My manager clients want to get from A to Z faster too.
Their journey from “A to Z” often involves one of these challenging transitions:
- Moving from individual contributor to manager
- Moving from managing locally to managing globally
- Moving into cross-functional initiative management
- Moving from a career flat spot to a career high
- From struggling team to high performing team
- From questionable initiative to strong initiative
- From misfiring organization to thriving organization
- From small company to big company
Let me write to you as if you were one of these managers.
What You Need
You need the right strategy for moving ahead. That requires knowing alternative ways for getting to where you want to be and which way fits best for you and your situation.
You will want to know what issues you will likely run into and how to deal with them. And, you will want to find ways to help you stay positive when things do not quite go the way you want them.
What Might Be Helpful
What could be attractive is behind the scenes support that is convenient, efficient, delivered in bite sized useable chunks, affordable and non-intrusive. Support that includes someone who serves as your strategy partner and progress accelerator. Someone who could give feedback on your thinking and your strategies, plans and issues. And support that provides access to deep insight surveys, proven best practices tools and referrals to other resources that accelerate progress.
Your Thought Partner
The beliefs of who you partner with are key to your comfort level and your success. Here are mine.
I believe people are more creative, clever and thoughtful and less stressed when they work and think in the pleasant, safe, fun environment. I will create that with you. Be forewarned, I like to laugh and make people laugh. I am hoping you do to or can expand that particular little skill. The goal is to make our work together something you look forward to not just for help but for enjoyment.
Make It Convenient
To make your support fit with your dynamic schedule, you can schedule 30 minute guidance sessions with me using the Online Appointment Calendar to pick the time slots that work for you. No emailing back and forth to schedule or reschedule. And if your availability changes, no problem just reschedule yourself.
Start Outside In
The long term key to success is to sense and react to the priorities and trends of your clients and potential clients. What specifically is the tough situation they are in? What are the specific attributes of the solutions do they want? What makes them buy and not buy? How will they see you as different, unique, and best suited to work with them?
Provide A Thought Space
You will want a forum where you can be more insightful and find your own answers not someone else’s recipe. There are business and marketing experts for hire who can offer you answers, but those answers may not be quite right for you and your situation. You won’t own them, feel comfortable with them, do them. I focus on asking you the right questions so that you come up with your own best answers. And yes, I do provide lots of suggestions, feedback and tools when I sense the right moment.
Learn While Doing
Moving from strategy to execution can be riddled with challenges, surprises and missteps. You need someone who is your steady partner and provider of tips and best practices as you move through your journey. A coach that can pull from over 400 assessments, guides, checklists, models, templates, processes and sample documents would enable you to make faster progress easier. You do not have to reinvent the wheel and can leverage proven best practice strategies and tools.
The support you need is more than a set of tools and processes. You want the opportunity to have important conversations where you are heard and get helpful insights. You want someone to challenge your assumptions and ensure you are true to your commitments. And someone you can role play situations with to build the confidence and proficiency you need to get where you want to go.
Can I Help?
If any of this rings true for you, my online guidance sessions and deep insight tools can enable you to get where you want faster with less wear and tear.
I have been doing management consulting for over 20 years. I have been fortunate to consult to a wide variety of clients in many industries and all levels. I have served as an executive, program manager and internal consultant at VMware, Cisco Systems, Amazon Lab126, Sun Microsystems, Adaptec, HP, TI, and GE. Client companies have included startups, small firms, mid-sized companies and the big brand companies.
I now serve as an effective and efficient teacher and guide for those who want to leverage this experience. I would be happy to share with you the lessons learned and the skills I developed through twenty years of experience in making organizations, projects, managers and consultants more successful.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Neil Love – For over 25 years Neil has been working with executives to improve performance and innovation in organizations, processes and initiatives. His most recent major clients have included Amazon, Cisco Systems, VMware, FLIR and Sun Microsystems. He has either led or been a core team member of $1M and $2M best practice programs that found the very best ways to make companies and departments more productive, more agile and more effective. One of these programs resulted in a savings of $75M and had over 50,000 participants.
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