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New Project: VCU Office of Health Innovation By John Sarvay | January 6, 2014
We're excited to be spending time with the team at VCU's Office of Health Innovation again this winter, facilitating a team session designed to revisit and build on the strategic plan we helped the group develop in 2012. While the group's core organizing focus was to help the university move through health reform implementation successfully, they really live at the intersection of community engagement, data analytics and collaborative partnerships.
New Project: Setting Priorities with SAGE By John Sarvay | January 6, 2014
One offshoot of our strategic planning work with the Gay Community Center of Richmond is a bit of pro bono strategizing with another organization serving Richmond's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community -- Richmond's chapter of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). SAGE is the nation's largest and oldest organization focused on improving the lives of older LGBT adults. The Richmond chapter of SAGE operates out of the Gay Community Center of Richmond, but has its own unique partnerships with area organizations. During an evening of facilitated discussion, we'll be helping a small team from SAGE focus on opportunities to focus the chapter's work in 2014.
New Project: Insights for Teams By John Sarvay | January 6, 2014
We're crazy believers in the benefits of increased self-awareness on teams, especially when the team in question takes the time to process their newfound self-awareness, and explore ways to leverage to increase effectiveness. Which is why we're excited to be spending two days in January with a small, self-managed communications team from John Tyler Community College using Insights Discovery® to help guide the team through it's transition to self-management.
Building Role Clarity in My Own Backyard By John Sarvay | January 3, 2014
In my experience within organizations, we talk about role clarity like it’s a no-brainer – as if the vaguely written job descriptions that we haven’t seen since we started working make sense. Or as if the needs of the organization, or the roles that keep its engine running, never change.
I like to imagine that role clarity – who does which pieces of the organization’s work – is particularly challenging for small businesses like Floricane. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that I was the sales manager, marketing director, accountant and bookkeeper, janitor, administrative assistant, project coordinator and lead facilitator for the business.
One of the messiest parts of building a team came from a combination of my own inability to let go of work and my team’s reluctance to take it away from me. You might see how those two complimented each other in the worst of ways.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been meeting individually and as a group with our team. We that time clarifying our roles – both as we run the business, and as we work to meet the needs of each of our clients. Not in a vacuum, and not as an exercise on paper, but built around the way we have been working together for several months now.
I’ve been letting go. They’ve been stepping up. And our clients are getting better results.
Fewer balls are dropped. There’s less milling about, wondering who’s on first. Our engagement is higher, and my stress is lower.
We’ll regroup every several weeks in 2014 to make adjustments, and keep building clarity.
Engagement Takes Time By John Sarvay | January 2, 2014
I’ve recently worked very hard to put some action behind my words –having in-depth meetings with each member of the Floricane team. I’ve asked them for specific feedback to help me better support their success. I’ve challenged them to engage their teammates, and stretch themselves. I’ve asked them to challenge me more.
In our planning conversations for 2014, what I’ve really done is tried – through my actions – to let each member of the Floricane team know how much they matter to our business, and that their contributions are not invisible.
It wasn’t easy carving 12 hours out of my calendar during a very busy December, but it has been important. I’ve limped away from these conversations, mindful that the feedback offered is for my benefit. I’ve danced away, inspired by the commitment of our small team. And I’ve walked away with a real sense of confidence about the coming year.
Engagement takes time. The payoff is powerful.
- Getting A Piece Of Your Mind
- Taking Time
- Five Lessons from Group Coaching
- In The Name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sing!
- TILTED 2014
- New Project: PUNCH(ing) It
- New Project: Visioning with the Richmond Symphony
- Same Motion, More Action
- The Cost of Efficiency
- New Project: Building a Community of Support
- New Project: VCU Office of Health Innovation
- New Project: Setting Priorities with SAGE
- New Project: Insights for Teams
- Building Role Clarity in My Own Backyard
- Engagement Takes Time