When you can’t engage your employees, everything stalls
Realising your company vision is easier said than done. You may have invested in new processes, but employees need to buy into your ambitious goals too. And when they don’t, progress and productivity stall. Engaging your workforce shouldn’t feel this tough, but it does when you’re under pressure to delight your leadership with an effective solution. You need the right help to get people on board, so everything works in harmony and your goals become easy to achieve.
Tailored solutions – because a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work
When it’s on your shoulders to move your business forward, you need support you can rely on to get results. At Şensezgin & Kurmuş, we provide specialist consultancy services that focus on your people. Established for more than 20 years, our expert team engineers tailored programmes for Turkey’s top 100 firms, as well as SMEs to align your people to your vision, develop your workforce and create a positive working culture, so you can finally achieve the success you desire.
"We were surprised that Şensezgin Kurmuş trainers had a high level of competence in the use of educational technologies during the pandemic period - especially the effective use of a virtual environment for efficient training. Working with a trainer who can understand the audience is a priority for us and Şensezgin Kurmuş provided this very well. Effective training is easier to remember and our managers use what they learned in a way that is practical at all times. We still receive feedback on the effectiveness of the training in evaluation processes we carry out with our managers."
Adnan Bostancıoğlu, Retail Academy Training Manager | Vestel
More than one problem was on our agenda. The entire company was not on the same business ground, which resulted in increased conflict and stress on a daily basis.
When they heard about our problem, they did not immediately propose a solution and say, "Let's do this, let's implement this". First, they listened and we tried to understand it together. They offered a boutique solution, with a concrete implementation roadmap, timetable and deliverables. They never tried to put us in such a pre-defined process. They worked on a remedy just for us.
We believed they would achieve results, but we were really surprised they produced such enduring and useful results in such a short time. They have gone on to help us in many different ways over the years.
Soner Cesur Chief Executive Officer & Board Member | Mayen Telekomünikasyon Hizmetleri A.Ş
We are a young company established in 2015. In preparing our plans for the future, we wanted an external eye and facilitation to make sure we spoke our minds, understood each others’ dreams for the future, and could build an inclusive plan. We needed a very professionally built, sound plan and roadmap. Şensezgin Kurmuş put themselves in our shoes throughout the process. They understood what the current situation was and processed all the inputs as if one of our own, while asking us courageous and straightforward questions to really understand the whole team’s thoughts and concerns. The references, process, and solutions they offered were a perfect match.
The approach was very creative, unique engaging and fun, which we have not encountered before. Every member of the team was involved and highly active, engaged and committed. The ultimate roadmap we created was very concrete, structured and owned by everyone involved. It was significant that everybody took part in the process and owned the conversation. They all feel sincerely valued now. Collective learning and collective participation really took place, self-directed learning happened and now we know we can make this happen. Of course, we will see in due time the business results. But engagement and hope for the future has been created.
Ersel Göral Chief Executive Officer | MR Business Services Consultancy Inc
The approach and suggestions they provided was what we were looking for. And we created phases by learning from each other, by having fun and engagement with a common target.
Şensezgin Kurmuş understand us and can speak the common language. They are assertive, resilient and agile to change your way if the path creates difficulties. Our team were inspired and started to develop right from the beginning of this journey. Şensezgin Kurmuş are really quick and agile to provide solutions and always find a common win-win.
Aysun Kalmık, Global Diversity & Inclusion Director | Prysmian Group
We needed our competency line leaders to embrace and effectively run the new competency lines designed in our Bank's Agile Transformation Journey. Our managers were having difficulties in transitioning from the traditional way of doing business to the servant leadership role required by the design. We were experiencing resistance, and our competency line leaders were experiencing some confusion in their new roles. Onur Bey demonstrated his mastery of understanding the problem, the need, and designing of the development program specific to this need after meeting with us and with our leaders. Şensezgin Kurmuş showed professionalism, built a very positive trustworthy relationship and provided an end-to-end customized development program design. Onur's energy and expertise created confidence, motivation and participation in trainings. He was reassuring, flexible and had a positive attitude under all circumstances. Our leaders took various actions on this issue, and their motivation and belief increased.
