her in front of (my people) and I don’t have to be there.
Education Design Leader
Fortune 100 Insurance Company
Barbara’s strongest talent is her ability to assess a situation and design education accordingly. What I love about Barb is that she understands our culture and she can design education to fit the way our culture works. Her work is just high quality and I trust that she’s going to deliver that quality on time. She’s just very good at what she does. She knows her business. She’s very good at putting together a project plan and she’s good at executing a project plan. When I say her name people are instantly comfortable because she has a great reputation. I’ve worked with some other people that I just won’t hire anymore. I trust that she’s going to get the job done when she’s supposed to and she has the ability to handle difficult customers in a professional way. I can put her in front of (my people) and I don’t have to be there.
Education Design Leader
Education Design Leader
Fortune 100 Insurance Company
What sets Barbara apart is her unique experiences. She has been in the corporate and academic world, owns her own business and is a life-long learner. As a result, she asks great questions and takes a practical approach to solving business problems.
Director Agency Operations
Fortune 100 Insurance Company
What sets Barbara apart is her unique experiences. She has been in the corporate and academic world, owns her own business and is a life-long learner. As a result, she asks great questions and takes a practical approach to solving business problems.
Director Agency Operations
Director Agency Operations
Fortune 100 Insurance Company
Barbara has a soft touch, but she’s strong and confident. She doesn’t have just one way of doing things. I worked with her on a project for a mutual client that started out as absolute chaos. Barb came in and strengthened the leader’s authority, organized the team, and developed deliverables that helped them create a framework. She’s fluid. She’s good at facilitating and cutting through complex information to help clients establish a structure and develop training. Barb is always generating great new ideas.
Ranya Verson, Owner
Performance Solutions, Inc.
Barbara has a soft touch, but she’s strong and confident. She doesn’t have just one way of doing things. I worked with her on a project for a mutual client that started out as absolute chaos. Barb came in and strengthened the leader’s authority, organized the team, and developed deliverables that helped them create a framework. She’s fluid. She’s good at facilitating and cutting through complex information to help clients establish a structure and develop training. Barb is always generating great new ideas.
Ranya Verson
Ranya Verson, Owner
Performance Solutions, Inc.
Barbara has worked with us on a number of projects both from an educational and project management standpoint. She has done everything from facilitating educational plans, getting together with clients, soliciting the business objective, to finding what educational supports need to be put in place to make that happen. She’s an exceptional facilitator, a wonderful project manager, and she can work across an organization. In the past, we’ve dealt with people who get so deep in the theory, they can’t get down to “How is this going to work with the end user?” Barb is a true professional. She has a breadth of knowledge that she uses to come in and gets things done. It’s the practical approach she takes to the work. Her work capacity just amazes me. Barb worked with us on a large technology initiative. She helped us with that piece of it. The project had a very short time frame and specific education deliverables. Barb and the team she’s built have a skill set that worked very well in this environment. I’ve also used her as a coach. She asks great questions and that makes her a great coach. It’s her great questions that help you get to the right answers.
Dave Kenney, Vice President of Human Resources
CoreSource
Barbara has worked with us on a number of projects both from an educational and project management standpoint. She has done everything from facilitating educational plans, getting together with clients, soliciting the business objective, to finding what educational supports need to be put in place to make that happen. She’s an exceptional facilitator, a wonderful project manager, and she can work across an organization. In the past, we’ve dealt with people who get so deep in the theory, they can’t get down to “How is this going to work with the end user?” Barb is a true professional. She has a breadth of knowledge that she uses to come in and gets things done. It’s the practical approach she takes to the work. Her work capacity just amazes me. Barb worked with us on a large technology initiative. She helped us with that piece of it. The project had a very short time frame and specific education deliverables. Barb and the team she’s built have a skill set that worked very well in this environment. I’ve also used her as a coach. She asks great questions and that makes her a great coach. It’s her great questions that help you get to the right answers.
Dave Kenney
Dave Kenney, Vice President of Human Resources
CoreSource
It’s her reputation that speaks for what Barbara brings to the table. We always used instructional design resources from various vendors, but Barb’s name rose to the top. Barb was given the major program that we had to develop. She knows instructional design. She also understands the business, the big picture. She’s able to take different parts and weave them all together. Barb has business maturity about her. She’s credible and she lives up to her reputation.
Senior Leader, Agency Operations
Fortune 100 Insurance Company
It’s her reputation that speaks for what Barbara brings to the table. We always used instructional design resources from various vendors, but Barb’s name rose to the top. Barb was given the major program that we had to develop. She knows instructional design. She also understands the business, the big picture. She’s able to take different parts and weave them all together. Barb has business maturity about her. She’s credible and she lives up to her reputation.
Senior Leader, Agency Operations
Senior Leader, Agency Operations
Fortune 100 Insurance Company

It is a great pleasure to recommend Barb as a business partner who focuses on results.  Professionally, Barb is very dedicated to her engagements. Whether she is assisting with eLearning or bringing instructional design to life, she does so with a dedicated work ethic, detailed weekly progress reports, and the completion of all engagements on time.  I have found Barb to be a problem solver who enjoys leveraging & applying adult learning techniques to any challenges that may come her way.  This can be seen in various modules where she builds a variety of mediums to ensure end-user adoption and engagement.  Most importantly, for me, Barb is genuinely interested in understanding each person's perspective and probes to do so in a very nonintrusive manner, which allows for openness and transparency, which is rare.

Barbs' personal strengths are just as impressive as her professional strengths.  She is honest and sincere, and that is felt right away once you meet her.  Barb is a collaborator, a learner, and consistently moves forward in her growth.

It is without any hesitation that I recommend her services.

Chief Transformation Officer AMBA
AMBA

It is a great pleasure to recommend Barb as a business partner who focuses on results.  Professionally, Barb is very dedicated to her engagements. Whether she is assisting with eLearning or bringing instructional design to life, she does so with a dedicated work ethic, detailed weekly progress reports, and the completion of all engagements on time.  I have found Barb to be a problem solver who enjoys leveraging & applying adult learning techniques to any challenges that may come her way.  This can be seen in various modules where she builds a variety of mediums to ensure end-user adoption and engagement.  Most importantly, for me, Barb is genuinely interested in understanding each person's perspective and probes to do so in a very nonintrusive manner, which allows for openness and transparency, which is rare.

Barbs' personal strengths are just as impressive as her professional strengths.  She is honest and sincere, and that is felt right away once you meet her.  Barb is a collaborator, a learner, and consistently moves forward in her growth.

It is without any hesitation that I recommend her services.

Anita Gage
Chief Transformation Officer AMBA
AMBA
Provost Consulting has been a long-standing partner with AMBA and continues to serve our needs well. As a partner in education design and development for adult professions in the Insurance industry, Provost not only builds useful content that meet our needs, but also acts as a strategy partner providing suggestions and guidance on how to solve complex problems. Thanks to Provost consulting we have modernized our training content, created meaningful and use curriculums and now are able to offer new and meaningful ways of delivering content. VP – AMBA
VP
AMBA
Provost Consulting has been a long-standing partner with AMBA and continues to serve our needs well. As a partner in education design and development for adult professions in the Insurance industry, Provost not only builds useful content that meet our needs, but also acts as a strategy partner providing suggestions and guidance on how to solve complex problems. Thanks to Provost consulting we have modernized our training content, created meaningful and use curriculums and now are able to offer new and meaningful ways of delivering content. VP – AMBA
Dave Baumgardner
VP
AMBA

Provost Consulting