MAVERICK & Company
ALECIA HUCK CLIENTS PHILOSOPHY
Organizational Development. Change Management. Strategic Planning. Executive Coaching. Leadership and Management Consulting. Speaker. Trainer. Efficiency Expert. Ninja...The work I do goes by a lot of different names.
The teams I've worked with would tell you I help people get stuff done.
They probably wouldn't use the word "stuff."
I started my professional life as a door-to-door salesman, recruiter and sales manager while I was still in college learning about linguistic theory.
I've worked in manufacturing, construction, retail, education and even criminal justice.
I am good at championing people through major change. Even when people want it and need it and are excited about it, change is still hard. Helping people do it well and do it quickly requires a great deal of both sensitivity and willpower. I am about 50% bulldog and 50% cheerleader, a great mix for working with entrepreneurs who take risks and move fast.
I am a bit of an odd duck in the industry, with expertise in both human behavior and process science. I understand the way people and systems are intertwined, the way they can mess the other up or help make each other great. I like the puzzle and pressure of fast-growing companies and working with the kind of people who build them.
Even the smartest leaders sometimes get stuck. I like helping them see a new way to get the results that they want, become the kind of people and companies they have always wanted to be.
I am out to have people win and I love my job.
I have worked with some pretty amazing people in a very wide range of industries and stages of development--people running start-ups and 4th generation companies, sales teams, schools, manufacturers, managers, engineers and judges. I’ve helped clients figure out how to have hard conversations with their assistants and prepped them to testify before their state legislatures. I’ve been part of inventing and launching new programs, reinventing systems, recovering from change and crisis, major failures and miracles.
I work with smart, capable leaders dealing with problems beyond their scope or experience or capacity. They are deeply committed people who take their work seriously and hate losing. But they also care deeply about the people around them. They win the right way and for the right reasons. Some are at the start of something, in small offices with just a few people. Some are responsible for hundreds of jobs, entire communities or regions.
They are leaders who are up to something...out to build great companies, leaders and communities, change the world or just their little corner of it. It's a privilege to know them and be a part of what they build.
I believe one of the best ways to serve people is with high standards and accountability. Human beings want to win but winning without worthy effort isn't enough. People want and need to work hard, at work that matters and contributes.
I believe culture is not about fun or casual Friday's and definitely not birthday cake. Culture is about work culture, the standards and habits and expectations a group hold and a leader guards that help give everyone a better way to succeed and celebrates in a real way when they do.
I believe in fighting chances and high fives.
I don't believe in running your business like a family. I believe in professional, respectful work environments with rules and standards, run by the numbers. I also believe in loyalty and generosity and throwing all the rules out the window if you have to in order to do the right thing by the people who work for you, the customers who buy from you and the vendors who support you.
I believe in infrastructure and training and starting meetings on time.
I don't believe you have to go corporate in order to scale.
Fundamentally I believe people and systems don't operate separately. They're intertwined. They can mess each other up or make each other great. The best software solution won't work if you don't have a management team that can train people and hold them accountable to using it. Without managing the human component, people will just work around your expensive solution. Likewise, communication training and the like is generally useful and sometimes great. But if the real problem is structural, and you don't fix that, communication or motivation or time management won't help. It can't if that's not the real problem.
I don't believe that every project should have a $50,000 minimum.
I believe consultants should build infrastructure and skills into an organization, not imbed themselves into a process so you have to keep writing checks forever.
I believe in smart projects provide short-term results AND long-term value.
I believe businesses exist to provide goods or services and make a profit, that profit is a good thing and a lot of profit is better--when it's earned and ethically made.
I believe that not all profit is measured in dollars, that good business is also about milk and diapers and providing great jobs to good people, helping them work hard and win together.
I believe in the BIG R.O.I., both the kind you can measure and the kind you cannot.
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Like talking to a real person? You can call me directly at 720-273-3286. (I still answer my own phone.)
Prefer NOT to talk to a real person, at least not right away? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also learn more about working with me on the CRITICAL FACTORS pages OR by reading "There is NO SUCH THING as Got Too Big or Grew Too Fast." (Free download. Brilliant Stuff.) And if you like your awesome in shorter, faster-to-read chunks, visit the CRITICAL FACTORS BLOG is full of awesome (and short) articles.