I joined Leading Teams at the end of March 2016 and in the nine months since I’ve learnt a lot and experienced our model in action many times. It’s been a learning curve but a fantastic and interesting one and I can’t wait to see where next year takes us. With than in mind, I asked a few of the team to reflect on the year just gone and think about what they’re most looking forward to in 2017.
The big thing for me in 2016 is my role change – I started the year as Brand & Communications Manager and have ended it as a Facilitator. I’m looking forward to carrying out our PIP with clients in 2017 to create high performing leaders and teams.
My highlights for 2016 are the establishment of our new Leadership Team, the introduction of the Sally McLean award and the level of rigour, challenge and support around our model that happens at our training days. My key thing for 2017 is getting the business side of Leading Teams running seamlessly through driving performance.
I finished 2016 absolutely loving the range of clients I was able to work with (e.g. Tasmania Prison Services, Groote Eylandt Land Council, APRA AMCOS, ALDI, Virgin, Scotch College & Pickles Auctions) and how the mix of courage, flexibility, vulnerability and buy-in created many powerful moments.
In 2017 I’m looking forward to greater depth and breadth around genuine conversations with my clients and our own team. And on a personal note, I’m very excited to become a dad this year!
My highlight is being voted the winner of the inaugural Sally McLean award – it’s hugely important from an internal reward perspective and I’m honoured to have won it this year. In 2017 I’m looking forward to having two new staff members join my business unit and watching them grow and develop as facilitators in the same way that Steve has.
This year, my highlight has been my work with the Newcastle Knights NRL team. I particularly enjoyed reuniting with Nathan Brown, the head coach. We work together originally when he was a young coach at the St George Illawarra Dragons. Nathan had indicated to me that we had some challenges ahead but I liked the systematic approach he took to developing the organisation. He used the team trademark to completely reinvigorate the playing list and the football department. Morale remained strong throughout what was a difficult year.
Hence the thing I’m most looking forward to in 2017 is seeing the continued development of the new Newcastle Knights. Already I have seen quite a change in their standard of training, and the engagement of their players and staff. Seeing the new players function as a team in the heat of battle will be a highlight for me this year.
2016 was a great year. I think my highlight from a professional point of view was the opportunities I’ve had to co-facilitate. I’ve worked with Tim, Justin, Martine and Ray at different points of the year and gained something new every time. From a personal perspective, my highlight has to be the birth of my baby girl, Lexi. She was delighted to meet everyone at the Leading Teams conference in December!
Next year I’m most excited about seeing where the work that I’m doing with the Brisbane Lions goes – they’ve really bought in to the program and engaged with it and I can’t wait to see how that goes during the season.
Last year I wasn’t surprised, but really pleased, that when I announced to the team that I was moving to Brisbane to be in the same state as my partner, that the team was not only genuinely happy for me (I got two rounds of applause!), but the comments all round were ‘we will do whatever you need to make your transition into Brisbane an easy one from a work perspective.’
In 2017, therefore, I’m so excited to be in a new state, and although not quite building a business from scratch, it’s a great challenge to grow the presence of Leading Teams in QLD and I look forward to working with Simon Fletcher to do this and to challenge myself.
One thing I was really pleased with in 2016 was the positive way in which one of our favourite and longest serving sons (Jim Plunkett) was able to leave us to take up an opportunity with Melbourne FC. It was an indicator of the value he has added at the Demons, but also reflective of the genuine care we have for Jim in supporting him to take up a dream opportunity. Our relationships with Jim will remain strong, and he remains a part of the Leading Teams family.
I am most looking forward to seeing how the implementation of the Leading Teams program will impact on the International Football and Tennis School, on the Central Coast in NSW. I had a two-day workshop with their leaders prior to Christmas and I was really impressed by their enthusiasm to embrace the model.
One thing in 2016 that pleased and surprised me was actually joining the Leading Teams team. I’ve admired Ray and Kraig since 1998 and did some work as an athlete facilitator but starting working at Leading Teams made me happy and very proud.
The thing that I am looking forward to in 2017 is continuing to work with such a diverse portfolio of clients and continuing to build my professional relationships with my colleagues at Leading Teams. Living the model comes back to helping our clients … do as I do, not just do as I say!
There was a lot about 2016 that I was absolutely delighted with. I was delighted with the way our Leadership team has grown to become a combination of leadership and management; they’ve become involved in areas previously reserved for Ray and I and now “own” the running of the business. Whilst it’s not perfect yet and is sometimes challenging I am very excited by how it’s working so far.
I was also delighted to see our previous Brand & Communications Manager reach for and be offered a role as a Facilitator within one of our business units. This is a real life example of how our work in building relationships based on mutual trust and respect, and having those genuine conversations around performance, behaviour, purpose and goals, has led to a great outcome not only for the employee, but for the business unit owner / partner and of course the business, which now has a new BCM, and the new BCM who now has us. It’s a classic win win win win scenario – if there is such a thing!
What am I looking forward to in the next year is seeing our new partners and facilitators growing into their roles and seeing the Leading Teams brand continue to go from strength to strength.
If you’re looking to make 2017 the best year ever for your team, get in touch to see how we can help.