When I graduated with my MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, anyone who approached me would ask, “uh, cool, what do you do exactly?” As a Leadership and Organizational Development consultant, I am still faced with the question, “you do what exactly?”
Today I was sitting with a group of passionate business leaders and owners from Brazil who were receiving professional development in leadership. We engaged in a lively discussion about how leaders can 1) Get clear on their vision and dream, 2) Clearly communicate that vision and dream to engage employees, and 3) Share their business’s vision and dream with their customers/clients so they are equally as excited by it. Being able to clearly articulate a vision, connect it to your dream and inspire others is one key to success.
“I am a consultant” didn’t have the firework effect I was hoping for. I pondered, “what is the best way to describe what I do?” For some what I do is called change management, executive coaching, strategic alignment, process improvement or team engagement. For others offering examples helped: I trained school teachers to implement bullying prevention programs using experiential activities, helped a global nonprofit develop their strategic plan and discover ways to help their team feel more engaged with one another, or spent time talking with a manager about how to resolve a conflict she was having at work. Outcomes are another way I tried to describe what I do. I decrease employee attrition, increase the emotional intelligence of CEOs, help teams achieve maximum results, or assist boards articulating leadership priorities. When I said, “I do change management,” no one came running toward my door.
What does it mean to be a consultant or change agent? It means I am a…
Cat Cuevas, consultant, change agent and game changer, let’s do this thing.