A compelling vision. An inspired team. Abounding success!
As leaders - CxOs for multinational firms, department heads and project leaders - we all aspire to team greatness. We define what team success means, and we deploy all of the imagination, skill, knowledge, resources and sometimes yes - luck, available to us to achieve our stated mission.
But the challenges are many and the complexities faced by leadership can be overwhelming; disrupted industries, competing priorities, ever-changing rules and regulations, revised accountabilities and a shifting technology landscape to be leveraged.
The people challenges can be even more daunting. A team must not only understand the "big picture" vision, but also be inspired by that vision and understand how they contribute to its realization. They must not only be skilled in their roles, but resilient to change that inevitably impacts "the plan." Cultural alignment is key, while respecting the importance of diversity and inclusion. They must feel motivated, valued and rewarded. Ever-increasingly, many employees emphasize the importance of the team's mission aligning with their personal value system and life purpose.
- "The organization (company, department, project team) has a vision, mission statement, goals and values, but they don't seem to translate to the individual contributor level; they don't understand how their role supports the aspirations of the larger enterprise."
- "Our company is in a constant state of flux and change. Our people are highly resistant to change - no emotional resilience whatsoever!"
- "People are stressed, and we see all of the hallmark signs; disengagement, absenteeism, employee turnover, quality of work suffering, project failures, EAP support, etc."
- "Our customers are rarely happy, and are very high maintenance."
- "We have good managers, but not inspiring leaders. They fail to really connect with their teams on an emotional level."
- "Our organization is diverse along several different dimensions - age, culture, nationality, sex, religion, value systems, geography, etc. It seems impossible to establish a truly integrated team and effectively align such a diverse group to achieve a common goal."
- "No one trusts anyone..."
Efficacy can be defined as simply the ability to produce a desired or intended result. If any of the real life challenges cited above ring true for your team, chances are that you are not fully optimizing the efficacy and effectiveness of your organization!
We begin with a candid assessment of your organization through the use of interviews, surveys and document inspection. The preliminary assessment results are usually completed within a week or two depending on team size and scope. The results are presented along with a proposal for remediation including a prioritized plan of action. The approach can best be described as "agile-like", with an eye towards realizing speedy improvements, supported by sustainable actions.
The YWP Workplace Solutions approach to organizational efficiency/efficacy, which supports HR's broader mission, is customizable to the unique needs of the client organization. It focuses upon the following eight key dimensions:
- Leadership Effectiveness: Helping leaders to consciously connect with their team and inspire exceptional results through mindful leadership principles.
- Mission Alignment: Establishing an inspiring mission for the team, and driving individual actions that align to that mission.
- Change Resilience: Improving the individual's ability to deal with change, as well as effective organizational change management approaches for leadership.
- Communication Effectiveness: Improving the approach, method and quality of communication at all levels within the organization and with customers.
- Stress Mitigation: Offering approaches based in business leading practices and evidence-based psychology to better equip the enterprise and individuals for managing stress.
- Trust Establishment: Creating a culture of trust through specific behaviors and actions as a foundation for team cohesion.
- Cultural Alignment: Dealing with individual differences in the workplace, and effectively leveraging those differences to create a stronger team.
- Skill Competence: Improving the individual and collective skill of the team to deliver results through a job/skills competency model and skill development plans.
The eight dimensions are supported through YWP Workplace Solutions education, program/policy establishment and individual/group coaching.
Help us to understand your unique organizational challenges, and explore with us the possibilities!