Be A Community, Not a Workplace

Written by on November 26, 2014

Leadership Intelligence operates under a unique model; instead of a typical top-down brokerage structure, we work together as a community in community maintaining focus on the client through teamwork, interconnectedness and partnerships between coaches in order to best serve our organizations. When working jointly as a community of coaches within various client engagements, we preserve the confidentiality of each individual engagement while coming together to share overarching trends, insights and thoughts on corporate culture.

The community model is integral to our work at Leadership Intelligence, and we believe that other organizations can also benefit from this organizational structure.

3 Cs: The Top Benefits of the Community Model

  • Communication: Even if work tends to overlap, there’s an incredible amount of diversity and insight in gathering information from multiple team members’ voices. With the rich content from multiple parties all enjoying equal attention, organizations can avoid redundancy by understanding where they have a plethora of material and where there are gaps to fill.
  • Coaches: Instead of “bosses”, coaches act as a guide for other coach members and allow for different perspectives and opinions to flourish, while keeping the organization focused and action-oriented. Coaches help to teach, motivate, inspire and support one another through informal and formal community-based interactions.
  • Collaboration: Instead of delegating work and sequestering roles, a community model gets those team members with the right knowledge or the particular passion to work together on a shared goal or purpose.

How Does the Community Model Work?

At Leadership Intelligence, engagements are passed from the owner to the best person or group of associates to handle that step of the project. Instead of rigid and formal roles and guidelines in support of a factory approach to client workload, the community functions like a circle of interlinking arms, supporting engagement for the staff and clients with collaborative rather than solitary work experience. The focus is always on the greater good within the organization’s structure, as opposed to “does that fit my job description?”

The community model is unorthodox in many coach forums today but highly viable for organizations looking to take a unique approach to their business model. By nature, it fosters creativity, support and teamwork, and achieves greater results by bringing together the right people to tackle a project or to helm an initiative that emphasizes their knowledge base and stimulates their passion.