As most of you may know a little over two years ago I was projected to be another statistic of cancer. With very slim odds (less than 10% initially) through some miraculous events my Acute Myeloid Leukemia found its way into remission. I received a bone marrow transplant from a generous donor in September of 2012. The road back hasn’t been easy. While my healing may be remarkable, in many ways this achievement may not be as difficult as what each of you face each and every day. Rather than diminish what was accomplished, this is to elevate what you and every other person on the planet faces as you work to accomplish each day.
Strategic Discipline Blog
Could there be a greater contrast in the culture of two teams than the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins?
Let me ask you a question: Are you the problem?
Too often we get so involved in our business working to get ahead that we forget to celebrate moments of victory. We don’t take time to reflect on what we accomplish. We miss moments of renewal, celebration, and recognition. These are valuable reminders of our success. These raise morale, help us to pause and reflect on what it takes to achieve. These are moments to shine the spotlight on people who have gone beyond normal dedication and commitment to achieve remarkable performance.
In Bringing out the Best In People, Aubrey Daniels points out that the greatest issue with managers is not that they don’t understand the need for reinforcement and recognition, they simply don’t understand the amount of reinforcement required to create peak performance and a high performance organization.
Not so long ago there was an emphasis on leadership to, “manage by wandering around.” Tom Peters In Search of Excellence brought this principal into focus, although its origins supposedly stem back to executives at Hewlett Packard.
How often have you wanted to believe that “hard work pays off?”
Each of us is different. We are not all motivated by the same thing. It’s a lesson that Aubrey Daniels consistently reinforces in Bringing Out the Best in People. It’s the reason managing people is so challenging. It requires thoughtful observation, persistent communication and enduring energy to discover and maintain relationships that support and encourage your people to be their best each day.
The behavior of people is the only way anything is accomplished in business. Organizational accomplishment is dependent on behavior. Improvements in quality, increases in productivity, or creativity are the result of asking people to change.