Is your Business like a pressure cooker?
The media is full of articles about António Horta-Osório currently taking a temporary break from his role as Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group.
18,000 City workers suffered sickness last year.
- What does this mean for you?
- How healthy is your business?
- How healthy is your team?
- How healthy are you?
Businesses have been through and are still going through the most challenging of times in their history. 2012 is forecast to be even tougher.
Trust is low – it’s tougher to win business.
People are in fear of losing their businesses.
Employees are in fear of losing their jobs.
It’s worthwhile doing a Team Climate Survey in your business.
The five road blocks to success are:
- A lack of Trust
- How well do people really know and understand one another?
- How well does the business tap into its strengths?
- Low Conflict
- How well does the team/business talk about what needs talking about? How ‘healthy’ are the conversations?
- What is not being said?
- Low Commitment
- How committed are people to the success of the team? Do they keep to their commitments?
- Low Responsibility
- How accountable and responsible is the business and the people for their actions?
- How much do they hold each other accountable for their commitments and behaviour?
- Low focus in Results
- How focused is the business on the RIGHT results
Healthy businesses are fun to work in. People know one another and enjoy time together. They have fun and despite the pressures they celebrate success. People are free to challenge. They are listened to when they share concerns. They have courageous ‘clean’ discussions.
Healthy businesses have a clear, shared purpose and an aligned vision. They have shared values which they operate by and make decisions by. They have strong empowering beliefs that support their Vision, Values and Purpose.
Everyone is committed to the success of the business and when they agree and commit to something – they do it. There is high integrity throughout the business.
There is high accountability and responsibility – people hold one another accountable for their actions and behaviour. Feedback and feed-forward is part of the culture in the business.
People know their roles and responsibilities. They know their targets for the year and they have the support and development to ensure they get them.
The Leadership is ‘available’ and they are ‘visible’ and they lead with honesty, integrity and focus – and they have fun!
Support and personal development is seen as a strength.
70% of successful businesses have an external coach and encourage /develop and invest in a coaching culture in their business.
People are encouraged to keep ‘physically’ fit and healthy.
Support is there when times are tough. Everyone has tough times at home and at work – a healthy business recognises this and provides coaching support when it’s needed.
Make sure your business isn’t like a pressure cooker – about to go off!
Look after yourself…
Look after your employees…
And remember – people don’t know how much you care until you show them.