"Two years later we had centralized all the countries and had laid a solid foundation for harmonization for the next few years. Despite the fact that we had achieved a lot in a short time, we realized that in order to develop to the next stage quickly and effectively we would have to do things differently.
Working hours were getting longer and longer and it was incredibly hard to get people to be enthusiastic about our planned improvements. At the same time we were irritated with each other and there were irritations between us and our stakeholders. As individuals in the Management Team we were good at working our own patch, but internally we were not an effective team with one voice.
Discussions were often endless
Every step forward was a struggle and as general manager it was costing me a lot of energy. And as an organization we had to make haste with the next stage. At first I was sceptical when my HR manager advised me to work with a consultant. What could someone like that actually contribute to the direction we, as an organization, had to take?
Nevertheless, the consultant from InContext won my trust: he understood the situation and we soon developed a sound and trusting working relationship. The combination of personal coaching with team development was very powerful and immediately showed visible results. The team saw my progress and I saw the team move forward. Both were strengthened. We shared our goals and ambitions and as a consequence our work together became more supple and effective. Our team now had a basis for strengthening the whole organization: one voice, more power."