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November 29, 2017

The 4 Key Stages Of Development: Where Are You?

By Andrea Masucci, CRPS®
I’ve always been fascinated by what it takes to become high-performing, effective leaders and teammates. I was first inspired by the work of the late Princeton and Ohio State University professor Dr. Bruce Tuckman, who taught that we function in groups to:
 
·         Gain better results as a high-performing team
·         Achieve tasks with cooperation, and
·         Gain a sense of belonging and acceptance.
 
He also suggested that we tend to achieve these objectives in stages, which he dubbed Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. 
 
I’ve talked to dozens of colleagues over the years about Dr. Tuckman’s teaching and interviewed lots of top leaders in our industry about their experience becoming effective leaders and teammates. What I’ve learned over those conversations has led me to borrow from, and put a fun, fresh spin on, Dr. Tuckman’s original four stages to create a new set of four I call Awakening, Rule-Breaking, Hand-Shaking and Piece-Of-Cake-ing. Here’s how they tend to shake out:
 
 
1.       Awakening:  During the Awakening stage, we’re learning about opportunities and challenges, working to agree on goals and then tackling the tasks at hand. At this stage we’re very motivated but not completely awake to the issues and challenges ahead.
 
2.       Rule-Breaking: We tend to form opinions about the character and integrity of the group’s other participants at this stage, and voice our opinions about those who are dominating or shirking their responsibilities. We begin questioning others’ actions, as well as the decisions of the leader. Disagreements and personality clashes arise in about half of teams at stage 2. Groups that get beyond those differences emphasize tolerance so they can move toward resolution and comfortable participation again.
 
3.       Hand-Shaking: Resolution and cooperation emerge at stage 3. Common goals are shared and team members take responsibility and work together to achieve those goals. Acceptance and an effort to move forward, while continuing to share controversial ideas, is the evidence of their greater cooperation.
 
4.       Piece-Of-Cake-ing: At the final stage of development, roles have been established and success is reached thanks to the motivation and knowledge of the team, and their ability to work together with competency and autonomy. Occasional dissent is expected and allowed if it’s channeled in a way the team deems acceptable.
 
This is not a fairy tale, obviously, so advancing from stage to stage isn’t always easy and doesn’t always lead to happily ever after. In fact, it’s likely teammates will feel discomfort and growing pains. When that happens, relax and allow yourself to embrace the moment. That’s when growth happens, and from that dissonance will come the resolution that leads to harmonious Piece-Of-Cake-ing.
 
If you’re working toward a personal or professional goal or are part of a team trying to achieve success, see which stage you think you fall into today. Then look beyond it to identify what it will take to get you to the next stage of growth. Chances are just a little more collaboration, communication and cooperation will help you reach your goals. 
 
 
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May 11, 2017

Give Back Project at The James

Fourteen individuals from Hamilton Capital Management visited the Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital to learn more about the progress being made in the fight against Cancer and to volunteer through the “Give Back Project.”  Volunteer activities included tying together scarlet and gray blankets and crafting colorful tissue-paper flowers to support Cancer patients.

 
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October 8, 2015

Business First Article on Financial Planners Certified in Divorce

I got a notice about an upcoming seminar this weekend by the Columbus chapter of an organization called Second Saturday, which runs monthly workshops for women to learn the financial and legal issues with divorce. This latest one, details of which can be found here, will be led by Kitty Hedges, a financial adviser with Columbus-based Hamilton Capital Management who has a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. “It is not our intent to encourage the break-up of marriages; quite the contrary," she said in the meeting announcement. "However, we understand that divorce is an unfortunate reality of today, and as women, we face unique challenges when navigating this difficult and emotionally-charged process."

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October 7, 2015

Second Saturday Sunny 95 Interview



Kitty Hedges, Certified Financial Planner/Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, discusses the Second Saturday workshop for women contemplating divorce and explains some of the emotional, legal and financial pitfalls. Air date: 10/04/15 - See more at:
http://sunny95.com/perspective/second-saturday/
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November 5, 2014

Field To Table

Hamilton Capital is a proud sponsor of Field To Table. This annual event not only celebrates the bounty of fresh foods grown in Ohio, but also has raised more than $1.4 million to date for the Franklin Park Conservatory’s Growing To Green program, which has helped establish nearly 300 community gardens, school gardens and beautification projects throughout Central Ohio. The program also educates students and adults about healthy eating and provides tons of fresh, healthy produce to local food banks each year. It was a delicious evening for a nutritious cause, and we enjoyed every bite. Join us next year and savor for yourself. 

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