At Strategic Momentum we are dedicated to dramatically increasing the performance and productivity of employees. Just as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is focused on increasing the value of the customer base, Employee Relationship Management (ERM) is focused on increasing the value of your employees.
Over the last 10 years we developed, honed and implemented our unique proprietary ERM Program in order to help Leaders mine the Individual Intellectual Property (I²P) of employees and create a powerful organizational mindset resulting in constant Breakaway Innovations®. This blog is dedicated to discussing these principles.
|June 20, 2011||
What are the most important attributes of companies that are successful at creating a culture of continuous improvement?
I describe culture as the collection of spoken and unspoken conversations. A culture is determined by what you can say, think you cannot say, and how sincere you are when you say it.
In that context, a culture of continuous improvement is build around the following attributes:
Companies are not creating continuous improvement, it is the people! . It is the people’s practices, engagement in processes and measurable performance in metrics that will create continuous improvement. The alignment between the three is important, as I have seen companies become so bureaucratic where people seem to have lost common sense and continuous improvement is smothered. At the same time, when there are no sufficient processes, there is lack of continuous improvement as now everyone is trying to imitate the ‘best’ producer while making the same mistakes over and over.
Nobody is perfect, but a team can be! This only happens when you have the right team dynamics as it determines how a team works together. I am sure you have been part or have seen a team of experts, where each individual is a brilliant individual performer in their respective field. Yet, once they come together as a team, it is very dysfunctional and therefore not very productive. This is caused by lack of the right team dynamics. In such a team, there is insufficient relationship and trust, and a lack of conversational capability to bring the team together. Often in these cases, people are more focused on advocating their own ideas, and are not listening and inquiring into the ideas of the other team members.
All these attributes come into existence through language and the conversations that you are able to have on an ongoing basis within your company.
When these are implemented, you have the foundation of creating a culture for continuous improvement, which will result in a high-performing organization.Leave a Comment
|June 5, 2011|
Trust is the corporate lubricant of success. Trust is the foundation of any relationship and every high performing team or organization. If there is no trust, the rest is much harder to accomplish. Yet, at the same time trust often feels as something that is not tangible and it is nothing you can do something with.
There are two lenses to approach trust. First there is trust as an assessment. It implies that you start with little or no trust, and you assess based on the other’s performance or behavior if they are worthy of your trust. When we look at trust as an assessment, you assess the other’s performance and behavior at four levels:
This view will allow you to always trace back where a particular breakdown happens and point out to the other person why you don’t trust their actions in a certain area. However, if you only build trust via assessment, it will always make you wonder, and the moment one of you breaks one promise you often have to start building up trust again from square one. This by itself is no way to build up a high performing team.
That is why if you are interested in building a high performing team, you have to build authentic trust, the second lens to look at trust. For example, just look at a relation you have with a significant other. You don’t constantly look at that person to rebuild trust every time they miss fulfilling a promise. And yes, we all break promises, even you. Why do these instances not break trust with the significant other? Because you know that this person has your best interest at heart, and you trust that they did everything possible to make it happen. In other words you have authentic trust with that person.
This is trust that you give, and you can build it in every relation. This happens in your ability to have authentic conversations, which will allow you to rebuild and recalibrate trust when a promise is broken. In an authentic conversation you create a shared understanding about the concerns and commitments you are pursuing and how current behaviors and broken promises are preventing you from achieving your shared commitment. The basic premise is that trust ultimately lives in our spoken and unspoken conversations. Our ability to break through the unspoken conversations, will allow you to build authentic trust.
There are several blogs on this site that will show you how you can build trust through conversations. The key point is that trust is a major driver for a high performing organization, and it is something that you can create, nurture and maintain.
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