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  • Here at Milford, we’ve moved from being focused on employee engagement, to how we can get everyone involved in continuously improving our business. We aren’t concerned with just “how do you feel” - we’re actually getting to the underlying information that helps to strategically steer the organisation.

    “When you make it everyone's job to drive the business forward, you get more a more involved and fulfilled team. That’s what we’ve realised since using AskYourTeam.”

    Across the energy sector, there’s been a cultural shift over the last decade. At Contact Energy, that meant an overhaul of processes and leadership around health and safety. The result? A huge change in organisational culture.

    “Our people are more empowered to make their own decisions, and assess risk - without the fear of blame or judgement if things go wrong.”

    “AskYourTeam allowed Oil Intel to easily distinguish what areas employees felt needed to be improved.

    AskYourTeam enabled us to pinpoint those areas that were most important to our people”

    Read how Smith&Smith achieved better productivity and business performance by taking the guesswork out of leadership.

    “As a leader I don’t guess anymore. I know exactly what to focus on to get the biggest improvements out of my team.”

    Read how Swanndri built a more collaborative workplace and accelerated their growth curve with AskYourTeam.

    “It allows for everyone to have an equal voice, not just management or the vocal few.”

    Learn how the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce built a culture of continuous improvement with AskYourTeam.

    “It reinforces that continuous improvement is a really important part of any business.”

    Find out how Pipfruit NZ built a more confident and connected membership with AskYourTeam.

    “I haven’t found any other system that offers a more comprehensive methodology to survey our members.”

  • AskYourTeam: A System Your Leaders Will Love

    Thursday, 25 May 2017

    Throughout my years as an organisational development specialist, I've noticed leaders are sometimes less-than-enthusiastic about 'HR' initiatives such as engagement surveys. 

    I think that's understandable. Often, they're difficult to use, and don't seem to tie back to business objectives. They can be seen as an annual box-ticking exercise, rather than something that will deliver actionable solutions. There's been a real need out there for a next-generation organisational performance system that's designed specifically for leaders.

    I’ve had the opportunity this year to work with a number of businesses to help them graduate from a traditional annual engagement survey to an always-on organisational performance approach, using AskYourTeam. I was blown away by how easy it is to use, and by the results we’re seeing. But the biggest ‘wow’ factor for me? Leaders love it! 

    Talking to leaders about AskYourTeam

    When I introduce leaders to AskYourTeam I make six important points - though usually I only have to work my way through a couple of them before they're chomping at the bit to get started. If you’re looking to champion AskYourTeam in your organisation, feel free to borrow them:

    1. Engagement surveys were a good start, but this is a next-generation system for next-generation leaders. Why wouldn’t you adopt a better practice if it was available? 

    2. AskYourTeam gives you a very simple road map for success. Improve your scores in the organisational success factors that it measures, and you’re well on your way to leading a high-performing team. 

    3. This is a system for leaders, not HR. In fact, you know what? Your people are your asset and your responsibility. Here’s something you can drive yourself to get the most out of them. 

    4. You don’t need to trudge through piles of data to decipher what to work on. You need only look at two screens on a simple dashboard - one that shows your blind spots (areas where leaders rate performance higher than their teams do) and one that shows which organisational success factors are in the red or orange.

    5. Work on blind spots and low-scoring success factors first, and then quickly re-test. If you’ve made good gains, move on to the next one. If not, course-correct until you get it right. Do this year-round and it'll become second nature. You don’t need to overthink it: it’s action-taking, not action-planning, that counts.

    6. Refer to your dashboard all year, especially when you want to make a change. Rolling out a new process? Check in on the relevant questions, see what your people have to say about it, and factor their insights into your implementation. Then re-test: is the change working as you hoped? If not, use the feedback to tweak and then retest. This is a truly agile approach. 

    AskYourTeam helps leaders fly their plane more skillfully

    When I talk about engagement surveys versus AskYourTeam, I like to make an aeronautical analogy. Engagement scores are one way for you to see broadly how your business is doing: your plane is aloft, or it’s about to crash (engagement scores tend to be high when a business is doing well, and low when it's not).  AskYourTeam is like a pilot's dashboard, in that it provides a much more nuanced understanding of how your business is doing, with multiple gauges of performance. What’s more, it helps you decide what adjustments to make. Why would you attempt to change your altitude, direction or speed without a dashboard? 

    A final note for leaders and HR professionals alike. If you’re wondering what the personal WIIFM is, I can’t think of a better way to prove your level of performance when you go for your next promotion or prepare for a review than using AskYourTeam data to show that you made a measurable improvement to your team or organisation’s performance.

    There you have it. Not only does AskYourTeam deliver great results, it's a system that your leaders will love and actually want to use. How often can you say that?

  • Deloitte: Global Human Capital Trends 2019 Report

    An intensifying combination of economic, social, and political issues is forcing HR and business leaders to learn to lead the social enterprise - and reinvent their organizations around a human focus.

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    Diversity & Inclusion: Anonymity key to overcoming unconscious bias

    Diversity and inclusion are priorities for every HR pro today, but too often we shy away from conversations about the biggest barrier to creating more inclusive organisations - unconscious bias.

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    Deloitte: Global Human Capital Trends 2017 Report

    Deloitte’s 2017 Human Capital Trends survey of leaders from around the world identifies the critical trends shaping the HR agenda.

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    Becoming Irresistible: A New Model for Employee Engagement 

    Josh Bersin, Principal with Deloitte Consulting, on why the traditional employee engagement survey - devoid of modern, actionable solutions - has passed its used-by date. 

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    AskYourTeam for Business

    We analysed the world’s top leadership models to understand what the most successful businesses have in common. Then we built an independently-verified system to help you get to the heart of how your business is doing in each of these make-or-break areas. Find out how AskYourTeam generates breakthroughs in business performance.

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    AskYourTeam for the Public Sector

    We’ve created a system especially for public sector organisations that assesses performance against the Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) and Leadership Success Profile (LSP) models. Find out how you can take your organisation from good to great with AskYourTeam for the Public Sector. 

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    AskYourTeam for Membership Organisations 

    No matter the industry or the size, all membership organisations face similar challenges around growth, retention, and nurturing active involvement from their members. Find out how you can create a voice for your members with AskYourTeam for Membership Organisations. 


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    AskYourTeam for Local Government

    In consultation with EquiP, we've developed a system especially for New Zealand’s Local Government sector. AskYourTeam for Local Government optimises the underpinning processes of the Local Government Excellence Programme. Download the ebook to find out how AskYourTeam can transform your council.

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