Sudden Teamwork: The Voices of Success
by Kate Nasser |
Leaders, do team members in your corporation or business speak up soon enough? Long standing teams often answer yes to this. The comfort of knowing each other fuels, what I call, the voices of success in teamwork and business.
This is no little feat. Social research in America shows that people often speak up less in groups – even in a crisis (When Will People Help in a Crisis).
The common response to this challenge is to get new teams to know each other more quickly and engage the voices of success faster. It’s a start. Yet it still traps success in the time it takes to know everyone.
It also fails in today’s environment of constant change and sudden (ad hoc) teamwork. Can you imagine the business wins possible with the voices of success working in every meeting and encounter — globally? In other words during every instance of sudden teamwork?
Encourage the Voices of Success
Why not spread these messages with signs throughout your business, with your prime vendors/suppliers, and in your new hire orientations? Add these to your performance reviews and see employee engagement soar.
- “If you think of something possible, say something!” For people to speak up with ideas they have for success or with cautions of dangers to avoid, they must feel it’s OK to do so. Throughout airports and train stations, they now announce “if you see something, say something” — to get people to report possible dangers.
- “You are getting paid to deliver success. Speak up!” People must feel that they are expected to sound their voices of success. It’s not self-evident in a group setting.
- “An idea is a terrible thing to waste. Speak up!”
- “For us to succeed, we must all risk and commit. Speak and listen.”
- “Respect ideas, even when we disagree.” People fear responses to their voices of success. Reduce the fear by restoring civility and building respect for diversity. Nothing creates silence and lost potential more quickly than rude disrespectful responses to new ideas or key concerns.
If you want true success in your business, encourage your customers to speak their minds too and of course be ready to listen to their voices of success.
Great listening and expressing harvests full potential.
What do you think? What other ways can we tap the creative and innovative ideas of business and corporate teams? Add your voice in the comments section below!
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Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach delivers keynotes, workshops, consultations, and DVDs to turn interaction obstacles into interpersonal success in business, teamwork, customer relations, and leading change.