Every business owner sets up their organization with high hopes and a dream of making a difference, yet all the great ideas and intentions to provide quality products and services do not guarantee favorable outcomes. Three things that impact your ability to succeed is how well your people are…

Getting Along

Healthy relationships do not happen accidentally.  To support your people in having them, everyone benefits when they receive training in relationship and communications skills, are given opportunities to practice them regularly, discuss them at group meetings, witness them integrated into the practices of your business, and participate in weekly check-ins about them in individual mentoring sessions with their managers. In other words, to help your people get along, creating the human systems for them to do so empowers them to succeed.  Most people have not been taught nor given opportunities to master skills they can draw on to build healthy relationships or address and resolve problems when they arise. Making human systems top priority is key because your people are your greatest asset.

Getting (and Staying) Inspired

The word “inspiration” comes from the Latin word, Inspirare, a compound term from the Latin prefix in (inside, into) and the verb spirare (to breathe). Inspirare meant originally “to breathe into; to instill something in the heart and mind of someone”.  What would you like to instill in the hearts and minds of your employees?  You want your staff to think thoughts and feel feelings that make them excited about coming to work everyday and doing an excellent job whatever their role. And, like healthy relationships, inspiration doesn’t occur accidentally.

Your people are inspired in a positive and joyful way when you have a worthy cause you choose to facilitate through your business; a legacy you consciously commit to for your community, clients and employees. A worthy purpose makes people happy and energized to show up at work with enthusiasm and determination. A worthy purpose, along with a set of values (behaviors to achieve it) and visions (how to express it), when over-communicated at every opportunity, builds positive momentum.

Getting Results

Improved productivity is an easier next step when your people get along and get and stay inspired by meaningful purpose.  To be more productive, help each of your staff get clear about their specific role in doing their part.  Provide weekly mentoring sessions for every person so each develops their own personal plan for involvement, including their SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Responsible, and Time-Bound) goals. Your leaders become proficient in transferring responsibility effectively and supporting focused results so every that every employee moves from compliance to self-directed commitment.

So… in order to help your people get along, get inspired and get more done, make your human systems priority.  Then…

Get Benchmarking: to measure your levels of trust, alignment, and engagement
Get Training: so your people have adequate human systems skills
Get Mentoring: so everyone is supported in being personally responsible and internally motivated
Get Processes: that lead to consistent and sustained improvement
Get Connected: so communications are clear and your people like and enjoy each other
Get Successful: so you all feel proud
And…Get on the phone and call me. I’m here to help and I have an extensive training series for you!

Why People Hire LifeWork Systems

Business owners, community leaders, and educators hire Lifework Systems because they want the advantages of an extraordinary workplace and recognize a systems approach ensures consistency and sustainability in the transformation process. They know that conscientious employees grow your business and improve your reputation, giving you competitive advantages.

We help organizations instill into every person a common language and toolset for how to participate in a responsibility-based workplace. Visit our website at www.lifeworksystems.com, and click the link at the bottom to complete a culture assessment and schedule your first consult to review a report on your feedback, all at no cost.

You can also contact Judy Ryan at 314.239.4727 or at judy@lifeworksystems.com.

As published in St. Louis Small Business Monthly, October 2013