People: The Mark of a Successful Organization
There is no room for ambivalence by leaders when it comes to developing intentional strategies for success in an organization. Like a ship charting its destination for a sea voyage. The course must be intentionally protracted on a map using latitude and longitude. Failure to do so may result in the ship becoming adrift, shipwrecked, or worst buried at sea.
Success is a noble and genuine desire by leaders and employees for their organization. Most people want to be associated and work with an organization that is successful. This explains the many hours and energy expended by leaders within meeting rooms and board rooms.
But talking about the desire for success and taking action to position an organization for success is two different behaviors. Success requires action, just like a ship departing for its voyage.
So what makes an organization have the mark of success? It is really simple, look at leaders and the employees. Just like the captain and crew on a ship, success is found within the PEOPLE. People will drive and deliver success and will be the ones to sustain it. This includes ALL employees regardless of roles or responsibilities. This is why people, are the most valuable assets an organization possess.
When looking for success in an organization, make connections to the people. PEOPLE will determine the mark of a successful organization.
Three things people provide for an organization:
People bring diversity in experiences, perspectives, thoughts, and mental intellect. This creativity can provide multiple solutions to problem and stimulate innovation that can keep an organization on the cutting edge.
The face of the organization and its reputation is channeled through the people that work there. Character labels an organization. Characteristics of caring, service, smiling, positive attitude, trust,empathy, are only a few words that could describe the organization character.
People will create the culture in which the organization functions. Leaders create infrastructure to position an organization for a certain type of culture, but the people will be the ones in the end that will define what the culture of the organization will be. Positive thriving cultures are people lead as well as negative ones.
Who is on your team? Are you appreciating their diversity, feeding their creativity, cultivating their character, and modeling the culture you want to have?