With decades of real-world experience, The Collaborative has a long and successful history in helping services and technology firms apply actionable, workable strategies and tactics to increase sales, communicate better with clients and eliminate organizational obstacles to success.
With a proven track record in training, coaching, organizational evaluation and behavioral assessments – we have the expertise to help you meet your goals.
In the News
Why It Pays for You to ‘Manage Up’
New York, April 21, 2013: The Wall Street Journal. Bev Flaxington and Mike Slemmer are interviewed about the best ways to “manage up”. Read the whole article here.
How to handle an irritating boss
Chicago, April 10, 2013; Chicago Tribune. Joyce Lain Kennedy quotes Bev Flaxington discussing 8 ways a person can “manage” a boss with a meddling personality. Read the whole article here.
YOUR PRACTICE-Advisers benefit from ‘listening’ on social media
NEW YORK, March 1, 2013; Reuters. Beth Pinsker quotes Mike Slemmer about the efficacy of social media to financial advisors, and which avenues are the most effective for them. Read the whole article here.
How to SHIFT to Success
February 2, 2013; U.S. Daily Review. Patricia Gale, Contributor, interviews Bev Flaxington about the keys to successfully setting and achieving goals. Read the whole article here.
Gossip in the workplace serves a purpose, researcher says
October 7, 2012; NewsOK. Of emails sent by corporate workers, about 15 percent — or nearly one in seven — contain gossip. The trend spans all ranks of organizations, with the lowest level employees playing a major part in circulating it. Employees are most likely to send gossip to their peers, and emailed gossip is 2.7 times more negative than positive. The Collaborative’s Bev Flaxington is interviewed about this research and how to put gossip to good use. Read the whole article.
Changing outlook can cure unhappiness in workplace
July 1, 2012; USA Today. We often blame our bosses or co-workers or “the company” for troubles at work. We tell ourselves the reason we don’t get what we deserve at work is the fault of someone else. But is it really? Or are we the ones to blame for our lack of career success? The Collaborative’s Bev Flaxington is interviewed on this important subject. Read more.
Knowing When to Let Go: Identifying Customers That Aren’t Worth Saving
April 12, 2012. Small Business Online Community. Breaking up is hard to do. But, as in life, some business relationships aren’t meant to last. For a small business, especially a new one, each customer has a measurable impact on the bottom line. The Collaborative’s Bev Flaxington has some tips in this interview.
360⁰ Hiring & Feedback Process
How can you ensure that you’ve got the right person in the right role — and that they’ll be a great employee for the long-term? While this is never a guarantee, you can greatly increase the odds of success. Our new workbook guides you online through 7 steps of successful hiring and performance appraising. Everything you need is here.
Shift With Purpose
Based on our best-selling book and productivity process, the Shift With Purpose program is now available. This “truly revolutionary” new program helps managers manage, and leaders lead, more effectively. Learn more here, and see the book that it’s based on here.
NEW New Media Services
Being seen and heard in today’s market is a challenge for even the savviest marketer. We offer audio and video production — including voice over, recording, filming and editing. Not sure of what to say or how to say it? We even offer scripting! Find out more by clicking here.
New Training Programs
We’re known for our Sales training, but we can help your Client Service groups, Marketing, management and other teams, and individuals too! Training on Effective Time and Personal Management, Solidifying Client Relationships, Tips and Tools for Working in Teams are just some of what we offer. Contact us for details.
Personal DISC and PIAV profiles with consultation or audio
These profiles offer you information about your preferred behavioral style (DISC) and communication approach, as well as your values (PIAV). Many people find this information helps them in communicating with others, learn the type of role that’s best for them and generally improve business and personal relationships. Learn more here.
The Collaborative’s Collaborating podcast
Our podcast series focuses on ideas for increasing sales, enhancing marketing and improving organizational effectiveness. Don’t miss a single episode! Click the icon above to go directly to the iTunes podcast subscription page within your iTunes Store, or listen on The Collaborative’s website at http://www.the-collaborative.com/blog/.