Annie Perdue Olson
Teacher - Coach - Facilitator
My passion is to work with leaders who want to build healthy teams aligned with their active dynamic faith.
I have worked in ministry and nonprofit organizations through seasons of growth and downsizing; transition and restructuring; chaos and hope. I have experienced all kinds of people-challenges and I still firmly believe we work better when we work together.
I have been honored to work with some incredibly talented leaders that commit their time and energy to making the world a better place. Some of my favorite projects:
Leadership skills training programs to leverage the way we are wired to do relationships at work and in life
Coach leaders through the unique challenges of small organizations on limited budgets to achieve excellence
Clarify roles, design organization structures and evaluate processes with a strengths-based approach
Facilitate sessions for strategic planning and goal setting with a unique approach on how to use metrics in ministry
In my work with leaders, I access experience from over 16 years in nonprofit management and pastoral ministry and 8 years as a leadership trainer / consultant. I have a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Change Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, my coaching certificate from Center for Coaching Excellence, and certification as an MBTI practitioner. I use a variety of assessments in my work -- but the best assessment of what your organization needs is YOU. My goal is to work with you to compliment the brilliance in your leadership, teams and organization.
Equip ministry leaders to confidently address the complex people dynamics that trip them up.
I help solve people problems, and that is never a one-size-fits-all solution.
I facilitate dialogue. I don't tell you what to do.
I am quick to respond, but not impulsive.
I am confident, but not always spot-on. I will work with you until we get there.
Executive Minister, Hope Church
Annie is a thoughtful listener and facilitator. She seeks to understand the client’s culture so that she can listen and create a facilitation approach that fits the current need. She goes above and beyond with the time and insights she shares. Annie has her own creative ideas and she is open to ideas shared by the client. She is a flexible facilitator sharing leadership with the organizational leaders throughout the course of a facilitated retreat or experience. She is organized and is prepared and this allows participants to fully engage and be present. Annie is a strong collaborator and is an asset to creating momentum in an organization. Over all this she covers her work in prayer led by the Spirit. Her strategy is created through faith-filled insights and discernment.
Executive Director, New Life Family Services
I selected Annie’s training on ‘Adapting Your Communication Style’ because while our staff is comprised of varied and wonderful personalities, I know that every work environment is susceptible to miscommunication and misunderstanding. Annie recently held a training at our quarterly agency-wide gathering, and all were impressed with her engaging and insightful presentation. All four communication styles are present within our organization’s Leadership Team; we have since spent time together and in smaller groups processing the practical takeaways and applications from Annie’s material. It was also helpful for supervisors to better understand the communication styles of their staff. I will be implementing Annie’s material into my supervision time with our directors, and I know they plan to do the same with their staff. Thanks Annie!