"How being a caring leader can transform your workplace culture" with Margo Fowkes, Consultant & Founder of Salt Water

E52: “How being a caring leader can transform your workplace culture” with Margo Fowkes, Consultant & Founder of Salt Water

Now more than ever, people are bringing their whole selves to work. Long gone are the days of keeping home life and work life separate. So what does that mean for you as the leader or business owner?

It means showing your employees that you care and are invested in them both professionally and personally. Margo Fowkes knows one way to help your team feel seen and understood is to touch base with your team consistently. Check in regularly so you can tell when something is out of the ordinary and they might need some time off or a little extra encouragement. 

Tune into this Powerful at Work Radio episode to hear how being a caring leader can create an empowered culture where employees feel safe, comfortable and ready to work together…

Episode Outline:

  • [04:46] When opportunity comes knocking, it’s not always packaged in the way that we think
  • [07:30] What happens when leaders assume an employee is checked out…
  • [09:27] How this personal tragedy led Margo on an unexpected path…
  • [14:49] Supporting your employees through a difficult moment
  • [18:31] Touch base with the team weekly, monthly, whatever is appropriate…

About Margo Fowkes:

Margo Fowkes (pronounced “Folks”) is the founder and president of OnTarget Consulting Inc., a firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals act strategically, improve performance and achieve their business goals. Margo works with clients to solve problems of productivity, morale and innovation.

Before founding her own consulting firm in 1994, Margo held positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. A former budget analyst for the United States Budget Committee, she has worked for all levels of government – federal, state and local. She has also worked with a range of businesses from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietorships.

Margo’s clients come from all three sectors – private, public and nonprofit. They include SMA America, NEC Electronics, the Girl Scouts, Intermountain Healthcare and the California Department of Aging.

Active in community service, Margo has served on several nonprofit boards as well as founded and run her own nonprofit. During her tenure as an instructor at the Nonprofit Resource Center in Sacramento, Margo provided training through the BOARDLINK™ program.

In addition to her consulting work, Margo delivers a variety of workshops and keynote presentations. Her most sought-after programs include From Coping to Conquering: Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace, Teaming Toward Tomorrow: Building a High Performance Team, Working Through Grief and When Conflict Strikes: Preserving the Relationship and Getting What You Want.

Inspired by her son Jimmy who died in 2014 after an eight year battle with brain cancer, Margo launched Salt Water, an online community that provides a safe harbor for those who have lost someone dear to them – a child, parent, spouse, sibling, close friend or pet. Inspired by Jimmy’s determination to live a rich, full life despite his circumstances, the blog posts and resources focus on healing and building a new life after the death of a loved one.

A graduate of Stanford University, Margo received a Master’s of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Part of Margo’s unique approach can be credited to her most perceptive critic – her father who, until his death at the age of 102½, provided thoughtful counsel on her consulting practice and ran the best clipping service around.

Contact us about your challenges. Our initial consultation is free. You’ll get value from our time together that you can use immediately, regardless of whether we decide to work together going forward.

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