An almost perfect 24-hours

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I thrive on the diversity of assignments we get to work on and the people with which we get to play. The last 24-hours was a pretty cool slice of the things we love to do and we wanted to share.

This is a day we spent Considering Starlings.

Tuesday 22nd January
– Sent new coaching client her ‘briefing questionnaire’ so we can be clear what the coaching engagement needs to look like in order to reach her end goals.

– Drove to meet with a new potential client, who needs help communicating his product’s brand attributes to a consumer audience. It’s a potentially a great assignment with some great research and mystery shopping involved!

– Returned to talk to a CEO client about his upcoming leadership development meeting. Lots of discussion about management vs. leadership and examples of some hands-on exercises to help the team understand the differences.

– Received a call from an Automotive company to see if we might be interested in curating and moderating an innovation forum as part of an education platform for senior executives. Now that sounds fun!

– Give input on a progress review tool that we are updating for a creative agency. Together we’ve developed a great tool that measures behavior through values and skills.

All in all a very productive day, edging us closer to our goal of helping 100 businesses and their employees in the next year.

Something’s about to hatch

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Photo credit – Mike Richey

With our various colleagues, clients and collaborators, we’ve have been customizing both company culture and professional development programs for several years. As you can imagine, once you become intimate with a company’s culture and dynamics, you become a resource for many of its human capital needs.

We now find ourselves in need of a naming concept that is large enough to incorporate our educational programs, our coaching offer, our One Voice brand development program, and still be inclusive of all the great assignments we’re asked to be involved with.  It’s quite a lot to package under one humble umbrella but the search has been sweet.

We’re pleased to share that we’ve found our muse in the curious murmuration. The murmuration is essentially a flock of starlings; its self organized, adaptable, responsive, transformational nature inspires us and yet challenges us. We see murmurations as a great metaphor for workplace behavior. We’ve been watching closely and these starlings have provoked us to ask many questions about the possibilities and potential within companies and organizations, hence our new name. ‘Considering Starlings’ is about to hatch and then hopefully, take flight.

We want to become the go to place for professional development. Offering a highly actionable, energetic and immersive approach. An affordable alternative for companies and individuals who are done with rooms full of demotivated employees being ‘trained’ with dry and out of date materials. We believe that everyone can be fulfilled at work so we’re setting out to build a company around that belief.

Along with the new name we have also redesigned the way you can purchase our educational programs. We heard that not everyone has 9-months to commit to a course of professional development so we’re introducing ‘Read & Coach’ in 6-week increments. You can achieve a lot in 6-weeks!

All to say, please take a look around the website which, while under development, will still give you a snapshot of what’s to come.

It’s time to acknowledge a few people too. Firstly, to EVERYONE who has been part of a study group and contributed your fears, your joys and supported your peers in their learning. You guys are truly the gift that keeps on giving. Scott and Lisa McKee for endless support and referrals. Sally Eastwood for your thoughtfulness and frankness. Lisa Stefan for allowing training program development to be such a hoot! Ank Stuyfzand for the trust. James Morrison for peace of mind. Sara Boucher Rhodes for the encouragement – you have no idea! Julie Weinman for being one of the coolest birds I know. Simon Kennedy for knowing how to handle a vulnerable moment so well. Margaret Aleles for being my personal role model. Bella and Guy for being complete rock stars. Marc & Poppy for your understanding during the periods of silent introversion, and lastly, huge, yet confidential acknowledgement to all clients past and future, who make brave decisions everyday to forward their businesses to become places that foster strong positive cultures for their employees – you are the ones who are making a huge difference in the world.