It surprises me how often the answer to that question is, “Hell No!” Every day I talk to people who are unmotivated, dissatisfied and unfulfilled.
We get it…you’re tired. Trying to keep all those balls in the air is simply exhausting. Getting products to market is complicated by challenges with few single causes or simple solutions. A steady stream of new technologies creates big changes every day. You work across unfamiliar cultures and inconvenient time zones. And, if that weren’t enough, volatile economic conditions have made predicting the future nearly impossible.
You juggle demands from customers, bosses, peers, direct reports, and others who often don’t agree with each other or have the patience to wait. With all of the distractions and priorities, it’s difficult to get your most important work accomplished. You work too much, yet you still don’t have enough time for creative thinking and innovation. And, you don’t feel appreciated, which makes sense because what you do doesn’t seem to make much of a difference anyway. Sometimes, you may be thankful that you just survived another week.
To push ahead, businesses implement co-creation, robotics, CRM, outsourcing, real-time reporting and virtual workplaces – tactics that are designed to make work easier but actually make life more complicated. Hierarchical or matrix reporting structures hamper innovation, teamwork, accountability and results.
And despite an abundance of training programs designed to get “millennials” to be “thought leaders” and “synergize” their “it factors” to drive “engagement,” buzzword programs have only created more complexity and more work. No wonder you’re more stretched and stressed than ever before.
But it’s time to make a change. It’s time to create the kind of workplace that you’ll love. And it takes just three steps.
- Step 1. Write down your most important or difficult problem.
- Step 2. Identify who you need to influence to make the changes necessary to solve that problem.
- Step 3. Determine the priorities of the people you identified in #2. Are they driven by getting results, achieving a higher status in the organization, obsessing about quality, keeping the peace? Go talk to them, using words that will motivate them to take action.
Don’t know how to do to Step 3? Then, buy the Collaboration Breakthrough book. It’s full of Breakthrough Tools designed to solve your toughest problems. Plus, you’ll learn how to influence anyone to hear what you have to say, just by speaking their language.
You can do it. You can create a collaborative workplace that you’ll love. The real question is, do you have the courage to make it happen?