Team effectiveness, behavioural preferences and what motivates people to think and act like they do – all topics which fascinate today’s guest interviewee. In his words “it bakes my noodles”!
A determined individual, Ian Beer funded his way by selling cars to attend university as a ‘mature’ student. His subsequent corporate career spanned Total Oil, Dell Technologies and 3M before flying solo as a consultant and trainer working currently in luxury cars and insurance amongst other sectors.
One of 3M’s most famous products Post-it Notes was founded by accident by one of their research scientists (read the full story here if you’re curious). Herding sheep as a team building activity, the springboard to Raising the Baa, also came about by chance (Episode 1 of SheepDip tells all!) from an unplanned conversation between Chris (founder and Head Shepherd) and an acquaintance who had just launched a youth charity. Poles apart in many ways yet neither would have come to fruition if serendipity hadn’t played its part – another theme we discuss with Ian in reference to remote working.
Resilience, reframing, communication, adaptability – all are covered in our conversation, with particular reference to the work/life pattern that the pandemic has provoked.
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Connect with the speakers via LinkedIn:
Caroline Palmer – Top Dog and Co-Founder, Raising the Baa
Chris Farnsworth – Head Shepherd and Co-Founder, Raising the Baa
Ian Beer – Sales effectiveness consultant, trainer, coach – and saxophonist