Envision Success: 3 Tips for Achieving a High Performance Workplace
A few years ago I ran my first half-marathon. Crossing the finish line amidst the cheers from my family was one of the most powerful moments in my life. Thinking back to that day, I’m reminded of how similar creating a High Performance Workplace (HPW) is to training for an athletic event. So how can YOU achieve the peak business performance needed to successfully compete in today’s market?
Tip #1: Envision Success
As Abraham Lincoln once said: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” If your goal is to create an HPW, then your first step is to visualize an environment where employees work in collaborative teams built on open communication, trust, and a sense of a shared mission – to improve outcomes.
Tip #2: Work with a Coach
When I decided to run 13 miles non-stop I asked myself: “What is my current level of fitness and how will I meet my goal for this race?” As a business leader you might ask yourself, “What is our current workplace performance level and how can I meet our desired performance outcomes?”
By thinking of your workplace in terms of athletic performance, it’s easy to see how important a healthy environment is to increased productivity. Just as important is obtaining an outside view of the current situation. The same is true in the workplace.
Tip #3: Follow Knowledge with Action – The Road to Success.
The canyon between knowledge and results is bridged by action. Develop a plan to achieve your goal and stick with it, remembering that change takes time to quantify. Progress was gradual. Remember . . . it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
By obtaining an outside perspective to examine your current workplace performance levels, you might find that assumptions about low morale, high turnover, and declining revenues may differ from reality. At Lighthouse Leadership, we can help you achieve your HPW goals.
PS: Using one of our Business Health Exams is a good place to start. You might be surprised to find out that often times the real hurdles to success aren’t the obvious perceived issues.