Throughout my life I’ve been a member of numerous teams, including ones that we may not typically recognize as a team, such as our families. The variety of experiences I’ve had—whether as a member or a team building consultant, in a work or volunteer context, ad hoc or long-term duration, and good or bad experience—have taught me a lot about building relationships that enable me to achieve goals that are beyond my own reach.
Prior to starting Shifting Patterns I had a career in international aid and development. Working in an intense, and sometimes dangerous, environment where people are struggling to recover from armed conflict and natural disaster was a life changing experience. I was inspired by people I met who demonstrated an incredible spirit of resilience in the face of tremendous loss.
At the same time, I was concerned about what I saw as missed opportunities to achieve a broader and more sustainable impact in the communities where I worked. Looking back on this experience, I realized that this could have been achieved by by building stronger relationships with my colleagues and the communities we worked with in addition to focusing on the disaster recovery assistance that was provided. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that successful teams not only pay attention to the work that gets done, they also address how work gets done.
It was these realizations, combined with a desire to help organizations be more successful in achieving their social mission, that drew me to a career in organization development and to found Shifting Patterns. A daily source of inspiration for my consulting practice is working alongside nonprofits, social enterprises, and benefit corporations that are addressing some of society’s toughest challenges, like defending the rights of immigrants, creating an economy that enables local businesses to thrive, and developing a supportive ecosystem for social entrepreneurs to spread their innovative ideas.
I’m also motivated by an approach to consulting that helps teams develop the skills to solve the problems they face on their own. When people work better together, our workplaces and communities can become the kinds of places where we are fully engaged and committed to making a positive difference. This is where Shifting Patterns comes in.
I look forward to taking the next steps to work with you! Contact me to find out how to get started.