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Colleen is an dynamic communicator of ideas and an inspiration to those who have the pleasure of working with her. Her witty, down-to-earth approach helps frame complex subjects in a way in which audiences can absorb. She is a consummate storyteller. If you are looking for a creative solution to team building challenges, there is no better place to turn than to Colleen.
Stress is the opposite of man's best friend. It's more like the neighborhood coyote who stalks the family pet and leaves offerings in your flowerbeds. In the workplace, stress zaps creativity, reduces productivity, and erodes relationships.
Through Stop Chasing Your Tail, I teach vets, vet techs, and other animal-care professionals realistic, workplace-friendly strategies for reducing stress individually and collectively as a team.
Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations whose team members exhibit the telltale signs of workplace stress: Resisting small requests, overreacting to the scope of a problem, increased sick days, irritability, and reduced productivity.
Humans are creatures of habit, and bad ones are hard to break. Whether it's habits of mind or practice, most of us lose productivity to practices we often know are in our way but that we can't quite shake off.
Dog trainers know a key trick to changing behavior is addressing environmental cues. Subtle sifts in object placement, or where we sit, or the order of events in a day can have surprisingly large impacts on how we behave. In Barking Up the Right Tree, I help vets, vet techs, and other animal-care professionals identify productivity-killing habits, choose new practices to replace them, and--most important--learn how to make change stick.
Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations whose team members are stuck in ruts and looking for new habits. Potential areas of focus include better time management and organizational systems, building efficient work processes, and effective communication. Staff will find the habit-building techniques they learn useful outside the workplace too!
Facebook. Email. Text messages. The way Barbara talks to herself. The pop music John favors. The barrage of questions and comments hurtled across low cubicle walls. It's a wonder anyone manages to get anything done.
Truly focusing takes Herculean effort these days, but is no less important to productivity than it's ever been. In Keep Your Eye on the Ball, I teach veterinarians, vet techs, and other animal-care professionals how to stop chasing squirrels and create laser focus on the ball--that is, on what's most important to accomplish on any given day.
Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations whose team members juggle multiple responsibilities, find themselves putting out fires or tending to immediate but less important requests, and rarely find much-needed creative time for innovation and true goal-based productivity.
A wild dog is many times more likely to catch prey as part of a pack effort than on his own. We've all heard the common human equivalents: We're better together. There's no "I" in "team."
Good teamwork requires trust, a willingness and the skills to express opinions and engage in constructive conflict, the ability to hear and understand others' perspectives, setting and respecting appropriate boundaries, personal accountability, and just generally treating each other well. In Unleash Your Pack Power, I help vets, vet techs, and other animal-care professionals find greater group productivity through a lively presentation and fun activities designed to promote true teamwork. (Don't worry--no paintball guns or exhortations to fall backwards into each other's arms!)
Great for: Animal hospitals and organizations whose team members are struggling with communications breakdowns, taking responsibility for tasks or outcomes, relying on each other, coordinating individual tasks, planning large projects, or other impediments to team productivity.
I'm a professional trainer who specializes in working with veterinarians, vet techs, and practice managers who are keen to make their great teams even better.
No trite, self-involved inspirational talks. No gimmicky "trust building" exercises. Jut good, no-nonsense, effective strategies you and your team can put into place right away to increase individuality and group productivity.
And I strive to make the whole process enjoyable, engaging, and relevant to avoid the groaning and eye rolling customary to most employee development activities.
P.S. All the dog references? They're a holdover from my previous career as a professional dog trainer. I talk a bit about that on the About page as well, and how frequently good dog training practices provide insightful analogies for how to bring out the best in ourselves and our fellow humans.
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