ZOPA: Zone of Possible Agreement.
We are communication catalysts, dedicated to closing the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
As a boutique consulting firm of professional coaches, mediators, and facilitators, we work with organizations and individuals to transform conflict into cooperation. Our guiding principle in all we do is that ZOPA is possible, even for the most polarized situations. We look at communication breakdowns as an inside-out challenge: the solutions aren’t “out there,” based on finding just the right software or book or leader to make it all better. Instead, they are grounded in the belief that participatory, inclusive processes that combine personal awareness with group learning lead to lasting transformation.
We believe in Communication Capacity Building that leaves you and your team with tools to more effectively navigate change and conflict, long after the ZOPA team is gone.
Our Core Beliefs:
- Healthy conflict is essential to healthy relationships, teams, and organizations.
- Thoughtful conflict provides opportunities for creativity, innovation, deeper connection, and trust building.
- Empathy, truth, curiosity, and humility are the cornerstones of effective communication.
- Building our Communication Capacity is a life-long practice and process. We are all learners.
- We trust individuals to discover their own paradigm and language for changing their behaviors (“you make it, you own it”), rather than solely relying on external assessments or tests.
Through personalized coaching, facilitation, and learning services, we partner with you to integrate productive relationship-building communication skills into your personal and professional life.
About Beth, founder of ZOPA Consulting
Beth L. Buelow, PCC, is a Professional Certified Coach, author, speaker, mediator, and facilitator with more than a decade of coaching and consulting experience. Prior to starting her own business, she was a nonprofit professional, with roles ranging from fundraising to marketing to grant-making. It was in her role as a foundation Program Officer that she fully recognized the importance of collaborative models and the power of the coaching paradigm. She draws on a range of frameworks in her coaching and facilitation work, including mediation and conflict management, voice dialog, appreciative inquiry, narrative coaching, non-violent communication, improv, and the work of Parker Palmer, Edgar Schein, and other personal growth leaders.
Coaching and Facilitation Services
Conflict, Communication, and Mediation Coaching
Workplace Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Roundtable and Group Facilitation