The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveler came along wrapped in a warm cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other. Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely did the traveler hold on to his cloak; and at last the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveler took off his cloak.
There are situations in which you know where the leverage points are, and if at first you don't succeed, you apply more commitment, more resources, or more force until you get there.
There are also non-linear situations with complex relationships where more resources or greater commitment still won't get you what you're looking for. In fact you may even make the situation worse (witness the North Wind above, your team relationships perhaps, or the US Drug War--to name a much bigger context).
Bridgespace specializes in helping you tackle complex situations that do not respond well to traditional leverage points. These include inner challenges such as increasing your own capacity as a leader as well as external challenges such as changing and developing your team or entire organization.
We specialize in the following:
- Leadership Development
- Executive Presence
- Managing Conflict
- Team Development
Please contact us to discuss a specific coaching program.
Get to know us by booking one of these workshops for your team. We work with leadership teams, project teams, virtual teams, family businesses, and business partnerships . They can be delivered at your place of work or virtually.
Team Meta-skills: Seven "meta-skills" that provide the conditions necessary for strong teamwork. This is a powerful model for partnering in one simple tool.
The OneTeam Process: Get team members thinking in terms of the team as a whole instead of getting stuck in polarized positions or casting blame on each other.
Feedback as mirror, truth, creator: Develop the ability to give "tough" feedback in a way that your relationships grow stronger instead of weaker. This goes deeper than feedback steps or "feedback sandwich". It becomes a powerful learning process for both the feedback giver and the receiver.
Team Toxins: Working with negative conflict styles: There are 4 behaviors that can be very toxic to any relationship: Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt, and Stonewalling. Learn antidotes to neutralize these and return to productive dialogue.
Creative Leadership: Are you or your team members too controlling? Too complying? Too distant or too cynical? Identify which of 3 most commonly held illusions is keeping you from moving to a more creative leadership style.
Your Greatest Source of Power: This contains the essence of your organization, its uniqueness, its role in the world at large, and the meaning it has for the development of society.
Building Trust: Lack of trust leads to lack of commitment, which eventually erodes results. So how do you work with team members who have different appetites for trust? And what is the one big thing you can do to build trust?
Why Should Anyone Be Lead By You? Good news... it's not because you're perfect. Learn 4 qualities that need to be present so that others want to follow you.
Role Nausea / Vacant Roles: Are you tired of doing certain roles? Are there team roles that nobody is handling? Learn innovative ways to align roles with talents and desires.
Any of these workshops can dramatically increase your ability to collaborate effectively.