Missions & Visions: Pillars of Successful Organisations

On the other hand, organizations have the need for integrating in IT departments new technologies often using cloud services and other ways of direct access to the web. This pressure for IT departments to give…

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Recognition & Gratitude: Underestimated Performance Tools

The success of any leader is highly dependent on the effectiveness of their team; leadership is never a solo piece. Many leaders and managers often fail to confess this reality, not only to their team members but also to themselves. Managers have long meetings, conferences, and press briefings where leaders get to shine and represent a job well done. Often, the folks in the background are not always adequately acknowledged and appreciated for their excellent work and outstanding efforts to achieve brilliant results.

“Acknowledgement and appreciation are critical principles to ensure that while leaders shine bright like a diamond, team members are not lit fuses of dynamite glowing.”
– Mark-Odean Grant

Otherwise, an explosion would be avoidably inevitable. Growing up, I remember hearing the older folks saying, “encouragement sweetens labour.” In the society that we live in today, some people believe money is all. However, mere acknowledgement without financial rewards can greatly boost people’s morale and performance in many circumstances. We can acknowledge our team members in many ways that we often overlook. “Good job”, “excellent work”, and “I couldn’t have done it without you” are parked comments that many persons in leadership and management don’t even care to say these days. I’ve heard these remarks said to me before, and they have only had a positive impact, and they didn’t cost a penny. Though we may take it for granted that “people get paid”, these employees must also know that their leaders realise their contribution to the team’s success. Thus, some form of acknowledgement, whether public or private, is integral.

Acknowledgement gives an excellent opportunity for critical feedback. Feedback is never a problem when there is a negative outcome. I’m sure many can attest to this fact. However, feedback is equally essential when everything went as planned or there were positive results. A habit of acknowledging our team members creates an opportunity for feedback through a more open channel. Henceforth, this results in a situation with less tension. These circumstances are critical when the need for feedback about a lousy outcome arises. Teams are more open and responsive to leaders’ feedback in a negative situation when the same approach is utilised in a favourable situation. Additionally, it is counterproductive to wait for a performance appraisal to bring up all the bad stuff. And unfortunately, even if/when the good stuff is acknowledged, it matters less to team members had it been recognised earlier.

Expressing gratitude is a gift that keeps people doing their best.

Increasingly, financial motivation is becoming a problematic fete to maintain. Businesses are downsizing, economising, or reorganising! But, that doesn’t mean that our teams should suffer from what I’d like to call: appreciation deficiency syndrome (ADS). This syndrome is where our team members measure their work to ensure that they do “just enough” or only what is required because there is no financial or emotional reward. Often, leaders settle for 100%, which seems all right, but doesn’t quite represent the best that our teams can produce. 100% is only our initial best. If humans are constantly learning, then the mark for best is continuously advancing as we improve.

We all can relate: if we wrote a paper, we considered our best to date, then rewrote it a month later—our best, in many cases, would have advanced to becoming a better best. The great effort’s lack of reinforcement occurs when folks do their best, but appreciation is not expressed. Instead, it becomes unacknowledged and even punished, I dare say. It is reasonable to expect that any advances toward a better best become stalled.

Henceforth, saying “thank you” is so refreshing to the ears of the woefully unacknowledged. After all, don’t we all love to hear those words? Expressing gratitude demonstrates good character and inspires those around us to continue doing their best in the team and attain their best. Good leaders never do all the work but inspire and influence team members to achieve whatever goals and objectives. As such, it is an excellent practice to platform our teams, acknowledging their work and letting them shine. Remember that leaders are part of a team, the ultimate team player!

We must lead by empowering team members to attain their better best and expressing appreciation for their efforts and contributions to our success.

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People, Talent & Learning: The Future of HR

Many startups are very focused on creating the best organisation to achieve their vision and strategic goals. When considering the introduction, role, and practice of an HR Professional to organisations—be wary of falling into the trap of the traditional HR Department. Why? Well, because it focuses more on personnel administration rather than leveraging people as the fundamental contributors and features of your company’s success. Companies must increasingly sharpen their strategic focus, which platforms an understanding and appreciation of the inherent quirks in the concept of “people”.

“People should not be managed. Instead, they should be lead.”
– Mark-Odean Grant

An employee’s talents, performance, and related contributions to the organisation’s building and culture should be managed! For this drives productivity and achieves the bottom line.

Many organisations today are full of management capacity but lack effective leadership and growth. As a result, companies lose their competitive edge and even fail due to poor learning systems and a chronic failure to learn in general. Companies should strive to be configured as a people-focused, learning organisation. Only this way will they be able to grow, compete and survive in the dynamic and globalised marketplace of the 21st century.

People lead and participate in teams, which build up organisations. Talents gear performance and drive the achievement of organisational goals. Learning gives organisations a competitive advantage in the industrial environment. The future of HR is much more than a vision of administrating personnel only.

Alas, there is a better way. For in the future, no longer should ordinary HR practices exist. But instead, HR will understand the importance of leadership and leveraging people’s fundamental power as invaluable investors and strategic assets in our organisations. A strategic HR practice does not just push paper but drives influence and action as an indispensable business partner.

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