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Large Multinational Biotechnology Company

Sep 9th, 2011Comments Off on Large Multinational Biotechnology Company

Human Resources Director
Large Multinational Biotechnology Company

“We had a major corporate initiative being driven by one of our teams of PhD scientists. This team is incredibly smart, but less than incredibly appreciative of the importance of teaming and / or the impact of true organizational leadership. It was difficult to get this type of team to be open enough to be willing to learn something about the “soft skills” associated with a high performing team; however, the need to increase team performance was clear to all. When I was referred to Michael, I was impressed by his way of thinking, his experience in life sciences with this type of population, and his credentials.

Michael met with me and the leader of this team who was not yet convinced that “team building” would do any good. Michael framed his belief about team building to be more of a team development process….

Michael dispelled his beliefs about some kumbya session, or ropes courses, etc. Rather, Michael’s approach was based on assessment of the core issues, an agenda built upon inclusive dialogue, and objectives that were measure-able. The team development process changed many of the key leaders’ approach to teaming and leadership. Michael has a unique ability to communicate with highly educated and tough executives, so much so that we now leverage Michael for similar types of work with other groups. It is meaningful to me when a member of the team that we worked with over a year ago refers to something Michael covered with that team. I appreciate Michael and his firm, and they are a trusted partner for us. Michael’s facilitation skills and pragmatism helped many of our teams go from “performing to “high-performance.”

Edwards Life Science

Jun 2nd, 2011Comments Off on Edwards Life Science

Judy Bentley
VP Human Resources
Edwards Life Science, Irvine, California

“We were having a difficult time with bringing together our executive sales team. There were obvious effects due to the lack of synergy around teaming and the team was resistant towards chance. Brainard Strategy created and facilitated an offsite that precisely hit the team’s needs! By the end of the team-building, the team had removed many barriers and created common goals. My employees are now working as a team for the first time.”