Give Your Team Every AdvantageIt takes a lot of energy to keep up these days, both personally and professionally. We are living and leading in what some call a “VUCA world”. The United States Army War College originated the use of the VUCA acronym which stands for:
- Volatile – fast, unpredictable changes without clear patterns or trends.
- Uncertain – frequent disruptive changes where the past is not a good predictor of the future.
- Complex – many different, interconnected factors come into play, with the potential to cause chaos and confusion.
- Ambiguous – there is a lack of clarity or awareness about situations that causes frustration.
- Consistently communicate the heart-set purpose of your business through storytelling.
- Ask employees to share their customer and team experiences that amplify the vision and values of your organization.
- Take advantage of employee one-on-one time to connect their daily work to the execution of your purpose.
- Go a step further by holding personal values workshops where employees can find and align their own purpose to that of your organization.
- Short bouts of movement (even just 60 seconds) provide a micro-recovery to the moments of the day to reduce stress and replenish drive.
- Give your people permission and opportunity to be active: exercise corners, walking meetings, flex-time for fitness, gym memberships, or group yoga for lunch.
- And who doesn’t love a set of air-squats and arm-circles at midpoint during a meeting? Not to mention the laughter and social bonding that comes with these blood-pumping, brain-boosting movements…
- Purpose – Why are we making this change? What is the rationale behind it?
- Picture – What is the end state we are trying to get to?
- Plan – What are the steps we need to take to get there?
- Part – What is my role in the change? How do I help?
- Schedule individual time with members and create frequent check-ins with the team to actively listen. Try asking the question “What can I do to help? How can I (or the organization) support you?” Asking the right questions and sincerely listening will help you see things from others’ points of view.
- Consciously expressing your care can help people understand their own emotions better and make relationships more meaningful. Needless to say, all of this results in better engagement and higher productivity at work.
Are you ready to start driving results with a realistic and actionable plan that unleashes your full potential?
It all starts with a single, intentional conversation.