Pay attention! Complacency at work leads to less innovation, less trust and less loyalty within your organization. Are you encouraging change? Do you reward failure? Is turnover on the rise? Are you making decisions based on intuition and information? Or, only to relieve a sense of anxiety?
When complacency is prevalent, new initiatives do not take root easily and competition is not closely monitored. Proper management will help you identify challenges and lay out plans for change; however, strong leadership is necessary to create a sense of urgency and develop a holistic approach to cultivating productivity at work.
Change management alone is inadequate to deal with competitive pressures that now require faster, bolder responses. Change managers typically drive incremental change, while change leaders are less adverse to taking risks.
It’s important to have a balance. While management will coordinate people and efforts to accomplish goals efficiently and effectively, leaders build an engine around the whole change process and empower teams to fight for the change. Managers know what will work while leaders are driven by good, yet unproven ideas.
- Process of change stays under control.
- All projects stay on budget.
- Change goals are on a small scale.
- Stakeholder buy in to change is ensured.
- There is a change management group within your organization.
- The vision for change is planned and deliberate.
- Organization’s vision of the future is clearly articulated.
- Resources are actively mobilized.
- Change goals are on a large scale.
- Organization’s leaders inspire stakeholders to believe in the change.
- Leaders within your organization are guiding the change.
- The vision for change is urgent and inspires speculative action.
Issues with productivity in the workplace arise when your organization lacks a proper balance between management and leadership. More and more performance reviews include leadership evaluation, but misclassify management skills as leadership qualities. Organizations then cultivate and recruit teams that are over-managed and under-led.
To cultivate and attract more leadership, encourage and look for:
- Shared credit
- Energy and optimism
- A “championing” attitude
Great leaders and great managers listen well, are curious, manage their self-talk, and hold themselves accountable for moving the business forward. The ultimate goals are the same – the path to get there may differ. To maintain a delicate balance:
- Ensure optimal employee awareness.
- Cultivate accountability and empowerment.
- Inspire, don’t control.
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Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
Memorial Day reminds us that summer is close but don’t forget what the true meaning behind the day is! Memorial Day can have different meanings for everyone. Often times, people use this day as a celebration for the arrival of summer. Cookouts, family reunions and a 3-day-weekend are all a blast but they can take away the importance of what the day truly signifies. While you celebrate good food and loved ones, don’t forget to pay your respects to those who have died fighting for our country. Pause, reflect and honor.
United we stand. Divided we fall. Some of the strongest bonds are forged in the face of challenge and adversity. War, economic collapse, social protests—these circumstances bring people all different backgrounds, from different walks of life; in ways that they might never have met. However, not all bonds are forged on challenge alone. Sometimes teams find their foundations in activities that combine fitness, competition, and good-humored fun.
Have you made a team building resolution for the New Year?! You should!
Throughout history many leaders have inspired us to change the world from Gandhi to Alexander the Great. These particular leaders didn’t leave a mark by just hanging out. They led by taking action, inspiring people to follow them.
They say there’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring people together. After over 20 years of creating, hosting, and experiencing team building activities, we have proof to back that up. People love a little friendly competition, so much so that most of our programs feature some competative elements.
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