Guest post by Richard Maloney
A strong culture is critical for the success of all teams. It’s always been a key focus for sporting teams, both elite and amateur, and yet when it comes to business, 70% of the Australian workforce is currently disengaged.
In sport we see passion, purpose, shared vision, spirit and unity. It’s infectious! People usually play for the love of the game and the love of their team – rarely just for the money. On the other hand, most disengaged employees would change employers right now for as little as a 5% pay increase!
So what are we missing?
While all businesses aspire to ignite similar levels of enthusiasm and dedication in their people, this has always been a challenge in the business world, until now!
Having started out by helping 39 sporting teams to grand finals, with 24 going on to win premierships, it’s become abundantly clear to me that there are striking similarities and common links between their success, and the success of high performing businesses.
In sport and in business, the number one key to a team’s success (or failure) is its people. And what’s the number one key to the success of your people? Engagement. While most forward thinking organisations now appreciate the importance of investing in engagement strategies, they must also take the necessary steps to foster a winning culture.
Strong culture and engagement go hand in hand, and are integral to each other’s survival.
A quality culture can be defined as one united group with the same positive mindset owning and working towards the same winning vision. Many organisations believe that strong leadership, and an exclusive focus on the development of their leaders is the key to a winning culture. They are mistaken. It is the people and their contribution that will make or break your business.
Organisations live and die by the people they employ – no matter what industry. Without actively engaged people, the leadership message will be diluted. They won’t really care! At the centre of the most successful teams is the strategic empowerment and development of all team members, ensuring a clear pipeline to leadership and engagement.
In sport, the best teams know that success relies heavily on the contribution of everyone in the playing group. The trust and camaraderie within the team keeps them aligned and on track, and all players have the necessary skills and know-how to be accountable, support their team, and embrace any level of pressure.
While business would benefit from adopting this sporting methodology, many attempt to do so with limited or short-lived success. Many of us understand the power of this line of attack; in theory it’s great! It’s the adaptation and implementation that businesses struggle with.
So how do you get there – and quickly?
Start by putting the right system and strategies in place to ensure massive, rapid and sustainable change. This can be best achieved via the introduction ofa structured in-house collective engagement and unity strategy.
It should be action-based, be run in-house and include everyone in the team or business. Everyone needs a voice, and everyone needs to be held accountable.
Key Program Requirements:
- Schedule weekly group discussions aimed at creating new habits and growing both the individual and the organisation as a whole.
- Three month duration with set individual and team accountabilities, and an end goal focus.
- A proven system to uncover all participants’ neurological motivational touch points, as we all have different motivational drivers.
For an organisation to accelerate forward, ahead of their competitors, engagement must come first, naturally flowing in to leadership development and a power culture. 90% of today’s business leaders think an engagement strategy has a positive effect on commercial success, yet only 25% of them have a game plan!
In today’s competitive world, your people are your power. Old school business strategies and ‘knowledge dumping’ training programs are no longer sufficient when it comes to employee activation. The game has changed. Have you changed your game to keep up?
Richard Maloney is the Author of The Minds of Winning Teams – Creating Team Success through Engagement & Culture. Richard specialises in the development of high performance teams, individuals and organisations. He currently leads a team of engagement specialist coaches as CEO of Engage & Grow.