Going the distance
We’d had a tough year at the Dutch Cancer Foundation. External setbacks and internal changes had taken their toll on my team, leading to frustration and misunderstanding. We needed to put everything into perspective and plot our course forward.
But how? What was the best way of openly exploring our team performance as well as people’s individual leadership capabilities?
A member of our supervisory board introduced us to amaseu. Taking our development needs into consideration - both as individuals and as a team - they developed a journey based around our objectives and the characteristics of our organization. As everything we do is funded by donations, we really appreciated that amaseu put a significant amount of pro bono time and effort into this.
Throughout the journey, our team was challenged in many different ways. The first step was to restore and build the required openness and trust. We each thought carefully about ourselves, reflecting on our backgrounds, beliefs and expectations while considering who we are and how we operate. We shared these insights. And we entered into dialogs about our personal leadership, without judgment.
From there we were able to bring more difficult subjects and even conflicts to the table. We looked each other in the eye as we discussed our issues, often deep into the night, exploring various ways of working together more effectively. Yet, at the same time, there was plenty of humor and laughter as well.
All this happened while the amaseu team took care of bringing us to amazing locations, keeping us on the move through the beautiful landscape of southern Netherlands.
We slept in small tents, walked through the woods, biked up and down hills and enjoyed good food in unexpected places. Everything we needed - and more - was provided, allowing us to fully focus on improving our team performance.
The journey has had a huge impact. We have a much better understanding of each other’s behavior, motivation and leadership styles. As a result, our meetings are more effective, our decisions of better quality. Throughout the organization people notice how we are aligned and operate like a true team. New challenges lay ahead. We’re ready for them.