Why the future belongs to HR
There has been a seismic shift from management by engagement to leadership by involvement that is changing the way we think about everything from the war for talent to how we build organisational culture.
Ready to explore a new way to grow your business? Here are some tips, tools and stories to help you on your way.
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.”
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After years of using a traditional engagement survey, Smith&Smith made the transition to AskYourTeam. Pati Bloor, Smith&Smith's People and Leadership Director, shares her top five tips for a successful transition.
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.
In the early days of ‘staff surveys’ we measured staff satisfaction. We then deepened our questioning to understand what made our employees feel committed to go that extra mile or ‘stay, say and strive’. It worked well for some organisations, but many have plateaued.
As leaders, it’s easy to measure what we're comfortable with, instead of what will actually have the greatest impact on the success of our business. But without a systematic approach to measuring what really matters, your business is unlikely to reach its true potential.
Leadership is no longer about the visionary guru leading the charge. That idea belongs to a time when businesses operated in a slower world. Command-and-control leadership was the norm. Times have changed.
The traditional way of thinking about engagement is linear - employee engagement leads to improved business performance. But recent research is pointing to a much more circular model.
We might measure something that we already understand well, like the CFO-turned-CEO who uses the most in-depth financial reporting tools available. Or we might simply measure a particular area because that’s the way it’s always been done, and it’s easy to continue. The prime example of this is the employee engagement survey - a tool that most large businesses have been using for decades, despite a lack of evidence for its impact on business success.
Whatever the reason, without a systematic approach to measuring what really matters, your business is unlikely to reach its true potential.
The fact is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Businesses are complex. As a leader, it’s your job to be across everything, not just what you’re most comfortable with. But it’s virtually impossible for any one person to have their finger on the pulse of every area of the business, and this is why a commitment to measuring everything that matters - not just the areas of the business you're closest to - is so important.
There’s a tendency of some people in leadership teams to tell you only what you want to hear. Naturally, this tends to be the good news. However what you really need to hear about are the areas of concern that need your input and expertise. The only way to pop the bubble is to go beyond the leadership team and directly assess both the high- and low-performing areas of the business.
It’s easy to be a ‘busy fool’ as a leader: To spend our time on things that aren’t going to have the greatest impact on the overall performance of the organisation. It’s especially tempting to spend time on things you know well, or things that are already going well, but it’s very likely that your organisation needs you to spend time elsewhere. This challenge extends to directing the energy of the people you lead.
Deciding where to direct our energy and the energy of our team is probably the most important function a leader has. At AskYourTeam we set out to build a system that would take the guesswork out of leadership by measuring how your business is doing in the areas that really matter.
We conducted an in-depth analysis of every Harvard Business Review article on organisation and leadership performance from the past five years in order to understand what the world’s most successful businesses have in common. Then we distilled those commonalities into thirteen organisational success factors. These cover everything from strategy and project planning, through to business processes, customer focus and leadership. We’ve committed to repeating this review process every two years, to ensure our methodology is always based on up-to-the-minute research.
Next, we designed a system that allows you to measure how your business is performing in each of these areas, in real-time. Our approach has been independently validated by New Zealand’s leading business school, the University of Waikato’s Institute for Business Research
By using AskYourTeam, you can be confident you’re measuring what really matters to your business’ success.
Josh Bersin, Principal with Deloitte Consulting, on why the traditional employee engagement survey - devoid of modern, actionable solutions - has passed its used-by date.
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.
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.
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.
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.