We’ve started talking about a great movement called the Dignity and Respect Campaign (A tip for Michiana businesses: Be encouraged) and shared their 30 tips on creating an inclusive culture. My suggestion was that we follow their example here in Michiana. Today’s tip is to join the team. Do your part to support teamwork.
In his article, “Install the Collaboration Plan to Replace the Destructive Annual Performance Review” Larry Smith shares how to improve teamwork, employee performance and morale by replacing the traditional performance review with a Collaboration plan. Smith shares why performance plans don’t work, and why, despite knowing this, we continue to use them. Then he shares the benefits of a Collaboration Plan:
• It creates a partnership …
“Two parties joining together to create something greater than what they presently have.”
• It is a “Win/Win” understanding, not a “Win/Lose” …
• It is a written set of expectations between a Supervisor and a Direct Report
• It is a means of sharing power … no one loses power … employees become empowered.
• It allows Supervisors to become true leaders moving them from a controlling role to being in control.
He goes on to say that “Collaboration Plans are win-win agreements. Collaboration is the key to empowerment, and power is an essential ingredient in collaborating with employees. Empowering employees does not mean that Supervisors give power away. It means that they share power with employees. Supervisors and their Direct Reports make joint use of power and no one loses power. Empowered employees are not turned loose to do their own thing or to be out of control. By empowering Direct Reports, Supervisors change from controlling to being in control.”
In her article “Turn annual reviews into continuous feedback”, Joanna L. Krotz expands on the approach incorporating it into the IT system to create an Employee Relations Management tool, ERM.
One of many great business tips that have come to us through the Renaissance Executive Forums, this is advice worth being seriously considered as we work to strengthen teamwork in our companies, families and communities. Today, let’s focus on being a part of the team, and as leaders, finding new and better ways to promote teamwork. This strikes me as an excellent way for us to show others dignity and respect and make them feel a bit more valued.