Getting below the waterline

Not all voyages into yonder horizons are smooth sailing.

 

Getting below the water line is imperative. Despite seeming that way on the surface, looks can be deceptive. We often use the analogy of the iceberg in our strategy workshops. We take a deep dive with our clients to find out what is really going on below the waterline in their business. 

Shoreline and horizon

The ocean is full of life and beauty through one lens but also hidden challenges, obstacles, and toxicity. This can have a harmful impact over time on the health and wellbeing of our people.

Some of these toxic environments are not immediately evident but over time they erode the heart and soul of your culture. It will have taken time to reach the current state, and can take a massive wind-change to turn the ship around.

Iceberg model

There is often an array of  things going on below the waterline. 

A team at loggerheads, working in silos makes it feel like you’re all at sea.  Every business and organisation is unique and we have touched on the tip of the iceberg. It is vital to get everything above board to turn the ship around and get on an even keel. 

In our current environment, it helps to focus on what do we need to do to regroup and reset. Good questions to ask as starters are: 

  • What do we really need to address – what is our main pain point? 
  • Which actions are mission critical? 

Frequently what is showing upon the surface is not the cause. 

Taking a strengths based approach by identifying and building on strengths along what is working well is also a great tactic. What can we leverage?  

If you suspect all is not well below your waterline, our team can help

We partner with progressive organisations that are ready to make the change for better outcomes for their people, their business, and their communities (‘oceans’).:

A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

William Shedo
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