Those words offered such sound advice to the kids we once were. Our parents and teachers urged us to be better partners to and for each other, to respect one another and to always share the ball.
But what if I told you playing nice wasn’t just for recess?
Yes, we’re all grown up. But the way we should interact with one another hasn’t changed. The rules—cooperate, collaborate and communicate—are still the same. Our playground just has a new name.
And it’s called the office.
I am Jennifer Takagi, an Executive Leadership + Communication Coach who teaches leaders how to play well at work so they can drive better performance from people they lead, increase profitability and create a purposeful workplace where people want to come and play—productively.
For 30 years, I’ve traveled to conference rooms across the country training and teaching. I’ve covered a lot of miles, but more importantly, I’ve talked to a lot of people. Frustrated people. And while their organizational cultures and landscapes differed, the challenges they all faced were strikingly similar. Managers felt stagnant and ineffective. Employees felt disconnected, devalued and overworked. There was no sharing. There was no working together to achieve measurable results. Performance and productivity suffered. On the surface, there was a breakdown in skills.
But really? There was a breakdown between people.
That’s where I come in.
My work ties the intrinsic motivators and emotional-social intelligence —the inner stuff—to behavior, employee engagement and performance. Through in-depth assessments and coaching, I help management professionals to understand how their personality types and personal strengths play a role in their leadership style, and how to translate that data into a toolkit that brings the best out of themselves and their employees.
I’ll teach you how to put people first.
I’ll teach you how to lead from the inside out.
I’ll teach you how to become the inspirational, influential and impactful leader you were destined to be.
I’ll teach you how to create a workplace where your employees work with you and not just for you.
Because Mom was right.
Playing well together is so much better.