Workplace Jazz: Build A High-Performing Team

Create teams that quickly get results and build a harmonious workplace with the 8-step Workplace Jazz method.

Create teams that quickly get results and build a harmonious workplace with the 8-step Workplace Jazz method, with behind-the-scenes improvisation secrets that integrate productivity, workplace culture, music, and neuroscience to help your team achieve peak performance.

“I love what I do; I just wish my team worked better together,” you say whenever anyone asks about work.

And it’s true. You do love what you do. It’s just that every day is starting to feel like Groundhog Day, and you feel like your team is just running through the motions.

Every project starts well. There’s a flurry of activity and big ideas on the best way to kick everything off...then as everyone starts doing their tasks, small things start to drop off.

Projects that should be a snap move at a snail’s pace...

  • Your team agonizes over decisions…
  • Key team members lose track of project flow and who is responsible for doing what…
  • Task ownership handoffs get missed completely...
  • And too often, you end up redoing the work to ensure it’s done right...

It feels sloppy, and you just wish there was a way to engage your employees to build connected, supportive teams and get optimum results. It’s affecting your company culture, and you worry that clients will start to notice.

It’s even more true when everyone is working remotely, and you can’t shout down the hall or pop into someone’s office.

You know you have great people on your team; you just wish you could help them work together more effectively.

You just don’t know how to build an agile project team...and you’re exhausted and burned out.

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You are not alone in your frustration or burnout…

According to a 2017 Kronos and Future Workplace study, employee burnout is the biggest threat to workforce engagement…

…and with 67% of workers feeling burned out at least some of the time, if not most of it, it’s a no-brainer that your team feels the same way.

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But there’s ANOTHER reason you are struggling to build an asynchronous team, not just because you’re burnt out with too much on your plate. The real reason is that your team isn’t doing three ESSENTIAL things that lead to greater efficiency and higher productivity.

#1. They don’t lean on one another’s strengths.

It’s all too easy to focus on your job and what you do best. That is, after all, why you get paid the big bucks. However, when you and your team pay attention to what one another does well and where they’re struggling, it’s easier to adjust the project based on the team's skillset to keep your projects moving and get optimal results.

#2. They don’t know how to have fun.

Everyone occasionally gets a case of Monday emergencies, but going to work shouldn’t feel like a drag. When your team is accountable and trusts one another, they have a more positive mindset and are more productive. Teams that get the best results tend to enjoy working together too.

#3. They aren’t growing their individual strengths.

It’s all too easy to get comfortable with your routine. After all, a routine can be a very good thing, but it can also stifle individual development. When you encourage and reward your team for finding small ways to build their individual skills, they’re more likely to innovate and think outside the box. Even small individual improvements can greatly impact the whole team’s productivity and success.

#4. They aren’t helping one another grow.

When team members feel like everything is a competition, they are less likely to share knowledge with one another. Instead, when you prioritize emotional and conversational intelligence, your team is more open to teaching one another and growing as a team. A rising tide lifts all ships, and teams that embrace supporting one another tend to focus more on the overarching project goals and get better results.

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Even though it may seem impossible to develop connected and agile teams that work well together, are open to feedback, and genuinely want to support one another’s growth, there is good news… can get more done in less time without the stress or overwhelm.

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Hi, I’m Gerald Leonard.

I know your struggles as a team leader because I’ve been there myself more times than I can count in my 20+ years as a project manager for Fortune 500 companies and DoD stakeholders.

I know that you’re stressed, overwhelmed, and wanting more...and I want to help you and your team reduce the frustration and grow your efficiency and get better results.

My unique lens as a professional bassist and seasoned business management consultant means that my approach ties deeply into my lifelong experience in the music and business worlds.

Over the years, music has played a huge role in my life, teaching me, among other things, the discipline of practice, playing fairly with friends, listening, connecting with others, and having fun.

As a consultant helping businesses of all sizes solve problems with efficiency and productivity, I focus most often on cultural adjustments like improving understanding and communication than on sweeping organizational changes.

One day, I noticed that the teams who adapted best to change had one thing in common— an agile mindset. As I started exploring what that meant, I realized that these strong teams also have some surprising parallels with the best jazz ensembles I’ve played with, so I started digging deeper.

I discovered that in agile teams and jazz ensembles, each person plays a valuable role, and they’re each good at what they do. The similarities go even deeper as both groups also excel in listening, improvising, and adjusting for better collaboration, and achieving peak performance.

So I got to work. I identified nine key areas where business leaders can learn from jazz ensembles to build an agile team...and I started incorporating these training strategies into my consulting practice with IMMEDIATE RESULTS.

And Workplace Jazz was born. I designed the IMPROVISE framework to build more engaged and increasingly agile teams almost overnight. They streamline their work, overcome burnout, keep a better eye on the overarching project goals, and get more done faster.

As the founder of the Leonard Productivity Intelligence Institute, I teach my clients behind-the-scenes secrets of jazz musicians to innovate, improvise, and collaborate. And I’ve repeatedly helped hundreds of leaders like you learn strategies to help their teams achieve peak performance.

And now, you can access this unique, successful approach to developing a healthier company culture that integrates productivity, workplace culture, music, and neuroscience. You can take your team from burning out, disjointed, and going through the motions to fully aligned, flexible, and having an agile mindset.

And you can regain your sense of purpose, create a healthier and more productive workplace culture, and achieve more in less time.

I want to help you get there.

Your Instructor

Gerald J. Leonard
Gerald J. Leonard

Gerald J. Leonard is the CEO of Turnberry Premiere, a strategic project portfolio management and IT governance firm based in Washington, DC. He attended Central State University in Ohio, where he received a bachelor’s in music and later earned a master’s in music from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Gerald earned certifications in Project Management and Business Intelligence from the University of California, Berkeley; Theory of Constraints Portfolio Management from the Goldratt Institute, Executive Leadership from Cornell University; and The Wharton School: Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program.

Voted #44 on the 130 Top Project Management Influencers of 2020 List

Gerald provides an insightful and unique way of combining his experience and expertise as a professional bassist and a certified Portfolio Management Professional consultant.

Gerald is also a contributor at PMWorld 360 Magazine
Voted one of the Top 2 Project Management Magazines And Ezines To Follow

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