|         Execs / Mgmt
What makes an effective team?
A clear vision, role clarity, a strong leader, a comfort with tension and conflict, and allegiance to a broader vision, for a start.
Easier said than done.
I deal with leaders who are asking themselves: Why won't my team just cooperate? Why have we come to standstill when there seem to be clear avenues to progress and expansion? How can I get my employees to be genuinely motivated? How can I lead more effectively?
Do any of these questions resonate?
I fix broken teams and create thriving ones.
For many these days, it is not enough to just show up at work and do their job. People want to feel engaged, inspired, passionate about what they do, and valued. There is a lot of emphasis on leadership and presence. These things can be largely enhanced with the right questions, shifts in perspective, insight, and behavioral skills. This is where I, with my varied training and experience, can be a most useful asset.
I offer non-profit and corporate business clients services that are dedicated to addressing conflict and boosting productivity. With so much of our time being spent physically in the workplace or via telecommuting in a home office, I offer a fresh perspective and unique strategies for key team issues that arise again and again, that eat into productivity, satisfaction levels, and peace of mind -- issues that impact both employer and employee.
Take a moment and give thought to your current corporate climate. What works and what needs tweaking? What has been successful and what piece of your vision needs to be articulated more fully? What has been finessed over and over again yet yields the same middling results? If you knew all the answers, you or your company might be in a different place. A consult with me can set you and your company on the road to bigger and more realized profitability, productivity, and overall satisfaction.
Contact me for more information on how to get started with personal executive or organizational work. Read praise from business leaders I've worked with here.
Organizations are constantly evolving. When members of an organization are in some kind of chaos or conflict, often hidden in the strife there is a larger question for the whole organization. If you can find the question, you will hit gold. You will then be able to move in the direction of growth and productivity that it inspires -- until the next question arises.
Take a look at these five very common organizational dynamics that frustrate, erode and muddy the waters for colleagues, managers and even CEOs. Do any of the below resonate with you and your current work experience?
Overblown interpersonal conflicts -- Nancy and Ed have to work together. She has excellent ideas and he has a way with putting them down in words. When they complete a job, their product is golden. But they hate working together, and the entire office -- as well as some of their clients -- knows it. Nancy is deeply frustrated with Ed's dismissive style, and he feels that her ideas are half-baked and that he should really be getting more credit for the filling in that he does. How do they resolve their issues to get the work done?
Leadership issues/management issues -- Bob is frustrated that his authority is constantly undermined. His employees often come in late, and he is convinced that his team hates him. In fact, they often report to the higher-ups about it. His ability to lead is constantly thwarted by his self-doubt and by the way he feels the team sets him up to fail. He is afraid he will get fired. How can Bob learn to lead effectively in the current circumstances?
Inability to retain employment/employee issues -- At Such and Such Design Firm, employees are leaving left and right. The company pays competitive salaries and gives good benefits. They hire talented people. The management, who are not known as nasty, is confused. What is happening and how can they keep their employees?
A desire to awaken creativity and teamwork -- Angie sees that her team is in a rut. There is chronic lateness in her division and a lot of excuses, but the work gets in on time.¬† She wants to infuse the workplace with a spark that will get her team more excited about their jobs. Where does she begin?
Phase Shifts: Corporation transitioning from one structure to another -- It seems as if overnight, This-N-That Exports is moving from a staff of 15 to 45. This is great news that the core partners have been hoping for. But you wouldn't know it if you popped in on one of their meetings. The fighting is constant. The CEO, CTO, CFO and VPs spend a great deal of time in meetings about the new expansion in which very little is actually accomplished because each person tirelessly tries to advocate for his or her own needs and vision as they move forward. Morale drops throughout the firm as blame and bickering continue. A successful expansion is in peril. How can they ease their transition?
If any of these resonate with you, I know I can help you find the answers you need to in order to create the teams that will take your business to the next level.
Leadership, Persona, Teams. These are the key factors you want to have mastery over if you are in a director role.
Are you an executive or manager who needs help presenting, running meetings, or managing people? Do you struggle with doing your job and attending to all the other things your job requires, like social diplomacy and public speaking?
Blair can help you identify what's in your way and work with you one-on-one to rectify your weak spots and increase skill and awareness in the following areas:
• Role Clarification
• Increased understanding of dynamics
• Relationship building
• Leadership Intervention and Strategizing
• Preparing for presentations, public speaking
In addition, Blair has developed a process called Character Development, which uses a unique blend of acting and leadership skills designed to help you maximize efficiency by building an authentic work persona. By focusing on who you want to be and recognizing your default behaviors, you learn new skills to engage in ways that help you garner more respect, offer more substance to your clients and team, spend less time in dysfunctional entanglements and increase your self confidence and effectiveness by a large percentage.
The Small Business Owner: The Tiny Team
This page is dedicated to business consulting for individual business owners, creatives, healers, therapists and coach-like practitioners.
A working team for a small business owner requires a thorough understanding of the different roles required for business operation, and an ability to schedule, strategize and move between the different roles fluidly. It requires an understanding of when to reach out for help and when to rest. In addition:
Many Intoverts, Artists and Healers have difficulty comprehending that the desire and ability to sell your skills is not at odds with your integrity.
For many years I did not understand that my practice was a business. I did not want to, because I thought healing and business had no business being intertwined.
Soloprenuers are invited to see themselves and their work in a new light. How you talk about what you do, who you talk about it with and what your vision for yourself is, is paramount to your success in your work. You have a unique gift and sharing it with your community is an essential task in these unmoored times.
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