“Agent provocateur”, Blaire Palmer, is a former BBC Today programme journalist who, for the last 15 years, has been coaching and provoking CEOs and leadership teams to step up and drive change in their organisations.
The author of 3 books on leadership and success, Blaire was one of the first accredited executive coaches in Europe. Blaire founded That People Thing in 2012 and now works with clients including Roche, Airbus, Mattel, DX and Manchester United, designing and delivering programmes that bring about sustainable change in leadership and culture with measureable commercial benefit.
Direct, challenging, warm and funny, Blaire is also is a keynote conference speaker, addressing audiences around the world about how leadership is changing in the 21st century.
Hi! Thanks for your ideas! People still work in teams all the time, of course. But those teams tend to be more flexible than in the past. It's this which many people find hard to adapt to because they used to have a home and they wish they did still. But we aren't going back to that any time soon. This means that even when you are in a team, you need to know what your contribution needs to be towards the bigger goals of the organisation. You can't just turn up and work through your to do list. You have to think "Am I adding value to this project and to this team in a way that moves the business forward?". To do that you need to know 1) what moves the business forward and 2) how you contribute to that. This is why I say it requires an adult attitude. I'd love to know more of your thoughts.
Thanks for your thoughts! It's still difficult to explain to some L&D people that you aren't going to teach anything, you are going to coach. But the reality is that there is no right or wrong way to behave in this brave new world. What we need is people who take time to reflect, to talk to each other and work out what's going to work best for them...and then keep that conversation alive as they adapt and tweak and learn. Coaches can help move people towards this approach.