Seda Filiz, Agile Management Unit Manager | Türkiye İş Bankası
Our regional structure has changed, and we became a Mega market combining 2 big regions. In order to bring a shared team vision, we had set a new team motto. At one stage, we wanted to motivate our team members to develop themselves professionally, put in the extra mile and seek ways and opportunities to do this. To deploy our concept and make sure all our team members had the right tools, we briefed the Şensezgin Kurmuş team. We knew them from previous experiences and were confident that they would be facilitating our team with the right approach and tools. They are very good at understanding the current state and offering a tailormade design for our needs. I think that the reason for this is, they update their know-how base so frequently so that they always bring relevant and up-to-date solutions. They have recommended a 2-hour virtual workshop where we connected our multicultural team and created excitement on how to further accelerate growing skills.
Hatice Vanlioglu, Personal Health Consumer Marketing Leader | Philips
Our management team are top performers in terms of technical knowledge but had never participated in a cohesive leadership development program. We were in need of creating one in the Sensormatic way of management. Şensezgin Kurmuş do not push their own agenda or off-the-self content. They are not just another training company. You really feel like partners in this journey. In the design process they did not only have sessions with top management but also sessions with representatives of the target group. They asked and wanted to learn their needs and feedback.
We had participants of diverse managerial experience but everyone felt that this program was uniquely designed for them and their needs. We were never promised that they would “solve” it for us. They do not provide you with a pill, but with a journey where they show the right direction with the powerful content and the right questions and follow-up sessions. Şensezgin Kurmuş provides a development / growth “experience”. They are not “professional trainers who just show up on the training day. They do not transfer information; they motivate people for behavioural change. Participants' feedback was even better then expected. Though the content was about getting out of the comfort zone, people were eager / highly motivated to participate. Now we are on the same page in terms of foundation, we are ready to build on it and looking forward for the next chapter.
Canan Arıcan, Human Resources Director | Sensormatic Güvenlik Hizmetleri Tic. A.Ş/ SECURITAS
We decided to run focus groups following our employee satisfaction surveys. We needed an objective external eye to faclitate these discussions. Şensezgin Kurmuş did this in a very, fast and seamless way, then effectively delegated and entrusted the process to the leadership team. We were seeking fresh perspective in terms of development. We wanted to become more efficient in each department, more aware of specific development areas in regards to communication, and more focused on how we can listen to voice of our employees in a better and frequent way. Şenezgin Kurmuş focused on the strengths of the group (rather than areas of improvement) to empower the group to seek the solutions.
They listened to everybody involved and upon analysing the problem their proposed solution, the attitudes in each interaction, the communication plan, works flow and program was very much in line with our way of doing business and matched our needs perfectly. Their unique solution design process and approach, their expert and experienced consultant team and partnership approach makes them a pleasure to work with. It was only possible to build a concrete roadmap and trigger our teams into action after the interventions of Şenezgin Kurmuş. Teams were engaged and willing to take action for a better world.
Birsen Çevik Akgünlü HR director | Mey|Diageo
We were trying to set up our mid-term strategy and wanted our middle-level management team to come up with a robust and achievable plan. As we had to build an aligned, up-to-date and visionary plan we felt we did not have the necessary means to navigate this journey and needed a facilitator to make us come to one point. Şensezgin Kurmuş put in considerable effort in understanding our requirements and providing the best fit for our needs. They were able to adopt and revise their plan and solutions based on the conditions we were in and the changes we demanded. They devised a plan of action, and worked diligently to ensure the plan´s success.
Şensezgin Kurmuş are very well trained and professional in their approach, with very strong interpersonal communication skills and dynamic methods to lead our management team to converge upon the same goals. Now we have a very clear path for which all the management level is committed to deliver. We have better communication between the team and an increased level of deliverables.
Özlem Karahan, Operational Performance & IT Head | Orfin Finansman A.Ş.
We needed our team, based in different locations and sections, to understand and support each other better to improve performance in their roles and increase company efficiency. We were not using people’s full potential and needed a fresh perspective to evaluate the situation objectively.
After having several meetings with the SK, they clearly demonstrated they understood what we needed by providing alternative solutions, with a timeline which was applicable with our company culture and common understanding.
We now have a long-term talented and trusted business partner based on their work with us to date. Team members from SK are like one of our company team members. They care about our projects and problems and think about them as if we are working for the same company, not as an outsider.
SK contributed to the harmony in the company, improved empathy, and the individual developments of employees. We look forward to working on new projects with them.
Ahmet Güldal, Human Resources Manager | YKK