Huge Business Success & Employee Morale: Opposites or Essential Partners?
by Kate Nasser |
Huge Business Success: Can You Innovate & Have Great Morale?
Leaders, do you see employee morale and huge business success as a contradictory? Are you concerned that a focus on employee morale will dull that edge to succeed?
Huge Business Success & Great Employee Morale: Yes You Can!
As we hear about the Amazon.com workplace culture in the news, it raises the question of employee morale in highly innovative environments. Can you have both? Yes.
The challenge is not huge business success vs. great employee morale. It isn’t high innovation vs. employee morale.
The challenge is the belief that innovation and huge business success require an internal culture of cutthroat competition. It’s not a requirement. It’s a choice that leaders make often from their natural work style preference.
Collaborative Innovation vs. Competitive Innovation
Innovation taps diverse talents and ideas to create a successful change. Collaborative innovation respects the innovators while challenging their ideas. Employee morale soars as people are engaged together. Competitive innovation focuses on challenging ideas without a focus on respect. Employees who thrive on competition love this. The morale of the others can falter.
Innovation is risk taking. Collaborative innovation minimizes the risk of personal attack while engaging in the risk of innovation. It can produces huge business success with great employee morale. Competitive innovation often minimizes human respect believing it minimizes the risk of business failure. It doesn’t since great employee morale is necessary to sustain spurts of success into long term business success.
How to Transition
Given this difference between competitive and collaborative innovation, how can you as leaders move from one to the other?
Review this list of leadership beliefs that kill collaborative innovation. Change any that have infected your organization’s morale.
Make a clear distinction between competing with other companies vs. competing with each other internally. Unite in human respect and innovate to compete with other companies.
Get over the myth that natural collaborators are weaklings who lack confidence. See the confidence and strength they use in innovating without attacking others. They challenge ideas with civility and respect.
Teach and explore the power of ‘what if’. Collaborative innovation soars when you ask ‘what if’ instead of labeling someone’s idea as wrong. Great questions spur huge business success. Labels squelch it.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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