Warning: self serving blog.
I have been having so much fun lately. I have been running a lot of workshops lately and I’ve been having a ball. It’s my happy place.
I love creating the plan, working out what the team needs and how to best meet their needs. I love meeting the team and finding out more about the different personalities. I like to see how they work together; the good, the bad and the ugly.
I enjoy working with the leader, whether they be a CEO, a director or a team leader. It is always enjoyable to work with leaders that care; that want to improve their current position, that want to nurture and develop their team and who can take critical feedback.
I believe in giving everyone a voice, so I use the stakeholder engagement software, Powernoodle. I ask the team to answer questions anonymously about what it feels like and looks like when things are going well and what it looks like and feels like when things are not going well. The leader and I usually agree that it is best that everyone reads those results together at the same time; better there than having staff gossiping in the car park.
We usually talk about respect and what respect looks like for their team. We create ground rules and boundaries that are developed by and owned by the team; to be honoured by the team.
We determine how the team will celebrate successes and we make room to grieve any losses.
Putting all that information on the table; letting people own the good and the bad elements of the team; identifying what it feels like when things are going well and working out the triggers for a bad day and creating boundaries that mean something to the team – when you put it all together you get a team that understands what it needs to do to improve; to work better together. You get a team that wants to spend time together, that is productive and can deal with stress and conflict.
I believe I have the best job in the world.