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About Us

Maria Birkhead, Idea-Catchers, Llc
Maria Birkhead, CPF

Since 2001 Maria Birkhead, President of Idea-Catchers has fostered the revitalization of countless organizations across the nation - enhancing communication, building relationships, and fostering breakthrough team performance. Maria is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators and the author of "An End to Meeting Madness" How to lead focused, energized, interactive meetings that build teamwork, reduce stress, and deliver breakthrough results. As a Wiley Authorized Partner, and an Accredited Facilitator for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, Maria brings a powerful research-based team assessment tool to your meeting table. Equal parts detective, translator and reformer, she will help your team turn your big, audacious goals into a well-documented roadmap to success. Idea-Catchers can take your organization from where you are to where you’re meant to be.

Testimonials For Idea-Catchers Llc

  • With everyone’s ideas and opinions on the table, we have been able to determine what is really important to this organization and our decisions and future will be the better for it.

    John Gladden Executive Director, Delta Dental of Oklahoma
  • Maria Birkhead masterfully led us through an organization changing experience. We were energized and had fun at the same time. More importantly, we now have a strategic management team in place composed of staff and board that looks at the plan's action steps on a quarterly basis.

    Carol Wilkinson Troy Former Executive Director, Center for Nonprofits
  • "Maria and I will always work together, no matter where I go or what I do"

    Peter Dolese Executive Director, Arts Council Oklahoma City


  • Click here for Breakthrough Team Results

    You've got a job to do, a company to run, a mission to fulfill. You hired the right people and gave them the tools to succeed. So what's the problem? You ask for their input, and you hear crickets. You launch a new initiative and it's quicksand. Maria Birkhead of Idea-Catchers along with The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ can help. Together, we can fix this. We've got a formula that works.

    It's not a pipe dream. Your team can...
    -make better, faster decisions
    -tap into the skills and opinions of all members
    -avoid politics, confusion, destructive conflict
    -create a competitive advantage
    -have fun accomplishing great things!


    Five Behaviors Introduction

Facilitator Accreditation

Become an Accredited Facilitator for The Five Behaviors® Team Development to unlock organizations’ untapped potential with this breakthrough program. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or new to this team development solution, this course will increase your knowledge and strengthen your Five Behaviors facilitation skills.

With The Five Behaviors® Facilitator Accreditation, you will dive deep into the Five Behaviors model and facilitation best practices. This five-week course will help you build the confidence and expertise to navigate The Five Behaviors Team Development sessions, fine-tuning your skills to deliver an effective experience for any team.

Online Program Includes:

  • Five week course plus pre-work
  • Weekly 90-minute instructor-led sessions
  • Three to four hours of self-directed online study per week
  • Final exam
  • Accreditation certificate
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team eBook

Accreditation will be granted upon completion of the Wiley course and passing of the accompanying exam. Accreditation is valid for two years at which point you have the option to renew

The Five Behaviors offers SHRM credential-holders the opportunity to earn 19 professional development credits (PDCs) from the Society for Human Resource Management when they complete The Five Behaviors Facilitator Accreditation.

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering The Five Behaviors program!


Upcoming Classes

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  • Five Behaviors Certification
  • IAF Certified Professional Facilitator
  • Wiley Authorized Partner
  • Boardsource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting