Are you a business owner and can see real growth opportunities for your business? Are you feeling a lack of clarity and confusion as to what this means for you personally? Are you frustrated as to why your team are not fully engaged and committed to grasping these opportunities and appear to be simply focused on delivering their day-to-day workload?
To help move to the next level and overcome these feelings of challenge and confusion, we at Udell Group recommend the following framework and approach:
Step 1 Be very clear as to what is your personal vision, what are your real aspirations, what success and fulfilment looks like for you and whether your values, beliefs and behaviours are truly aligned behind these. If you start from a place of aspiration, desire and intent to identify your vision, it will enable you to make more conscious choices across your whole life.
Step 2 Understanding your role in the business and the key competencies and behaviours that are required to successfully lead your business and maximise your value in your role. This will require you to look at your strengths (and how to play to these strengths) and gaps (and how to close these gaps through your own personal development and coaching or using the skills and competencies of others in or outside of the business).
Step 3 Identify the vision for the business (which is aligned behind your own personal vision and values). When it comes to identifying the vision for the business, whilst it is critical that this is co-created by you and your team together, you will personally need to have already done the thinking and be a step ahead, as this gives you a far better chance of leading your team at your pace and succeeding with the outcomes, impacts and results required. By aligning them behind your vision, ambition and aspirations, will help them to visualise the future of the business, how they fit in, what it means to them and how they can contribute. To be able to achieve this, you will need to understand their own vision, ambition, personal needs and wants. Unless you have a level of alignment across these relationships, you will not have buy-in and this could result in everything taking longer and at worst, strong challenges and resistance in delivering your vision.
Some of the team will quickly be engaged by the vision and be ready to step up and come on the journey with you. Others will want to see and feel more evidence as to what it will take and what it means to them, with a small number of individuals recognising that they may not possess the values, beliefs, behaviours, intent or capabilities to come with you and move to the next level. With a clear framework in place in co-creating the vision and plan, clarity can be gained on who falls into which category. Then in dealing with this will require tough decisions to be made by you and the individual(s) concerned.
Step 4 It is for the reason above that the next step must be for the you and your team to co-create, engage and align behind a framework that identifies the goals, values, strategic challenges, roles and accountabilities, behaviours and ways of working required to achieve the vision. This will help the team, individually and collectively to understand their role, contribution, the value they can add and what it ultimately means for them.
Step 5 To create the environment where the team can be successful in their roles, and maximise their contribution for the benefit of the business, today as well as the transition to the vision, requires a ‘One Team’ approach, where you and the team are operating together as a fully integrated team, performing at the highest level both individually and collectively, engaging stakeholders throughout the business and beyond and co-creating solutions together that are aligned behind the business’s needs. Your role is to lead the team and maintain the thinking, doing and decision-making at a strategic level, whilst holding them to account in delivering their role. Your team’s role is to continue the thinking, doing and decision-making at an operational level, co-creating and executing the strategy of the business.
This approach creates an environment for people to grow and be creative in their own right, for the benefit of clients, colleagues and you as the leader and business owners in delivering your vision.