Are you and your team

stressed and fighting fires?

Are you working all hours? Do you bounce from meeting to meeting and feel the only time you can really get anything done is late in the evening or at the weekend?

Do you find that when you come together as a team, you find it hard to make decisions and that there is tension or conflict between team members?

Are you frustrated that you are all smart, experienced, good people who have somehow lost that feeling of trust, of pulling together, of getting good things done?

If you are, you are not alone and together we can change that

Research shows that when organisations are under pressure to deliver – through aggressive growth targets, increased regulation, dramatically increased competition or shrinking margins – the pressure gets passed onto every single person in the organisation.  Most people can revel in the pressure for a while, but sustained pressure eventually leads to stress and stress can lead to burnout if you don’t make a commitment to intervene.

Stress leads to politics, silos and turf wars

Teams under stress:

  • Listen less, but talk more
  • Rehash points of view rather than finding new ideas and solutions
  • Struggle to focus and make decisions
  • Compete with each other
  • Blame each other or each other’s teams
  • Demotivate and confuse their teams
  • Create conflict but fail to find a way to resolve it
  • Take this stress home with them where it affects their sleep, their health and their relationships

Stress is expensive

The organisation pays the price when it comes to lack of efficiency, lack of creativity and lack of engagement.  Mistakes will happen.  People pay the price with their health and their relationships.  People – often your best people – will leave or go off sick.

The answer is simple (and relatively cheap)

I have worked with dozens of teams across industries and geographies and I know what works.  Neuroscience will back it up; you have to reduce the stress hormones in your body and you have to get out of survival mode – the fight, flight or freeze response.

You have to invest the time to step back and reconnect with each other.  You have to re-learn to trust each other, to listen to each other, to value each other.  This gives you the energy, resourcefulness and resilience to face the challenges posed by the wider organisation and operating environment.

This is what works: team coaching

A year-long process that includes four team coaching gatherings (two days each, off-site) and individual coaching for each team member between sessions, along with regular group check-ins online.

  • Trust – the glue that bonds teams together
  • Creativity – new solutions to old, entrenched problems
  • Decision-making – confident, consistent and timely
  • Accountability – people own their decisions and follow through
  • Resilience – ability to deal with challenging environments
  • Sustainable leadership – you get the best out of your best people

Read more here about how stress affects leaders and organisations and contact me here to discuss how to help your team.

And if you are telling yourself – you don’t have time for such a team coaching investment or that you can’t afford it, I would ask you to consider how expensive NOT doing this is.  Like the cost of staff turnover – the replacement cost for just ONE senior manager from your team would be more expensive than this year-long team process for EVERYONE! 

This is what you get from this team coaching process

  • Trust – the glue that bonds teams together
  • Creativity – new solutions to old, entrenched problems
  • Decision-making – confident, consistent and timely
  • Accountability – people own their decisions and follow through
  • Resilience – ability to deal with challenging environments
  • Sustainable leadership – you get the best out of your best people

Does this sound like something you’d like for your team? Contact me to start the conversation. Life is too short to have bad days out of the office.

How I work

It all starts with the location. I describe location as my co-facilitator; choose a dull, corporate location with predictable food and bad lighting and your results will reflect that. Choose somewhere that is more individual, responsive, serving nourishing food in a beautiful setting, and your output will reflect that.

I then work with you to get clear on what three to five things you need attendees to take away. Then I suggest ways that we can get those messages to land, while meeting all the needs I’ve mentioned above.

Everyone agreed it was the best company day that they had ever attended; they built valuable relationships with people they don’t regularly speak with and now have a greater awareness of what everyone else does. Being listened to and having the opportunity to input gave them motivation and a real sense of being part of the business.

As a business owner I know people are everything. Investing a relatively small amount of time and money to engage and motivate our people is money well spent.

Nick Richards

CEO, MeLearning