I employed Stillpoint to work with my already successful team because I knew what I wanted for the team and I also knew any change had to come from within themselves. The team is predominantly male, and comprised some people who got on easily with others, those who found this aspect more difficult and a couple of areas where there were real interpersonal difficulties.
Having done all different sorts of management and leadership training I was struck by Stillpoint’s very different approach. Through in-depth conversations prior to the training, they were able to create the context to which the team related. During the training they were spacious in the way they handled everyone as individuals, allowing each one of them, including myself, to find their way forward in their own way. They were extremely vigilant when we were undertaking the exercises and at no time was there any role play. Indeed if anyone tried that out, they were sussed straight away.
I was impressed with how different people were being with each other from day one to day two. It was not magic – and yet it had a remarkable effect. Each member of the team continued to find new ways of being which had an impact on how they approached and dealt with people. The follow-on coaching really helped and while the level of business success continued to grow, life within the team and their staff became much smoother too. This has had a dramatic effect on some people’s appraisals and definitely on the efficiency of our internal business relationships.
When I started looking for an organisation to work with my team I don’t think I articulated it as behavioural change that I was looking for – and now I know that was exactly what was needed. And the benefits are still to be seen over a year later.