Hugh Blane

Jumping the Growth Curve

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A compelling mixture of consultant, educator, coach and inspiring speaker, Hugh Blane brings 25 years of management, sales, and leadership experience to work, and generates exceptional results and higher performance within organizations nationwide. 

As President of Claris Consulting, he guides organizations to improve performance by inspiring, developing and transforming your greatest investment - your people.

Specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, team development and individual effectiveness, Hugh helps organizations achieve business goals by developing authentic leaders, productive teams and committed employees.

Claris' unique portfolio of consulting, coaching, training and assessment services targets critical pain points that block business potential. With custom processes and tools, he and his team identify leadership styles and team performance, and pinpoint opportunities and challenges. He works with you to break down cultural barriers as well as hone trust so teams collaborate and employees produce extraordinary results.

Their unique "Jumping the Curve" methodology helps managers and front-line workers achieve bigger goals faster--via internal communication, branding and behavior change.

Clients include companies and nonprofits in the financial services and educational realms, as well as Starbucks, Microsoft, Spacelabs Medical, KPMG and Costco.

Prior to starting Claris, Hugh was a partner with the Effectiveness Institute in Redmond, WA, and a consultant, coach and speaker with the Tom Peters Company, where Hugh equipped leaders to transform their lives and the lives of their organizations. Hugh also spent 12 years as the CEO of a financial planning firm where he reinvented what means to serve clients. 

As a speaker, Hugh engages his audiences and creates a fun learning environment by calling on his considerable skills as a stage actor and his natural gift for empathy and clear communication. 

In his free time, Hugh has been involved with The Center for Career Alternatives as a mentor, and co-facilitates leadership seminars for at-risk children and their parents. He also enjoys acting and achieved a personal triumph when he was cast in the North American debut of The Salt Wound, a play written by fellow Scotsman Stephen Greenhorn.

Jumping the Growth Curve

Uncommonly effective approaches to accelerate revenue growth and innovation—even in times of uncertainty

In a world with fewer resources and substantial uncertainty, many organizations take comfort in remaining grounded in the known and predictable. They wait to make investments in the future, assuming that significant growth is improbable — at least until the economy turns around, consumer confidence increases, banks start lending money, and their senior executives become more courageous. 

What is the Growth Curve? 

The growth curve helps organizations understand their ability to adapt, change, and grow. It illustrates the natural birth, growth and decay cycle that every product, culture, team, organization, and service experiences. 

Jumping the Growth Curve means to profitably lengthen your product lifecycle while simultaneously developing and deploying new growth strategies that provide exponential growth. 

Organizations that grow in the short and long term are those that learn how to Jump the Growth Curve without having the certainty and guarantees that today holds and Apple are Curve Jumpers. Chevrolet and Kodak are not. Which side of the Curve are YOU on?

Management and business strategist Hugh Blane introduces you to the Growth Curve, and provides you with actionable strategies for jumping it. Jumping the Growth Curve starts by shifting leaders’ thinking about long-term growth and innovation by aligning employees and teams around eight fundamental principles. 

To Jump the Curve you need to:

  1. Design a compelling future
  2. Upscale through exponential growth
  3. Operate your business (for reasons you may not expect)
  4. Squeeze efficiencies out of the existing curve
  5. Creatively deconstruct old systems
  6. Transform to next phase of exponential growth
  7. Anticipate and plan for next curve
  8. Save and nurture core values

Those who Jump the Curve are then able to:

Why should I attend this session? 

So you can make leadership decisions and take actions that support strategic initiatives. Specifically, you’ll learn:

Client Feedback:

"Hugh brought the leadership, team development and organizational transformation expertise that allowed board and management to look at growth and innovation in fundamentally new ways." Bob Harvey CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union

"If you want simple solutions to complex everyday business issues, I recommend you call Claris Consulting. I know they can and will make a positive difference in your Team's effectiveness." Dr. Timothy M. Chester Vice Provost and CIO, Pepperdine

"Claris Consulting is highly knowledgeable and skilled in communication methodology, behavior styles and assessing team dynamics. They bring a vast wealth of experience, savvy and insight to create real-world results." Pam Whall, HR, LifeCenter NW

Hugh's additional speaking topics:

Training on Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, Influence (the essence of superb leadership), Risk Taking, and Conflict Management are all within the "bulls-eye" of Hugh's areas of expertise.

"Finding Your True North"

Many leaders and followers in organizations nationwide are feeling burned out by high levels of change and stress, as profound levels of change in the workplace have become the new norm. Participants will learn to anticipate and recognize how resistance to change is natural, but how it can hinder progress, reduce efficiencies and impact profits. Participants will:

The New Leader

The role of leadership is changing and effective leaders can no longer rely on power established by an organizational chart. Dependence on the leader to be the answer person or the problem solver is a sure pathway to mediocrity, frustration and the avoidance of responsibility. In this session, participants will discover:

Coaching for Results

To be successful, leaders must know how to develop the skills and talents of the people they manage. Explore the best practices in people management and identify the skills of effective coaching to improve performance. Understand the difference between coaching for development, and coaching for business results. This highly interactive and energetic workshop will include:

Teams That Work

Teamwork is the fabric of successful, strong organizations. Teams are the result of purposeful behaviors. Understand the characteristics of collaborative teams, teams that work. Learn how teams achieve and sustain success:

Conflict and Collaboration

Often people are challenged by the inability to resolve conflict for a positive result. Avoidance of conflict can be as harmful as misused confrontation, with outcomes ranging from the loss of valuable input from others to pushing through costly strategies to creating an environment of intimidation. In this session, participants will learn how to:

Magic Four Lines

Demonstrating different behavior does not mean an individual is difficult. An individual who is different may appear to be challenging, diverse, tough and demanding. An individual who is difficult is likely to be hard to manage, satisfy, please, persuade or convince. Understanding this distinction can prevent the mis-labeling of others and provide insight to create better communication at all relationship levels.

During this one hour session, you will be introduced to four dimensions which act as internal motivators on how individuals behave. Learn to recognize these motivators in yourself and in others through observable behavior. Learn new ways to work with your differences to enjoy more satisfying, effective relationships.

Travels From: Seattle, WA

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