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Improving Leadership Capacity and Capabilities, Part II: Putting Strategy into Action

Improving Leadership Capacity and Capabilities, Part II: Putting Strategy into Action

If there is one thing we have learned in recent years, it is that change is a given in almost every aspect of our lives. It is a constant that is unavoidable, but with it comes opportunities to create a future that meets our shifting needs.

In Part I of our “Improving Leadership Capacity and Capabilities” series, we shared a three-pronged approach to mastering your unique, ever-changing circumstances and becoming an influential leader. Below, we outline how to begin adopting these approaches in your life and workplace, and how the implementation will support you in navigating the contours of change with confidence and courage.

Get Curious

With a beginner’s mind, explore your inner landscape — the hills and valleys of your emotional world.  What are your passions and your values?  What really lights you up and drives you to take action? What triggers you and sets the stage for disruptive thoughts and behaviors? Extend this curiosity to others as well; become an anthropologist fascinated by the inner experiences of others. Having a greater breadth of understanding and tolerance for the complexity of humanity changes how we relate to one another – how we navigate challenging conversations, problem solve, resolve conflict and navigate communal adversity.  

Embrace Accountability

Failure is often seen as something to be avoided at all costs, yet an impossible expectation. Recent wisdom from the likes of business gurus encourages failure as a way of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and taking risks. Simon Sinek encourages conceptualizing failure as “falling” in order to normalize the experience and highlight getting back up and trying again. Trying something new, falling, getting back up and trying again is a cornerstone of innovation. However, this is only possible when we can embrace accountability with courage and vulnerability.  Reframing failure and adopting the mindset that your shortcomings are simply opportunities for change or growth. It sets the foundation for agile responses and shifting our mental paradigms.

Flexibility

A useful and strategic practice is to hold things lightly. While maintaining direction, focus, and purpose, hold lightly to a desired outcome. Simultaneously embrace letting go and leaning in – show up with drive and dedication, control what you can and be prepared to realign or release when necessary.  

Additionally, being aware of the inherent obstructive qualities of our biases and preconceived notions allows them to be set aside, thus making space for ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and iteration.  

Unlearn and Relearn

So much of who we are and how we show up in our lives is predicated on past experiences. Leveraging strategies that worked before, to navigate a current challenge, is a reasonable approach. However, those tactics may be outdated or inadequate for the disruptions we are facing today. At the onset of the pandemic, government, businesses, and each one of us had to rapidly pivot how we functioned in order to survive circumstances never before encountered. We know firsthand the power of rapidly shifting our mindset for the purpose of survival. Intentionally leaning into the pivot, unlearning and relearning, is an effective leadership strategy. Discovering new ways of working and being is required now more than ever.

Look for opportunities to expand your knowledge base. “You don’t know what you don’t know” reminds us of the presence of potential blind spots and growth edges. Embrace this awareness as an opportunity to expand your capabilities.

Ask “What else is possible?”

Humans brains are designed to fill in the space between what we actually know and what remains a mystery. It is the essence of our survival to be predictive, assessing the potential threat in our environment and rapidly developing a plan for survival. When our survival is actually threatened, this instinctual response is necessary. The propensity to make sense out of our experiences, our interpretation of events or circumstances, becomes maladaptive when we anchor into the “story” as the factual truth. When we divorce ourselves from the “story” and open to the question, “what else is possible?” an endless stream of options unfold.

Conscient Strategies was founded with the idea that every organization is capable of thriving through change. With a focus on strategy development, program implementation, workplace dynamics, and leadership development, Conscient Strategies equips leaders with the tools necessary to continuously navigate the constancy of change in ways that not only benefit their team, but, equally as important, their business outcomes as well. From mergers to c-suite changes to sudden or explosive growth, organizations turn to Conscient Strategies when change is threatening their financial health and cultural wellbeing.

Based in Washington, D.C., Conscient Strategies is comprised of a talented group of consultants, executive coaches, strategists, and account executives. The team has worked with organizations of all sizes in the private, federal, and non-profit sectors across the United States and Internationally.

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Leadership Coach – Bremerton, WA

Leadership Coach – Bremerton, WA

Conscient Strategies is seeking a leadership and performance coach to join our team and support our federal clients. This position requires full-time onsite coaching at a federal client site.  Coaching work will be performed on an industrial site with interactions taking place both in an indoor office environment and outdoors near work sites.  Conscient Strategies will sponsor the successful candidate to obtain a secret security clearance; the ability to undergo the security clearance process and obtain the secret security clearance is a requirement.

Conscient Strategies is a growing consulting firm creating sustainable change for our clients. Our engagements focus on strategy, scaling, leadership, merger integrations and workplace dynamics.

