Nick Fewings, is CEO of a learning and development company called Ngagementworks. He has over 20 years’ experience of leading and working with teams, including in project management and as such, is rightfully to be introduced as an authority on creating high-performing teams. Nick has worked with many well-known brands around the globe. His presentation is entitled, “Cracking The Code Of High-Performance Teamwork.”
Last year, Nick spoke at PMI Singapore SymEx and was voted the top speaker out of the 17 that spoke at the event. In this interview, he gives us a glimpse into what delegates can expect of him during the event, as well as how best to prepare for his presentation.
Nick, please could you share with us a few words about yourself and your career: Who are you and what brought you to become a professional trainer?
I worked for Barclays PLC for 21 years, rising through the ranks from a cashier, becoming an accredited project manager and finally ending my career with Barclays, as Director Of Change Management.
Early on in my career, I realised that whilst technical skills are important, it is the relationships you build with others and how effectively you collaborate, that are vital if you are to be successful. Building these positive relationships are equally important, whether you are leading a team or part of a team. I also found that I had a natural ability to engage and motivate other people.
As I have always been passionate about the potential that lies within us all to succeed, after I left Barclays, it was a natural thing to want to continue to help others succeed. So, based on the knowledge and experience, I had accumulated over many years, as both a team member and leader, I set up my first training company. Ngagementworks is the third company that I have established.
Why did you accept being a speaker at this year’s SymEx?
When I first became appointed as a leader of a team, I was thrown into the deep end. No training, just get on with it. I therefore learnt the hard way, through the mistakes I made, something I would not wish others to experience. I see SymEx, as a way that I can “pay it forward” and help others, by providing them with practical knowledge, hints and tips that will help them and their teams achieve even greater success.
Could you explain to us, a bit about what we can expect of your presentation ‘Cracking The Code Of High-Performance Teamwork.’
My presentation will cover three important aspects of achieving high-performance teamwork. Firstly a behavioural understanding of WHO is in your team, secondly the importance of everyone understanding WHAT your team exists to do and thirdly, the importance of measuring HOW effectively your team are working together, which I will do by sharing the Team DyNAmics Model that I created.
How will you facilitate knowledge transfer to attendees?
My style of facilitation and conference speaking has been called, “infotainment”, a mixture of information, business anecdotes and humour, as research suggest that if we enjoy ourselves, we will remember the learning. As my company strapline says, I engage individuals, motivate teams and help them transform to achieve even greater success. Delegates should therefore be prepared to get involved.
What should SymEx participants do to prepare best before listening to your session?
Whether speaking at a conference or facilitating learning, I always try to help those attending get to know me before the event. As such, these are a few ways to do so, if they wish:
Find out more about what I do: Ngagementworks
Read articles that I publish on Team Building: Team Building Articles
Connect with me on LinkedIn: Nick Fewings
Follow Me on Twitter: Nick_Fewings
How can attendees use the knowledge best in their future?
Project management in it’s simplest form is a group of people, working together to do something differently. The knowledge and what they experience, in my presentation, will help them to build stronger, more positive relationships with others, have a greater appreciation of behavioural diversity and thus support more effective collaboration and teamwork. This will help them to achieve greater success, in their projects, whether as leaders or team members.
Is there anything else you wish to bring to our attention or add?
Only the fact that I feel honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to speak at the conference and that I am excited to meet those attending, who have a passion and desire to make positive changes to their organisations and achieve greater success in their projects.