Building on top of each other’s work

The invisible waste that is costing us a lot

The most frequently asked question I get from leaders and organizations is…
How to accelerate change & transformation?
The answer is a lot more than I can fit into this article.

☢️ However, one thing that happens often and is at the grass root level is the fact that team members are not building on each others’ work.☢️

Why does this happen?

They choose to do their own thing and ignore what has already been done .. and that’s because:

⭕️ They believe this is a better way to show their value and individuality

⭕️ They don’t agree on the work already done and choose not to engage or collaborate but rather start from scratch

⭕️ They don’t have the expertise and experience to know how to build on others’ work

⭕️ They have a different objective and agenda that is not aligned with the overall outcome

⭕️ They don’t know how to articulate their views and perspectives to the wider audience

The cost

Unfortunately, the cost of the above is high not just in time wasted but also in effort wasted, energy drained, rework, creating negative vibes, delivering mediocre results … etc.

As a change and transformation leader and practitioner, do you value/know/connect to how and why we all need to build on each others’ work?

Unfortunately, the cost of the above is high not just in time wasted but also in effort wasted, energy drained, rework, creating negative vibes, delivering mediocre results … etc.

As a change and transformation leader and practitioner, do you value/know/connect to how and why we all need to build on each others’ work?

💡 If there is a top skill you need to master in this day and age with the increased pace of change and the increased complexity of organizational landscapes, it is that…

What do we need to overcome this?

You need: 👇

🟢 Mastery of your own discipline/practice

🟢 Able to understand other complementing practices and how you can integrate with them

🟢 Articulate the value for all on why this is important and speaking in their language

🟢 Understand the cost of not doing so and be able to move hearts before minds

🟢 Provide clarity and structure on the way forward

🟢 Have the right winning mindset

🟢 Able to listen, ask questions and not shy away from difficult conversations

🟢 Have confidence and conviction

🟢 Be open, humble and constructive

This is a skill that you can learn!

And by doing so, you won’t just accelerate your career growth but also your value and impact on your teams and organizations.

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It doesn’t matter how much you know, how experienced you are, what companies you worked for, or what level of education you have… If you cannot read the room, read between the lines, get a clear reading of what is really going on, understand the journey of where people are at and see how you can contribute and build on top of others’ work… Then, you are set up to fail.

Some leaders can go along being like that for some time, but eventually, the tables will turn.

The cost of not being able to build on top of… is so high and even higher the more senior you become

📣📣This is the last article in this series, and a new series will be launched next month. Watch this space 👁🗨

People of Transformation & Change (PTC) Mastermind Community

You will need to sell one way or another, internally or externally, and you need to be equipped with what it means to sell, how to do it, do it well, and craft a meaningful program that will lead to the outcome.

In my 25 years of experience, I sold and pre-sold over a billion dollars worth of deals worldwide, never having a sales title. I am passionate about serving clients and seeing them take the next step in their journey to a meaningful future, and mastering how to sell is necessary.

💡I am incorporating a series of masterclasses on building on top of others’ work and clearly articulating your point of view without coming across as arrogant or bossy.

These masterclasses will be under the mastery pathway in the PTC mastermind community (People of Transformation & Change).

I am opening up the expression of interest in PTC. If you are interested and want to be the first to know when it launches, register your interest using this link

Sign up for the PTC Wait List

Thank you, and looking forward to your feedback and insights

What’s Next …

When you are ready to take your Change and Transformation career & impact to the next level, here are a few ways I can help:

1. Land an impactful and successful change & transformation program and make a more significant impact today. Lock in a Free 30-minute Impact-Maker Call to discuss how I can be your behind-the-scenes one-on-one consultant, mentor and advisor. I help leaders elevate their transformation & change practice mastery, expand their perspectives, be visible and respected, build high-performing transformation teams, elevate their leadership, accelerate their career progression, and bring their authentic voice and true expertise to the table. Message me to book your Free 30-minute Impact-Maker Call.

2. Ready to take your influence and impact to the next level. Join EMERGENCE, my group coaching mastermind program – for ambitious leaders, consultants, professionals and advisors already working on or in charge of change & transformation programs who want to get it right, earn a seat at the table, and elevate their leadership, all without the burnout, guesswork, or losing opportunities. If you are interested, reach out, as the next cohort is now open for registration

3. Express your interest in joining the PEOPLE OF TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE (PTC) mastermind community program as an early-bird founding member. The PTC community focuses on 5 different pillars:

  • Build incontestable Mastery of world-class change & transformation practice,
  • Be an effective and purposeful Leader,
  • Show up, be Visible and make a dent,
  • Accelerate your Growth and Career,
  • Earn your Seat at the table.

Send me a message to learn more and express your interest by signing up for the waitlist here

Links to the published episodes of “The top 10 things to double down on in 2023” series for change & transformation leaders:

  • Link to episode 1: Focus here
  • Link to episode 2-Part 1: Doing the Work (The Job) here
  • Link to episode 2-Part 2: Doing the Work (The Inner Work) here
  • Link to episode 3: The need to know more to move forward here
  • Link to episode 4: Sell your Expertise here
  • Link to episode 5: Creativity in Business Transformation here
  • Link to episode 6: Don’t be That Person here
  • Link to episode 7: Shaping your Role here
  • Link to episode 8: Originality over Credibility here
  • Link to episode 9: Sell the right way here


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