A blinkered drive towards meeting organisational outcomes for success at all costs, often ignores the fundamental importance of sustaining a happy and engaged workforce who genuinely want to come to work every day. So, leadership cannot afford to ignore poor attitudes and behaviours in themselves and others and acknowledge the potential and necessity that a more resilient workplace culture is both possible and likely.
Your management philosophy is the reason behind your management style and taking time to work out your philosophy helps you and the people around you understand where you are coming from. Knowing where you are coming from, evening in tough times is a big enabler of resilience
Sometimes it’s not about the goal, it’s about everything that makes them happen. Being solely focused on goals means we ignore the hidden costs associated with progress towards them, which in turn means that our goals don’t get the full support they deserve and our resilience is undermined.
Thinking differently is the fastest way to gain a productivity leap. A step change in productivity is often driven by changing the way the team thinks, rather than the tools they use. In particular, empowering people to shift their own mind-set and skill set to tackle failure and setbacks head on has a big impact. When teams and individuals have this, barriers take on a different meaning.
I can see now that he was managing his career with those above him and it was all about painting a great picture of both him and what he could deliver. Some people would respect that and see that as a healthy part of leadership and career development. A reality of life in organisations the world over. I certainly didn’t see it that way. Working for that guy was difficult and demotivating
It’s hard for anyone to give 100% if you are spending some of your energy trying to be something you are not. Unfortunately, many of us are trying to fit into a view of what we should be at work. Read how to cultivate an environment of respect and psychological safety so people can be themselves.
We are constantly being defined by what good leadership is in the eyes of those who have come before us. The reality of any given situation or organisation is that leadership and what is required to make a good leader is different everywhere. Defining it by a single word or sentence is difficult and often inaccurate.
” The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… hence it comes about that at their first appearance, innovators have generally been persecuted and derided as fools and madmen.” This was written over 50 years ago by Aldous Huxley Read more…
Your organisational culture is like a sausage machine. Whatever ingredients you put in at the top will determine the taste at the end. If you took a bite of your culture sausage right now, what would it taste like?
Leaders can develop HERO powers in their people but they’ve got to be looking out for them. Unlike Superman they are not going to be wearing their underpants on the outside so you’ve got to really pay attention. Here’s how.