Examples from practice
Change of leadership
An established team is getting new leadership. The aim is to have the team up and running in its new configuration as quickly as possible and to clarify roles, responsibilities and issues regarding cooperation.
- Two sections of an organization are being merged into one, a process which can often lead to a great deal of upset and chaos. The consultancy process can help restore calm and focus, as well as provide space for clarification and reorientation, allowing individuals to find their place in the new order and tasks and responsibilities to be clearly assigned. [space height="15"]
- The role of a department is changing. Here it may be a case of
- finding a way for employees who were previously heavily involved in the operational side of the organization to play a future advisory role.
- finding a way for teams which previously had a very localized focus to take on international or intercultural challenges.
- An argument has broken out between business partners about rights and responsibilities in their working relationship. The aim of the consultancy process is to preserve mutual respect between the partners even in the face of fierce confrontation, and to bring about a resolution.
- Different interpretations of tasks and responsibilities are a constant source of conflict between management and employee. The aim of the consultancy process is to get both sides to set out their interests clearly, to agree on mutually acceptable solutions and develop a viable working relationship.
Living together – working together
Working as a couple in the same practice, sharing a parish, setting up in chambers or opening an office together, managing a company etc. This style of working can be a source of great potential, but it requires a great deal of discussion and clarification. Striking a balance between living together and working together requires constant vigilance.
How do we take decisions and who decides what? What happens if we have differing levels of involvement in the business and the family? What do we do if family and business start to develop in different directions?