Friday, 26 February 2010

The Hottest Coal on the Fire!

There is a great deal of discussion in Organisations at the moment about how much politics people need to navigate, and the consequences are very Interesting. The follow on discussion is normally about how many Silos there are and how great it would be if there wasn't any Silo thinking or politics. The truth is, that's not the Issue. The real Issue is the lack of understanding about Inter-depandancy. If it was your company, I guess the priority would be to get everyone working together, so the Eureka moment is that if we get our heads around being Inside the tent looking out rather than on the outside looking in, we have a much better chance of success. There are too many people who are really great at what they do, they are really hot. In fact they are the hottest coal on the fire! But the people who are the most effective have the foresight and capability to bring people with them, getting buy in,influencing and understanding the Importance of Inter-Dependancy. After all, they may be the hottest coal on the fire, but sometimes the hottest coal, rolls off and smoulders out on its own rather than igniting the others. Are you Hot or Smouldering ?

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

We Evolve while they Dissolve

People develop over time, like a muscle the more experience they have the better they become, as they add knowledge and learn what works and what doesn't work. I think you will agree that we are better and more capable at what we do now, than we were five years ago.
If you are with me so far, then you would also agree if you put a bunch of these people together, like minded people who have developed or evolved, that it would create a power to be reckoned with ?
The collective wisdom and experience of people in Organisations should lead to accelerated learning and progress.
Still with me ?
Now think of a Company that springs to mind that is harnessing this power that is moving in the same direction as the evolution of the sum of its people.
They are few and far between, and they do exist, but most organisations are either staying level or sometimes going backwards.
The key difference between Organisations Evolving or Dissolving is that they create the environment to understand that they hired smart people who collectively can make a difference and contribute to multiplying success, use this as a catalyst and are mainly externally focussed.
Are you harnessing what you have access to ?