What drives you? What drives your organization, business, or team? Sometimes it’s worth a few minutes to look at what others have found to be drivers. The very best learn from others. They copy the good things and avoid the mistakes.
Are the right drivers at work in your business or team? Do you need to make adjustments? Most will find that they need to do some adjusting. Read on and decide what you can and can’t use to adjust the drivers in your business?
Researchers, recently, contended that there were more than 100 drivers of performance. Ten were performance generators and 90 were performance blockers. The ten Performance Generators in their study were:
- Corporate Decisiveness
- Acknowledgment of Work
- Vision Communicated
- Corporate Assertiveness
- Profit Orientation
- Personal Accountability
- Tolerance for Risk
- Customer Orientation
I will let you imagine what all 90 “Blockers” of Performance were. Some stand out, however, because they tend to emerge over time in almost every group.
- Fear of conflict (The Abilene Paradox)
- Lack of trust (The toughest issue for small business?)
- Dissonance within management – (leaders can’t afford to grumble!)
- Tolerance of incompetence – (but he is such a nice guy)
- Bureaucracy – (BTTWWADI – Because that’s they way we’ve always done it.)
What Performance Blockers are standing in your team’s way? Comment, please. If you honestly identify them you can rid yourself of them or, at least, mitigate them. Most important about this study is that you, the leader at any level, can make a few changes to the drivers and your team’s performance will get a lot better.
Focus on strengths, the drivers, not the blockers. Work on making your positive performance drivers even better. Doing that will gain more for you and the team than wasting your energy trying to overcome the performance blockers or weaknesses. Do well and the weaknesses will be overlooked.
It doesn’t take much to set the direction. Keeping the team on course requires constant attention. As a business owner-friend told me just yesterday, “people don’t leave organizations, they leave bad leaders.” Agree?
Let’s hear from you via comment, email, or phone 703-395-6409.