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Backstage Consulting

Backstage Consulting

Backstage Consulting re-thinks the traditional client-consultant relationship, moving the external firm from the position of providing “the answer” to a position of creating the framework, discipline, and guidance for an organization to find its own answers. The approach places the organization and the client’s needs at the center of the work and measures success in terms of capabilities built rather than knowledge bestowed.

Some people say that perception is reality. I say that, while perception may or may not be reality, it still drives behavior. So leaders must address perceptions—especially negative ones—head on. Here are a few ways leaders can intentionally shape the stories about themselves and their organizations

Meet Your Heroes

You’ll miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. If there are people you admire, people whose work inspires and teaches you, reach out to them. You may be surprised, as I have been time and again, by how much they want to engage in discussions about their work.

The more visual the content of your meeting, the more likely it is to be remembered. Says neuroscientist and author Dr. John Medina, “If information is presented orally, people remember about 10 percent, tested 72 hours after exposure. That figure goes up to 65 percent if you add a picture.” Tips for incorporating a more visual approach into your leadership.

leader as facilitator

Leader as Facilitator

Skilled facilitation is often the difference between meetings that create movement and meetings that create malaise. Don’t allow a lack of preparation or skill to hamper your next team meeting. Whether doing it yourself or using an external resource, take seriously the impact great facilitation can have on the outcomes achieved.