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Interested in strengthening your managers and teams? The leadership and team development services at Blank Canvas Consulting provides businesses with the tools and the knowledge to develop more effective leaders and more productive employees.

Implementing new methods in an effort to help your business thrive is sometimes crucial for a business to remain successful and stay ahead of their competitors. However, that doesn’t make change any less daunting. 

Our experienced career coaches have answered your most frequently asked questions below. From understanding behavioral assessments to learning more about team and leadership development, trust our team to help you find the tools you need to propel your business forward.

For more information about leadership and team development from the experts at Blank Canvas Consulting, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.821.1575.

Click on any of the questions below to learn more:

What forms of payments do you accept?

We accept ACH transfer, Venmo or checks.

What does a leadership coach do?

A leadership coach helps leaders become better leaders by maximizing their skills and uncovering “blind spots” that may be getting in the way of becoming better leaders. Leadership coaches are designed to help leaders in any stage of their career.

How do your services work?

We begin by having a conversation with you to understand your business goals, as well as any concerns you may have about your talent. From there, we will dive deeper into your hiring methods, your leadership techniques and how you manage your team dynamics. After we get a clear view of your business, we will work with you to devise a game plan to help you start crushing your goals.

What are your qualifications?

Mary Jo Baweja, MA, LLP is an Organizational Psychologist as well as Clinical Psychologist with a great deal of expertise in the mental health field. With over 20 years as a coach and consultant, she has honed her leadership development skills. Baweja’s expertise ranges from fundamental leadership development, employee selection and development, behavioral assessment, team building, career coaching and workplace relationships. Learn more about this game-changing leader here.

Do I need a leadership or career coach?

Compare leadership coaching to a sports coach. You may be Tiger Woods or Tom Brady, but even these “GOATS” keep a coach with them throughout their career.

Essentially, no matter your stage in your career, everyone can benefit from speaking with a leadership or career coach. A career coach can be helpful if you are feeling stuck in your career, wondering what to do next or are wondering how you will achieve your goals once you set them. To learn more about leadership and career coaching, click here.

Can I hire you to help me find employees?

While we don’t take on a recruiting role, we can assist you in assuring the employees you hire are the right fit for your organization.

Why should I choose Blank Canvas Consulting?

Our team has been guiding leaders and team members for over 20 years. Using a combination of clinical and organizational psychology, we offer a unique perspective to your organization. In addition to our high qualifications, we bring true life experience, education, and proven processes to the table.

What are behavioral assessments and how do they work?

A behavioral assessment helps businesses gain a better understanding of how well a candidate would perform in a job position. Assessments are used based on the idea that suitability does not really show when using questionnaires, letters and interviews.

The primary reason assessments are used during a selection process is to increase the probability of hiring the best candidates – people with the skills to perform well and who are more likely to be retained.

Why do I need behavioral assessments?

Often, you don’t see an individual’s true capacity and personality until they are 90 to 180 days into the job. Behavioral assessments provide you with reliable and accurate data up front to assist you in your hiring decisions. Learn more about behavioral assessments here.

What are the benefits of behavioral assessments?

Behavioral assessments help businesses fill open positions with qualified candidates that are more likely to thrive in the role and be retained by the company. They are also a great tool for learning more about your current team and their strengths so that you can create a positive team dynamic and increase productivity.

What is career coaching?

Career coaches act as guides and mentors as they help people achieve their professional goals. In addition to helping you identify your career goals, career coaches can help you implement action plans to reach your goals and help you navigate any roadblocks that may arise.

Good career coaches help people achieve career satisfaction and rewarding challenges. They nudge people toward a career path that suits them better and help them advocate for themselves. If you are looking for an effective toolset to succeed or to simply get unstuck from your current situation, be sure to reach out to a qualified career coach today.

I feel stuck in my current job. What should I do?

Take some time to evaluate your strengths and acknowledge areas that could be improved. We also recommend identifying what you are passionate about regarding your role, job and career, as well as what you value in the workplace. Once you pinpoint where you are and where you’d like to grow, you can create a game plan to help you achieve it. During these transitions, many people connect with an experienced career coach to help guide them as they embark on their new journey.

I’m between jobs right now. Can you still help me?

Absolutely. You don’t have to be currently employed to benefit from career coaching.  If you are between jobs, hiring a career coach will help you land your next role more quickly and effectively. We will help assure that you achieve a role that is a good fit for you.

What is leadership development?

Leadership development is the process of enhancing an individual’s ability to perform in a leadership role within an organization. This is done through helping leaders grow self-awareness, clarify their purpose, and understand their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. Though it is called leadership development, leaders at any stage in their career can benefit from this service.

How can I be a more effective leader?

As a leader, you must first gain a self-awareness of what you bring to the table. What is your impact on others? How are your listening skills? Do you prioritize being an inspirational leader?

There is a lot to uncover when it comes to finding and utilizing your greatest strengths as a leader. Because of this, many people enlist the help of a qualified leadership coach to help them discover their blind spots, their strengths and set realistic goals moving forward.

How can I improve communication in the workplace?

In order to improve communication, you need to be open to addressing misunderstandings and tensions immediately and directly. Trust and authenticity are crucial when it comes to great workplace communication. For more specified tips regarding communication in your workplace, contact us here.

What is team development?

Team development is the process of individual team members coming together to work more effectively together.

What are the benefits of team development?

Having a strong and developed team can help increase productivity, encourage creativity and decrease employee turnover. If you’re interested in increasing your team dynamics and uncovering any blind spots in your team, click here to learn more about our team development services.

What is career evolution?

A career evolution occurs when you are ready to move forward into the next phase of your career. For many people, this includes moving from their current demanding role into something that better meets their needs, interests and passions. From understanding how to prioritize your financial and emotional time to learning how to navigate change and try new things, a career evolution helps many people find joy in their new roles and are more likely to be successful in their journey. Learn more about career evolution here.

How can I have a smooth career transition?

Whether you are changing roles or trying something new, it’s important to first prepare yourself for the change it will entail and to create a game plan on how you will navigate the transition. This can include anything from learning how to utilize your network to articulating your strengths and learning how to sell yourself. To learn how to have a smooth career transition, be sure to connect with an experienced career coach.