When considering that most of the daily work in a company is done by employees verses management, who better to offer the best information needed to help guide crucial decisions? Staff meetings are an important aspect in creating a team culture that will help to strengthen and grow an organization.
The Value of Group Input
Leaders have one brain. When several employees come together to tackle a problem or work on a new project, the collective is X times smarter than that one brain.
Make no mistake, there are times when a leader needs to make the call, but within the guidelines of a project, better informed decisions can always be made with input from the group.
Don’t let egos interfere with using the collective to a company’s advantage. New ideas and concepts can be improved year after year until they are game-changers for organizations.
Leadership & Recognition
One of the strongest traits that make up great leadership is recognition. The ability to recognize strengths and weaknesses of people allows them to put them in positions to be successful.
Employees can be quiet and reflective, tech-driven, and philosophical, but all have their contribution to make. It’s a manager’s job to figure out how to put the right pieces in place so the outcome is successful.
This takes skill, experience, and the power to listen to guide a group to be engaged and passionate. This is a slow process, but over time people will emerge and be recognized as having the skills to start leading portions of the meeting while allowing a manager to start taking more of a mentorship role.
While this is happening, take pride in listening to the excitement people have when they see the commitment and success of a project.
Letting employees have a hand in decisions creates loyalty, self-worth, and ownership of their work. When wins happen, it was the team that made them happen.
Empowered employees are happier employees who think better, are more productive, and contribute to the company’s culture and success.
About Jim Jozwiak
Jim Jozwiak is a business consultant with 30+ years of experience who focuses on creating systems for performance improvement. He can be found at https://www.jamesjconsulting.com/