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What environment are you creating for your employees?

28th July 2016

Team Environment

Each company and each team are different and the blocks to a high performing environment are often those habits, behaviours, processes that put a drain on productivity. They can include things such as:

  • Internal competition
  • Resistance to change
  • Hierarchy
  • Bureaucracy
  • Blaming and excuses
  • Poor customer service or consideration for the customer
  • Lack of openness and trust
  • Complacency

We are often ‘blind’ to these blocks as ‘we’ve always done it that way!’

One way to identify the environment – your culture, is to look at the behaviour and habits of the organisation. Which do you consider to be healthy and empowering and which do you consider to be unhealthy and limiting?

Which actually align to your organisations stated values?

Employees Learn from their Leaders

As a leader you are on show all of the time. You set the tone for the environment you create and whether you like it or not you are modelling the behaviour you expect from others.

When looking at the culture in your team it may well be worthwhile looking in the mirror at your own habits and behaviours first. Which of the following does your own team live with?

If employees live with criticism, they learn to blame others.

If employees live with hostility, they learn to resist.

If employees live with ridicule, they learn to avoid risks.

If employees live with shame, they learn to underestimate their abilities.

If employees live with tolerance, they learn to learn. 

If employees live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If employees live with praise, they learn to appreciate.

If employees live with fairness, they learn accountability.

If employees live with opportunity, they learn to have faith.

If employees live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If employees live with acceptance and recognition, they learn to find fulfilment in the workplace.

Taken from The secret of a winning culture by Larry E Senn & John R Childress

What do you need to change in your environment?

I don’t know of any organisation that doesn’t want teams to perform well. If you know that there is room for growth in your own team start by looking at the list above and decide what is missing. Then develop an action plan to bridge the gap.

If, on the other hand, you can say yes to all the positive behaviours above and you know the team is still not delivering on their goals it’s time to take a step back.

Start by looking at your strategy and strategic objectives. Do they take you toward your vision? If not you may have the wrong strategy and it’s time to revisit this.

If you look at your strategy and say yes – this drives us toward our vision, then the next step is to look at the behaviours that are missing. What values and behaviours do you need to live by to achieve your strategic objectives? Which of these need developing in the team?

Your strategy needs the right culture (behaviour and habits) to allow it to be realised.

As a leader your job is to ensure your culture is aligned with your strategy and using appropriate methods and tools to close any gaps there may be.

If you want to know more about how to identify your current or desired culture email me and I’ll set up a call.

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”

Clement Stone




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