Creating a Culture of Innovation and Collaboration
If you want to grow your organization, you must first begin with a strong foundation. Start with a culture that supports innovation and collaboration to drive results. But innovation and collaboration don’t happen overnight.
Where to Begin?
Creating a culture that supports innovation and collaboration begins with employees and managers who develop supportive behaviors. Leaders who reward new thinking and shepherd innovation to implementation will foster the same approach in those around them.
Hopefully, you’ve hired leaders who are more focused on “we” than “me.” You want managers and executives who are focused on the organization’s growth and success, not just their own advancement.
But if your leaders haven’t found the right balance of respecting colleagues and direct reports with valuing the bottom line, it’s not too late to right the course.
Develop Your Leaders
Many companies offer online leadership training courses that promise quick results. But will your leaders develop the necessary people skills when they’re not actually interacting with people?
Communication, listening, and conflict resolution should be practiced in face-to-face interactions. Even better, those skills can be developed while leaders practice situations and conversations from their real-world workplaces — not hypothetical “what-ifs” that might not pertain to the particulars of their specific work situation.
With the right leadership workshop, your leaders come back to work with unique insight into how they can leverage their interpersonal strengths with others.
Take It to the Next Level
A leadership development workshop can benefit both new and experienced leaders. Sometimes, though, leaders need a level of one-on-one attention that can help them transform their own behaviors — and the behaviors of those around them.
An Executive Coach focuses on helping leaders improve their performance. The leader benefits by increasing self-awareness and ensuring that there’s a productive venue to work through dilemmas. The organization benefits by leveraging the leader’s increased effectiveness through collaboration with their peers and direct reports.
When your leaders have the right tools to communicate and collaborate with those around them, the entire organization benefits. Employees whose bosses instill a culture of respect and open communication will find themselves empowered to innovate. That’s good for them — and for your organization’s growth, and ultimate longevity.