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Husband and Wife Teams

I have worked with a number of husband and wife teams, many of whom have been effective and successful.  But not without some challenges to overcome, due to the complex nature of their ‘multi-faceted’ relationships.

Whether they run their own business(es), or work in the same company, or even the same team, the first hurdle is to separate their work and their home lives.  Really separate them, as in removing any emotional baggage that has taken place at home when they come into work – not easy!

One way to help is to review how our couples are motivated at work, to enable them to have a deeper understanding of what makes each other tick.  Combine this with clear business goals and the right skills and they can be really focussed on business success.  That is providing they can switch off when they leave the office!

For example, one half of a couple, who ran multiple businesses together, as well as separate businesses, decided to set up a new business.  They knew this would take some time to build and ring-fenced the time to enable them to do so.  However, they soon found themselves under financial pressure from their spouse.

When we looked at their motivation profiles it was clear that one was more focussed on money and the other on quality and customer service.  This was clearly causing some conflict, so it was a relief to both to find out the reason behind it.  They were delighted to find that the common ground between their two opposing views was both achievable and very productive for the businesses.  It also enabled them to ‘park’ external factors and really focus on business outcomes.

Of course many teams can find themselves in similar situations to our couples, in fact being in a team can feel like a marriage at times!  Most, if not all, issues can be resolved by understanding what makes each other tick.  Simple, quick and effective!

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May 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

What does your team think of you?

Whenever we run a motivation review for team development we get to hear and see what team members think of their leader – with fascinating results.

We know that staff make plenty of assumptions about their leaders.  After all, leaders see all, hear all, know all, do all…….don’t they?  I mean, a leader would never have a problem with confidence, would they?

So it’s no surprise (to us!) that 99% of teams are unable to identify what motivates their boss.  Perhaps they are too busy looking down to look up.  Those that do look up will see ‘management behaviours’, which imply certain motivators.  However the leader is likely to be using their skills to adapt their behaviours, which may cause some internal conflict with their motivators.

That perception by staff could be very limiting when it comes to communication, collaboration, influencing and even career prospects for each individual.

With a little insight, the team can actually make their boss’s life easier, while enjoying their own roles so much more.  That sounds like a win/win to me……

March 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Banning working from home…

Many large corporations are moving away from the ‘working from home’ concept, with companies like Yahoo banning it altogether.  Unfortunately many employyes will leave their positions in reaction to these new policies.  A one-size-fits-all approach to working hours and conditions is likely to backfire.

Knowing how to motivate your team is vital if you are in pursuit of the greatest productivity.  Dynamic, forward-thinking organisations recognise the value of offering flexible working practices.  They reap the rewards from highly engaged staff who feel motivated and perform their roles to the best of their abilities.  This also lowers staff turnover and thus recruitment and training costs.

Others don’t give the flexibility they could, probably due to poor leadership and management practices and lack of trust.  This leads to some staff feeling de-motivated and under-performing.  Or they might even leave.

However, the ones who will leave first are likely to be some of your best people.  They are confident, competent and are likely to be sought after by your competitors.

The key thing is that some individuals love flexibility, others love being in the office and some like a mixture of both.  So your flexible working policy needs to incorporate the needs of each individual, and what makes them tick.

And your leaders need to be able to get the best from every individual, wherever they work.

Do you understand what makes your people tick, so you can make the most of flexible working in your team?

March 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Understanding motivators helps staff out of a rut

We all know that there’s a strong correlation between motivation and performance.  Recently a leader I was coaching had identified issues with a member of their team, and was trying to find them a role within the organisation that they would enjoy.

The employee had probably been in role for a couple of years longer than was healthy, so by now was very demotivated – the results being variable performance, and consistent mistakes.

The root of the problem was identified when we looked at their motivation profile.  They loved doing new things and solving customer problems, but their role just didn’t lend itself to this.  We discussed the risk of them leaving, but they insisted they wanted to stay at the company, in a different role.

New and exciting roles don’t come along every day, so the action plan here was to really focus on getting the mundane things completed quickly and accurately, to free up time to work on more creative areas.  As well as fulfilling the need for innovation, this approach is far more likely to lead to a new role, as the employee will be getting noticed for the right reasons.

So if you think you can’t get your staff out of a rut, think again.

February 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Take Note?

You might not think that your note-taking affects your performance – it does!

You might not think that your motivators affect your note-taking choices – they do!

Some of the leaders I work with can sit through a whole meeting and not take any notes at all.  In general they are the ones who don’t complete their actions.  So when I am coaching executives they will, at least, note down their actions.

On the other hand, some leaders take notes like they are going out of fashion.  The chances are they have missed something important in that meeting, because they were writing when they should have be listening.  Couple that with the additional time of writing them up or just trying to find the key points and it certainly has an impact.

What does this have to do with your motivators?  Well, some of us have ‘perfectionist’ tendencies, driven by our need for quality and demonstrating our knowledge.  We take notes so that we don’t miss anything – strange, because that’s exactly the probable outcome.  Whereas others are driven by freedom and entrepreneurialism, where note-taking is a job for someone else – with a similar result.

So what can you do to combat your motivators?  And where is the balance between no notes and reams of notes?

– understand the purpose of your notes

If you have to write them up verbatim, either record the meeting or get someone who is not involved in the meeting to take notes.  If they are only for you (to make sure you remember the key points and your actions), just note those down.

– are you really listening?

Whether you take lots of notes or no notes at all, the key thing in meetings is to listen – ACTIVELY.  That means engaging in the discussions to develop your, and others, thoughts and ideas.

– experiment

* draw up an agenda for the meeting, preferably using a mind map with just the key words on it
* actively listen during the meeting, but take NO notes (just try it)
* immediately after the meeting, add the key points and actions to the mind map
* observe the results

Do let me know how you get on.

February 15, 2013 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

Understanding motivators helps leaders to be more effective

Recently, a clear understanding of what motivates a leader helped to drive a simple, effective action plan.

Flat Profile

A flat motivation profile is one where the leader is motivated by most things, pretty much evenly.  They tend to be adaptable and make good general managers.  However, because they enjoy most activities, their challenge is to avoid being distracted.

In a previous coaching session, one such leader answered their phone while we were discussing this feedback!  Not surprisingly, their action plan contained a challenge to reduce their interruptions, in particular not to answer the phone in meetings.  They were asked to observe what happened.

The leader was delighted to tell me they had been able to concentrate on key tasks and deliver quality work much faster.  Brilliant!

Such a simple change, but a real challenge for those people who think they must respond to everyone immediately.  Even harder for those who enjoy the distraction.  But when you see immediate results from a change you are much more likely to stick with it.

Why don’t you try it and let me know the impact it has for you?

 

February 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Collaborative Leadership

I find Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, a fascinating character.  As a gradual (and sceptical) convert to Apple products, from an iPod to an iPhone to a Macbook, it is great to hear the insights of how the company, and particularly it’s leader, operates.

In this shortened version of an interview, Jobs explains how he is a ‘facilitator’, not a manager, and how committees are frowned upon.  What I like is the recognition that to attract and retain key people means accepting that they will often know more than the man at the top.
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September 2, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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