Having worked in and managed teams for over twenty years, I have come to realise that the key to unlocking and inspiring the potential of any team lies in its ability to develop flexibility and embrace difference through understanding. When we start to open up to alternative possibilities and ways of thinking and learn to understand how and why we have differing preferences of communication and learning, we are empowering our teams to achieve self-directed high performance.
I found managing and motivating teams to be the most challenging, and at the same time most rewarding aspect of management. We are all individuals with our own personalities, values and beliefs. So how do we effect change so that the whole team becomes aligned to a common vision and common goals? Therein lies the process of team development and learning. Each step of the way we address what is important to the team and individuals, what they have in common and what still needs to be developed, until we have our high performing team that has developed its own set of principles, values and behaviours.
When faced with change, an inevitable constant in business today, who is easier to change – others or ourselves? Learn to embrace change, develop your flexibility, become curious about why we are all different and reap the benefits in measurable results.