Door 5: What did you learn today?

What did you learn today?

The human need for continuous learning is greater than ever – and we think that’s a marvellous thing!

Not only does it remove any pressure of thinking we have to have all the answers (no one has all the answers), but it also means that we can welcome the opportunities for learning with curiosity and interest.

We can look for those opportunities, practice having a growth mindset, valuing the results we get and use them to create new solutions. At the end of each day or week, reflect on what you have learnt and how you will use that learning going forward.

What did you learn today?

Door 4: A Collaborative Culture

There are so many great collaboration tools available – everything from Teams, Slack, SharePoint, Zoom, Skype and more.

BUT a great tool doesn’t necessarily make the company culture collaborative, so if people don’t get on or haven’t agreed how to collaborate, explored their shared outcomes or want/choose to work together, the tools invested in will make very little difference.

So start by bringing teams together, figuring out how to work together, creating a TEAM CHARTER, which shapes a collaborative culture where the tools become the digital vehicle/enabler of teamwork.

Want to know more about how to create a collaborative team with a team charter?

Then we recommend reading multi-award winning “Leading Teams: 10 Challenges 10 Solutions” by Mandy Flint and Elisabet Vinberg Hearn

Door 3: Clarifying the BIG goal

Whatever transformation journey your organization is on, or are planning to set off on, don’t get tempted to jump to solutions too fast.

There are many exciting digital/AI solutions and tools out there, but they are not the goal in themselves, they are vehicles for the overall big goal – what we are trying to achieve. Maybe you want to set yourself up for fast growth through acquisitions, or you want to deliver better customer experience or something else.

Whatever it is, make sure everyone is very clear on that BIG goal and THEN start planning what that means with regards to investments into solutions, and a focus on culture, leadership and ways of working – so that you ensure you are ideally set up to achieve that goal. Strategically, intentionally and practically.

Door 2: The power of saying THANK YOU

Hot on the heels of Thanksgiving celebrations in places around the world, we are reminded how important it is to express thanks. It makes perfect sense that when we thank people for their effort, help, input etc we make them feel valued and more willing to help, get involved again, right?

And research supports this assumption too:

And getting people to want to collaborate more effectively can speed up any transformation we’re going through as an organization. Do you say thanks often enough?

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 😀

Door 1: We live in a VUCA world

Door 1

We live in a VUCA world.

The term VUCA was coined by the US armed forces in the early 90’s as they observed a new type of warfare which had more Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity than experienced earlier. For organizations, the speed of change we experience all around the world, means that organizational change is becoming more VUCA too. So what can we do when facing VUCA?

Here are a few thoughts:

We need to identify and consistently share a clear Vision and direction – Where we are going. What we want to achieve. This gives purpose and focus that people can engage with.

We need to be curious and open-minded – listening to diverse views. Asking questions and having healthy debates to understand the bigger picture and complexity of all the pieces of the jigsaw. This allows for greater collaboration as well as innovation. It brings to mind one of the late Stephen Covey’s brilliant quotes: “Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply”

We need to build everyone’s ability to embrace the speed and VUCA of change, being able to act with agility, courageously daring to try and learning fast – creating a sense of collaboration and pride in the shared journey of continuous business transformation.

What are your thoughts? How do you lead in a VUCA world?