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We’re hiring: new clients wanted

I’m going to break a taboo here.

I’m going to smash the facade that’s so easy to create on the internet.

It’s one built and maintained by the shiny stories and exciting Facebook posts that startups and freelancers put out (like I do).

It’s the myth of: “Look at me! I’m busy! I’m successful! And if I make you think I’m busy and successful, I won’t have to worry about looking like I have no idea what I’m doing, and maybe you’ll want me even more!”

Well, like everyone else, that’s not consciously my intention, but I’m fairly confident it is what I sometimes put out.

And, like everyone else, it’s not true.

I’m not always busy (thank goodness) and I don’t think busy means successful anyway.

But I do get why people are scared of making it look like they don’t have enough work, and I also get the tension between that and keeping the work flowing.

As a regular human being, I have a need to be useful and to help. It’s part of my programming. I’m like a walking, talking empathetic leatherman, looking for a problem to solve.

And when I don’t need space to just rest and think, and I haven’t got a lot on, I’m itching to help.

So — in a period where I’ve just finished a few projects, with a bunch of things hanging out there (which may never drop), and The Art of Hosting Brighton still in organising phase, I thought I’d just say it nice and clearly:

I’d love to find some new clients to work with.

And looking back over the past 12–18 months, I feel like I’ve got a pretty clear idea of who I love working with (and who would loves working with me/my network) and where things really land.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to do this, but anyway: I thought I’d write a job spec.

New client wanted

We’re looking for a founder or senior team leader who’s deeply passionate about what they do but needs expert help, support and advice to make their life — and those of their colleagues — better.

You’re feeling the pain, you know things could be different, you just don’t have the time, resources or expertise to make it happen.

We can offer inspiration, clarity and care, along with practical but truly progressive ideas, packaged up in a way that work for you and your organisation.

As well as all this, we provide a great benefits package that includes a massive global network of inspiring connections, the opportunity to join a community of people like you, and a general sense of relief that someone’s got your back and there is a good way forward.

About you

You lead a business or a team.

You might be the founder or director of a small business that’s 5–10 years down the line, and you’ve found yourself accidentally running a company. Whoops. Happens all the time — no really, it does.

You feel things aren’t going quite the way they should, but you don’t know exactly where they should go, how you’d find out, and how you’d get there anyway.

You may have co-founders or other directors, and between you communication and relationships could be a little better (you might not feel like you’re connecting, or things could be really, really bad — again, happens all the time. Don’t worry).

Or you might be the leader of a team in a larger organisation.

You’re finding yourself spending too much of your time firefighting and/or you’re feeling concerned for people in your team.

You feel like people could be taking more responsibility, that there’s a lack of clear structure and dialogue, and that unhealthy conflict is making everyone’s life difficult.

You’d love for people to be more confident in themselves, to be listening to each other and connecting. Ultimately, you’d like everyone to be able to just get on.

Whatever your role, you are passionate about your organisation and/or the wellbeing of your team and you would love to have one or more of the following:

  • Clarity about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how you’ll get there, together.
  • Connection in your team/organisation. People talking and working together in a productive, healthy way.
  • Space to focus on the bigger picture while your team take more responsibility for making things happen.

You may have read Frederick Laloux’s Reinventing Organisations and wondering what it takes to have the kind of culture that supports self-management.

You might have read Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and wondering how on earth you could bring a bit more empathy to the way your team operates.

You’ve probably read neither and you just know that there’s a better way of doing what you’re doing and it all comes down to how clear we are and how we choose to show up.

About us (me)

I’m a team of one with a network of around 15 associates based in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the US.

In the past 18 months we’ve worked with:

  • A multinational tech firm on developing next-level management skills
  • An independent record company getting clear on purpose and structure
  • A digital agency on improving communication and collaboration
  • A senior leadership team on clarifying roles and improving relationships

Our background is purpose-led, participative and creative approaches to business that allow everyone to bring their whole selves to work in the most productive way.

We recruit ourselves into working with people who care deeply about their work and want to make life better.

We help them do it through training, coaching and facilitation.

This includes in-house experiential learning, off-sites and away days and one-to-one coaching.

We are happy to provide references from very happy people (hold on a minute, shouldn’t this be…).

Find out more at: beingwildthings.com or look me up on Linked In

How to apply

If this sounds like what you need, just email max@beingwildthings.com telling me a little bit about you and what’s going on.

That’s it.

Then we’ll have a chat.

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