Year Two with VCU


One of our biggest projects this year is a second phase of work with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Development and Alumni Relations team – more than 170 folks representing every school, college and center at VCU. We dive into the work this week with a kick-off session, and then shift gears into leadership, team and individual effectiveness training. This is one of those great projects where we can pull our whole team together to deliver training, coaching and organizational change consulting.

We’re still waiting on the basketball tickets…

Building Leadership: Know It, Grow It, Show It

Listen, we love infographics. They can make even the most complicated of concepts seem way simpler (and they're usually pretty easy on the eyes, too). 

Last year, our summer intern interviewed a ton of our past clients and worked with graphic designer Ben Dacus to create a visual representation of our beliefs about leadership. It's so nice to have this visual reminder of Floricane's unique approach to leadership development!

If you have any questions or additional thoughts, please comment below! Oh, and here's a link to download your own copy, if you want to hang one up in your office like we have.

Floricane Leadership Poster

The One Thing That Leaders REALLY Need...

Self-Awareness Floricane

It's so nice to see an article-- written by someone other than us-- about the importance of self-awareness in leaders. This post from Psychology Today asserts that the most effective executives have a "realistic assessments of their own abilities." We couldn't agree more, which is why we love using Insights® Discovery as a self-awareness and personal effectiveness tool. It's a simple way to reveal to someone their personal strengths, potential weaknesses, and ideal work environment (among other things). We've seen the combination of an Insights® profile and Intro to Insights workshop completely transform the way people show up at work. We've seen it change teams for the better, and we've seen it alter an individual's career path in a huge and exciting way.

Self-awareness isn’t one of those big marquee leadership qualities like vision, charisma, strategic thinking or the ability to speak eloquently to an audience the size of a small city… but it’s a quieter ancillary quality that enables the high-octane ones to work. To use a chemistry concept, it’s a psychological catalyst.
— Victor Lipman | Why Self-Awareness Is Key to Effective Leadership

Understanding what drives you, what motivates you, and what drives you crazy, is the foundation for becoming a better team member, manager, and leader. Lucky for you, we offer Intro to Insights workshops every few months. Sign up yourself, or sign up your entire team. 

Join us on Thursday, December 4 at 
Intro to Insights® Discovery.

We need more better managers, not just better leaders

Leadership Lives at Every Level

Leadership sits at the heart of so much of our work at Floricane. Whether we’re working on strategic planning, organizational change or coaching, a focus on leadership is front-and-center.

I’ve said for years that we believe two things about leadership:

  • Good leadership is a powerful, and positive, force in organizations.
  • Leadership lives at every level of an organization.

I’d like to add two more beliefs to my list:

  • Good leadership does not equal good management.
  • Great organizations grow and develop good leaders and good managers.

After six years of working with thousands of people in hundreds of organizations, I’ve seen consistent evidence that leadership and management skills are at the heart of the most good and engaged organizations.

We need more better managers. You need more better managers.

In January, we’re launching a new management series focused on front-line managers and supervisors – and young, high-potential employees who yearn for solid skill development.

During the multi-month program, we’ll talk about the difference between leadership and management, and emphasize that everyone in the room has opportunities to lead and influence within their organizations. But we’ll emphasize basic management skills – effective communication, meeting management, providing in-the-moment (and job specific) feedback, strategic thinking and building results-focused teams. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, email me or stay tuned to your email in-box.)

Maybe I can sum all of our thinking up with one simple belief:

Effective leadership and management skills are at the non-negotiable heart of any organization interested in thriving in the 21st century.

As we move forward with our work at Floricane, we will be increasing our emphasis on developing and supporting good managers – and understanding the value of core management skills. 

Developing People for Tomorrow's Workplace

Developing People for Tomorrow's Workplace

“But what if we train them and they leave?” is a question we often hear. “What if you don’t train them and they stay?” is our answer.

Developing people and growing talent internally is one of the most important things great organizations do.

Here are 5 types of professional development that create huge and positive impact for organizations...

Leadership is Hard

Leadership is Hard Floricane

Leadership is hard.

This is the central theme that emerged from our first Leadership Circle session last Friday morning. The phrase coined by one of the members resonated with the group. It is hard. That's why there are thousands of leadership books written every year! There is not any one magic way to be a good leader, as evidenced by the broad range of topics our first group generated. Their interests ranged from "use of self as a means of inspiration" to "the balance of confidence and humility" to modeling work-life balance. This is only a snippet of what we discussed -- we are headed for great dialogue this year!

During the group check-out, we found out this group does not want to wait. They were looking for ways to "get started now". Guess that's not surprising from a group of stellar leaders!

Luckily, we get to start with our second group this Friday when another group of leaders from diverse backgrounds and workplaces will begin their journey with each other. I have no doubt that the dialogue will be just as rich.  

The Leadership Circle is a unique offering from Floricane. It is a facilitated monthly dialogue that will occur on the same day and time each month with a small group of leaders -- no more than 8 per group -- who have committed to come together for nine months. It is designed to attract a diverse blend of leaders from corporate, non-profit and governmental entities. It is a confidential space in which to explore the issues, opportunities and ideas that are central to effectively leading an organization or department/division. 

We're expecting to start a few new waves of the Leadership Circle next year. Drop me a line if you want to learn more about it!