Organisational Greatness or Mediocrity? 11 Iron-clad Steps to Organisational Greatness!
If you want to achieve organisational greatness, they you need to realize that the days of micro-managing people are well and truly over. Telling them what to do, when to do it and how to perform in their roles is a thing of the past if you want to have an organisation that oozes collaboration and co-operation. And is successful and profitable.
Organisations have certainly evolved over the years. Formerly most were land-owners, often dictators. They ‘owned’ their people – serfs, slaves, even women. The Machine Era (circa 1800’s) later welcomed in the Industrial Age, which has heralded the creation of jobs, paid work and the introduction of officially paid ‘employees.’
The Industrial Era of control and micro-management
Whilst financial success is enjoyed by some businesses and people are employed, the Industrial Era (in which we live today) is also characterized by people being controlled, creative thinking is not routinely encouraged at work and people are often told what, when and how, to do their jobs. Empowerment is not always part of organisational language!
By controlling people tightly and telling them what to do, all inspiration, growth and the opportunity for individual and organisational transformation is removed. You cannot get the best from your people this way.
What happens in the Sea of Organisational Mediocrity?
People don’t feel valued, tasks are not completed on time or they are poorly done. These organisations are filled with egocentric leaders who are concerned about getting their own needs met and not focusing on team outcomes.
Pay attention to everything around you! Become the best example of inspiration and greatness you can be, regardless of where you sit in an organisation.
More than 90 percent of all organisational challenges are systematic, commencing with leadership – at all levels. Leaders throughout the entire organisation are responsible for the overall ‘feel’ of their organisation, the people in it, the rules according to which they behave. The methodology of producing and distributing a service or a product. As well as the way in which it is perceived by competitors and other stake-holders. Leadership can be a large, lonely role.
Greatness is about self-mastery. Do the best possible you can and being the best person you can be, in everything you do. Even if you are not in a leadership role, you can make a positive impact on your teams, your customers and your organisation all the time.
11 Iron-clad Steps to Organisational Greatness!
- Consistently work towards self-mastery
- Get your organisation’s Vision and Values right. Consequently, what do you stand for and where are you going?
- Align everything in your organisation, including its structures, policies, procedures, people and systems to the Vision and Values
- Banish the ‘ego trip’ from your team, department or organisation. Due to the fact that ego is about a person and advocates the scarcity, competitive approach. Teamwork is about abundance – it is about a group of people working together, in a collaborative and supportive way to reach mutually agreed upon goals
- Real change occurs at any level within an organisation. Meanwhile train your leaders down the line to have a ‘can do’ attitude and empower their people. Hence start at the top
- Encourage everybody in the organisation to be optimistic. Raise pro-activity and positivism and become inspiring to each other
- An organisation led by competent, positive and creative leaders becomes the Company where people want to work. Become the change you would like to see
- Banish cultures of fear and blame and vigorously advocate collaboration and co-operation
- Demand and expect excellence from everybody and that includes yourself
- Let your competitors struggle to reach mediocrity if that’s what they are after. Furthermore you focus on excellence, all the time
- Become an island of excellence in a sea of mediocrity. As a result these type of organisations outperform competitors time and time and time again
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