A revolution is change. Companies experience many areas of change. At times, multiple changes occur at the same time. A short list of potential change areas might include:
- Customer requirements
- Market demands
My observation is that some organizations assume that they have the management or leadership capacity to achieve a desired change and employees should accept it while others believe the opposite. I have observed many companies and certainly most employees experience various organizational revolutions, particularly in the past few years. Most of these changes are imposed on an organization for survival, to maintain competitive advantage or ensure support of constituents. In the midst of these changes, there is a revolutionary change that may be ignored, yet presents a great opportunity.
What would happen in your organization if the way people work together was revolutionized? Not that we are failing to get the job done, but what if we can achieve more in a work environment that has positive effects on people. I presented symptoms reflecting the need for the revolution in a previous blog. If your company decided to change the way people work together what might the results of that revolution be?
- Healthy conflict that results in innovation
- People operating out of their strengths
- Work with purpose
- Goal attainment
- Healthy communication patterns
- Clear expectations
The revolution that results in change of this kind will grow out of an investment in leaders who create workgroups that reflect these attributes. Is it possible for an organization to develop leadership with the skills and passion to intentionally bring people together well and achieve great results? You may say yes, but it is not as easy as it sounds. If you want to move this direction, first consider what you, as a company, believe about management and leadership. That may be the first change you have to make. The second step is to ensure that your investment in development is resulting in effective leaders by your definition. This requires taking a step behind the courses and coaches you engage to determine the theory and philosophy that instructs both their approach and content. Your investment in leadership is reflected in your employees. Is it providing the return you desire?