If you’re like most organizations, you spend a great deal of time measuring, monitoring, and rewarding results. That’s a good thing. A blip in one area - for example, assembly - negatively impacts packaging, warehousing, loading, delivery, etc. So, you set clear performance expectations then hold people accountable for them through constant modeling, vigilance, attention, coaching, praising, and redirection, every day.
As a leader, you may have discovered that when your team is aligned around a common purpose, you get the best results. But what does this mean? The key is to understand that people yearn to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be part of something that matters, something significant and meaningful—because they want to feel like their life has meaning and significance.
There are lots of compelling reasons to build a better team. Great teams:
Deliver stronger results faster
Are more innovative
Challenge you to learn more quickly and be at your best
Are simply more fun
Recently, I found a new reason to build a better team – because most of us are surprisingly unself-aware. Researcher and author Tasha Eurich uncovered this disturbing statistic through her multi-year study on the topic of self-awareness: about 95% of us think we are quite self-aware, but only about 10% to 15% of us actually are!
The New Year brings with it the opportunity for change, growth, and renewal. We commit to accomplish new goals or resolve to finally complete old ambitions. Most of us feel more optimistic at the beginning of the year. New Year’s Resolutions are expected. Gym memberships go through the roof in January. The “fresh start” feel of each new year is infectious.
In today’s business world, the days of being set in your ways – as an employee and a manager – are long over. Change is a near-constant. Takeovers, downsizing and reorganizing can turn a company upside-down overnight, and those who remain have to embrace change in order to survive. And more than ever, managers have to be the steady hand when those beneath them are shaking with uncertainty.