Building Your Business? Build Your People
By Catherine Palin-Brinkworth
What an exciting thing to do - develop a successful business! For me,
it's about alchemy - that amazing and mysterious process of creating
something wonderfully valuable out of bits and pieces. It reads like a
recipe book, really. Take one good idea, add heaps of energy and hard
work, gradually mix in well thought-out systems and strategies, and turn
it out through a set of highly effective people.
Sound familiar to you? It is to me. I've been part of the building and
developing of at least four dynamic, successful enterprises, both as an
employee back in my corporate days, and most recently in my own business.
We're in a tremendous stage of growth and development right now at my
company, Progress Productions, and I'm reminded every day of some of the
most important Principles for Progress that I share with my clients and
continually reinforce for myself.
Here are five principals that can make a significant difference:
1. People will always perform for their reasons, not yours.
If I want my team to go and grow with me, I need to find out continually
what excites them. What are their personal drivers and inhibitors? What
are their psychological needs around their work environment? What are
their fears and concerns, and how can I help them manage them? What are
their values and goals, and how can I ensure they are in alignment with
mine? It is important to remember that all your strategic planning, your
goals and your objectives will be useless if you need other people to help
you make them happen and those people don't have the same level of
commitment to them as you.
2. People can only perform up to the level of belief they have in
This was a major discovery for me. I also discovered for myself, during my
early years in management, the tremendous power of the "Pygmalion
Effect" - people largely live up to my expectation of them. So I've
learned that if I want to build my business through my people, I have to
build their own belief in their capacity to achieve. This belief must be
nurtured, not to the point of any delusion about current performance, but
with a real conviction about potential. If I want to lift their
achievement, I must help them lift their self-belief first.
3. People want floors, flexible walls and no ceilings.
While we are growing, we usually want a level of security beneath us, a
floor or a foundation. Keep your people informed of your plans and your
activities, so they know where they stand. Allow them flexibility of
operation, within specified measurable frameworks, and let them know the
sky is the limit, for achievement, for recognition and for reward.
4. People treasure recognition and need to own responsibility for
Everywhere I speak and consult, people tell me they don't get enough
recognition. Sad, isn't it? I usually ask them how much recognition they
give. They look at me as if I'm crazy, but a good culture of recognition
is carefully and deliberately developed, with praise and appreciation
shown both up and down, and sideways, in a team. Find fun ways to
encourage everyone in your team to recognise achievement in others, but be
careful to keep it genuine, spontaneous and both individual and team
based. Teach your team to ask for feedback if they're not receiving
recognition the way they want it, and teach them they own the
responsibility for earning it, too.
5. All people are creative.
Each one of us has created our life just the way we choose to have it, or
at least the way we've settled for it. Those of us who have been told we
are creative (the "Pygmalion Effect") will probably use our
creativity courageously. Others who haven't had their creativity
encouraged will mostly believe they are uncreative. I suggest you
encourage your people to be positively creative and innovative.
Building a business is hugely rewarding, and building your people is
equally rewarding. Seeing your people develop as a result of your
encouragement, mentoring and management is a great joy!
About the author: Catherine Palin-Brinkworth is
an international presenter, consultant and author on business and personal
success strategies. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Ecology and is a
Certified NLP Practitioner.
A powerful, inspirational presenter with practical and
proven success skills and strategies, Catherine is in constant demand as a
keynote speaker. Her web site is www.catherinepalinbrinkworth.com
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