Hal Williams,

Outcome Guide

A resource to foundations, governments, and individuals who invest to improve human lives and conditions—and for nonprofit and community organizations that use their money to create tangible human gain.

I am an outcome guide.  I work in virtually all areas of organization improvement—strategic planning, board and staff development, fund-raising, program design and delivery, evaluation. I approach all areas from a results viewpoint. The best way to get more money, for example, is no longer the proposal thick with sparkling vision and detailed work plans. It is a portrayal of actual results for people in need that you achieved with the last money you received. Nothing sells like achievement.

Like many guides, I am a person, not an organization. Few great teams—whether in sports or anywhere else—are coached by a committee.  At the same time, I quickly pull in TRI--The Rensselaerville Institute-- or other best-fit groups when a project or program needs skilled help at an implementation level.

This web site is written first person—me to you. The point is not to encourage self-aggrandizement but to avoid it!  How easy it is to write that “Hal is a national leader, highly successful at everything he has done.”  It’s much harder to spout such accolades (at least with a straight face) if the sentence begins with “I”. 

Three points explain my approach and might add value to your view of outcomes. Click on more to dig deeper.

1.Results are a way of thinking, feeling, and acting.  They are not a component of plans or programs. They are the point of plans and programs—and indeed of organizations. More.

2.Outcomes are about what comes out, not what goes in.  Most organizations on their websites talk about the number they serve. I am far more interested in how many improve their lives and conditions from services. More.

3.Energy is the scarcest and most important resource for high achievement.  Unlike information, you can’t buy energy. You have to make it. More.