Your business produces Consistent Performance when you can optimise 2 critical factors:
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When you harness the power of talented, focused people within a fully optimised and supportive culture, extraordinary results can be realised
1. Don’t make assumptions about your culture without making a proper assessment. Without the right tools and expertise, you are likely to fall into the trap of either over-exaggerating or undervaluing the traits that surface withing the business. Only a properly assessed culture can show the true picture of your organisation. A happy workforce does not guarantee that everyone is a high performer. In order to drive this to action, one has to involve the Senior Executives.
2. It’s never too late to start planning. If the idea seems odd, start small and build your way up. Be collaborative in strategic planning. Contributions and ideas from the shop floor can have a macro effect in the master plan.
3. If you fear change, you are already on the back foot and more likely to make mistakes. Embrace change, as it’s the one and only true constant. Change is a constant process where people adapt at different paces, and to be successful you have to make change readiness a part of your culture.
4. Things change—it’s inevitable. Use change to inspire your leadership training. Move everybody forward with the end in mind. Invest in leadership by defining competencies, mandatory training and involving and engaging skilled leaders to create more synergy for greater effect on culture.
5. Team-building is within itself a process that requires time, dedication and planning. Don’t expect miracles, but plan for success. Great culture is created with teamwork, where success is planned and leaders emerge, to create psychological safety and achieve agreed outcomes.
6. Lack of staff retention, high turnover or key staff leaving at key times are all indicators of poor culture and mean that it’s time to have a good look at the whole business. Pay attention to your staff and ensure ample opportunity for feedback. Develop a performance culture with the long-term goal of a stable organisation.
7. Take a step back and have a good look at your current training schedule. Be prepared to ask yourself some tough questions. Training is only effective if delivered with a specific end in mind, and not just to create activity.
8. Fads are not helpful. Only genuine change that provides new impetus, strategic benefit and positive impact on the culture is worthy of the effort. Learning how to distinguish fads and investing in long-term solutions will provide strategic benefit and positive impact on culture.
9. Making sure your performance review is working well won’t necessarily prevent any bias. No matter how objective we think we are, bias of some kind can creep in. Performance reviews should focus on behaviours and practices which align with values and strategic intent. Only then can this can be used by the staff to improve themselves.
10. Don’t be afraid of asking tough questions of yourself and of your company. An external perspective will give you a peek around the corners and into the distance.
GROWTH IS THE RESULT OF TAKING POSITIVE STEPS. SIMPLY BY READING THIS BOOK, YOU’VE ALREADY DECIDED TO TAKE YOUR CULTURE SERIOUSLY.