At a recent talk, an attendee asked if I had noticed a shift in the consciousness of people around the world. And the answer I gave was, yes. As democracy flourishes, millions of people are demanding their voices be heard, not just in how nations are governed, but also in how the organizations are led and run.
More than ever before people are looking for accountability, equality, fairness, freedom, openness, transparency, and trust.
Is this a good thing? I believe it is if you truly would like to see a better world.
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It all starts with building better organizations, who have a purpose to add value to society. Did you know, the most successful organizations in the world are values-driven? How can this be you ask? When you seek to understand employee’s needs, and make an effort to fulfil those needs, employees respond by becoming more engaged, and bring creativity and commitment into work.
How many times have I heard leaders asking for higher engagement, creativity and commitment? Almost very organization is looking for these. They have become the new buzzwords.
So the next question I often get during my talks is: “How do I meet all of my employee needs? They have so many it seems. My response is quite simple:
We all have the same basic human needs, which everyone wants to experience in life and at work.
Respect, Integrity, Loyalty, Fairness, and Trust.
Who does not wish to experience these? In fact, it’s when we don’t that trouble happens.
We all want to feel accepted for who we are, our values and behaviours. The challenge is we do not all have the same beliefs or expected behaviours that define these values. Hence, the need for dialogue and accepting our differences. This is a biggie, accepting our differences.
More often than not, we judge each other and expect others to be just like us. However, if we can accept people for who they are, and make an effort to share our values, what makes them important to us, and the kind of behaviours we’d like to experience, an amazing transformation can happen.
When people talk about their values, they connect on the heart level. It creates a deep connection, sense of belongingness and trust. Give it a try by taking your own Personal Values Assessment and share the results with your family, friends and team. Here is a teambuilding exercise to use in working with your values.
Creating a better world happens through the ABCs of High Performance. Start with AWARENESS of employees' needs through a Cultural Values Assessment. Create a sense of BELONGINGNESS by building trust in sharing your values. And COMMIT as an organization to an inspiring vision.
With love from Singapore.