LEADERSHIP, HR AND OTHER MUSINGS
“ To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality” – Anita Roddick
The above quote from the poem “Leisure” by WH Davies was written over a hundred years ago, and one that I learned at school, along with many other people. However, the opening lines are ones that keep coming back to me more and more over the last 2 years, and seem a reflection more on our modern life than they ever did back in 1911.
Every New Year we are bombarded by articles on our social media feeds, on the TV, in print media, telling us to make a fresh start, create new goals, be happier, lose weight, change what we do etc. etc…. For some people this reboot works well and gives focus; but let’s face it, most of us don’t get past the first week.
I’ve spent 10 years managing remote teams; often up to 30 direct reports at a time. Over 200 teams in all I reckon, as my regions changed most years. I travelled 35-40,000 miles a year, swapped cars with alarming regularity, and can now navigate most of the UK without sat nav!
Like many of you, I have lost 2 weeks of my life watching the Rio Olympics. Never have I sat down for so long! Along with cheering team mates, nervous friends and family and millions across the nation, I have screamed at Team GB cycling squad – cheering as everyone won a medal;
I’ve had a lot of conversations with different team members in a lot of different organisations over the last few years about team performance. On the surface everything looks hunky dory – they are achieving objectives, hitting targets and seem to be performing well. But the reality. . .
It’s the New Year! We’ve just dragged ourselves out of our collective Christmas duvet, and in the first week back at work have been bombarded across every form of media with how we should change our lives, our figures, our eating and drinking habits….
In our 5th instalment of the Creating Alignment series of we are going to look at how we engage people. What’s the incentive for your team to deliver your vision? How are you going to get them to buy in? Engaging employees can be one of the biggest challenges. Creating the passion within them to follow and deliver your purpose is key.
In our 4th instalment looking at Creating Alignment within a business we are looking at the next step – resources. First of all you have set your common purpose, then you have looked at whether you have the right people in your business to be able to achieve that purpose.
In the third in our series of posts on Creating Alignment we’re going to examine the importance of making sure you have the right skills and people in your business before you get bogged down in action.
In the second in our series of posts on creating alignment, we’re going to start with the first and most important step. Why?
So, let’s start with ‘Why’. Why are you doing what you’re doing? What is the point of it?