As much as our culture may romanticise the idea of the lone-wolf, humans are social creatures and we have always worked in teams. Teams bring massive value to our work, and are becoming more important and prominent in the contemporary workforce. Aside from the benefit of simply having more people working on the job, teams bring benefits through the mixing of ideas, talent and skills. The discussions that arise from contrasting ideas lead to synergy and better outcomes.
Leading organisations are already seeking to improve diversity in their workforce. Often though, these good intentions are implemented in ways that leave a lot to be desired...
Culture is a collection of beliefs, behaviours, and states of being that are held by a group of people at a particular time. It is often described as “how we do things around here”. It exists on multiple levels, from small groups such as teams or families, through to broader groups such as social classes, national cultures, or pan-national cultures. It is complex, messy, and near impossible to design and create in an orderly way.
That said, culture is integral to the performance and operations of a team, and it can be changed to improve team performance. The key question is ‘how’. Before we get to the how, however, we need to understand the ‘what’ and ‘why’.
Are you clear on where you are heading? Is everyone in your team clear on where you are going? Do you and your team understand why you are doing the work you are doing?
Planning is key to knowing what you have coming up and being able to make informed decisions on how and where you spend your time, energy, and resources. Making sure that you align your work with organisations strategies and missions means your work has purpose; aligning your work with your long-term career and personal goals will help ensure you stay motivated and driven to succeeding in what you do.
We all have the same number of hours in a day, yet some people achieve far more in their 24 hours, than others. Why is that? It’s all down to prioritisation.
What are you prioritising in your life? At work? Is it working for you?
Can you tell the difference between urgent work and important work? Are you spending your time where it is most valuable? Learning to correctly categorise work is an important skill, but one that can be difficult to maintain—even if you have previously been good at it. Successful people will continuously check-in to make sure that they are getting ahead rather than just keeping up.
It’s common for people to brag that they are efficient multi-taskers able to easily complete multiple tasks concurrently in an attempt to seem more productive and efficient. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Here are three key things you should know about how the brain works to ensure you are working at your best.