The team loved the team-based approach and we intend to adopt it – it’s a very powerful approach. We realised how important it was for the manager to feel supported to run a successful trial and embed flexibility to make it sustainable. Feedback about the trial has been so positive that we’re now in a good position to leverage off the success of the trial.
Nina Fountain gave us a really insightful presentation on managing distributed teams. Something that was reinforced for me, is that if one person in the team is located somewhere else, then the whole team is a distributed team. It can be easy to think of the staff not located with the manager as “distributed”, but the reality is that the whole of our business unit is distributed. This is not new for us. We have been working in this way for some time, but it was important to have time to refocus on how to ensure we work as one team, and that people feel they are all part of the team.
Nina is one of those rare business leaders who lifts her head above the trench of today to envision the workplace of tomorrow. For Nina it is one of distributed work teams – a workforce that reaches beyond the restrictions of a traditional office environment. What stands her apart from other workforce futurists is that Nina has developed tools and processes to assist individuals, teams and organisations to successfully transition to an impactful, more satisfying, new world of work. I have leveraged Nina’s foresight and skills in the past and will continue in the future. I thoroughly recommend you do too if you are interested in leading a more efficient and motivated team.
I attended the Successful Manager’s Mindset workshop because I wanted to access Nina’s brain and the workshop looked the best for what I wanted. A key take-home for me was how important trust is as a manager. I’d recommend it to anyone who is having trouble with flexible working environments.
I am delighted to write a recommendation for Nina Sochon as a keynote speaker. Alternating with her colleague Siobhán Hanley, Nina gave a plenary overview from a workplace perspective highly relevant to this week’s Education Leaders Forum Tomorrow’s Skills. This was followed by a high energy and highly interactive workshop activity which really engaged people and demonstrated some great distance communication lessons for distributed work teams in a fun/active manner. The audience was a cross section of educationists, with a sprinkling of people from the business world. The presentation and workshop activity was very well received and gave a different perspective on the Future Of Work and the role of teams. Nina has deep expertise in both these areas. I was impressed by her professionalism in preparing for the speaking brief we discussed and being a consummate professional on the day in all respects. I warmly recommend her as a key speaker for a wide range of audiences interested in enhancing teamwork in a rapidly changing workplace.
I invited Nina to address a Rotary Club of which I am a member in the hope that she could instil a level of team work and collaboration within the committee structure. Nina gave an inspiring presentation and fully engaged the 43 members to the extent that she had them all participating in communication exercises with enthusiasm and a good level of humour. There were many questions to be answered at the conclusion of her address and Nina willingly spent extra time with those who wished to have follow-up discussion. I expect that we will see a more cohesive approach to our project work which will benefit not only the Club but the community at large.
I thought it would be good to discuss how the staff could better work together and contribute to the mission of the organisation. There have been some recent changes within the organisation. I felt the Hour of Power session could help give us ideas to address and manage our internal culture and communications amidst the change. The team felt engaged around our Cancer Society business and we worked together to address what we could do to enhance teamwork. I would recommend the Hour of Power to other NGO’s as there are lots of changes happening in this third sector (societal and organisational) that create tensions that need to be addressed.
I doubted we could find somebody to help us make sense of it all. We met Nina at a teleworking event and decided to engage Transformed Teams as our preferred partner. They analysed the workflow of our virtual team, and made recommendations to improve transparency, communication and job standards. I recommend Transformed Teams to any virtual business wanting a more productive work environment.
Nina really ‘got’ my business and where I am aspiring to. In a short space of time, she delivered a Diagnostics Summary, which is clear, detailed and specific to my needs. I now have a clear roadmap in terms of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of my business with great tools to access as I progress. I will be definitely recommending Nina to people I know.