Management of people in difficult times. Innovation as motivating factor
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factorRemembering Frank Maguire and considering toBob Nelson, Ph.D.I remember a workshop in Barcelona with Frank Maguire, co-founder of Also is subjected to greater control with a poor communication, no justFedex and motivational speaker, in which emphasized us the importance of support of its leaders and be hoping for assuming more work. It coexists in aalways bear in mind the ROI of the employee. Three pillars on which working environment which reduces their morale, their self-esteem, theirfocuses the trust and involvement of the employee with the company: enjoy motivation, their confidence and its involvement, and where their onlythe recognition, have opportunities and receive information to have motivation is the consolation of thinking that they have a job.prospects for the future. Facing an uncertain panorama, there are many circumstances that asGive future prospects in difficult times becomes something very difficult directors, managers or team leaders we can’t control but if there are otherswhen you have to cope with uncertainty and one is subject to implement that we can impose conditions specifically to provide a positive impact on thebudget cuts, to exercise a strict control of costs and to proceed with workplace of our teams, but we must understand that work as before it willdismissals of personnel. not be possible in the short term.It is an era in which personnel is immersed in the constant negativity Taking the six guidelines that suggests Bob Nelson, Ph.D., in his bookcaused by the economic situation, political decisions, media information, "Keeping up in a down economy“, to retrieve the involvement, motivation,rumors of the sector and the organization. It fears for their jobs, productivity of personnel in difficult times, we propose its applicationprofessional stability, for his future and feels unsafe, with anxiety, fear and incorporating innovation as motivating factor.without ability to cope with circumstances that are presented.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor1. Create a clear and compelling direction.Building with our professional teams corporate vectors of innovationwhere focus ideas and proposals.It is necessary to search and create a focus, a purpose, a reason to move Through this process, we will provide to our teams spaces of open dialogueforward. A vision that gives rise to objectives and clear expectations. and participation, a sense of direction, control, ownership, and membership. We will ensure that each individual works knowing what is needed, knowingFor this purpose, we must to work with our professional teams exploring the way to overcome the difficult times and understanding what is expectedour environment, our competitive context; Defining on what is most of them. It will provide clear, simple and relevant objectives involving allimportant for our organization, what works and what doesnt; Identifying professionals.what knowledge or key assets we have and how we can exploit them;Looking at what trends are present and how affect or may affect us; We must to encourage our teams to think "out of the box", to devise and findContrasting the needs, conflicts and expectations of our customers and not new ways to carry out practices and processes, customer’s relationships,customers; and building corporate innovation vectors, reference guidelines products and services development, that will allow to face the challengeswhere to focus ideas and proposals that give rise to possible innovation and achieve the organization objectives.projects.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor2. Communicate in a direct, open and honest wayUsing innovation as a two-way channel of communication, understanding,dialogue and change.In difficult times the tendency to not communicate or communicate poorly is theusual norm. What just giving rise to speculation and rumors that, although someof them may end up being an example of the potential of creativity andimagination, have a highly destructive and critical nature.Effective communication is one of the most important activities as executives,and more in difficult times.Innovation opens a channel of bidirectional communication, of dialog to collect,draw and face up with open, direct and honest manner the current situation andidentify needs, critical points and challenges to resolve through the involvement,cooperation and the participation of the talent that resides in the professionalteam and around the organization environment.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor3. Involve employees and encourage initiativeA simple message, clear and forceful...”we need your ideas”Communicate better with employees is the first step to motivate them and With a simple message, clear and forceful as... "We need your ideas" ,begin to recover their involvement. The new involvement will be obtained if may open the door for the involvement of employees through innovation.they have the opportunity to express opinions, contribute with ideas and As says Gary Hamel, the guru in Management, “…the best idea does nottake decisions within its responsibility scope. have to come from steering".Creating spaces and times to participate in innovation, where people can Is true that not all employees will participate in the innovation process, andopenly propose ideas about how to do more with less, how to improve the that the success of this process, which will have epidemiologicalexperiences of customers, how to apply new techniques, such as improve character, will depend largely on the positive experiences of the firstcurrent processes or create a new product, and where they can develop entrepreneurs, of those who feel committed, of which sees innovation as aand implement their proposals, encouraging teamwork, interdisciplinary professional opportunity. But working and putting the media so thesecollaboration and co-creation, not only will recover part of their involvement experiences occur, innovation will become an engine of change and aand their commitment but also will enhance the sense of membership and driver to face these difficult times.the capabilities of the organization to incorporate the value of diversity,creativity and entrepreneurship.