Are you achieving the success you want? Do you want to maximize your full potential? Are you in an environment conducive to high performance?
If your answer is ‘No’, you should consider this quote from Jim Rohn:
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
How often do you see it – successful people spending time with other successful people. Success breeds success!
It doesn’t mean that you simply get yourself a ‘possy’ of successful people to hang out with, and magically, your success will just happen! It also takes hard work! Although, it does mean, if you place yourself into an environment with the right people, who have a mindset for success and have achieved it, then it is more likely that YOUR mindset will change. It will help reduce the ‘limiting beliefs’ holding you back and you will develop the ‘belief’ mindset you need to succeed. If you have the ‘work ethic’ to match your ‘belief’ mindset, you have a great chance of achieving the success you want.
‘People’ are the major contributor to the environment you create.
Given this fact, shouldn’t we, as leaders, be focused on helping every individual be the best they can be?
If we have high performing people, we will build a high performing environment, which will lead to high performing teams, which will lead to high performing organisations.
Don’t Leaders want to lead high performing organisations? (this should be a rhetorical question!)
Of course they do!
So, what can we do, as leaders, to help create high performing people?
Fundamentally, there are two ‘foundations’ that are needed to develop high performance.
1. Create a ‘safe’ environment
People have to feel ‘safe and connected’. You do this by making sure people know that they matter. This doesn’t take huge effort or time, and it is absolutely free! A Leader taking an interest in knowing what a person does outside of work, or talking about what they did over the weekend, where they grew up, details about the persons family, partner and children, what sport they play, etc. This all makes a difference to a person feeling that they matter.
I was with a leader recently who introduced me to one of his team. At the end of the conversation, the leader said to the person, “I’m not around for the rest of this week. I want to wish you a Happy Birthday for tomorrow. I hope you have a great day.” That one interaction was a great example of a Leader showing that he cared about the person as a real person, not just an employee. The Leader made that person feel that they matter.
These little things consistently, have a big impact in creating a ‘safe’ environment.
2. Create opportunity for conversation
Everything is resolved through conversation, and I don’t mean conversation through email, chat tools or messenger systems. I mean real, face to face conversation. If distance is an issue, Zoom or Skype are the next best thing.
If the Leader has created a safe environment, then creating the opportunity for conversation will come as a natural progression. It is through conversation, where issues get resolved. Conversation is what allows for genuine feedback to be shared and for questions to be asked, allowing people to get clarity about something they are engaged in and care about. If the Leader doesn’t create opportunity for conversation, the end result is lots of confusion. Confusion in the workplace often leads to office politics. This leads to a negative impact on moral and productivity. The end result, good people leave your organisation – and the bad ones stay!
High performance Leaders use a high performance meeting structure, which means, they create the opportunity for real conversation daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly. These opportunities for conversation are the ‘glue’ of high performing teams.
As Leaders, high performance must be the priority, and Leaders must strive to develop a high performance environment. ‘People’ are the major contributor to the environment you create, and High performing people, will lead to high performing teams. This in turn, will make you part of a high performing organisation. If you create a safe environment and create the opportunity for conversation, you have the two foundations that are needed to develop ‘high performance’.
The best thing is, you don’t need to put these in your budget – both are completely FREE! All you have to do is choose to do it or not.
I hope you make the right choice to develop the two foundations of high performance in your environment.
Please contact Brendan with any questions about culture, leadership & teamwork.