BECOME THE TEAM YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE
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Organizations are as shaped by stories as individuals are — stories about themselves, the world, and the people they serve. What is a mission statement or a business plan but a story?
Problems arise when people’s stories about the organization, themselves, colleagues, stakeholders, clients — you name it — come into conflict. It’s not uncommon for people who are high-functioning in some parts of their lives to run into trouble when they run up against the limitations of some of the stories they tell themselves.
I offer training, workshops, and coaching that helps teams/managers/groups/key individuals work better together and more effectively.
Tales of Wonder
Helping an organization is similar to helping an individual:
- We figure out what the stories are. Some of our interpretations of reality are so deep and so old we think they are facts instead of interpretations. Until we are aware of how we think about ourselves, each other, the organization, and the world, it’s hard to look critically at what we’re doing.
- We check our stories to see how accurate they are, how well they reflect reality. Are there conflicts? Do we say one thing and do another? Where are the places of alignment and divergence? Is the divergence creative or destructive?
- Having identified what is no longer working and what learning is necessary for growth and improvement, we explore what else is possible. We make changes and incubate experiments to see whether there are better, more effective ways of working together, then we harvest the learning, and improve.
And the Impossible
Was Suddenly Real
As your consultant, that’s what I will guide you to do.
Whether organizational change becomes a necessity or a strategic opportunity, chaotic times like these are ripe for making things better.
Some of the work we may do together includes:
- Helping each individual on the team (through self-reporting, stakeholder interviews, and 360 reviews) to identify her/his next developmental “edge” for growth and then coach the individual with those few critical goals in mind.
- Checking our stories to see how accurate they are, and how well they reflect reality. Are there conflicts? Do we say one thing and do another? Where are the places of alignment and divergence? Is the divergence creative or destructive?
- Conducting mediated conversations between individual team members where a story has caused tension and there’s a need for additional support, skill-building, and conflict resolution.
- Designing and delivering workshops for the team itself focused on honest conversations around a variety of topics, such as growing self-awareness, reframing outdated or harmful stories, the nature of relationships within the team and what could make those relationships stronger, resolving conflict, as well as enhancing the level of trust and collaboration within the team overall.