Many of the approaches we take to solving problems, do just that. Solve problems. That works, until the next problem comes along. To build long-term results, requires more. Unleashing your team’s potential leads to breakthrough results.
I’ve been intrigued by the unleashing approach described in the new white paper, Unleashing the Future of Work.
This highly collaborative methodology empowers teams to dig deeper for answers– working together to find synergistic solutions.
“The cornerstone of Unleashing™ is emphasizing the journey as an essential change and learning process rather than simply devising and implementing a solution. For it is through this journey that individuals learn and develop their ability to think strategically, collaborate and take action. This approach aims to engage and stimulate people as they go along, creating self-efficacy, empowerment and commitment in the individuals and teams. Its focus is both on the organisation as a whole and on the individuals.”
The research-based unleashing approach, is closely aligned with the philosophical approach we’ve been discussing in our LGL community. For example:
- “Purpose as basis for strategy” vs. “Shareholder value as basis for strategy” (and driving shareholder value in the process)
- “Shared strategic direction” vs. “Strategic planning”
- “Adaptive strategy execution” vs. “Strategy implementation”
- “Learning through action” vs. “Classroom training”
- “Process innovation” vs. “Process optimization”
- “Mentoring, self-directed career development” vs. “Metrics-based performance management”
I asked white paper co-author, Therese Kinal, about the inspiration for their research:
“My co-founders Robert Thong, Corrina Kane and I realized that traditional approaches to Management weren’t working anymore and our industry was doing as much harm as it was good. In many organisations innovation was dead and employees had little or no understanding of their company’s strategy and they certainly didn’t feel personal ownership and excitement about making it happen. Companies had tried to solve this through structural changes, sending their people on leadership development training or hiring innovation firms to do it for them. Consultants were forcing through simplistic solutions to complex problems.”
If you’re looking for creative ways to unleash the powerful potential of your team, it’s worth a read. Share your comments and insights with the LGL community.