Three Critical Questions Community Boards Should Consider

Catherine Bell‘s Insight blog on The Enneagram in Business website reflects on three critical questions non-profit boards should consider.  Ginger Lapid-Bogda continues the discussion relating the three enneagram subtypes to community boards, and how they can become more dynamic and productive.

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Cultivating Receptivity

On the Enneagram in Business blog, Catherine Bell discusses the meaning of receptivity and how we cultivate it in our daily lives.  Ginger Lapid-Bogda continues the discussion with receptivity obstacles for the different Enneagram types.

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HR analytics. You have the information, now how do you use it?

Two weeks ago, I attended an informal “user group” hosted by PeopleInsight.  Two clients stood up and spoke about how PeopleInsight workforce analytics has changed the conversations about people, recruiting and leadership development investments, at the executive level within their organizations.

I left the user group with three major areas for consideration, and welcome your feedback:

Our individual ability to perform has a lot to do with having the structures, processes and systems that work for us, and work for us …. quickly.  Waiting two weeks to generate “a productivity report” is not acceptable, it hinders work, and makes it difficult for anybody to perform at top levels.  What can we do to liberate people, and enable them and their talent through the structures, systems and processes we create?

HR systems have been collecting information for a long time.   Whether the information is stored in excel or an integrated enterprise solution, organizations track payroll, performance evaluations, absenteeism, and safety information.  Regardless of your title, consider this question: How do you gain access to information on the people in your team, and how do you use information to make informed investments in your team members?  For example, how can HR data help us forecast which individuals are most at risk for leaving the organization?  And, consider what would happen if you received a performance “green light” , “red light” or “yellow light”, that directly correlates an individual’s accomplishments to upcoming development opportunities within the organization?

We know that it takes new team members up to 18 months to reach top performance, and we at BluEra have invested and designed team transformation practices to shrink this.  With an awareness for data and analytics, BluEra would love the data, or proof, that shows everyone that we are doing what we say we are doing – building evolved and awakened teams.  Sign up for the free 30 day trial for PeopleInsight, and start tracking your new hires, and their performance.  How are the new hires, recruited with BluEra, measuring up? Our bet is that they are performance leaders.  We would love to know what you’ve experienced….and would be thrilled to see the data too.

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Choosing To Be Awakened

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Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine asks how interested, curious, and awake are you? In the full blog (available hereGinger Lapid-Bogda further explains the idea of choice and that we can choose (or not) awakeness, as well as a wide array of other qualities.

“You’ve met people who are asleep to themselves, to their patterns, to their families, to their friends, to their coworkers and to their communities. What’s the opposite of this? What we’re looking for in ourselves, our employers, our supervisors and mentors, our colleagues, our friends, our relationships, in a candidate, and in our community, is awakened: someone who is alive, ready to be present with us.”

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Enneagram in Business: Flooded with What is Important

Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine recounts her own experience of the recent floods in Alberta. In the full blog (available hereGinger Lapid-Bogda goes on to discuss the implications of Catherine’s Enneagram type on her experience, as well as discussing a time in her past which touched upon her Enneagram type’s fears.

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Having participated and experienced being in one of Canada’s largest natural disasters, I am wondering how many people really know their neighbors, and are you focused on your most important priorities with presence?

On summer solstice 2013, when the moon was very close to the earth, our home town was flooded, one of Canada’s economic hubs. The areas around the Elbow River and Bow River were filled with absolute raging, frigid, unforgiving water. Ten percent of Calgary’s population was evacuated, over 100,000 people.

We were in France. We received the call….”I am in your basement” from Jay Simmons, a neighbor up the hill, dear friend, local serial entrepreneur, and Calgary Maverick. In the days prior, he project managed our house, removing everything from the basement. All the photo albums, drenched art work, furniture, and the children’s toys. Hundreds of unknown faces entered our community to lend a helping hand, in any way they could, unasked, yet they heard our call for assistance. Scenes from the city were bleak and desperate. A river was running down our street, a number of blocks from the actual river. Houses destroyed, bridges demolished by the power of the water. Our company was closed due to flooding for one week, in the downtown of one of Canada’s economic hubs. Clubs opened their doors to help. The local church invited the community in for meals and represented everything good in a church. The river’s flow called out something greater in all of us.

The Stampede is one of the biggest parties in the world, according to CNN. The Stampede grounds flooded just 14 days away from one of the greatest outdoor shows on earth, which has a significant impact on our city’s businesses. Our cowboy spirit rallied and we emerged because of our love of humanity and community. We pulled up our cowboy boots and dusted them off, and we held the greatest outdoor show on earth, with thanks to hundreds of nameless volunteers. I know my neighbors and I don’t know the hundreds of people who came to the aid of our community.

In business, do you know your neighbors, I mean, really know them? If you shake hands with someone new every day, you never know what may emerge.

Are you focused on what is important to you right now? Many of my neighbors actually feel sorry for those not in the flood, as the level of presence during the tragedy was at an all time high. To experience a natural disaster is both a blessing and a curse. It depends on the moment of your experience. I take away a belief in a higher calling for humankind, one of generosity, compassion, and connectedness.Practice putting your energy into what is important to you.

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How to develop leaders?

Helping leaders grow and evolve to their potential is an important ingredient in the teams we help build. Leaders play a key role in directing, motivating, promoting, energizing and creating the environment for team success. At BluEra after our Executive Search teams place the ‘right’ leaders on a team, we then discuss what’s next? What does the team need from the new leader? How will they be integrated into the team and what needs attention now- the team or the leader?

