Bill Sedgwick, Intentional team expert
I am driven by the belief that people turn up at work motivated and willing to contribute as a valuable team member… but often politics, inertia and poor organizational practices get in the way and they can under-perform as individuals and as team members. We all aspire to to be part of a high-functioning team, surely? This is what I have dedicated my professional life to – helping people rediscover the joy of working in a great team.
When I studied education and theatre at university in South Africa I experienced what it feels like to be part of a high-functioning team. I found that I was not cut out to be an actor but I discovered that I liked the role of a stage manager allowing others to enjoy the limelight and together, as a team, delight audiences. To this day I perform a similar role when working with organizations to achieve intentional teams.
I continued my education by attending business school after I joined the Standard Bank Group, with over 30,000 employees, where I managed the organizational development team.
In 1992 when I arrived in Canada I found there was an immediate demand for my team-building, planning and coaching skills. I joined the development team at the pioneering CIBC Leadership Centre in King City, Ontario working with its charismatic leader Hubert Saint-Onge.
Our field of organizational development is filled with complex theories and jargon. However, I am motivated by the simple satisfaction of helping people live their lives more productively, so at the of the day they go home feeling good.
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