Using faith-based training, Team Family resolves conflicts, creates peaceful, productive environment
Genia Coleman-Lee and Sandra Dee Olison met while serving in ministry together. Their love for people and professional backgrounds led them to want to improve the way people function in the workplace, with family, and in church.
That desire birthed their company, Team Family, which provides faith-based training and professional development. Their goal is to create a “team family” atmosphere by changing the way leaders lead and how people interact with each other.
“We started this company because we noticed a lack of customized training and development for specific groups or organizations such as nonprofits, churches and small businesses. Leadership is very popular; however, we want to provide support or direction to the entire unit, not just the leaders,” said Olison, who is a technology consultant and real estate agent. “Addressing and resolving internal issues while providing an obtainable solution to benefit the entire family or team is our goal.”
“We noticed that this failure to effectively communicate was at the core of most issues of life, such as in the workplace, church and home. Who is responsible for making certain that the family remains a team and the team remains a family? The leader,” said Coleman-Lee, a Southern University Law Center graduate and community advocate. “The leader is not the one who holds the title, but the one who takes on the responsibility because he or she cares.”
Coleman-Lee and Olison work to create peaceful and productive workers and work environments. They want to establish forums where all people can be heard and equip leaders with the tools they need to resolve issues. They also are gearing up to travel across the country hosting “Let’s Talk About It” sessions for companies, families, and congregations.
“Creating a team family atmosphere helps to foster and create a common vision or goal that benefits the entire group or organization. Sometimes we do not view a team like family nor envision a family as a team, which can lead to a disconnect and lack of concern for the entire unit,” Olison said.
“We are all familiar with team building, which focuses on the project. Team Family focuses on the people who are working the project. When leaders strengthen and build the people rather than the project, the entire team will benefit from the growth of the participant,” said Coleman-Lee who is also an attorney in Lake Charles.
To transform the mindset of leaders, the duo said they use pre-assessment data, research, and Biblical principles to create client specific training materials, workshops, or seminars that meet the needs of the individuals they serve.
“Building trust and concern among team or family members can be difficult. We are here to help start the foundation of building those relationships,” Olison said.