How To Improve Performance: Innovating A Highly Skilled Team
Value the team and their work. Have a sincere appreciation and express it openly.
Corporate culture matters, so ensure you are creating it. You should model it and purvey it. It should be facilitative, safe, and innovative. It should be a culture of leaders. How leadership chooses to value its people impacts effectiveness and innovation. DFL
When you do this is shows you believe in them and that is very powerful to innovation and performance.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano
Don’t micromanage rather facilitate, support, and promote. Micromanagement and monotony stifle creativity and happiness in teams which are keys to results and productivity.
Don’t stifle creativity with control, have self realizing stops and thoughtful oversight.
Provide resources to build and encourage cooperation over competition. Long term happiness studies show this is a far better longevity approach.
Don’t neglect training even if it isn’t directly to support innovation, being trained in other areas there is a transposition that can lead to more creativity performance and personal satisfaction. Find innovative speakers and lecturers to expose yourself and team to.
Be physically active as a group and promote team building activities.
True Health & Wellness cannot be separated into mental and physical, it is bound one part reliant on the other to be whole. DFL
Insert healthy humor into the environment, healthy humor is not aggressive humor – sarcasm, teasing,critical or ridicule. To be effective it should be self enhancing or affiliative.
Teach and encourage mindfulness.
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point. Harold B Melchart
Provide them resources to build their self efficacy, leadership, business acumen, and happines.
Make the environment safe by being honest and transparent allowing them that opportunity. Avoiding deceit and excuses allows trust to build and more trustworthy environments tend to be more creative.
Reward thoughtful courage
More often in life, we end up regretting the chances in life that we had, but didn’t take them, than those chances that we took and wished we hadn’t. Anonymous
Don’t set an environment where excuses are needed as a coping mechanism. That said, once your environment is set properly don’t let the team tolerate excuses.
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a
lie guarded. Pope John Paul I
Build their resilience. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. Earl Shoaf
Set goals but be flexible to see the opportunities that come from attempts that miss.
The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. Benjamin Mays
Be generous, generous people are confident they know they can achieve more and that they are above recognition the gratification isn’t needed.
Develop and encourage character building and professionalism
Look for opportunities to emphasize inclusivity.
A great person like a great river does not refuse even the smallest contributory. DFL
Don’t exert control exemplify positive influence.
Set time aside for oblique thinking activities strategic planning and creative positive personal interactions. Team building activity and esprit de corps.
Once the culture of leadership and creativity is formed allow it to reinvent itself always encouraging results and performance.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw
Promote, instill, teach and develop leadership.
The Eight Pillars of Leadership model
Trustworthy: Encourage honesty and sincerity in all and demand it in yourself.
Selfless: True leadership has and always will be set on the principal of selflessness.
Relational: Critical thinking should be fostered and developed to allow predominance and avoidance of ETTS.
Inspirational & Motivational:Cultivate a team mindset for excellence and innovation. Be enthusiastic and optimistic. Encourage thoughtful risk-taking. Create the environment and set the stage of enthusiasm, encouragement trust and performance. Prompt positive thoughts behaviors and actions while demonstrating them.
Supportive: Protect your people from political minefields. Secure needed resources and facilitate creativity to extract performance . Give feedback, do not assign blame.
Mission Driven:Have a shared team mission and encourage and assist those in your charge to find their own.
Responsible: Take responsibility as a leader. Model ethical action. Strive for balance.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F Kennedy
The purpose of life is to be happy by being useful, effective, and honorable – To have provided a legacy by making a difference to humanity. DFL
If you believe that what you do matters ultima.tely it does.
They are able who think they are able. Virgil
Lead those around you to develop themselves outside the team. Self reliance is a fundamental key to improving group dynamics and performance. Encourage individual and grow with daily self development ( see my blog, listen to my podcast and read my book for further insight)
Leadership is an action not a position. DFL
Creating a supportive, motivating, encouraging culture for people to live in, allows greater opportunity to thrive, perform, and succeed. Positive cultures foster positive people and positive results.
The decay of imagination is the death of creativity. DFL
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. John F. Kennedy
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