There is plenty of research out there that tells us that the 1900’s command and control approach to management just doesn’t work in the modern world where change is constant and people want answers and results now.
If we are going to get true employee engagement and high performance with today’s and future generations, we need to fundamentally change the management model to one based on leadership and values-based behaviours that deliver trust and inspiration rather than just process control and risk management which really only deliver compliance. This is what study after study tells us.
It means business leaders need to change gears and in doing so reimagine their business culture and language from:
- human resources to human beings
- risk control to trust
- process control to relationship optimisation
- management to leadership
- tasks to behaviours
- outputs to outcomes
- compliance to engagement
- command to inspiration
- structure to flexibility
- reactive to resilient
It is a big adjustment and it is easy to fall back into the traditional management norm that has been drummed into us for all those years.
That is why it is so important to have a clear vision about where you are going and clear values and behaviours that say how you are going to go about doing that and then holding everyone accountable for modelling those every day, most importantly yourself.
Be prepared to challenge and be challenged, listen to what your people have to say and learn from that. It is amazing what a difference it can make to performance, engagement, innovation and wellbeing.
Ready to change gears?