What Your Company Needs to Achieve Your Goals
“If you could get all the people in the organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.” A former client of Patrick Lencioni encapsulates every top executive’s utopia here; but what will it take to make it happen?
There are many things that need to happen for a company to be successful. However, setting out with the fundamental six-pack is what will help drive the process.
Acceptance of Change
This immeasurable commodity is at the core of being in business with people and all else stems from it. Trust determines the quality of your team, relationships, products and work environment. As leaders, building trust means being open, honest and transparent in all of your interactions. It also means learning how to trust and be trusted. As this powerful virtue grows, the results will follow.
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Creating a workplace environment that works for both employees and business is a challenging task. Your structure needs to offer elements that balance control and flexibility, but they also need to fit. What works for one individual or unit does not work for all. So, have conversations, lead by example, encourage participation and intermix workgroups – collaboration will help to cultivate a culture that is cohesive, positive and productive.
Accountability enables an organization to realize its goals and it’s good for your employees as well. Increased responsibility has resulted in improved performance, participation, commitment, creativity, feelings of competency and morale. It cannot be forced, but as leaders you can foster conditions for it to flourish through ways such as clearly defined roles, freedom to make decisions, providing feedback and minimizing fear.
Whether you’re developing a new company philosophy or merging with another, operating from one set of beliefs, values and guiding principles is key in striving to meet your organizational goal setting and purpose. It helps in the day-to-day work and to build a team environment. And when employees and customers identify with values that reflect their own, it establishes a greater connection that results in numerous benefits for them, you and your company.
There are many qualities that denote a strong leader – confidence, communication, honesty, intuition, ability to delegate; but quite possibly the most essential is the ability to model that which you wish to achieve. If you want an environment of helpfulness, frugality or technological efficiency, then practice and implement those things. Doing gets the job done and inspires your team to do the same.
As a CEO, the most challenging thing you will have to change is your employees’ minds. Eliciting different behaviors, as you would need to instill a new culture, requires four conditions. Employees must: understand the purpose and agree enough to chance it; have structure and processes in place to support the change; possess the skills to do what’s required; and observe those they respect living it. Accepting change takes time and full participation to be effective.
The road to success does not need to be long and arduous. With this six-pack in place, you will find yourself reaching and goal setting more quickly than you anticipate. The difference is in the framework and your company is worth the drive.