Businesses are facing change like never before. Numerous driving forces to this change include a rapidly expanding marketplace (Globalization) and increasing competition, diversity among consumers, and availability to new forms of technology. Creativity and innovation are often the key to the success of a changing business, particularly when developing new strategic directions or designing new products and services.
It is easy for management to say, “We want to innovate,” yet it is difficult to leave what you know behind for a visit to the unknown and what may even be chaos. The steps towards innovation include breakdown, breakthroughs, complexity, mystery and manifestation. These foster an environment for exploration, imagination, acceptable risks and what ifs.
Breakdown means taking the situation breaking it down to manageable pieces.
Breakthrough is allowing people to brainstorm ideas and bounce ideas off one another for all possibilities.
Complexity can be caused by too many options. Keep it simple!
Mystery appears when the solution is not totally obvious and the pros and cons need to be analyzed.
Manifestation is when people in the organization begin understanding and seeing the benefits and living the changes.
Through these steps toward innovation, you may face challenges. Being a creative and magnetic leader will help your organization manage through change, and succeed in the end goal! Remember: You can’t spell challenge without change!
I recently had a conversation with one of my employees about work-life balance and she questioned me on how I achieve my balance. My response was, “Do I?” This prompted me to contemplate my life and the balance of work and play.
- I have always enjoyed working and maintain I have no plans to retire.
- I think about work first thing in the morning.
- I live work all day, and I go to bed contemplating new ideas.
- I take time each day to treat my body right.
- I drink lots of water.
- I prepare three amazingly healthy meals.
- I am a student of naturopathic health solutions.
- I work out. I meet up with friends.
- I watch my favorite television programs.
- I read and read and read.
So what exactly is balance?
I read once that it is the pull of opposing forces that keeps you balanced.
My life would be incomplete and disappointing if I did not have my business and the satisfaction I gleam from bringing customer service and employee loyalty to new heights. And, I would be equally disappointed if I failed to enjoy the beautiful city in which I live, cherish and nurture the relationships with my family and friends, and care for and respect my body.
I am resolved to believe that perfectly balancing these opposing forces to a point of static is unattainable and unrealistic. For me, a balance is achieved by satisfying the tensions created, harnessing energy from both and living my life each day.
Balance for everyone is not the same. Others looking at my life could say I work far too much. Yet, the joy I derive at work brings great value to the balance I seek in life.
In the end, you must:
- Find what you love
- Love what you do
- Embrace your values
- Strive to worship their role in your life
As a consultant I have been sharing my wisdom of leadership with others for over 17 years. There are times when others criticize leaders and their quest for power. In my opinion, being a true leader has nothing to do with power.
Leadership is a mentality. To lead others with influence and impact you must think through as many issues as you can. Double checking to make sure you’ve considered every situation and scenario before finalizing any decision is critical.
Leadership is a practice of behaviors. The crux of leading is doing the right things, doing them well and doing them consistently. Your willingness and ability to do what needs to be done and doing it with skill and professionalism is what drives the corporate culture and ultimately your reputation.
Leadership is a noble profession. Leaders should realize their profession is all about those who have trusted them as a guide. Leadership is a journey of self-awareness that lasts for your entire career as you discover what others see in you as authentic, trustworthy and compelling.
Finally, leadership is a passion. Not everyone is born to lead. Some are content to follow. Successful leaders have a burning desire to engage others and rally them to achieve greatness.
As I motivate leaders around the country I always remind them, leading is challenging, tiring, and thankless at times, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges!
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey, American Author
Followers are compelled by a cause. I always tell people leaders must paint a picture for those they wish to enroll – a vision of what winners will look like and how participants can contribute their talents in the pursuit of that vision and share in the ultimate success.
Almost any version of success requires committed action toward goals. And action requires teams of people assembled around leaders aligned with a shared, bold vision. Compelling leaders create a following that is different from one of “believers”; leaders find and inspire followers who commit not just with their mind or hearts, but also with their time and energy.
Followers seek a vision that expresses a substantial commitment in tangible ways. From the perspective of those who follow, the message is “This vision has a place for you and I want you involved in this process.”
Create a winning vision. Inspire others. Success will follow!
Do you wonder what the magic is behind the most successful companies? OR how YOU can become the next success story? Rock star performances are driven from individuals with fundamental skills who are nourished by a dynamic, responsive and engaging corporate culture. Cultivate a garden of rock stars by building a culture of reliability, accountability, and responsibility plus leading powerfully, passionately and purposefully.
Do this by:
- Capitalizing on individual strengths and exploiting them
- Utilizing trust as the foundation of your culture
- Motivating, coaching and developing high potentials
A short time ago Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, shocked all telecommuters when she implemented a corporate policy preventing telecommuting. Her actions left those who work from home defending their privilege!
- A 2014 study by the Society for Human Resource and Families and Work Institute found that “67% of companies allow workers to work remotely occasionally, up from 50% in 2008” and
- A Gallup State of the American Workplace report found that people who work remotely are more engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their work — but only if they work outside the office 20% of the time or less.
So where does your company land in all this?
It seems to me as though file sharing, electronic communications, and mobile workplaces have made working from home a very easy solution and one that seems to satisfy younger generations and their need for flexibility.
While I believe the flexibility is critical to recruiting and maintaining the top performers, I also believe in the value of good old-fashioned face-to-face interactions.
There is little that can take the place of the accountability that comes from sitting down with your employee, the communication and flow that comes from employees conversing sporadically to get informed and the camaraderie that comes from everyone working together to reach a desired end!
I have written a lot about change in the last few weeks. Here are four methods that leaders introducing change into their organization can utilize when dealing with resistance to change:
- Education and Communication: educate people about a change before it is implemented and most importantly help them understand the logic behind the change.
- Participation & Involvement: allow people to help design and implement the changes (e.g., ideas, task forces, committees). Tell them the challenge and ask them for their input to implement a solution.
- Facilitation & Support: provide help (emotional & material resources) for people having trouble adjusting to the change. It’s great to have change advocates who are willing to express their ideas and support the changes.
- Explicit and Implicit Coercion: as a last resort it may be necessary to use authority and influence to encourage people to accept changes.
We all know change is never easy. In my opinion, approaching it from the logical perspective helps a lot!
The millennials moving into the workforce come with a big imaginary technology bubble wrapped around them. Corporate leaders see Generations Y and Z coming and mistakenly make room for the bubble to fit through the door – offering social media, instant messaging, texting, skype, e-mail and other remote communication methods.
A recent study by Randstad identifies that 51% of Gen Z and 52% of Gen Y chose the face-to-face meeting as their preferred form of communication. Less than 20% of each generation said they prefer e-mail.
These amazing statistics bode well for your organization. The traditional, culture-building team meetings are still top on the list, even for your newest team members! The need for human interaction remains strong.
For generations, it has been proven that communication is critical to the success of an organization. As corporate leaders in an evolving workplace, maintaining the grass roots communication should be a priority. It is face-to-face where we can see expressions, emotion and gestures – all things that are very difficult to gauge when utilizing newer forms of technology.
Plan a meeting, invite everyone. The technology is simple and the results exponential!
Happy holidays to you and yours from our President, Dianne Durkin, and all of us here at Loyalty Factor. May your final days of 2015 be merry and bright, and may you have the happiest and most successful New Year!!