SYLVANIA, OH--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2014) - Root® Inc., the strategy execution company, today announced the availability of two new off-the-shelf toolkits for smaller organizations or organizations with small budgets. "The Canyon Workshop" identifies the gaps in an organization's readiness to execute on its strategy and provides a roadmap on how to address those gaps, while "Transition Highway" helps organizations overcome resistance to strategic change at every level of the organization. Both products combine Root's extensive experience and expertise in strategy execution and employee engagement in "ready-to-use" products.

"We know our custom services and solutions enable organizations to deliver real results because they focus heavily on the people-based elements of strategy execution," said Rich Berens, president of Root Inc. "We also know that in many cases our custom solutions are out of reach for smaller organizations or functions with limited budgets. We want the leaders of those organizations to be able to drive real change and achieve objectives."

Added Berens, "We wanted to package some of our best thinking from the past 20 years and make that intellectual property accessible to organizations and teams of any size. We are excited that these 'off-the-shelf' products can have broad reach and help organizations achieve real business results using proven tools and methodologies."

The Canyon Workshop 

The Canyon Workshop is a six-hour workshop that helps business leaders identify the internal and external obstacles and "landmines" that undermine implementation and execution of strategies. The workshop facilitates honest discussions about where, how, and why gaps exist and determine the best way to bridge those gaps.

The Canyon is a Strategic Learning Map® visual that uses icons, infographics, quotations, and metaphors to frame the issues within the context of the organization's strategic direction. The key to The Canyon's success is that it ensures every person in the business is represented within it -- from senior leaders down to the front line. 

The Canyon Workshop kit includes:

  • The Canyon Graphic Visual - a 3'x5' Strategic Learning Map module, a conversation starter that allows all of the voices of the organization to be heard
  • Pre-session Assessment - a proprietary 24-question strategy execution assessment
  • The Canyon Workshop Presentation - sets the context for the session and what participants will achieve at the end
  • Facilitator's Guide - provides step-by-step directions to self-facilitate the session
  • Putting Ideas into Action Planning Poster - outlines the next steps for the organization

Transition Highway

Change is a constant in the business world, and the most successful organizations are the ones that efficiently manage change. The challenge often lies in the fact that people don't always like or accept change. The Transition Highway solution is designed to explore both the emotional and leadership aspects of asking people to do things differently.

Transition Highway, a two-hour session designed to work with small groups, uses a set of proven methods for engaging individuals, including powerful visual images, change exercises, and facilitated conversations, where participants examine individual accountability for change and their responsibility for helping drive the expected results and outcomes of the change.

The Transition Highway kit includes:

  • Transition Highway Strategic Learning Map solution - a 3'x5' visual and conversation starter designed to help everyone in the organization understand the "human side" of change
  • Facilitator's Guide - step-by-step directions to self-facilitate the session
  • Resource Guide - prepares and supports managers to lead and communicate organizational change
  • Participant Workbook - guided exercises to help participants recognize their role in change

The two new solutions augment Root's product set, which also includes more than 20 Watercooler® Sketch kits. The Watercooler Sketch kits use humor and truth to guide greater insight and glean knowledge from your team on ways to tackle specific issues and improve overall performance.

The Canyon Workshop and Transition Highway are now available for purchase. More information can be found online at

About Root Inc.

Root is a strategy execution company that helps organizations engage their people as the catalyst and driver for change. Root does this by connecting people with complex strategies using creative and visual methods, transformative insights, and consulting know-how on strategy deployment and sustainment. With more than 20 years of capabilities developed from partnering with the world's largest businesses, Root has created a proven framework that consistently achieves clarity, ownership, and results. Based in Sylvania, Ohio, Root has been recognized as a Great Place to Work eight times in the last nine years. Visit for more information and follow Root on Twitter: @therootinc.

Note: Root, Learning Map, and Watercooler are registered trademarks of Root Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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