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Many organisations, that have a mission statement, tend to just have it framed and mention it to new employee when they get hire. Besides that, it virtually never gets mentioned again. The organisation vision, values and mission statements are powerful tools to keep its workforce inspired and motivated. They provide a purpose and direction that translate into a more effective and productive business. How often does your organisation mission statement get mentioned?
Many of us have experienced, in a way or another, how hard, virtually impossible to stop water flowing. We may be able to hold it for a while, but eventually water will flow one way or another. Trying to avoid change is the same. We may be able to delay it for some time, but it will take place one way or another. As with the water, we may not be able to stop change, but we can impact what direction it goes. We can drive change the way we want it to be or we let change take us somewhere else.
Many times, I see a team get together to do something and within a short time, people unconsciously start following the lead from a specific person… Sometimes not the nominated leader. This selection takes place due to many factors and often different from other cases. The two most common denominators on how this unconscious selection takes place is based on the individual that shows most certainty and connect with the others the best. The person that shows he/she knows what the activity is all about, knows how proceed to do it and includes all others in the work. This unconscious leader selection will become a reality for those who are able to prove with actions they expertise and teamwork approach. This will take place in the team members mindset regardless of who is the leader/manager nominated by the organisation.
Business often hold in-house training or send their employees to external training to make them more productive. This is a good approach of does deliver results. Business also know that often, the results are just a portion of what the training is supposed to deliver. One step that business can do to make people more productive is to inspire them, to make them want to improve themselves from within their own will. Inspiration will drive the employees for ways to improve their performance and will take the business to the next level. Businesses that have a win-win culture that includes inspiration, training and self-development will have a workforce thriving for ongoing improvements leading to unending increase in productivity, collaboration, efficiency and customer satisfaction.
We are never too old to learn new things. We may just be too comfortable to the way we think. Change your thinking style, seek new ways, seek new approaches, seek new… anything!!! Just keep an open mind, a growth mind to learn and grow.
Change will take place not matter what we do. If we fight it or try to avoid it, then change will take place according to what someone else wants. If we drive it, we will influence the outcome to our liking and our needs.