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What is this organizational change approach?
Change is ever-present in organizations, and it is much more messy and unpredictable than we'd like it to be. This model can be applied for large-scale changes and small shifts. It provides the ability to look at change holistically, considering the three key elements of creating and sustaining successful change: conscious leadership, strategic clarity, and execution planning. At each step of the process, this approach is supported by established systems for change that leave you with concrete tools and techniques for enhancing your leadership and your results. For more about what's involved in this organizational change approach, check out this blog post.
How does coaching work?
We start with an initial chat about what you are looking for. Is it a specific issue you’re grappling with at work? A need you see in your team? Our initial conversation helps me get an idea of what you’re looking for and gives you a chance to learn more about me and how coaching with me works. If you’re ready to move forward after our first call, we’ll set up our first coaching meeting or call where we’ll really nail down what you want to work on, identify your success measures, and define the changes you’re after in your business results, your team interactions and your leadership behaviors. From there, we meet once or twice a month to move you from where you are today to where you want to be. Coaching doesn’t look back at your past, it focuses on identifying and honoring where you are today and where you want to go, then gives you concrete steps to get there in a short period of time. For more about getting value from the process, check out this blog post.
I don’t have time to dig into all this stuff, I just want some best-practice templates and tips.
A generic approach to how to lead people doesn’t take into account your culture, your team, your leadership style, or your natural talents. Templates and tips can be helpful, but they aren’t the basis for powerful, intrinsic change. Just like you can’t “target” fat loss in one area of your body with a quickie diet, you can’t build a passionate, high-impact team by spending 20 minutes following the tips of the day. YOU are the biggest driver of performance on your team, so we start with where you can naturally magnify what you are good at, what’s getting in the way of the life you want to lead at work, and how to make your leadership authentic and joyful.
My boss/coworkers/team will never buy it, they aren't into “soft” stuff like values.
Getting to the heart of your leadership, your team, and your company culture is what will move mountains. But this isn’t therapy or navel-gazing. This is about real results, focused on what you want to accomplish. If you’re willing to work, you will see tangible changes in your business results, team interactions and own leadership behaviors. We work with practical, real-world tools to build accountability and business results. We define the measures of success up front, so you can chart your progress along the way and know when you’ve accomplished what you are after.
Why would someone want values-based leadership coaching?
Because authentic leadership that aligns with who you really are and gets results IS possible. Because you don’t have to feel like your work self and your real self are two different people for one minute longer. Because we can build workplaces that are alive with passion and soul, that do good in the world AND make money. Workplaces don’t have to be mind-numbing, soul-sucking places and you have the opportunity to make yours everything you ever dreamed it could be.
Can’t you make this even more compelling?
If you aren’t satisfied with the practical, powerful ways that this coaching can make you a better leader by the end of our first session, it’s free.
How are you qualified to be telling us about how to build great cultures?
I have been building successful, loving and joyful company cultures for more than 18 years, both as an executive and a consultant. I am happy to share examples of the loyalty, passion and commitment created by these cultures if you want more. Check out my bio here for more information.
How can talking about values possibly make more successful businesses?
I’m going to say it again, because it’s the basis of everything I do… There are real, tangible, financial benefits to making our workplaces more values-based. If our employees feel seen and heard and respected, if they know that their boss and their organization actually see them as a real human being and they can bring their real selves to work, they will put more discretionary effort into their work, they will make those decisions in favor of their customers, their coworkers and their company without having to sacrifice their own souls to do it. This means happier customers, faster deliverables, employees who fully show up when they’re at work. It’s not about making everyone feel good for the sake of feeling good. It’s because operating from a place of values builds more successful businesses where our people WANT to work harder and do more.