Responsibilities

  • Work with C-level executives, middle managers, and entry level supervisors to apply the principles of a learning organization, accelerate development, and improve individual and team performance
  • Incorporate strong problem-solving and systems-thinking abilities to develop our clients
  • Daily interactions with coached individuals will include: active listening and providing constructive feedback; resolving conflicts; and promoting work group engagement and accountability
  • Work individually and as part of a team

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; graduate business degree preferred
  • Eight years of relevant experience in coaching, organizational development, change management, and/or supervisory leadership
  • Preference for candidates who possess an industry recognized performance coaching certification (International Coaching Federation, International Association of Coaching, etc.)
  • Experience taking organizations through transformational culture change
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem-solving and systems-thinking abilities
  • Able to coach independently in an active industrial environment, able to climb ladders.
  • Must enjoy working as part of a coaching team
  • The candidate must be eligible to obtain a Secret clearance

Conscient Strategies is a company where diversity is valued and celebrated. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all team members.

Location & Travel

This is a full-time on-site position based in Bremerton, WA.

Application

Please submit all applications to info@conscientstrategies.com, including a cover letter and resume.

About Conscient Strategies

Conscient Strategies is a dynamic management consulting firm that empowers innovative leaders to develop organizations that thrive in change today, tomorrow, and in the future. Headquartered in the Washington DC metro area, we focus on strategy, scaling, leadership, organizational design, culture, merger integrations, and workplace dynamics.

Conscient Strategies currently operates with a fully virtual team. We are committed to building and maintaining a company that prioritizes diverse people and perspectives. We are building an inclusive culture and engaging with people who bring different perspectives and lived experiences to our efforts. We hire people with exceptional talents and abilities; create an environment where you can become the best version of yourself. This makes us better and means better outcomes for our clients. Diversity and inclusion are not just concepts or moral imperatives but integral to our success.

 

Consultant

Consultant

Conscient Strategies is seeking an energetic and self-motivated Consultant interested in joining our growing team. We are seeking help from an exceptional candidate interested in organizational development and management consulting. The Consultant will contribute to a variety of assignments, supporting our work by participating in client facing engagements to spearheading supportive tasks and drafting business development proposals and thought leadership pieces. This position requires a high level of independence, collaboration, proactivity, and drive.

Responsibilities

  • Support client engagements by contributing to project design, management, and delivery
  • Support client interviews and engagements by knowledge capture
  • Conduct research in support of client projects and business development
  • Analyze research findings and/or client data and develop clear visuals to communicate findings and support recommendations
  • Support internal company initiatives, including marketing, training and development, intellectual property development, and company events

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to easily communicate ideas and findings in clear, simple language
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Outstanding attention-to-detail
  • Ability to collaborate well with a team, work independently with minimal guidance, and remain flexible in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic and positive, proactive approach to problem-solving
  • A desire to learn, grow, and undertake new challenges
  • Proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Word for document formatting, spreadsheet creation, chart/graph creation, and presentation creation.

Location & Travel

This position is based out of the Washington DC metro area. Depending on the client engagement, the role may require travel to client sites within and out of the United States.

Application

Please submit all applications to info@conscientstrategies.com including a cover letter and resume.

About Conscient Strategies

Conscient Strategies is a dynamic management consulting firm that empowers innovative leaders to develop organizations that thrive in change today, tomorrow, and for the future. Headquartered in the Washington DC metro area, we focus on strategy, scaling, leadership, organizational design, culture, merger integrations and workplace dynamics.

Conscient Strategies currently operate with a fully virtual team. We are committed to building and maintaining a company that prioritizes diverse people and perspectives. We are building an inclusive culture and engaging with people who bring different perspectives and lived experiences to our efforts. We hire people with exceptional talents and abilities, then create an environment where you can become the best version of yourself. This makes us better and means better outcomes for our clients. Diversity and inclusion are not just concepts or moral imperatives, they are integral for our success.

Manager

Manager

Conscient Strategies (CS) is seeking an experienced, self-motivated Manager interested in joining our growing team of consultants. We seek an exceptional candidate with business acumen, leadership and organizational development expertise, and experience managing complex projects with multi-faceted global teams. The ideal candidate is positively inclined, proactive, simultaneously self-sufficient and collaborative, takes a coaching-based approach to consulting, and has experience working directly with clients and senior executives.

Responsibilities

  • Lead project management of client engagements inclusive of project design, management, deliverable development, and service delivery
  • Work closely with the project team and other members of Conscient Strategies to ensure the highest quality of deliverables, client relationship management, and communication
  • Build and maintain excellent professional relationships with key stakeholders while remaining focused on and committed to CS’ objectives, team, methodology, and priorities
  • Proactively identify, communicate, and help address project needs in a way that builds trust and enables client and project success
  • Conduct stakeholder interviews and facilitate meetings, offsites, and ongoing sessions with the client and relevant leadership teams
  • Structure and conduct research and analysis in support of client projects and business development
  • Develop analytical approaches, frameworks, change management plans, and clear visuals to communicate findings and support recommendations
  • Support broader CS initiatives, including marketing, training, and development, intellectual property development, and company events as relevant

