Don’t Let them Jump Ship!

It’s the good swimmers who are most likely to jump ship, and this holds true in the workplace. With the New Year upon us, everyone is thinking about their goals for 2012. How are you going to develop your talent this year, and keep the best swimmers from doing the backstroke into the sunset?

Here are four solutions and resources to help you succeed with each one:

Make your workplace great.

Some basic, but often overlooked qualities have the potential to make good, or even lousy, workplaces into great ones. For example, how do you typically set the stage for new ideas and innovation in your organization? Do employees have confidence in their managers and leaders? If not, how can you shift their perception? Research proves that organizations which are considered “great places to work” are also more profitable than other companies, so learning to make your workplace great should be a priority for you and the other leaders in your organization.

Learn about the impact of personalities and behavioral traits.

We all react to the world with particular behavioral habits and motivators. Awareness of these gives us the understanding to take our own lives and careers to the next level, but even more importantly, it helps us understand our team members, and gives them the tools they need to understand and work more effectively with each other. If you don’t leverage knowledge of behavioral styles in your organization yet, consider it an untapped resource that could result in higher functioning teams.

Inspire courage by modeling courageous behavior.

Courageous leadership expert, Bill Treasurer, refers to courage as the “umbrella concept.” In his own words, “To be a leader requires rendering bold decisions that some people will disagree with. Leadership takes courage. To be an innovator requires ground-breaking but tradition-defying ideas. Innovation requires courage. To be a great sales person you have to knock on hundreds of doors over and over in the face of rejection. Sales requires courage. If you get the courage right at the outset, so many other things become effortless .” 

Dedicate yourself to being a courageous leader in the New Year, and you’ll find that your employees will start to develop their own authentic, courageous voices. The result? More productivity, increased effectiveness and the fortitude to let go of worn out processes that waste organizational resources.

Build accountability into your culture.

This may sound like it only speaks to managerial objectives, but the truth is that a culture of accountability serves the employees just as much, or even more. With accountability in place, you have a vehicle for personal rewards and recognition. 2012 is the year to show those Olympic swimmers on your team why they will want to pull even harder for your organization. Consider accountability the antidote to a workplace of disengaged employees.

 Make sure your employees have the resources they need by investing in a vibrant, diverse, and strong organizational culture.  With all hands on deck and wind in your sails, you’ll be more than ready to conquer new horizons in 2012.

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