A few years ago, my organization hired a leader with great industry experience. Tom (not his real name) was bright, professional, and had great insight into some of our most important operational challenges. During the early onboarding process, several of us noticed Tom’s frequent “been there, done that” responses and we began to get concerned.
Too many managers, especially those working in safety complain of being trapped in meeting rooms or behind a desk. When faced with real-world concerns, they communicate policy, statistics and too often, “corporate-speak”, but don’t provide on-the-ground leadership to make change happen.
It’s been quite a week. If you’re like I am, you have re-committed yourself to “no one getting hurt on your watch.” So, the big question is, “How do we sustain this feeling of shared ownership and commitment for safety performance?”
One of my most useful ‘learnings’ of late comes from the book, Reinventing Organization (2104) by Fred LaLoux. The learning is this: to be an effective leader in a successful organization, you must pay attention to 3 energy fields.
What is considered ‘just part of the job’ and what is considered the work of specialists? This is an issue we hear our clients wrestling with over and over again, including how to operate powerfully in this arena. There are many areas that fit this problem and we are going to look at a one which shows up consistently in Construction – housekeeping.
When the results we’ve always gotten equal mediocre performance, what should we do? It’s said that Einstein remarked, “Doing the same thing again and again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Repeating what we have always done will doubtless get us the results we have always gotten.
Often, getting an organization to that next level–the one where you’re not just meeting goals, but surpassing them and moving into almost unimaginable territory–can be tricky. It’s not always obvious how to move beyond business as usual, particularly when business as usual has gotten strong results up to this point.
Here at JMJ, we often talk about the benefits of coaching to the individual, teams and the organisation. Usually, though, little or no consideration is given to what a Coach/Mentor gains from Coaching or Mentoring.