Business case study 1
A slender-tall gentleman who managed high end hair and make up approached me with ongoing stress and frustration. He loved his job and doing it for 20 years with great success.
But, stress is constantly building up and now it is affecting his daily life. His business grew a lot over the past 5 years and now has 6 people working for him at his studio.
He is playing multiple roles - hair-makeup professional, manages, does admin, deals with his book-keeping and lodging BAS etc.
The biggest issues were, in his view, managing clients who kept changing their appointments and colleagues kept switching their shifts.
He didn't know what was causing the problem. He loved his job, colleagues, location and clients.
Constitutionally, he is designed to play a receptive and creative role.
But, mostly, he was spending the wrong energy - the management (clients, colleagues schedule etc.) and warrior (tax, BAS, negotiation etc.) energies.
My simple suggestion was to employ a "managerial type" for managing the business.
He saw the issue and took the advice and soon he said he got the right person to manage. I disagreed with him about this, but - he decided to stay with his decision.
The manager had experience, but, in my view, his constitution didn't suit.
He took a few weeks to realise it and finally decided to train one of his own colleagues (this was the right type!) to manage and a new tax agent to support him.
Should I say happily ever after?
Here we see that - engaging the right people is ideal for the wellbeing of the individuals and business. It's about helping each other reach their full potential.
Business group case study 2
A business team with 25 employees. They are working on an amazing recycling project and it's going really well, but that's when the director noticed problems. They were referred to me and I was happy to help the team. I put them into 5 groups based on their CareerConstitutions and told them what they were designed to do.
The thinkers, communicators, marketers, carers and admins (I am making it short for ease of storytelling) were all put in five different groups.
I used the examples of five different vehicles such as a limo, a mini, a sport car, a family car and a large truck to demonstrate how different vehicles are designed and work differently.
It was easy for them to realise that for a sustainable happy life, rather than copying each other and breaking down to early death, they need to play their constitutional roles!
This initial part took just over an hour.
Then, a tall, slender gentleman slowly got up and softly mentioned - you got two of the people wrong with their roles. That's what usually happens. The issues come out easily.
I explained that they are playing the wrong roles of course, their constitution.
These two are causing the bottleneck and other issues at their workplace, as they are the right types but, they are in the wrong roles!
They have more than 15 years experience in what their profession - the tall gentleman continued.
The first mistake was that they took the wrong training. As a result the warrior type played the role of a manager and a manager type in marketing.
A manager/admin energy is radically different from a marketing/negotiator! The admin types usually use old school marketing methods. May be not relevant today.
Over the next 3 months, they got retrained to create a much better, harmonious and productive workplace with minimal friction!
We did this over a 6 hour gathering. They all received their individual constitutional reports along with directions on how to work with each other at the workplace.