It’s critical that my clients – especially the creative people I work with – are deeply involved with their own professional development, both strategically and tactically. Just telling them what they should do doesn’t work. Without full understanding of why to take a particular course of action – and without having worked through the possibilities and come to the conclusion themselves – they will not follow through.
So the way I work has developed over time, moving from traditional consulting methods to incorporate the tools and techniques of coaching and workshops: I help my clients to arrive at their own conclusions. I create the framework, bringing my experience and suggestions to the table so that ultimately my clients are enabled to address their own challenges and discover their own opportunities.
The effect is magnified when I work with a team as it’s reinforced and multiplied by their collaboration over time. A most valuable added benefit for teams is that they learn anew how to work with each other. A Workshop takes them out of their regular day-to day roles and they step back and revisit the larger picture.
I recently led a Marketing Workshop with the core team of a design firm and here is what the owner told me afterwards:
“The work we did together was certainly helpful, for me to have an outside perspective, but perhaps the most important thing being that we all thought as a team and came to an understanding of what it means to work at (the company) and what we stand for.”
These words made my heart glad. After all, how effective can your marketing be if it does not spring from these fundamental understandings. This is exactly the sort of result that a Workshop can provide.