As we continue to provide a culture of constant learning, growth and personal development, people feel even more positive about their future. The desire to grow and develop is an intrinsic part of being human, and applies to many parts of our lives. Growth is one of our six core needs and will be met in some way or another.
To maintain engagement with our people it is therefore imperative that we ensure they are planted in a fertile soil that produces growth, and that we continually nurture and water their seeds with new opportunity.
It is sometimes difficult for a leader to accurately predict when an opportunity is needed to keep a team member fully engaged. The best way to facilitate this is to have a win-win scenario where the team member is in the drivers’ seat, openly communicating to you their individual needs. This must happen on an ongoing basis and not be left until they have already started to disengage. Every organisation needs to foster in it’s people a proactive approach to the concept of “opportunity needs assessment” so that early indications can be acted on in good time. Often taking on a new opportunity will require some preparation on the team members part. It may involve further education, mindset shifts and behavioural change. The earlier the need for opportunity is identified, the better you can work together to meet the need in your organisation. Recruiting from within will help to reinforce this culture.
In developing people, focus more on enhancing their strengths, rather than concentrating on weaknesses. Do some team analysis to see if everyone is in the right position to use their best attributes. Sometimes opportunity can come from a sideways direction, not always by promotion.
What if you train people and they leave? Well, what if you don’t train your people and they stay? Even if you train people and they use it to find outside opportunities they will leave on favourable terms and word of mouth will create an attraction to your business of people who value opportunity. They may even become your newest client, or return to you in the future.
The bottom line is that you can keep developing your people or develop increased people turnover – the choice is yours!
Have a great week, creating opportunities. You deserve it!
The People Builder