7 August 2015

Liberate your conquered heroes. Here’s how.

We are all different but ironically all the same in many ways. Each of us is dealt a different hand in life, but we all face similar questions when it comes to human behavior:

  • What leads us to like one person and dislike another?
  • Why do some people understand what you say and others just don’t get it?
  • How do conflicts and prejudices sometimes develop for “no good reason”?
  • How can we eliminate these situations and be more effective in our day-to-day working life?

Since we’re all social animals, why is it that we can’t get along well all the time? Why don’t things go well, all the time?

Here’s the dichotomy: We’re all different personalities crammed into cultural, business and organization systems that expect us to behave and perform in a roughly similar way. If we don’t, there tends to be consequences.

Take the military for example. Making sure everyone responds in a uniform way to a single command is the best way to achieve an objective, win battles and minimize casualties. The Romans worked that one out years ago and if you didn’t stand up to them in an equally effective way, you tended to end up….well, dead…or conquered.

But what about the modern enterprise?

Thankfully no one loses their lives by not adhering to the norm or the policies and company values. You just get fired.  But how many people become “conquered”, soldier-on regardless (sorry about the pun), do-the-do and take the money, go home feeling unfulfilled, frustrated, even angry.

The trouble is that these can be some of the most effective people in your business, and the outcomes are all negative ones: inertia, under performance, disruptive behavior, passive aggression, conflict, prejudice, disruption…..

We’ve all see it at some point in our careers and you may see this in certain individuals in your leadership teams as you read this.

The journey to liberating these conquered heroes is based on three steps which will achieve more effective performance in themselves and those around them. We call this outcome the psychology of accomplishment:

Step 1: allow them get to know themselves again. Sometimes people do get lost.

Step 2: help them identify what they want to change and what needs to change.

Step 3: encourage them to commit to a small number of achievable personal development goals.

Thomas Green offers an “introduction to you” and the chance for the leaders in your business to really understand themselves and those around them. By showing them the components of the psychology of accomplishment such as self-regard, personal resilience, individual relationship with trust, personal authenticity, and how attitudes are perceived by others, we can help them build personal strategies aimed at promoting personal and business health and well-being. The result is a more engaged, connected and resilient team who are aligned behind a shared vision and doing the things that matter to deliver your company’s goals.

Your people will be empowered to realise their full potential, drive your business to reach its full potential and deliver a sustainable improvement in your bottom line.

The Thomas Green Team

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