Solving Team Dysfunction

There is one truth that threads every single one of our plights together - people.

Recently, I was asked by a Chief Operating Officer of one of the nations prominent professional sporting leagues

“Why can’t we execute the strategy we have put in place?”

This was quickly followed by…

“What is the gap?”

The answer was simple - People are behind everything. From Google, to The All Blacks, to that great family business down the road that has been there forever and are always busy. The thread is constant:

When the people are consistently functioning well with each other, everything else takes care of itself.

Achieving this is not simple thought.

The strongest leader I every worked under, Mette Haxthausen (Aveda London, and now Aveda UAE) once said to me:

“Staff are the biggest challenge and the biggest reward”

These words are forever tattooed on my mind.

My own managerial journey proved this to me. I found that as a leader I am nothing without the team I work with, and any kind of results are not attainable unless we work as one in the face of unending demands and obstacles.

I have taken my life’s experience of leading teams, and developed a body of work that solely aims to reduce Team Dysfunction. To turn cycles of struggle into rewarding sustainable cohesion.

Different to others: A 'Team 1st' Mentality

"When I walk into any room, no matter who is there or where we are, my mind goes directly to one place - how can this team of people come together for a positive outcome? I see the world in the context of 'team'. That is my superpower. I have a one track mind focused on the collective. As tribal animals constantly needing a sense of belonging, security, and purpose, this is a topic I devote my life to"

- Paul Farina, Team Performance Specialist

The Boot Room is Paul’s monthly discussion on topics relating to team dysfunction, problem solving, and leading people to high performance.

A short, sometimes entertaining read to help you implement high impact people focused actions.


From Task Orientation to Proliferation

Elite Team Performance... It's an exciting aspiration and one I have immersed myself in throughout my life.

In my observations over many years I continue to see busy hard-working people struggle. Across multiple markets workers are mentally worn down and frustrated. It is industry agnostic to see frustration and inter-team politics restrict enjoyment, creativity, and achievement.

These struggles feed 'The Friction Cycle' - a never ending experience in the day-to-day of many organisations. This operational fire-fighting can be alleviated.

Building cultures overflowing with Readiness and Togetherness is my purpose. Using a practical approach mixed with inspiration and fresh energy I share tools to remove the friction.  

Serving those desperate to develop unique high-performing team cultures, excellence, and connection in their organisations with lasting power. 

 
    Figure: Sustainable Leadership Model   Leadership Focus within a team directly effects a team's output. Do you spend the majority of your time 'Averting' people away from your business? The opportunity is almost endless when the Leadership Focus evolves to the 'Attract' Leadership levels. It is clear that Task Orientation 'just has to go!'

Figure: Sustainable Leadership Model

Leadership Focus within a team directly effects a team's output. Do you spend the majority of your time 'Averting' people away from your business? The opportunity is almost endless when the Leadership Focus evolves to the 'Attract' Leadership levels. It is clear that Task Orientation 'just has to go!'


 Working with leadership teams in intimate sessions. Paul challenges current thinking to enable participant's to implement learnings.

Working with leadership teams in intimate sessions. Paul challenges current thinking to enable participant's to implement learnings.

Paul is a dynamic energic Speaker that challenges his audiences. He brings a unique mix of positivity balanced with razor sharp performance expectation. Captivating audiences with engrossing storytelling and a fresh approach to team thinking.

If I had 9 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 6 sharpening my axe
— Abraham Lincoln

 

Off the back of 20 years of Operational Management, in 2013 Paul started his journey of assisting operational teams to ramp up their performance and staying power. This has grown into a larger body of work helping organisations of all types progress their team dynamics beyond day-to-day productivity. Evolving teams into prepared and consistent performers full of contingency, capability, and cohesion, Paul has carved out a unique skill set for the marketplace.

 

He is passionate in his delivery and detailed in his approach. Paul demonstrates that teams have the ability to create Dynasties of Affinity from the most humble and perceived dire beginnings.  

 


What Paul's clients say...

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The Victorian Amateur Football Association

"Paul challenged us more than we could have imagined. Our continued work with Paul is helping us develop our leaders and find organisational solutions"

- Brett Connell, CEO

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Jetts Gyms

"Paul’s value in our multi-location fitness business has been essential as we continued our growth. Paul invested time early on to understand our business and our people. He has continued to challenge the leaders of our group. We now see Paul as a business partnership whereby he has a vested interest in our success and his passion for our success is extremely motivating."

- Brent Woodhead, Director

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Williamstown Chamber of Comm.

"Paul managed the group very well, was very practical, generated some lively & interesting discussion whilst giving us a huge amount of knowledge – both academic & practical."

- Sue Johnson, Director

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Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

"Paul is flexible and able to customise his training to suit the target audience. He always goes above and beyond to satisfy the client. Thank you for your efforts and hoping to continue working together for many years to come."

- Yvonne Chow, Head of Talent


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