In this conversation with our clients, we discuss our executive coaching services and often we are asked, what does executive coaching focus on to develop leaders? There are 3 main areas:

1)            Stopping something they are doing that is getting in the way of the team being successful – what is it the leader doing that they shouldn’t be doing? Yelling at other leaders, talking without listening, making all the decisions, or making inappropriate comments? At this level the leader is not aware of the impact their behaviour is having on others, their team and the organization. Often this behaviour has partially created their success (or so they believe) and now is undermining it.

2)           Developing the leader – are there other ways of doing their work and interacting with people that would be beneficial to create their success? It could be they don’t communicate effectively with certain stakeholder groups, don’t hold people accountable to deliver on commitments (or get them to make commitments), avoid conflict or sharing their perspective, being too tactical and not focussing on strategy enough (and vice versa). Often these are behaviours leaders don’t know they need to develop (a blind spot) or they know it and need to develop the skill to step into these conversations effectively at the one on one level and/or team level.

3)              Transformational Coaching focuses on shifting the leader’s thinking, feeling and acting towards the situations they face to increase the outcomes they desire. Developing a compelling vision for the organization that may disrupt the status quo, developing and holding true to their personal and company core values, those key behaviours that create the unique person and company.

If you or one of your leaders grew and evolved in one of these areas what results would your team be able to deliver?

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BluEra builds evolved and awakened teams through executive search, team transformation, and coaching practices.

Ritual in Business

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Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine describes some of the rituals she encounters and indeed practices in her daily life. In the full blog (available hereGinger Lapid-Bogda goes on to suggest potential rituals for each of the three centers.

Recently, I attended the graduation ceremony of my niece, and it was ripe with ritual, from the clothing the girls were mandated to wear (white dresses) to the bag piper who piped them into the garden party. Ritual means something that has a pattern, is ceremonial, and has an established way of enabling presence.

After the event I reflected on how ritual is present in my own life and business. A few of my ongoing business rituals include:

Stillness breaks
These can occur during meetings or even during the workday. Have people come together for a few moments of silence and stillness before they go back to their daily work. These breaks seem to deepen people’s ability to be more fully present and engaged and more focused on the work that needs to be done.

Check-ins

Before meetings officially begin, people communicate what is going well and not so well in their lives. It allows people to understand what is going on with one another.

Appreciation practice

At the end of meetings, people reflect on each individual and note verbally something that they appreciate in that person.

These are just a few of the rituals I use when working with teams and within my own team. How do you use ritual in your own work? How does your Enneagram type and instinct affect your affinity, or lack thereof, for ritual? Is it possible to make every moment a ritual?

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Enneagram in Business: Insight into Service

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Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine asks us about the thoughts of service? be it to a client, customer or employee. In the full blog (available hereGinger Lapid-Bogda goes on to explain how really being of service involves using each of the 3 Centres, not just the Heart Centre alone.

With many people traveling over the coming months to conferences and workshops, an insight on service may be useful. Almost every business is a service in some way – coaching, consulting, the airlines, manufacturing, etc. What is one way that you can enable service this month? Do you have service deadlines – for example, email response within 24 hours? How do you show your clients and your customers “the love”? How do you provide care to your employees? To every person you touch? What is the smallest thing you can do to make a positive impact? Follow up is particularly important. How do you follow up? If you are coaching, and someone no longer continues, how do you reach out and connect?

Invite people into the art room of the heart and see what beats. What are you in service to?

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BluEra builds evolved and awakened teams through executive search, team transformation, and coaching practices.

Awakened Team Transformation Practice

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Before BluEra begins an awakened Team Transformation with business executives, we often begin with a meditation.    Yesterday, the meditation began with a quote from Jim Collins:

“Stop doing lists are more important than to do lists.”

Consider how you begin your meetings.  Do you just dive in?  Do people get a chance to settle and ground themselves in their bodies before beginning the meeting?

We invite you to try this practice.

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BluEra builds evolved and awakened teams through executive search, team transformation, and coaching practices.

Nature and the Enneagram

Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine highlights the link between nature, the concept of being being present and the Enneagram. In the full blog (available here) Ginger Lapid-Bogda goes on to explain how each of the 9 Enneagram types views conservationism.

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Recently, I got to spend time with Brian and Dee Keating discussing a travel bucket list. Brian is a nature conservationist (click here for information, and some amazing videos). During our discussion, I posed the following questions of them:

Question | What is the most important issue facing our planet?
 
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 | The most important issue facing the planet (is) our need for clean water, and the fact (that) the majority of (the world’s) water is unusable to us. Roughly 1% of the world’s water is potable.


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| To me, water represents going with the flow of life and the source of life! We are mainly composed of water. It is vital for our existence. As well, water moves in the path of least resistance, and has the ability to wear stones out. Water can also take the form of liquid, solid, to a vapour, which speaks to me of metamorphosis and recycling. How can we grow and change, and recycle more naturally?

Question | What can we learn from nature?
Dee and Brian felt that our ability to be in the here and now, not in the busy-ness of our lives, is a key learning from nature. They commented how we often run around without really being present to the nature around us, whether it be a sparrow, a squirrel, or a blade of grass. I found this profound. How many things do we not really experience that are really amazing?

Here are some questions for all of us to consider:
How can we take this knowledge into business?

How can we be more like water and nature?

How can we apply this to the Enneagram?

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BluEra builds evolved and awakened teams through executive search, team transformation, and coaching practices.

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