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"Leadership is not about showing others the way. It is aligning your vibration with theirs to create a collaborative roadmap."
Any business needs a number of things in order to truly thrive, from solid marketing to good leadership to exceptional customer service. But another thing that you'll need to pay attention to is the way that your company is organized and what kind of culture is present. Here at Technalink, we've noticed that many people don't realize just how important their organizational culture really is – or even what it is.
Your company's organizational culture is simply the way that your team interacts with one another and how they handle their responsibilities. It includes a lot of things including leadership, productivity, and more, but for now we're primarily talking about how your employees are organized and how that creates a workplace culture.
For example, a department manager is responsible for the overall vibe and sense of community within their department. Higher up, the overall culture within the business itself is a direct result of the interaction between all of your various departments. If you only have one real department, the way each of your employees interacts with the other and how your company 'feels' as a whole can be considered your culture.
Organizational culture is something that refers to the shared beliefs of your organization. The values, beliefs, and approach to the job at hand are all key elements of organizational culture. It can have a direct impact on a number of things within your business including:
- Employee dress
- Employee actions
- The manner in which jobs are done
- The overall reputation of your business
- And more
Simply put, it's important to pay attention to the organizational culture of your company. But what is yours, exactly? Can you clearly state what it is, and does your team know what it is as well?
You'll want to take a look at seven things to get a clear idea as to what your organizational culture really is:
- Attention to detail
- The level of emphasis placed on people
- The level of emphasis placed on the outcome of a project
- Teamwork within your company
- Overall aggressiveness
- Stability in the workplace
Take a look at each of these seven things and review how they are present – or absent – in your workplace environment. Knowing your overall organizational culture is very important for ensuring that you're able to identify challenges and risk areas and move your business forwards properly. It allows you to spot strengths and weaknesses, and to become a better, more mindful leader in the process.
A company in today's business world needs all the advantages that it can get in order to thrive. There are a lot of challenges and plenty of competition out there, and it's important that you give your business all the tools and resources possible for it to succeed. Moving a business forward is the foundation of success, but forward progress isn't always easy to find. Here at Technalink, we've seen firsthand how important just applying some creative thinking to the workplace can be in succeeding in improving forward progress.
Forward progress in this case simply refers to anything that moves your company towards a better future. It could be the opening of a new location, a new business deal, the design of a new product, or anything else that helps secure a better future. Creativity isn't usually thought of alongside this process, but it should be.
When you start getting creative with your thinking, you begin to look at things in different ways. This can help you in numerous ways including:
- Setting your company apart from the competition
- Designing new policies or strategies that can have a profound impact on your business
- Giving you and your team a new way of looking at things
- Changing how your company works as a whole
- And more
In short, it's good to get creative instead of just thinking about something in a straightforward, lateral kind of way. Instead of looking at how everyone else is doing something, approaching it with a fresh idea could change the game in a big way.
To get the most from this process, you'll need to take some steps to encourage creativity within yourself as well as within your team of employees. There are several things that can help you do so.
- Start by encouraging creativity within your team. Hold brainstorming sessions, invite new ideas from other team members, and let their imaginations run wild as you focus on different goals or challenges.
- Don't fear failure, but don't take huge risks if you're not committed to an idea. Sometimes the craziest sounding ideas can be the most rewarding. You shouldn't gamble your company's entire future on an idea, but you also shouldn't always avoid taking a risk just because it 'might' fail.
- Look at everything differently. Sure, certain things may be in place for good reason. But there are likely to be plenty of other things that your company is doing just because 'that's the way it's always been done'. When you change things up, great results could be close behind.
Instead of sticking with the tried and true methods, tapping into your creativity could help spark new ideas and better results. Don't ignore creative thinking at all – it could help drive your company forwards in a big way.
Success in the business world – no matter what industry or field you work in – begins with one thing: you. If you don't have the right attitude and the right way of working, it's much harder to succeed in your company. Here at Technalink, we've seen many business professionals end up self-sabotaging themselves through their actions and their attitudes. There's a way to overcome this and to avoid it outright, and it starts with introspection.
Looking within is the key to overcoming self-sabotage, but as with anything there are right and wrong ways to go about it. Here are some tips to keep in mind that should help you.
- Start by assessing your last few work days. Look back on what decisions you made and what actions you took. Can you identify certain decisions or actions that seem to have had a direct influence on your performance? Are there actions that led to negative consequences? Identifying the different bad habits you have is the first step to overcoming the problem.
- Pay attention to the way you interact and communicate with fellow employees. Do you have trouble expressing your thoughts or ideas? Do others seem to view you in a negative way? Many times, people don't even realize that their relationships with those on the jobsite are having a direct impact on their performance and their success.
- Is a personal trait or quality holding you back? For example, are you so proud that you absolutely refuse to admit when you're wrong? Does a past grudge stop you from telling someone that they did a good job on a project? Looking inside yourself and being honest can help you determine whether or not this is a real issue for you.
- Are you procrastinating? Are you filled with doubt about your abilities and is that doubt stopping you from taking new risks that could lead to bigger rewards? Many times, your own insecurities or lack of action will lead to lower levels of solid performance.
- Spend five to ten minutes each day on reflection and self-assessment. Think back on what you did during the day, what you did differently, and what results came about as a result of this. If you'll do this you should be able to begin figuring out what areas you're thriving in and where you have room for improvement.
Simply put, taking an honest look at yourself is the foundation of being better at everything you do – including your performance in the business world. It's important that you identify what you can do differently to improve your success, and it's not as difficult as you might think.
A business is only as good as the employees that work within its walls, and it's important that any company leader understands just how vital their team really is. The right employees can take your company far, and as such it's a must that you understand how to get the most from them.
If you're not convinced that you're doing all you can to unleash the true power of your employees, we here at Technalink think it's time to take a look at the steps you can take to do so. There are several tips worth reviewing that could help make it much easier to harness the potential your workers have within them – and among them.
- Are you giving them all the tools and resources they need to truly shine? If your employees routinely tell you that they're in need of new technology, for instance, or if you simply come to the realization that adding additional tech options to their workspace could improve their productivity, it's well worth looking into.
- No good business stifles their employees and forces them to adhere strictly to certain mindsets. Allowing your workers to have their own identities is important for making sure that they feel like they're part of something special and that they are able to really turn in high quality work for you.Do they have room for their own ideas?
- Do you foster and promote good teamwork? The strongest companies have employees that work as a team whenever possible, and taking steps to help enhance the way that your employees work together on projects big and small is well worth doing and could have tremendous results for your company's bottom line.
- Also, do you lead in the right way? Do your employees respect you, or fear you? Do they trust you, or have trouble believing that you have their interests at heart? The way your team views you is directly responsible for their own performance. Lead by example and you'll inspire them to greater things.
- Do you involve your team in various aspects of decision making where the company is concerned? Anonymous polls, brainstorming sessions, and more are all well worth considering since getting your employees' input could have huge impact on your company's success.
By including your employees and giving them all the tools and resources they need to thrive, you'll be taking steps towards making sure that your business is able to succeed. It doesn't take much effort, but could lead to big things.
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