As a CEO you want your organisation to line up behind your vision for success, to work with you to use their skills and abilities to deliver on the strategy, secure the business objectives you’ve set out to reward your shareholders and deliver great outcomes for your people and your customers.
But, there will always be people in your organisation who have a different perspective, who think there is a better way and who may challenge your plan.
Whilst this can be frustrating, it can also be solid gold. Too often in business, people are apathetic to the wider vision. Their focus is on activity and work on the equation that busy=productive. Having people pay attention to you, even if it’s just to criticise you is half of the battle and it’s easier to influence people who are paying attention than those ignoring you.
But, how do you move those critical of your plan to be supporters?
Probably the easiest way is to realise that within your organisation there are separate realities. Some based upon who you are and what you represent, both positive and negative; some based on fear, anxiety or what the person has believed about themselves or the people they work with. This is all quite normal.
Knowing that this is normal and that your security is not based on controlling everyone’s reality is liberating. But, of course, to move your organisation forward you need a critical mass, in fact Prof. John Kotter believes you need most of your executives behind you and c.75% of your line managers.
Achieving this is a result of continuing to point in the direction you want to travel, as well as creating greater opportunities for insight and wisdom amongst these communities about where their experience is coming from. Clue: It’s not coming from anywhere other than the principle of thought.
If you’d like to explore more about how you can help your organisation get greater clarity and find greater wisdom for each moment, let’s talk. You can book a complimentary conversation at www.mattgoddard.as.me.