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor4. Increase employee autonomy, flexibility and support.Incorporating and supporting entrepreneurial talentTough times often emphasize the micro-management, the strict control on In an effective way, if we give people in our teams the opportunity tocosts, tasks and people. Lets say that we apply cutback policies without participate in decision-making and outline ideas on which to work and studycombining them with policies of growth, which has just been causing greater about its potential, its viability, its impact and whether they are interesting, totension and greater discouragement. develop them as innovation projects, with our support, our collaboration and others of the team or organization, we will increase their motivation, theirWe need just the opposite, assign or reassign responsibilities, objectives and confidence and their involvement.projects to the members of our teams and grant them autonomy, flexibilityand our support so that they can carry them. As managers, team leaders or, responsible we must be present, be accessible and take time to listen, support, direct, tutelary, accompany theDaniel H. Pink, lawyer, consultant and political advisor, in his book "Drive. enterprising people and their ideas.The surprising truth about what motivates us“, points out that an importantpart of motivation focuses on the autonomy, individual capacity to have thefreedom to decide how to carry out the objectives assigned, decide with .respect to the task, to the technique, time and equipment; the domain, thedesire to improve or refine something that matters; and in the personalchallenge, goals and causes being pursued.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor5. Continuous focus on the growth and professional development.Innovation as the inspirational source of talent and creativityIt must be borne in mind that in hard times exists the tendency to cut training Innovation acts as inspiring factor, motivating that growth andplans, precisely when innovate and develop the talent is more necessary. professional development. The opportunity and challenge of working in the own professional context and reach to develop something new, newWe must know our team very well and identify who has the interest, capacity and knowledge, new techniques, new experiences, new services throughskills to take on new responsibilities and assignments. We must identify their understanding, observation, exploration and creativity not only motivatesconcerns, ambitions and individual interests and link them to the needs, to the also leads to grow professionally.objectives of the team and to the changing requirements of the organization. We must invest in creativity. It is necessary to develop the talent inWe must encourage the development of their skills and their techniques. Offer creativity and new ways of thinking. Talent and creativity is what we willprofessional development opportunities. Draw along with the members of the have to implement to deal with the current circumstances. Today theteam plans aimed at growth and professional development where the individual differential value resides in the people and creative teams.objectives and goals of your organization converge.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factor6. Recognize and reward high performance.It is in the more complex and more difficult moments when it comes todevote more time to recognize and reward efforts and job well done.Moments in which most feel immersed in uncertainty, with increasedworkload and without recognition.Opportunities for growth and professional development, involvement inproject, a public recognition, publication of papers, participation inconferences and congresses, time to reconcile family and personal life, aresome of reward proposals more appreciated and more effective. Anyinterpersonal and emotional recognition is as or more effective than thefinancial incentives, although one a balanced combination of both is thebest option.Invite to participate in an innovation project or to propose work plans orideas for dealing with the current situation, well can be motivating as signsof recognition.Design recognition and reward plans for the members of our teams thatpropose and develop projects and initiatives that will help grow to ourorganization, to which contribute to innovate.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factorThinking aboutThrough an open and sincere dialogue with the members of ourprofessional team we can facilitate cope with difficult times. Sure that theirinterpretation of the competitive context, their perspective of theorganization, their assessment of our products or services, relationshipsand the needs of our customers, conflicts between areas or the efficiencyof our processes, gives us a different viewing angle that can lead us toimprove important aspects of our activity.Giving them to know the situation and the need to promote innovation as away to face the current times and involving them in a process ofconstruction of a vector of innovation, we would provide them a vision ofdirection and progress. Inviting them to participate in an open movement inwhich as have the chance to make us arrive their ideas and be involved inthe development of their proposals, as contribute with their talent to theprogress of an innovation project, we encourage their autonomy, theirgrowth and professional development.Probably with all this, we would clear up some of their concerns and wewould give them these future prospects. And with the correspondingrecognition of their contributions, we would achieve greater involvement, animportant impetus for the innovation and better results.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factorAbout the authorXavier Baño is cofounder of the innovation firm bhantal, where he works asentrepreneur, consultant and advisor in innovation. Actives processes ofchange and promotes creativity, co-creation and the networking in thedevelopment of organizations, driving innovation as open and participatoryprocess. He has held senior positions in various companies in the field ofstrategy, technology and innovation. He has developed innovation projects indifferent sectors and companies, both public and private.
Management of people in difficult times Innovation as motivating factorAbout bhantalbhantal is an innovation firm. We help organizations to innovate in asustained way for growing.We are a firm of innovation professional services that help to organizations toorganize, ignite and develop their potential and their capabilities to innovate in asustained way. We invigorate and accompany the innovation of services,products, processes and models of business with a clear purpose, to make togrow the results of our customersFind us in www.bhantal.com or contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org
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