News & Thoughts:
August 21, 2018
It's go time! KG Mentoring has a big announcement.
Beginning Sept. 1, I will be providing select companies and organizations a private concierge-type service, called the Organizational Mentoring Program (OMP). This offering fills an important gap between management consulting firms, professional training and coaching organizations and the companies they serve. The OMP provides a direct-to-employee personal & professional development pathway, tailored to each individual's unique personality and way of working.
Here's the idea. Leaders need to stay focused on building enduring, prosperous workplaces. Often, the professional development of their colleagues and teammates is a critical success factor to achieving that goal, but there isn't enough time and especially expertise to get it right and make it stick. Leaders struggle to 'do it all' - be the coach, be the leader, be the strategist, be the sales person, be the 'face' of the business, and so on. And sometimes they succeed, but far too often, they fall short of the mark.
And the message is everywhere. From Harvard Business Review to academia to leadership conferences, the myth of the SuperHero Leader who knows everything about each of their employees and can shift communication technique on a dime to accommodate each individual's unique personality and way of working is pervasive.
I've been a mentor and a student of human nature and the human side of enterprise for almost 20 years. Last year, I piloted the Organizational Mentoring Program at three companies, all with great success. In each case we used the Enneagram assessment, and it was wildly popular for its accuracy and the fun of self-discovery both individually and as a team. Based on the understanding promoted by the information in the Enneagram assessment, the teams began working together in fundamentally different ways. 'Normal messy humans' could relate to each other in new ways, and build connection and cohesiveness that turned into a dividend that dropped right to the bottom line!
The research supports this as well: invest in developing your people, with someone who is trained to provide the development, and the probability of building an enduring, prosperous workplace leaps exponentially. If you lead and manage a group of people, you now have an option that gives you back time and fosters an environment of learning, growth, and excellence.
So let's get to it: partner with an Organizational Mentor, be a leader and a learner and allow your staff to do the same. I'd be delighted to share the program with you, send me an email to connect, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll set up a call.
If you're an individual seeking mentoring, yes, I am still wholeheartedly working one-on-one with clients. So, please do reach out and tell me what's on your mind. My first consult is free, and can last up to an hour as we get to know each other. Go to the contact page - and I look forward to meeting you!
Kelleen has worked with us since the beginning of our transformation from a closely held group of professionals with a strong set of shared values to a much larger organization with dynamic new members sharing different experiences and expectations. Kelleen has led three high impact workshops that have been instrumental in determining who we are going to be as a leadership team. The upfront work and time that Kelleen invested made all the difference in each case – she spent the time to understand each of us individually. This insight allowed her to design productive workshops that all yielded positive results. Here is what I wrote Kelleen after the conclusion of our third workshop:
"...may be naive, but I thought it could not have gone better. Our team’s style is to seek resolution rather than to elevate conflict. What we do with what we learned today is critically important. [I] had very positive conversations with two critical participants. I’m realistic, certainly many challenges ahead for the team. The good news: today’s session provides a positive platform for us to deal with any challenges ahead. Kudos- you did a great job leading the day - and the evolution of our collaborative thinking from kickoff months ago to today was near perfection. Great Job!"
- Jim Arnold, Senior Partner, Deliver Strategies, Washington D.C., 2017 - Present
"I have achieved greater work/life balance through my conversations with Kelleen. With Kelleen’s guidance, I’ve reframed my work and work habits so they fit within both my professional goals and my personal value set. I now prioritize what is important for me, and put my energy first into those things. I have restructured my day, my job, and my personal life in a way that energizes me, and gives me focus. Kelleen has helped me to confidently use my inner strengths, many of which I had tempered over the years. As a goal driven person, I have been able increase my authentic living, and shape my goals to give me the true inner fulfillment that I seek."
- Tenea Watson Nelson, PhD, Asst. Dean, School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Spring, 2018
"I have come across many smart, strategic, capable, articulate, empathetic, energetic leaders and advisers over the course of my career. While Kelleen has all of those qualities, she has one that is particularly rare and desirable in a mentor/coach: wisdom. It is her wisdom that truly sets her apart from the crowd and it is one of the qualities that inspires my trust in her counsel. She was instrumental in helping me create my business and will no doubt play a role in its growth and success. She will challenge you, inspire you, and ultimately be by your side as you discover your best path forward. The results are undeniable."
- Sirish Prabhu, Founder & Principal, The Policy Matrix, Winter, 2018
"When I was selected to do a TEDx talk, I felt pretty confident in my ability to write a concise, funny, detailed and representative presentation on the subjects allotted to me. As a cartoonist, that is basically what I do, only in a different form. The organizers suggested that we use mentor/coaches to help us, if we felt that we needed help. Kelleen was a Facebook fan of my work, and I knew that she was a mentor and coach. I thought, "What do I have to lose? I can always NOT use her advice if I don't find it helpful. It turns out that engaging Kelleen was the best thing I could have done. She helped me whittle down my talk to the essences of the subjects, she listened to my presentation multiple times and had great advice on how to make it better. She offered lots of encouragement, and sat in the audience grinning and laughing along with the rest of the crowd. And perhaps the best thing was that she always came back to the idea that I knew what I was doing; I just needed a little outside perspective to make it the best it could be. I highly recommend her services and I highly recommend her!"
- David Cohen, National cartoonist and musician, Asheville, NC, Fall, 2016