About 10 years ago, I was gainfully employed by a nationally recognizable and prestigious Construction Management company. The division I was affiliated with consisted of mostly alpha-males who were all highly-intelligent, highly-skilled in their respective specialties and all very highly-strung. How I got there is anybody’s guess but that’s a story for another time.
We were focused on managing the company's portfolio of clients whose manufacturing operations required new capital expansions that were one-off type projects utilizing processes based on cutting-edge technology. In the initial phase of each project, we all saw the same goal, but from different vantage points. That in itself is a desirable business model, however consensus on execution strategies rarely came without a bout of jumping up and down, rolling around on the rug, stamping of feet, questioning each other's lineage and finally the realization that we had all just violently agreed on a solution. A few of those sessions and one is ready for the loony bin!
Being the astute and venerable father-figure of the group, our fearless leader decided it was time to channel all this wonderful energy (before we could cause great bodily harm to each other) and sought help from a Professional Development Coach, Mr. Brian Cooke, Founder and Senior Leader of Iris Learning. I specifically plugged him because I firmly believe every dynamic company can greatly benefit from his program.
After participating in a number of sessions with Brian, we started to understand each other’s perspective, to the point where we would finish each other’s sentences. As a team, we went on to accomplish a number of successful project deliveries; and as individuals have become ultimately more effective leaders in our business community.
A key element of the lesson plan was to focus on the bottom line, never to accept status-quo and to constantly re-invent ourselves!
Focusing on the bottom line and never accepting status-quo are relatively easy disciplines to master and maintain but learning the art of self-reinvention can be a challenge. If you’re anything like me, folicly-deficient and physique-challenged by gravity, you understand that each passing year brings on another slight degree of IDLC (I don’t like change).
I spoke with Brian the other day and we both agree the economic climate isn’t what it used to be and probably won’t ever get back to what we consider “normal” so I guess it’s time to plug in the “Re-inventamatron” again!