“Where does work pride come from?”
We have been attending conferences to learn new trends and skills and develop our industry insights during the last few months.
Recent research suggests pride in work comes from…
1. Optimism…how much people believe in the company’s future
2. Mission…how much people care about the company’s vision and goals
3. Social good…how confident people are that the company is making the world a better place
We also learnt that millennials want…
1. Self-development and personal growth opportunities
2. Flexibility around working conditions and expectations (they may have classes out of hours)
3. Up-to-date technology 4. The opportunity to have an impact and feel they belong
5. The ability and encouragement to innovate
A coaching specialist suggested we break a job into small do-able pieces with our less experienced direct reports so it seems less daunting to them when we ask them to accept new responsibilities.
Then we were told what sets successful CEO’s apart…and it wasn’t integrity and work effort!!!!
1. Deciding with speed and conviction after soliciting multiple points of view from a carefully cultivated “kitchen cabinet” having asked “What’s the impact if I get this wrong?”; “How much will a delayed decision hold other things up?”; and “Should this decision be made lower down?”.
2. Engaging for impact by getting buy-in from stakeholders by aligning them around the goal of value creation; identifying detractors and turning their concerns into identification of options; remaining calm under pressure; handling clashing viewpoints by engaging in debate about conflicting perceptions and opinions; and realising consensus takes too much time to get to decisions!!!
3. Adapting proactively by having a longer term viewpoint honed by plugging into broad information flows (how much time do you spend reading?) and admitting mistakes quickly.
4. Delivering reliability by being a predictable leader who sets realistic expectations up front, digs into budgets, sets a pattern of meetings that delivers a sense of urgency, uses dashboards of easily understood metrics, has multiple channels for monitoring results and making rapid course corrections. They surrounded themselves with a strong team and moved decisively to upgrade talent.
In summary, they were leaders who were coping with a changing business and community environment by using decisiveness, engaged stakeholders, adaptability and reliability.
We will build these leadership characteristics into our Leadership Self Assessment Tool which we will use in the next free webinar “Does your team think you are a good leader?” scheduled for 23rd August at 12 noon AEST. Register now!
Basic character traits to build a “trustful” work environment Business management leadership essentials Your leadership emotional intelligence and inter-personal skills Assessing your skills working session Building an improvement plan for 2017/18
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Fond regards to you all.
Andrew Geddes 21st June, 2017.