As a business grows and develops, it is inevitable that change must occur. Typically, this change comes from a strategic vision, usually created by a leader or board, and is the enacted and put into operation by the team. However, more often that we usually care to admit, this does not occur as efficiently and as seamlessly as we’d like or expect.
This occurs because there exists some form of disconnect between the team, its members, the leadership, and the vision itself. Perhaps all parties are disjointed, perhaps just one. But, when it happens, we usually find ourselves opting for deficit-oriented language (i.e. “this plan sucks”, “he doesn’t know what he’s doing”, “she’s too junior”, “I don’t like them”, etc.). If this narrative becomes too strong or pervasive, it can not only significantly disrupt the attempt to achieve the vision, it can bring down the entire team.
At TandemSpring, we approach these challenges through a strength-based lens allowing each individual to identify, embrace, and operate in their unique abilities that they bring to the table. That said, each person will have different abilities, and it is often these differences that underlie the conflict at hand. If, however, we can orient our perspectives toward accepting others as simply being different and through the lens of strengths, the narrative shifts to a more inclusive and effective operating style. This isn’t just Kumbaya, this is the work of humanity so that we can drive business efficiency and operational development to a better place.