Hi, I'm Brian
I help teams realize their full potential.
Developing teams • Empowering people • Reinventing work
Brian at Marina Beach Park, Edmonds, Washington, 2019
Everyone should be excited to get to work in the morning, pour their hearts into that work all day, and go home feeling deeply satisfied that they invested themselves in something worth doing.
We spend half of our waking hours every weekday at work. It should be a positive experience.
My mission is to help teams and their leaders to make work better.
If your team isn't fully engaged in its work,
If you wish they would collaborate and work together better,
Brian can guide you and your team to make work better.
Brian has worked with these organizations
US Forest Service
University of Washington
About that Pirate Pic
Let me explain.
Sure, pirates were rogues, rebels, and rapscallions.
They got fed up being mistreated by the aristocracy, took control of their lives, and organized themselves.
They shared risks and rewards, and (often, though not always) elected their own leaders.
They freed slaves as opportunities arose, often inviting them to join their crews.
They even formed a simple workman's compensation insurance program, paying a bonus for limbs or eyes lost in battle.
Brian at the Google Seattle office, Halloween, 2011
The pirates of the golden age (about 1690-1726) were the forebears of American democracy, rebelling against the aristocracy of Great Britain and Western Europe.
(I wonder if Alexander Hamilton, who grew up on Caribbean islands shortly after the Golden Age of Pirates, found inspiration in those sea stories while he fought in the American Revolution as George Washington's aide-de-camp.)
In today's VUCA world, we need to cast off archaic ways of doing business, rally around shared values, leverage our strengths, and navigate into unexplored waters and stormy seas. We need to form teams not unlike the Brethren of the Coast, but with more structure and clarity of purpose.
That's what I help teams do.