Shavonne thrives on connecting, collaborating, and co-creating with her clients. During engagements, she brings all stakeholders to the table to consider all perspectives and ensure the most well-rounded, impactful, and optimized solutions. Read on as she shares her insights on simplifying complex work issues, her flexible consulting approach and more.
1. What’s your unique approach to working with clients?
I’ve never been one to shy away from getting my hands dirty. Being inquisitive and having an innate drive for knowing and understanding specifics, I tend to get energized by getting deep into complexities. I use my understanding of research, big data and human dynamics to solve and simplify complex work issues. Having an unconventional approach to understanding data is powerful because it allows you to think objectively and subjectively – unraveling important and customized insights based on the problem being solved. While being able to understand data is important, it’s also essential to be able to frame it so that it can be easily understood by all stakeholders. Considering information from different aspects lead to the most well-rounded and impactful solutions.
2. What motivates you to do your best work?
Being a competitive person, I’ve played sports my whole life. I’ve always been team oriented and wanting to push my teams to succeed – whether it’s on the field, on the ice or in the water. In the workplace, I feel the same way when empowering my clients to reach their desired outcomes by connecting, collaborating and co-creating solutions to effectively help them move forward. I like to make sure that together we do not stop until insights, options, risks, and answers are found. It is a great feeling when everyone is well-informed and is committed to a full understanding of the situation. When you make a commitment to see things through to the end, and you eventually reach your goals – it’s extremely rewarding.
3. How has your background in organizational psychology impacted your work style?
Through a combination of my organizational psychology education and working with leaders at all levels, I’ve recognized the importance of communication, physical cues and behaviors. This realization and experience helps me put aside my biases and be flexible when working with others. This way, I’m able to consistently create environments where people can openly share their perspectives so that the most optimized solutions can come forward. I ensure that all perspectives are considered by facilitating cohesion and bringing all voices to the table in a collaborative manner.
4. What’s something you want everyone to know about Blue-Mark?
I joined Blue-Mark because the company morals and values are on par with what I believe. There’s a great focus on quality over quantity, training our consultants and helping our clients until they feel fully confident in their solutions. While continuously learning, our consultants are given autonomy to think outside the box while also being supported by leadership and peers. Likewise, our clients are continuously supported by the expertise of not only the consultant, but of the entire Blue-Mark team to ensure they have all the necessary support to succeed. Even after an engagement has ended, our clients know that they can still contact us at any time for guidance.
5. What is something unique about you that most people don’t know?
I am an avid sports fan and athlete. I was once the fastest female cross-country runner in Newfoundland and Labrador. I am also a PADI certified diver, Dragonboat racer and have played on recreational soccer/softball teams, and mixed ice hockey leagues for over 12-years - Go Habs Go!
BA (Hons.), Psychology, MSc. (Master of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology)
Certificate in Human Resources Management