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I can help you and your organization recalibrate what is possible and reach the summit of your potential.

COMMON CHALLENGESDo any of these statements reflect thoughts you have
had about your workplace?

I learned how to be a great ___________________ in school, but managing people is harder than I thought it would be.

A common error among managers is to demand top performance from subordinates and then complain about how that strategy doesn’t seem to work.  Demanding good performance is simple and expedient, which is why it is so common.  However, getting the best out of your employees, or “performance management,” as it is known in HR jargon, is enormously complex.  If it was just common sense, wouldn’t we all have amazing, inspirational bosses?  They’re called “soft-skills,” but they can be plenty hard to master.  Don’t continue doing what you’re doing with disappointing results; find out what uniquely motivates your employees to excel.

I want to become a better leader.

Everyone in the workplace is “managed,” but very few are truly “led.”  I can put you on the path to becoming the kind of transformational leader that creates passionate, hard-working employees.  This is provided through either short-term consulting or longer-term executive coaching.

As a woman, I know I need to overcome traditional biases in order to rise up in my company. I just don’t know how to do that. (OR) We have a high percentage of women working in the lower ranks of the company, but not nearly as many in the higher ranks.

I can help shine a light on the very real barriers women face as they strive to reach the upper echelons of an organization.  It’s no accident that 23.2% of the U.S. House of Representatives and 25.0% of the Senate are women, for example.  I believe in empowering women with the knowledge and skills they need to break through those barriers, which, by the way, are compounded for women of color.  Take charge of your career, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s just a “man’s world” and there’s nothing you can do about it.

I have costly turnover and it’s a business-killer to see my best people leaving for other companies.

Turnover is likely even more expensive than you think it is due to the ripple effect it has on employee morale along with diminished customer satisfaction and productivity.  In addition, it is impossible to have any sort of strong culture in the face of high turnover.  This is a complex issue and no two situations are exactly the same.  So rather than rely on a cookie-cutter off-the-shelf program, let me investigate the unique challenges and opportunities you face.  Together we can boost retention of your top talent and make your organization the employer of choice in your sector.

My employees seem disengaged and I wish I knew why.

I am well-versed in survey construction and data analysis.  There is an entire field of study dedicated to effective survey writing and analysis within I-O psychology.  I can help you find the actionable answers you’re looking for, and provide the steps needed to tackle the issues.

“Midwestern nice” is hurting our innovation and decision-making.

One of the biggest fallacies in management is thinking that a lack of disagreement among employees is a good thing.  Rather, when smart, passionate people come together to solve tough problems, we should expect opinions to differ and debates to occur for the sake of better decision-making.  The challenge is knowing how to foster civil, respectful debate that centers on issues and avoids devolving into personal attacks.  Remember, at the end of the day, you’re only as good as the decisions you make.

We can’t afford to pay top salaries, so I guess we just have to settle for sub-par employees.

Money is surely a motivator, but there are many other things that motivate the best of the best to choose to work at your company, and then choose to stay there.

I feel like I’m always behind; there’s never enough time to get everything done. Also, I’m dealing with a lot of stress.

Time management is an issue for most of us.  I can help with techniques to be more efficient with your time, more effective with your time, and overcome barriers like procrastination.  Stress management is a separate, yet related, topic I can help with, too.  Stress takes a toll on many things including problem-solving, teamwork, and customer service.  Wouldn’t it be nice to lessen that stress and start living the kind of life you always hoped for?  Your health and your loved ones will thank you for it.

It seems like my team has communication issues and I know we should be more effective than we are.

Teams represent a powerful work structure for productivity and agile innovation.  However, leading teams and fostering high-performance team processes are enormously complex subjects.  I can identify where the issues are and provide recommendations and/or training to help your team reach its full potential for awesomeness.

I’m supposed to be interviewing job applicants, but I’m not really sure I’m doing it right.

“If you could be any kind of tree, what kind would you be and why?”  Ninety-nine out of one hundred times you should NOT be asking those sorts of questions.  In truth, the employment interview is one of the most misunderstood selection devices out there.  I can show you exactly what is and what is not appropriate, as well as provide the structure you need to get the most predictive power out of your candidate interviews.

We have an ethics policy, yet we still see violations of our ethics and values.

Question: did the notorious energy company Enron have a written code of ethics?  Yes it did, and we all know where that got them.  Aside from the obvious benefits of being ethical, organizations with strong reputations for transparency and humanitarian behavior are also more attractive to the best of the best employees.  Building a truly ethical workplace requires a large-scale effort to impact an organization’s fundamental culture.  No easy task, but plenty of companies have done it, and yours can, too.

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This is just a small sampling of the kinds of issues I can assist you with. If you have that nagging sense that things just don’t seem right in your organization, give me a call and I can help put you on your best path forward.

GET IN TOUCHDes Moines Leadership &
HR Management Consulting
FULL-SERVICE CONSULTING FIRMWest Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines Leadership is your locally owned, full-service consulting firm providing affordable leadership development training and human resource management solutions. I have over two decades of experience helping professionals from all fields and together we can boost employee engagement, motivation, retention, communication, teamwork, creative problem solving, and innovation. We will also create a stronger, more positive culture that is rooted in great relationships and creates better “bench-strength” when it comes to succession planning.
GET IN TOUCHDes Moines Leadership &
HR Management Consulting
FULL-SERVICE CONSULTING FIRMWest Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines Leadership is your locally owned, full-service consulting firm providing affordable leadership development training and human resource management solutions. I have over two decades of experience helping professionals from all fields and together we can boost employee engagement, motivation, retention, communication, teamwork, creative problem solving, and innovation. We will also create a stronger, more positive culture that is rooted in great relationships and creates better “bench-strength” when it comes to succession planning.