Support Services from a Vested Partner

Over Thirty Years of Experience for High Impact Outcomes

The Idea Pathway Difference is not a traditional management consultancy. We don’t extract huge sums of money from the client, then turn the work over to junior staff who use pre-defined templates to create reports and recommendations with no follow up accountability. In addition to being a vested partner, our work is based on accessibility, high touch engagement, accountability and adaptability. Everything we do for every partner is customized for the partner’s specific needs. We work with very few clients at a time because that’s our preference.

Management and Leadership Development, Strategy, Executive Coaching and Support, Organizational Dynamics, Board Support 

Want to quickly improve your institution’s effectiveness in the face of unprecedented change, challenges, and competition?

Based on my work, both as a higher education leader and as a consultant with a broad cross section of higher education stakeholders, I have identified the highest value, “game changing” activities that institutions can invest in to immediately improve both their operational effectiveness and competitiveness in what has become a hyper-change, hyper-competitive operating environment. These enterprise level activities range from half a day to up to two full days of executive team commitment, but the ROI is substantial, if not critical to future success and sustainability. The highest impact models include:

  • Governing Board Support
  • Leadership Development
  • Building Powerful Team Dynamics
  • Game Changing Strategic Planning
  • Action Plan for Surviving and Thriving the Higher Education Contraction
  • Innovation
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Health and Culture
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Communications
  • Active P&L Management
  • New Program Development/Product Strategy
  • Institutional Advancement (Fund Raising)

All of the above models will support greater operational effectiveness in virtually any institutional context. However, some organizations are better positioned culturally than others to leverage the greatest benefits. can work with any organization to improve strategic, operational, and cultural effectiveness, while moving the organization itself to a position of greater strength and sustainability.

Specializing in organizations in transition, Dr. Pond has consulted with entities large and small for 30 years. Clients have included school districts, institutions of higher education, accrediting agencies, Indian tribes, private equity, government agencies, professional organizations, and a variety of private groups and individuals. Dr. Pond also has many years of experience in international and multicultural contexts in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

In addition to workshops and presentations, he consults in two broad areas:

Education, K-12 and Higher Ed

  • Innovation
  • Supporting organizational transition*
  • Curriculum and Program Development
  • Online Education
  • Instructor Development
    • Teaching methods
    • Communication skills
    • Learning assessment
  • Accreditation (national, regional, and programmatic)
  • Due diligence

Management and Leadership

  • Cultural Literacy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Change Management Template
  • Organizational Health
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Interim Support*

Interim Roles for Organizations in Transition

*Dr. Pond offers real time assessments and fills a range of interim roles in organizations in transition. These roles include President, CEO, COO, and Chief Academic Officer in educational institutions. He also supports interim needs in Marketing, Admissions, HR, and Finance with colleagues who have decades of experience in senior leadership roles.

For questions about specific support services, workshops/presentations and availability, please contact us and we’ll get back to you promptly. Or you can email us at or call 719-247-0486.