What does living your business values really mean?
Have you ever heard the phrase "our values are more than just words on a wall" and felt a little bit suspicious? In this video, I explore this phrase, focusing on the value of collaboration as an example. According to a recent MIT Sloan Review, collaboration is the 2nd most common business value. So what does living the value of collaboration look like in practice? Video with Viren Thakrar, Co-Founder In The Game and Creator of Quinks It turns out that living our business values is not that easy to do. I also share some practical tips about how businesses can buck the trend, and start to better live their values: 🧪 conduct a values litmus test 🎭 infuse more personality into your values 📏 systematically update your people practices to better align with your values
Why don't people come up with more ideas?
As a business leader, you may think "I've got really good, talented, capable people, but whenever I ask for new ideas I don't get back very much". Why is this the case? In this video I go through a simple scenario which helps get to the cause of why this happens: "Imagine one of your team members, someone on the frontline, has come up with an idea to improve one of your business practices or processes. Let's say this idea would cost your business a couple of thousand dollars to put in place. Now, what happens from the moment that person has come up with that idea before it can be put into action? " Also, find out how to flip the script and stop this from being a problem. Video with Viren Thakrar, Co-Founder In The Game and Creator of Quinks
Bring your values to life with stories
How do you bring your values to life in a way that's not boring or dull? One way is to frequently capture and share the great stories that are happening in your business right now. Shared values which are lived by everyone are an essential way to shape your culture. But values are pointless if people can't remember them or if they don't know what they look like. In this video, I share a simple technique you can use in team meetings to capture and share stories about your values. The bonus, this technique is also a great way to provide more recognition to your team members. Video with Viren Thakrar, Co-Founder In The Game and Creator of Quinks
Why forcing people back to the office isn't the answer
Many businesses are grappling with the question "should we force people back to the office?" Forcing people back in the office is a pretty bad idea (in most cases). People have had a taste of the benefits of flexibility and aren't keen to come back to the office permanently. Most surveys indicate people want a blend. The risk of forcing people back is that it demotivates them (not great for performance) or your people will have an eye on the exit for somewhere that gives them the flexibility they've tasted. One of the biggest concerns businesses seem to have is the difficulty in "seeing" or "managing" performance remotely. Here are two considerations that might help: Create a clear sense of alignment together with your people. Look at creating alignment against the long-term (vision and strategy), mid-term (team goals) and short-term (actions) Establish a good coaching rhythm in your business. A series of regular, informal, structured conversations your people leaders have with every one of their team members. These conversations are perfect to create connection, keep aligned and provide space for two-way feedback conversations. To create a winning culture, we need to enable autonomy (and choice) within a clear framework. Forcing people back to the office doesn't do this. Video with Viren Thakrar, Co-Founder In The Game and Creator of Quinks
How to boost retention in your business by looking laterally at career development
People crave career development. And if they don't get it? They tend to leave. Looking beyond vertical progression is a great way to increase the career development you can provide someone. One of the best tricks a business can tap into is moving people around internally. This can be more permanent in nature, like switching roles into another team/function, all the way through to smaller commitments, say a couple of hours per week in a different team. The benefits of doing this are not just limited to increased retention. By moving people around internally, you will also: ⭐ Reduce the impact of silos by creating stronger interconnections through your business ⭐ Foster better ideas and fresher thinking by increasing diversity of thought within teams Video with Viren Thakrar, Co-Founder In The Game and Creator of Quinks
The 3Ps of Career Development
Every person in your business has different career development wants and needs. As such, it's helpful to look more broadly at the career development options you provide your people. This will not only mean you better retain your people but it supports you to build the skills you need for the future. In this video, you'll find out more about the 3Ps, that explore career development for: ⭐ Performance ⭐ Potential ⭐ the (Whole of) Person What type of development is most attractive to you? What are some of the neat ways you've bought the 3Ps to life? Video with Viren Thakrar, Co-Founder In The Game and Creator of Quinks