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HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE CURIOSITY COMPANY IS THE RIGHT CONSULTING AGENCY FOR ME?
Do you want to be a great boss? I am here to help you plan your workforce, build great teams and be one of those leaders you read about in Harvard Business Review - confident, connected, committed and courageous. I know, it's way too slogan-y but those four words really do sum up what makes great leaders tick.
I provide C-suit level consulting services to SMEs and Not-For-Profits that need high level strategic support to design and develop their workforce and/or address their people issues. The intention is that it is Chief People Officer level advice on demand and without the annual salary.
If you need assistance with administrative or other more basic services I am not your person, but I am very happy to provide advice for $0 about where to look for that kind of assistance, so just flick me an email or give me a call if you're feeling stuck.
WHAT SERVICES ARE ON OFFER THEN?
Wicked problem-solving - those people issues that just feel intractable
Practical leadership and people management mentoring and training for business owners and leaders
Workforce strategy and organisational design, including related role design and performance, talent and capability frameworks
Industrial relations and compliance reviews and audits
Human resources technical writing
Human resources capability build through coaching and mentoring for existing HR team members
Fixed price HR, executive and senior management recruitment
Ongoing advice on industrial relations, change management and workforce strategy as needed
HOW WILL WE WORK TOGETHER?
My primary goal is to be of genuine use to you. Having run big and small operational and HR teams I understand what it is to do 'people stuff' when you have to see, and motivate, and get outcomes from the humans you're making decisions about. My operational experience facilitates an awareness that while HR rules are important (and often the law) there is a huge degree of ambiguity that needs to be worked through in managing workforce matters (personalities, relationships, budgets, tradition, politics, existing structures and frameworks, previous imperfect application of legal principles etc.) There is always a line that can be walked to manage these issues both strategically and lawfully.
I start with a process of discovery to work this through and make sure we're not just going to add to the existing issue or create unnecessary complexity. Beyond that, the solution will be dependent on your unique needs and budget. It might be a set of recommendations, a training or mentoring program, or providing a fix for an issue.
If we're working on a people problem (say a team or individual performance, cultural or conduct issue) - or on leadership development - we'll have some pretty frank conversations. Most (though not all) people issues are a result of something going awry from a leadership perspective. There might be unclear expectations, a failure to follow through on boundary or rule setting, or a way of communicating that means you're intimidating people unintentionally - or perhaps you're not holding the line on important principles (as examples.) It's rare they're not resolvable. We will work together in a way that is respectful, discrete and supportive and leaves you feeling pretty awesome about what you or your managers can achieve both personally and with team members.
Also, we'll have a laugh. Often this stuff is complex and dry or emotionally challenging ... I promise to make it less onerous!
It depends on what you're looking to have done, but generally between $200 - $250ph + GST. That's an indicative rate - you and I may choose to look at a fixed cost project, a day rate, a course rate, retainer, you may want a relatively simple task done or you may want me to pull out all the stops. All of that will factor into the rate we ultimately negotiate, but it's unlikely to equate to more than the top of that range and may well be less than the bottom.
IS FORMAL LEGAL ADVICE AVAILABLE?
No. I have a really solid knowledge of employment law and I can provide high-quality advice in this context. I have dealt with many very complex industrial matters, fronted FairWork numerous times (and am yet to have been found at fault) and worked with some exceptional employment lawyers from whom I have learned a great deal. And I'm studying law because I love this area of the work so much. But I am not a lawyer and my advice is not a substitute for legal advice. I can put you in touch with some excellent firms though if needed (I have no affiliation with them other than I have used them before and found them to do excellent work.)
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Following a COVID inspired treechange I am in south Gippsland in Southern Victoria, just over an hour out of Melbourne. In general, I operate via Zoom, but sometimes people things are best managed in person so sometimes we'll meet face to face (COVID permitting) for at least some of the process (where do so works best for your business.) There is no travel fee associated with Melbourne CBD meetings. I work with clients outside of Victoria in the same way, though there is usually more Zooming involved to reduce your costs.