One word – Passion!
I am passionate about working with managers and leaders to engage their employees and build great teams. This new website, www.teambuildingforsuccess.com, offers me a great platform to offer my leadership training, employee engagement and team building programs and services.
Why didn’t I start with this?
When I left the Hewlett-Packard (HP) corporate world and decided to start my own consulting business, I didn’t know what I wanted to focus on AND I wasn’t sure what would make money. I have a very broad business, HR and organizational development background. So, with some exceptions such as insurance, payroll and certain transactional services, I said I would work on anything HR or OD related. That was reflected in my first website, www.sdhumanresources.com.
After 14 months, I found that helping managers build great team is what I am really passionate about. I had assumed that I could do that under my San Diego HR Advisors name and website.
As I shared my passion and where I wanted to focus my time with my business peers and clients, two problems quickly became apparent. Two things needed to change. First, I need to not limit my reach to just San Diego. Second, I have to take HR out of my branding since HR has a negative connotation for many people. Instead, I wanted to focus my brand on what I love to do – helping leaders engage employees and build great teams.
Why am I passionate about employee engagement and building successful teams?
My answer is simple. I have seen what engaged employee and great teams can do. I had the luxury of working in a sector of HP that, in many ways embodied the HP Way. In a nutshell, you hire great employees, give them lofty goals, support them and then get out of the way. Also, you reward them for a job well done.
These great teams delivered remarkable business results. A consistent theme with all of the leaders and leadership teams is that they consciously worked at being high performing teams. This included yearly discussions of team health, often leveraging a tool such as Myers-Briggs or DiSC, team results and goals for the next year. These leaders were also very rigorous in reviewing their business results vs. goals along with key metrics via a balanced scorecard. Engaging with employees was also extremely important – employees at all levels received regular updates on the state of the business – through both good and bad times that most businesses experience. Employees were surveyed yearly and action plans were implemented. The trust level among most employees was very high and our turnover rate was low.
What needs am I meeting?
It’s a competitive world out there and I see a vacuum for leaders in being prepared to engage employees and build high performance teams.
They have extremely urgent business issues facing them and most are working very long hours. When I ask business leaders what their biggest problems are, they will talk about cash flow and getting financing. Right after that, they talk about how challenging it is to manage their employees. When I ask for what specific problems they are having, they talk about:
- How costly employees are, especially when you include benefits.
- How difficult it is to find good employees.
- High rates of turnover.
- The lack of teamwork and motivation.
- Managing poor performers.
- Unwanted turnover of good employees.
When I talk to employees, I hear about the other side of the coin. They don’t feel appreciated or valued. They don’t have opportunities to grow. They don’t trust their managers and many of their peers. Many dread going to work. Gallup surveys have found that only 29% of U.S. employees are actively engaged in their work. The rest are not engaged (52%) or actively disengaged (19%).
When you are racing to keep your business running, investing in developing yourself or your team may sound like a pipe dream. If you don’t, you will stay on the same path that can be exhausting. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill that I know of that will cure all of the above. I do know that getting the right employees on board, engaging those employees and building strong and productive teams will result in a culture of high performance. That is the only cure that I know of for the above issues.
What are my goals?
My goal is to help my clients achieve employee engagement, cohesive teams and business results. Ultimately, I want to help create organizational cultures where both managers and employees look forward to walking into work every day.
Do you look forward to going to work every day?
What programs and services will I offer?
I offer practical programs and solutions that I guarantee will provide a great ROI for any company or organization that invests not just money, but also effort and energy into my services and products.
I am especially excited about my 7 Steps to a High Performing Team program that will be offered via webinars and workshops. This program will enable leaders and managers to both, develop their leadership skills, and improve the effectiveness of their teams. This is not an afternoon seminar. It is a program with chunked learning, application on the job and both 1:1 coaching and group mentoring with fellow leaders and managers. It combines the overall process of management with managing employees to achieve engagement and high performance.
I offer 1:1 coaching for leaders, manager and top employees. Using a tool such as a 360 feedback tool or the Everything DiSC Management assessment, I provide a snapshot to the individual of their current state. I help put the pieces in place to ensure real growth in performance and provide coaching to change behavior. We will set goals for development over a defined period of time and will assess growth from beginning to end: Improve Executive/Manager Performance.
Leadership teams drive any organization’s results. High performing leadership teams provide a huge competitive advantage over any significant period of time. My goal is to help teams get that high performance. I work with teams to understand their strengths, challenges and opportunities for growth. We set goals for team development as well as organizational results. The two should go hand-in-hand. I have the tools, processes and experience to help a team get where they want to go: Improve Leadership Team Performance.
I also offer speaking services to organizations that would like to know more about these areas: Speaking: Keynote and Breakouts.
As I said, these are not one-day seminars. You should think of these as embarking on a journey toward achieving your goals. I would like to help you on your journey.