Nouser Spotlight – Tessa Dehring
Nouser Spotlight – Tessa Dehring
Meet Tessa Dehring, a Principal in Nous Group’s Toronto office
Organisational Psychologist Tessa Dehring joined Nous 10 years ago as a Consultant and is now a Principal who co-leads Nous’ organisational performance and leadership work. Tessa, who holds a master’s degree in psychology, grew up in the Pilbara in Western Australia and now calls Toronto home.
At Nous, she works with clients across sectors including human services and education to support their organisational performance and leadership efforts.
We know that no two days are ever the same, but what might you do on a typical day at Nous?
There is great diversity in the work I do – one discussion might be focused on how we improve leadership across a government agency, then next we’re talking about how to improve the culture in a financial services organisation. Mixed between those meetings are team working sessions, coaching discussions with senior clients and one-on-ones with my project teams and performance coaches.
What three words best describe working at Nous?
Fun, high-paced, collaborative
What sets the Nous culture apart from the culture of other organisations?
I know many organisations say it – but the people! I also love the inclusivity; every member of the team, no matter what level or skills background, has a voice that’s valued. People are supported and empowered to do their best and deliver high–quality work for our clients.
Tell us about the moment you knew you’d made the right decision to join Nous.
Probably my first Christmas party (Nousers love dress ups).
What part of working at Nous has most surprised you?
I have heard in other organisations that the positive aspects can wear off over time but for me Nous culture resembles all the initial elements I loved, even eight years later.
How does Nous support your career progression?
I’m really lucky because Nous has provided me many, many opportunities to stretch myself over the years. This happens mostly by learning new skills and gaining experience via projects, but we also have structured conversations and planning around career more broadly. I have had many great performance coaches that have provided me with great guidance over my Nous career so far.
How does your work at Nous support clients to improve their organisational performance and leadership?
We work across many levers that drive organisational performance. An initial understanding of a client’s challenges and what might be driving those challenges allow us to work out what individuals, teams and the whole organisation need to improve performance.
That will depend on the client. For example, it could be about helping them to define the culture they need to deliver on their strategy and thinking carefully and practically about what improvements are needed to get there. Or it could be supporting the design and delivery of a leadership assessment and development program to help individuals improve their performance and the entire leadership cohort to work better together.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you as a consultant at Nous?
I was working interstate and facilitating workshops with a client. We got stuck between two doors while leaving a facilitation after most people had left the building. We spent 20 minutes waving madly until someone spotted us and let us escape!
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