I am the owner of LifeWork Systems, an award-winning training and consulting firm founded in 2002. I know the world needs a powerful, positive and sustainable transformation. We are in a time when change happens near the speed of imagination and people often become paralyzed while digital transformation, automation and globalization continue to rapidly unfold around us.
We can no longer manage living as orange and green organizations and must shift into a teal model where coercion and compliance are replaced with collaboration and commitment, and where autocratic and pampering models that promote extrinsic motivation, are replaced by mentoring and support models that promote intrinsic motivation, trustworthiness and strong trans-functional teamwork instead.
Executives generally know the importance of an engaged workforce. They also easily recognize situations from real life stories they can relate to, and understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy team functioning. They also recognize an effective approach versus something that makes a situation worse. Here is the formidable task…How do you train, instill and create an engaged workforce process across a large group of people? How do you manage, say 5000 employees, across 5 different shifts, and get them all engaged in the same process of how they treat each other and the clients they serve?
That’s where Judy Ryan and LifeWork Systems comes in…
We do not provide a one-time training session or a campaign or a management mandate….we provide a way of life inside of organizations that becomes instilled into each and every employee. This then naturally permeates the organization and each person is self-governing and self-directed regardless of whether the CEO is there or not. Executives cannot be everywhere at all times. To have an engaged and emotionally intelligent workforce takes a process that involves the entire team. Then each person does the right thing even when no one else is looking. Then each knows how to lead or follow as the needs of the moment dictate. This is the functioning needed at this time in our 21st century.
But here is the daunting task: cultivating responsible, fully engaged employees while trying to stay on top of the workload. Leaders know the importance of this and how it impacts productivity and profitability, yet they often have no way of knowing how to pull it off, well, and sustainably.
Using a proven framework and process, we make an impact that stays long after we leave client sites. This is because we provide a way of thinking and acting through innovative scalable, virtual, human systems, that helps everyone to gracefully maneuver through vast changes happening at this time.