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What’s in it For YOU? How Helping the Team Effort Will Help YOU Get Ahead!

When organizations enlist my services, they do so because they see the benefit to the company (ex. improved client satisfaction, work is done more efficiently, reduced turnover, etc.). However, it’s nearly impossible to create improvement without the buy- in of the individuals who make up the organization. So what’s in it for them?

Isn’t that what any of us would want to know before committing to an effort? In search of answers to that question, I spoke to a few of my past program participants about their experience and outcomes.

Meet Caryssa Seider. I recently completed a development program with Caryssa and her leadership team and co-workers at Gambro Renal Products in Daytona Beach, Fl. As a result of the development program, Caryssa’s leadership team reported that they’ve seen an overall improvement in collaboration, productivity, turnaround time, and employee morale. They’ve also experienced reduced stress and an increase in completed projects. When I asked Caryssa what impact and benefits she personally experienced, she had quite a bit to say:



Lisa: Caryssa, when you were asked to participate in the program with your co-workers, what were your initial thoughts?

Caryssa: I’ll admit, I went into this experience feeling a little selfish. I really just wanted to see what kinds of tools I could gain for myself to help me succeed.

L: What were your take-aways from the program?
C: After a little while, I realized it’s ok to be a little selfish going into the program. I started to think to myself, I know the company is investing in this program to make things better so let me see what I can get out of this. As a result of helping myself, I accomplished the goal of contributing to creating a better team.

L: What were some of the main points you learned that have helped you in your career?
C: The importance of understanding my own responsibility in how others may perceive me. If you’re wondering why you’re not being seen the way you want to, look to yourself first. I also learned how to get beyond the minor annoyances and pick my battles wisely. If something’s not that big of a deal, I’ve learned to let it go. If it is a big deal, I watch the way I present my point of view so it’s not seen as aggressive.

L: What else did you learn about yourself?
C: One thing that’s really helped me is that I learned to reexamine my email style so that I avoid creating conflict . . . sometimes I’ll realize I don’t really even need to send the email after-all. I also learned to understand my co-worker’s point of view. If someone does something differently than I would and the outcome is the same, what’s the big deal? I try not to see it as a personal attack.

L: It sounds like you’ve really taken responsibility for yourself; I can really see how your company can benefit from your contribution. How have you personally benefitted from the changes you’ve made?
C: I’ve noticed that people are less guarded and apprehensive around me. There’s also less micro- managing and fewer “big deals.” I’m not being called into my supervisor’s office and my supervisor is definitely happier. Even the person I’ve had issues with in the past told me they’ve noticed a positive change. Things are better now; people listen to me and take me more seriously. I even received a surprise promotion and pay raise!

L: What advice can you give someone who has the opportunity to take part in a team building or professional development program?
C: Be honest in the process and don’t just say what you think someone wants to hear. If someone is honest about how they perceive you, don’t take it personally – look at it as an opportunity to fix it. Let the people around you know what you’re working to improve so they can support and reward you as you go. Even if you only take away a few things and consistently apply them, you can make big changes!

L: Sounds like great advice to Activate Potential and Realize Results!™

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