Dering in Action

Peter Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

At Dering, we believe this is especially true for an organization trying to re-invent itself and drive innovation. And while many would not view government entities as innovative, I present Cumberland County (PA) as an exception. Dering has been working closely with county leaders to implement strategies that make it this exception. The flagship of their culture shift lies in the deployment of their Leadership Essentials Program.

This program provides an engaging learning experience focused on key leadership concepts and skills from the county’s competency model, which is their roadmap for professional development and performance management. The interactive, multi-session program is designed to foster and develop leadership strengths and networking opportunities for employees. In action, Dering teams with county leaders to co-facilitate program workshops. This brings a blend of internal and external expertise to the learning conversation that the county finds extremely valuable.

Firm Updates

Join us in welcoming Yvonne Aguayo to the Dering team!  Yvonne specializes in leadership, communications, performance improvement, goal setting, team building, and much more. She has successfully implemented and facilitated numerous leadership and employee development workshops in her 15+ years of working in human resources. Yvonne is also a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She is incredibly passionate about helping others reach their full potential in all aspects of life. We are extremely excited that Yvonne will be joining Dering, and we look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes. 

Employee Spotlight

Steve has 25 years of experience supporting clients to meet strategic business goals through learning and development solutions. He is a certified professional coach with experience in all industries.

We are excited to introduce an integrated leadership development approach that includes individual coaching for participants. Being led by Steve Riccio, Ed.D., SPHR, PCC and IPEC certified coach, Dering’s integrated leadership programs drive an even stronger application of learning to the job. According to Steve, “Coaching reinforces what is being taught in our leadership programs while enhancing the accountability of the leader through application of learned skills in the workplace.”

Steve wanted to become certified in business and leadership coaching because of his passion for teaching and coaching. Steve said in an interview “Coaching is asking questions and listening. There is an exciting methodology to coaching that is different from typical leadership development approaches.” Interested in learning more about coaching leaders to develop highly collaborative cultures? Check out our coaching page!

Becoming Effective Leaders

How can one effectively balance between managing and leading others within an organization? After watching this clip, what do you think the front and the back wheel symbolize?

In order to effectively ride a bike it is imperative to understand that the two wheels are both equally important despite having different purposes. Much like the management components of an organization, the back wheel propels the bike forward. Without management tasks such as reports, procedures, schedules, and paperwork there will be a lack of structure and power to lead a strong organization. Furthermore, the front wheel is responsible for steering and directing a bike successfully. Leading a team absorbs the front wheel roles of assisting though change and coaching using a collection of missions, visions, and values. Ultimately, it is important to understand and respect all aspects of an organization for each provides various roles and results.

The video above gives a preview to the bicycle metaphor we use to help individuals identify how to effectively balance day-to-day operational tasks while considering the bigger organizational picture. If you find yourself out of balance, this clip and others can jumpstart you in getting back on track.  

Employee Engagement

Are you or anyone in your company experiencing burnout? Statistics show that 80% of employees are not engaged! 
According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace Report, most full-time workers are either watching the clock or actively opposing their employer; employees are not engaged. So, why the concern? Employee engagement and wellbeing are essential elements of a successful and resilient workforce and organization.

Low engagement may negatively affect an organization’s profits, productivity, innovation, safety, turnover, customer loyalty, and ability to adapt to change. Moreover, organizations need employees who are not only engaged at work but also experiencing happiness outside of work. If there is not a balance between work and life negative emotions may arise and burnout will continue to rise. Contact us if you want to improve company culture and reduce burnout!

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