If you are looking for corporate team building in the Minneapolis area, look no further than CO2 Partners. Our team coaching program was designed to provide your organization with broad, comprehensive support instead of simply training a few members of the executive team in accountability. It will help each member of the team see their role in the entire ecosystem and how they are accountable and responsible for their team’s results, not just their part. In addition, the team will learn how to communicate when differences and dysfunction arise and how to encourage healthy conflict.
I picked Gary because of his strong intelligence and strategic capability, and his high emotional intelligence—really relevant to my situation, given the personalities and closely-held nature of our business. The chemistry was good, Gary's value system is similar to mine, and he also has the right combination of hard and soft skills. I've been working with Gary for five years now, and CO2's business model—monthly fee for service, two meetings a month, available as needed—provides a good combination of consistent and emergency support. I also work with Gary in the strategic planning process on an annual basis. That has been catalytic. He’s often introducing new models from his readings and research, which I find helpful. The planning process helps galvanize plans for the entire year, and the monthly check-ins are like the maintenance program. It’s change through osmosis. Because of some of the structural changes we’ve implemented, my business is expanding, and I’m able to spend more time in my week focusing on bigger things. I’ve been willing to take on greater levels of personal responsibility inside the organization in terms of my role, and I think I’m a much better leader—some due to coaching, some due to more experience. We’re building apartment buildings now ($25-50 million transactions), which are 5-10 times the size of transactions from before. It does pay dividends to stay the course.
Gary has the unique ability to focus in and pinpoint the actual issue at hand—the one that lurks below the surface-level symptoms. By being able to accurately articulate the issue, the resolution(s) seem a lot more clear.
Gary’s “Just Ask” approach helps others assume responsibility and frees me to focus on the areas that truly require my attention. This approach has helped elevate thinking throughout our organization, including my own.