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience working with clients of varying sizes and representing various sectors, including global clients, private sector, not-for-profit, and federal agencies
  • Alignment with Conscient Strategies’ values coupled with a deep respect for people from backgrounds and cultures that are different from your own
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Strong time management capabilities
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Strong English language verbal and written communication skills with the ability to easily communicate ideas and findings in clear, simple language
  • Ability to collaborate well with a team, work independently with minimal guidance, and remain flexible in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Strong work ethic and positive, proactive approach to problem-solving
  • A desire to learn, grow and undertake new challenges
  • Proficiency in standard office computer skills (PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams/Zoom) and the willingness to quickly adopt and learn new technologies as needed

Location & Travel

Conscient Strategies team members work virtually, with occasional team or client meetings, generally in the metro DC area. Depending on the client, some travel is occasionally required.

Position Type

This position is a full-time W2 position.

Application

Please submit all applications to info@conscientstrategies.com, including a cover letter and resume.

About Conscient Strategies

Conscient Strategies is a dynamic management consulting firm that empowers innovative leaders to develop organizations that thrive in change today, tomorrow, and in the future. Headquartered in the Washington DC metro area, we focus on strategy, scaling, leadership, organizational design, culture, merger integrations, and workplace dynamics.

Conscient Strategies currently operates with a fully virtual team. We are committed to building and maintaining a company that prioritizes diverse people and perspectives. We are building an inclusive culture and engaging with people who bring different perspectives and lived experiences to our efforts. We hire people with exceptional talents and abilities; create an environment where you can become the best version of yourself. This makes us better and means better outcomes for our clients. Diversity and inclusion are not just concepts or moral imperatives but integral to our success.

 

Decoding Body Language and Energy Shifts

Decoding Body Language and Energy Shifts

Have you ever observed what is not being said in a conversation?

For instance: you walk into a meeting and notice an immediate, intense silence, as though all the air has been sucked out of the room.

Or you’re in a conversation with someone, and you feel there is a disconnect between what the person is saying and how they are acting. “I’m excited to tackle this new project,” says a colleague, but they avoid eye contact, shift nervously from side-to-side, repeatedly rub their brow.

Body language and energy shifts can provide clues that something is being left unsaid. Is the energy and body language aligned with the words being spoken? If not, there’s a good chance something else is happening under the surface. If you really want to know what the other person is thinking, you need to ask about the disconnect between what you are hearing and what you are seeing or feeling.

Body Language

A disconnect between what is being said and what you are seeing in the other person’s body language can indicate a feeling that is not being expressed. Interpretations of body language may vary across cultures and individuals. A few popular interpretations include:

 Signs of negative feelings (such as frustration or disappointment) can include folded arms, tension in the face, or little eye contact.

Signs of boredom or disengagement are often shown by slumped posture, staring into space, fidgeting, or doodling.

Smiling is nearly universally considered an indication of openness and positive feelings, as is an open posture.

Energy Shifts

An energy shift can be subtle or dramatic, and it is usually a clue to a change in thinking or feeling about what is under discussion. The energy is often not verbalized right away, but you can prompt a verbalization of the thought or feeling by vocalizing an observation about the energy shift, asking with curiosity what the person is thinking or feeling differently.

For example, to highlight the disconnect in what you observe and what you are hearing, you may ask:

  • I notice that you don’t look very comfortable right now—is there something I can help clarify?
  • I just said a lot, what does this bring up for you?
  • You seem distracted, would you like to reschedule this for another time?

Getting curious about the other person’s body language and energy shifts can be a way to understand their thinking and feelings on a deeper level. Asking about a disconnect can be a way to show empathy and care or concern. When you pay attention to what is not being said, you ensure that the whole person is being heard and seen.

Conscient Strategies was founded with the idea that every organization is capable of thriving through change. With a focus on strategy development, program implementation, workplace dynamics, and leadership development, Conscient Strategies equips leaders with the tools necessary to continuously navigate the constancy of change in ways that not only benefit their team, but, equally as important, their business outcomes as well. From mergers to c-suite changes to sudden or explosive growth, organizations turn to Conscient Strategies when change is threatening their financial health and cultural wellbeing.

Based in Washington, D.C., Conscient Strategies is comprised of a talented group of consultants, executive coaches, strategists, and account executives. The team has worked with organizations of all sizes in the private, federal, and non-profit sectors across the United States and Internationally.

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The Future of Work

The Future of Work

We started the Future of Work series at the peak of global, COVID-catalyzed workforce disruption. Over two years later, the disruption remains, and in many ways, the future of work is no longer in the future at all… 

The future is now, and in this new and unfamiliar context, leadership is more important than ever. In this comprehensive collection of our Future of Work series, we provide a leadership guide for the ever-changing future.

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Playbook Download: FOW Part 3

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