“Is there anyone challenging you to grow?”
People are continually asked to accelerate results – to do more with less – less resources, less time, less … everything. The volatility of our world is challenging – changing competition, technology, economic shocks and business scandals. The level of complexity is not decreasing either. We may be asked to manage an international workforce, be available 24/7, report to multiple bosses in a matrix organization, and serve multiple generations (including our family).
People need to help their colleagues and clients create (and more importantly EXECUTE) new ideas for real transformation – with those who are much more cynical than ever before. The daily news has rocked the trust of pretty much everyone, so it’s harder to tap into intrinsic motivation. With all of these challenges, providers, coaches, executives, and … well, everyone … are burning out – they need more leverage, and sometimes an external partner to help with blind spots.
We know that organizational intelligence (strategy, technology, finance, etc.) is usually high, but we hear the following statements from CEOs to mid-level leaders across many industries, which indicate an unhealthy organization. Does any of this sound familiar?
- Internal politics and the existing bureaucracy are driving us crazy.
- My people just don’t do what I need them to do.
- My clients are not getting the results they really need.
- My team is not moving in the same direction.
- I’m moving from government into the private sector, and it’s more challenging than I thought.
- I’m having a conflict with a colleague.
- The Board can’t make up its mind about a strategic decision.
- It takes too long to get things done around here.
- My team and I are not on the same page.
- Whenever we roll anything out, there’s huge confusion.
- We aren’t certain that our large-scale initiatives are the most effective they could be.
- My team is burning out, and I think I am too.
- Turnover is high and good people leave. We have a strategy but it’s not getting done.
- We need to turnaround this organization.
- If I’m going to succeed in my role, I need something different.
- The culture needs to change and it’s resisting my efforts to change it
- We have an opportunity to take things to the next level and I’m not sure how.
- I need someone to bounce ideas off of – like a sparring partner.
- I got some negative feedback about a behavior I have, and I need to change it.
- I’m worried about my family – I’m not really there for them.
Why we do this work:
The financial costs of stressed out people and stretched to the max organizations are enormous – wasted resources and time, decreased productivity, increased employee turnover and customer attribution, and even the cycle of recovering from the latest misstep. But that’s just the start. When people are inauthentic, caring more about their own success than the success of their people or their organization, when they’re misaligned, confused, and inconsistent about what’s important, they create real anguish for humans. And themselves. Then they start to see work as drudgery, with success unlikely and out of their control.
This leads to a diminished sense of hope and lower self-esteem, which bleeds into their families, where it often causes deep personal problems. So it really matters.
It’s possible to build health into people and organizations that work.
To be an evolved enterprise – to help get people and organizations unstuck, and to inspire transformation that changes our world for the better.