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Una's Spotlight: Filmmaking in Flow

Last week I had a holiday with a difference. For a start, I didn’t have a very long journey, just in and out of Manchester every day to a filmmaking Boot Camp event so I could have fun, acting. It was a huge amount of fun and I probably learnt as much as I would have done on a year-long film production course!

I met a diverse range of people whose profiles ranged from the highly creative yet detailed (and perfectionist!) Mechanic directors to the Accumulators who were more concerned that everything was done on time. The introverted Lord sound engineers to the Creator musicians composing film scores and soundtracks. Those who created improvised films (extroverted Creators and Stars) to those (introverted Creators) who spent hours poring over scripts to perfect every nuance before filming. Many of the stars were indeed Star profiles, often providing entertainment for the whole group. It was so clear to see in this environment how the different Talent Dynamics profiles can work together to produce such amazing work – around 50 short films in only one week – whilst having a ball! Now that’s what I call flow…

Yet in business that isn’t show business, sometimes people find it hard to grasp the concept of one person being accountable for one thing instead of trying to do everything themselves. I realised one of the reasons for this when I decided to make a film myself too.

I have no clue how to operate a camera and I don’t know how to edit a film. At the start, I didn’t know what went into sorting out locations and planning for a film, let alone the post-production that is often also necessary. Of course I can take photos and do quick videos on my mobile phone but this is kind a completely different game!

So I had no choice but to seek the help and expertise of others and put a team together. I wrote the script and got two great scriptwriters to input to help me make it better. I sought direction on my direction from a great director. I recruited a cameraman, a production co-ordinator, an editor, a musician (for music when the titles and credits are rolling) and a graphic artist (who did an animated title). I’m told the result was the best first film the group has ever seen (it’s been running for around five years) however I don’t think that’s necessarily because I’m so brilliant…

As a Star Profile yes, I am very visual and creative and also have the people skills to be able to connect with my actors. however I truly believe the real reason is because I assembled a diverse team of different skills and talents. Every single person on the team inputted in some really valuable way to the end result. I could not have achieved this on my own as I did not know how to translate the vision in my head onto the screen and indeed just don’t have the talent to do certain roles.

However in business people have often been educated or trained to do everything and aren’t forced to make that choice. So what is the situation in your team or business? Are you being a whole team yourself, or have you spread the accountabilities related to different types of talent to the right people for the job? After all this is much more than simply delegating. It is leveraging each person’s talent, skills and knowledge to transform your results.

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Introducing Una with a very Special Opportunity!!

We are thrilled to be introducing you to Una Doyle, who has recently joined the Talent Dynamics Team. Una has been working with us on various projects over the past 12 months and at the start of the year we were delighted that she took on the shiny new role of Business Development Manager!

A bright sparkly Star Profile with heaps of energy and a thirst for knowledge and personal development, Una is already making an impact on those that are meeting her.  In December Una trained and was accredited as a Flow Consultant – one of the first group of Flow Consultants in the world and since then, she has been practising her new found skill on anyone who rings up for a personal Talent Dynamics Debrief!

Opportunity for the first 3 UK based Businesses that respond to it!

Part of Una’s role is to run our fabulous 2 hour Taster Session Programme and whilst she has been trained really well to deliver this, she has yet to gain much experience of running it…  So, we thought we would offer out a brilliant opportunity that allows you and your team to find out how to accelerate Trust and Flow, whilst allowing Una to gain some valuable experience and feedback!

For the first 3 businesses to book, Una will profile the participants with the Talent Dynamics Profile tool and will come and run the 2 hour Taster Session with you at a suitable time in Feb/March. We retail this Taster Session at £997 +VAT and the 10 profiles alone are valued at £1000! but for the first 3 “fast off the draw companies” it will be just £347 !

To book this session (and please be quick) call Una directly on 07766 917890 or drop her a line on with your details!

Catch Una’s first blog entry here – Una’s spotlight

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Una's spotlight: Change Management – An Oxymoron?

How many change programmes do you know of that have failed to get the desired results, whether new processes, restructures or culture change and new ways of working? Even when best practice change management approaches are applied, the results are often less than pretty for a variety of reasons.

What if though, you were to look at implementing change and getting the results you want from a new perspective? Through a lens of building trust and flow from the very beginning and throughout the whole process…

Typically the people initiating change have lots of Dynamo energy. Whilst these profiles are brilliant at conceiving ideas and seeing the bigger picture they are often ahead of their time. They certainly can leave others behind in the race to get things moving. They are most likely to want to implement innovative ideas, particularly ones that are product, people and culture based.

Those with Tempo energy may find change challenging to deal with initially. However given a context within which to understand the vision and a structured plan to implement, they are the perfect people to help make it all happen and on time!

Blaze energy people are most likely to be leading the charge for the change from the front! They want to focus on the people aspects. Who will be affected by the changes? Who is best to do which roles? Who do I know that can help with this?

Those with high Steel energy, usually prefer not to create waste (a great attribute in your financial controller!) and are the most likely to want to cut costs out of the organisation and look to continuously changing and improving processes.

There are times when it may well be necessary to tighten your belts or perhaps a company has become stagnant and desperately needs to innovate. It’s no good though if the people left after a restructure and redundancies are out of their flow, working to accountabilities and/or processes that they are not suited to. It doesn’t help if people ignore the latest fad, working as they always have, because they know there’ll be another one around the corner before this one has even been fully implemented.

What do you want to achieve in your Change Programme?

I’d like you to take a few moments and think about the results you really want to achieve… Think about how you want your team, department or organisation to perform in the longer term…

What if instead of one change programme after another, you had each team in your organisation in flow, building trust within and between teams and departments, dramatically increasing productivity and profit?

What if you had management team(s) with a blend of profiles that could innovate and keep costs down while doing so in a way that would naturally include the people actually doing the work?

What if change wasn’t ‘managed’ but an organic process initiated at all levels of the organisation where individuals in their flow would easily have great ideas and spot better ways of doing things?

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