Devin has spoken with many business leaders over the last few months. The conversations have ranged over many topics, but some key themes are emerging. What do successful businesses want to help them survive and then thrive?
Transition to a balance of home working and office-based working
Business leaders report that home working has been technologically possible for many years. Many workers can be highly effective working from home. The issue is not the technology but how we use it. Working from home is not office working. Business is in the habit of paying people for their time. This means home workers have the mindset that they need to be at their home desk at a specific time and stop working at a prescribed time. Unfortunately, this is getting in the way of efficiency.
Leaders have noticed how some workers find it hard to work without the oversight of the co-workers. They lack the time management skills to organize their workflow as they would in an office. Others find they can’t stop working. There is no break between their work and home life. They have lost their work-life balance. Managers have tried to police this using Zoom or Microsoft Teams. It seems the ease of online meetings means a constant schedule of meetings at the expense of getting tasks done. Constant checking in by managers also interrupts work tasks. Leaders have identified that home office working is here to stay. Many think it can be made efficient. However, we need to help them Think it Better.
Organizing communication better is a key activity manager need to perfect.
Showing teams how to manage outcome-based working rather than time-based working would make teams more efficient. Many leaders are asking us to help teams utilize their time better. These are things our Thinking Coaches are actively helping businesses achieve.
It is increasingly difficult to keep people focused
Everyone’s freaking out because of Covid-19. CEOs I have been speaking to across the US have been consistently doing layoffs. However, many are reporting they are still above the line, making margins hitting quotas and the like. When I probe a little deeper it becomes apparent even these businesses have underlying challenges.
Staff are working long hours under difficult circumstances which means they aren’t going to be resilient for very long. They might be hitting all the numbers, but not hitting workplace work life balance. A key leadership challenge in all businesses is how to keep teams motivated and focused on delivering their goals. When our Thinking Partners are embedded in an organization, they can give an objective outside eye to the efficiency of the business. They will bring specific training to develop management skills which will simplify communication, and processes.
Motivation the skill which creates resilience and brilliance
We have worked in many industries. This experience gives us confidence we can transform a business through mastery of different thinking tools. Let’s get the mind thinking in the right direction.
On a personal note, I use these techniques every day. This means I have a smile on my face every single day as I settle down to work. Let us take away negative thoughts. We transform people’s thinking and show people why these tools are so effective in every aspect of their lives. When we start to implement our thinking plans better or thinking projects better programs these techniques open people’s minds to work more effectively. Another great benefit is a mindset where people want to work to solve issues rather than simply worry about them.