When I was 24 years old, I fell in love with the startup life. Working too many hours, no clear understanding of what success looked like, brilliant people trying to solve complicated problems that had never been tackled before — all of it. I loved it.
For the next 20 years, I’ve spent my career managing projects, departments and people, helping them be successful by building the kind of work places that made their best employees want to stay and devote their best effort to the company’s success.
It all starts with managing individuals as individuals and not treating them like cogs in a machine.
Most entrepreneurial organizations pride themselves on being scrappy; most larger organizations pride themselves on being efficient. In both cases, helping managers to cultivate a daily discipline around engaging employees and ensuring the productivity of the team is often taken for granted, instead of actively worked as an important development goal. But most of us don’t have a magical Sixth Sense on how to do that all by ourselves.
What I love most about working with managers and management teams is not only the ability to build a world-class culture that the whole company is striving towards, but the chance to support the least supported members of the organization (front-line managers) in their quest to excel, and model to their teams what it means to be a great leader and help them find the kind of meaning in their work that everyone wants to experience.
In association with MAPS Business Coaching (part of the Keller-Williams family of companies) and leveraging iPEC’s Energy Leadership model, my coaching and consulting practice focuses on how to deliberately and actively cultivate the kind of organizational culture that makes everyone enjoy going to work every day.