People with high self-awareness are 36% more likely to make good decisions, and 30% more likely to manage conflict well.
On the flip side, working with people who have low self-awareness and consistently over-rate themselves cut your chances of success in half.
A key contributing factor to low self-awareness is Confirmation Bias. It damages team performance, stifles innovation and has a negative impact on the ability to adapt to change. The good news: you can do something about it.
Take a look at this 2-minute video to learn more about how to strengthen self-awareness and guard against confirmation bias.
Authentic engagement is a hot term right now, but too often our workplace interactions aren’t authentic or engaging. Real inclusive, participatory environments require more than conducting a survey and checking a box.
The art and science of engaging people is both deep and wide: social movements, human-centered design, complex systems, collective impact, organizational psychology, cognitive behavior, participatory methods, and the list goes on.
But you don’t have to be a scientist to start engaging. Here are five steps that you can start taking today to more truly engage, solve problems, innovate and change.
Nurture a participatory environment, where everyone has an equal voice with time to share and be heard. This isn’t always easy – you may need a facilitator to ensure objectivity and fairness.
Rally the group around a shared vision or common goal that they can all get behind. This can be improving a process, creating a better environment or reaching a financial target.
Support whole group ownership in the initiative vs. a traditional hierarchical structure. Be clear about the parameters: What are the givens? Where can the group have an impact? Within the parameters, let group ownership occur naturally. This empowerment will spur energy, creativity and accountability.
Ensure regular opportunities to openly discuss updates, issues and changes. When people disagree with each other, ask them to model the respectful curiosity they’d like to experience.
Acknowledge progress and celebrate learning along the way. This is a crucial element of bonding!
Moving toward a more engaged, genuinely participatory environment can happen more quickly than you think. And the rewards are plentiful.
Let us know if we can help you move towards real engagement.
I'm excited to partner my consultancy with HueLife, a human capital firm that helps organizations, teams and communities engage, collaborate, innovate and change for the greater good.
Hue stands for human understanding and engagement, essential elements for high-performing environments... and yet these can elude even the best of us during times of change, uncertainty and conflict.
At HueLife, our certified facilitators, trainers and consultants use a blend of contemporary and time-tested participatory methods, organizational psychology, story-telling and emotional awareness techniques to tap into group wisdom, from small teams to entire organizations.
HueLife services include:
Please let me know if we can help you or someone you know! I'd love to see how we might work together... or just catch up!
A few years ago, I started developing my own approach to help organizations tackle a myriad of challenges with four common elements: communication, content, culture and change.
I was driven by frustration with both old and new methods that were too rigid or overly complex, and often significantly underplayed the human element.
Plus many methods contain faulty, disingenuous assumptions. I know because I'm guilty of using them. For example, asking people to participate in "buy-in" sessions, where choice and input really aren't options.
In researching anthropological, psychological, OD and behavioral approaches, I discovered participatory methods. These are not new, but for me, they opened up the world in a magical way.
At the risk of sounding like a person in love: participatory methods are what the world needs. With endless applications, they help people:
Even better, the methods are relatively easy to learn and use. (Why didn't I hear about these in grade school or college or therapy?) And these methods easily integrate and enhance other programs, such as Baldridge, NPS, Agile, PMI, etc.
I learned the methods by taking the ToP Facilitation courses now provided by HueLife. I've been in the ToP Facilitation Mastery program for the past year, and I'm still amazed at what a difference these methods make for individuals, teams and organizations. And my clients are too.
It's mid-January already! Do you have goals related to:
Custom, professionally facilitated workshops deliver faster, better, longer-lasting results, and:
To get a quick, custom proposal, just tell me about your specific goals and challenges via email or submit this form. I look forward to hearing from you!
Great strategic planning determines direction, priorities, goals and measures, but Bain & Associates found that only 1 in 3 executives believe their process delivers a strong strategy.
That is not acceptable.
Here are practical process tips to ensure that your team develops a strategic plan that works: free 9 Steps to Great Strategic Planning.
And remember: "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." Sun Tzu
A well-traveled guide in a diverse array of organizational cultures, Emily Porter has a distinct POV marked by large doses of realism, empathy and outright humor. She has lived and worked in DC, NYC, Boston, Richmond (VA) and now Minneapolis.