The fifth step in Bringing Out the Best in People is “If they are going anywhere near where you want to go, climb on other people’s bandwagon’s.” Many leaders get caught up in what is the “right” way to do things, when in all reality they should be concerned with the end result. I have always been a strong believer in everyone finding their own path to the right answer, and as long as they get there, it doesn’t matter what method they use. When we get too concerned with having everyone get to the answer the same way each time, we lose that creativity that is so important to business.
So how do we do a better job at getting our team to really think creatively? Just like he says above, if they are going anywhere near where you are, jump on their bandwagon and ride it out. Some of the best ideas come from people in the company that we never think to ask. Think back to when you were first hired at your job. Think of the small things that you had to do, and the random ideas you would think of that could make these processes better. These ideas are the things that we in management should be looking for, and definitely should not be discouraging.
I try to have times where team members can directly impact our operations, customer service, procedures, etc. by giving their input. One new way I am going to be doing this is to have an open forum “class” on “going for growth” which is our company focus at this time. By doing this, I am going to draw out the ideas that people have that we have not implemented or heard of. Then after this time I will share these ideas with my managers and we will work towards any and all that we believe are going to be successful in making our company go further in what we do.
Key points to remember:
1. There is often more than one way to the correct answer.
2. Keep the ideas of the people around you in mind, an open mind will take you a long way in getting to new places you didn’t even think of yourself.