To Grow Your Business, Let Your People Think
September 24, 2017
Life is full of statistics. We hear them all the time but very few of them have enough punch to create a reaction.
When I heard that if we keep consuming meat the way we are, we will need two and a half planets to be able to satiate our enormous appetite, I was certainly shocked.
Obesity has doubled since 1980, a number that must be worrying to all of us.
When I heard that more people own cell phones than toilets, I did scratch my head a little.
Many of these kind of statistics are an indication of the struggles that we have in society today and although we can change our behaviour to influence them, we often feel as if they are almost beyond our influence.
This week I heard from business Psychologist Tony Crabbe that ‘30% of knowledge workers do not think at work’. At all. And ’58% did less than 30 minutes.’ It blew me away. However, luckily, this is one global trend I can do something about.
Not thinking at all sounds like a terrible waste of life to me. A third of our days on this planet are work days and if we are just showing up, going through the motions and not adding our own unique value to the work that we do, it's a travesty.
I can't imagine that people don't actually think at all at work but it saddens me that they don't believe they do. Passively answering emails, being trapped in routines and doing the same stuff day in day out most certainly numbs the mind and does anything but fill the soul and fuel a creative innovative working environment.
Every one of us on this planet has something unique and special to bring to play and it is business leaders responsibility to tap into that so their genius can be felt.
To do so we must make people feel as if they can truly be themselves, self-express, experiment and get things wrong, whilst learning and consequently making things better.
They should also have bloody good fun whilst doing it.
The days where leaders needed to sweat their assets by making their teams homogenised in order to rate their outputs are over.
We are not battery hens. We are human beings with our own passions and dreams, fallibilities and brilliance. Let’s use that to our best advantage.
A confident leader can answer the question of ‘what's needed here?’ with every individual and flex accordingly. One size does not fit all.
When we tap into our people's hearts, their minds will follow. Inspire them so they understand how they can add most value whilst loving every minute. The future will never be the same.
Help your people fly. Your business will fly too.
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