Harnessing the power of networks

The changing nature of both our external environment and organisations means that increasingly leaders are required to engage, consult and collaborate with a much broader and more diverse group of stakeholders; both within and outside their system. They are being faced with problems that are complex and multi-faceted. Generating suitable solutions for these challenges demands the contribution of a multitude of people with different skills, experience and perspectives.

Despite recognising the value, most leaders tend not to prioritise developing and nurturing their network.  Consequently, they are not extracting the value and support they could from their environment.  Instead, individual leaders tend to operate in an independent and siloed manner. When they do choose to consult others, they will often rely on a select few like-minded colleagues. The reasons for this are many and varied, although a lack of time and an increasing sense of urgency around outcomes, as well as not wanting to impose on others are two that are often cited.

At Optim, we see tremendous value in bringing together individuals across systems, roles and industries to create a rich and diverse learning environment in which we explore different styles, experiences and perspectives. We harness the collective wisdom of a diverse group such that all participants walk away with a stronger sense of themselves and their unique contribution.  We also help individuals to develop a deeper appreciation for what others can offer and how to best leverage that within the room and beyond.

What can we help you with?

  • Greater self-awareness around drivers, leadership brand and impact
  • Broadening and deepening connections, both within and external to your system
  • Fostering collaboration across boundaries
  • Appreciating and embracing difference
  • Creating greater empathy and understanding
  • Building wider support systems and a better understanding of group dynamics