Technology can help us quickly get to the insights and views of our teams. But, often solutions to our most intractable and difficult issues can be found in the deepest and far flung parts of our organisations.
Leaders need to know what their employees think (about the organisation...not just answers to a traditional engagement survey) and quickly engage them in solutions rather than just surfacing the problem.
Curiosity and vulnerability...... both necessary leadership traits. If you really want a culture of 'collaboration', be careful what you wish for and recognise there is a trade- off! Check out Doctor Mike Carter's Apollo 13 analysis and 'climate' image.
Encourage collaboration In challenging times like these, we need everyone to be pulling in the same direction. Business leaders need to take steps to promote collaboration and create an environment where everybody feels comfortable bringing their ideas and experiences to the table. A focus on collaboration also helps employees to feel more included and drives innovation. When making changes to the business, step out of the C-suite and include people from different levels of the company. This both produces fresh new ideas, as well as fostering the sense that we’re all in this together. More broadly, consider who you invite to meetings, involve in discussions and assign to projects – new participants bring new ideas.