A long time ago, I published a post about books on Leadership (Leadership books) that was a great success and is to this day still one of my most popular posts. Along the lines of my last article on the topic and to complement the content, in this post I have made a few suggestions on books that are advisable, not only for their leadership information but also in the development of teams and organizations.
Last Tuesday, June 12, it took place the presentation of my second book called The Magic of extraordinary teams in Barcelona. The event was a fantastic excuse to make the assistants share experiences and thoughts about the current health of their teams.
In the previous article I started writing about the keys to undertake from within the organization, indicating the first 4 aspects that determine the success of the entrepreneurial professionals. In this article I will write about the other 4 keys that are required to add value in our work environment in a successful way.
The four keys to undertake, commented in the previous article are:
- Put the energy in the right place
- Being in continuous motion
- Rebrand oneselves systematically
- Release to be able to flow more
If you want to refresh the contents of each of them, you only have to click here to return to article 8 Keys to undertake within the organization 1/2
The other 4 keys that will make us reflect on how to undertake within our companies, and professional projects, are the following ones:
- Improve the working process
When we undertake in addition to pushing the actions that are demanded at every moment, we are also, at the same time, improving all the processes that integrate these actions, and that will allow us to learn from the successful experiences to replicate them in the future, if it is necessary, in a quick way.
Haute cuisine cooks are professionals obsessed in documenting everything they produce, what has meant a culinary achievement. It is such the level of complexity and sophistication in the elaboration of the dishes, that going adjusting the recipe to the smallest detail becomes an obligation.
It is for this reason that the enterprising professionals take advantage of the activities and professional milestones, to be updating their lessons learned, making well-defined procedures where all the knowledge obtained is collected.
Although it is an extra time to redesign the process, it is worth investing this space in the present, in order to have it easier in the future.
And the great recommendation has to do with doing it at the moment of the action, or just immediately after it, because if it does not, it is possible to lose the essence, the magic formula, the success or what was achieved.
- Sharing with people generosity and vulnerability
I do not assume, or understand, the ability to undertake, without being linked to the need to share with others.
To undertake is something important, because it requires a lot of energy to be able to break schemes that allow to achieve what has not been achieved so far, while defying the initial resistances.
By many capacities and potentialities, that a professional can have as an individual, will never be more complete, rich and diverse, than the environment in which he or she operates, that the market to which he or she serves, or that life itself.
That is why to undertake in a solitary way is a high risk that we can not afford if we want to ensure a good project, product, or final service.
Entrepreneurial professionals are those who are clear that they need others to make their contribution to value and, moreover, they are clear that generosity and vulnerability are two essential ingredients for creating healthy alliances and commitments.
Generosity to share vision and information, as well as to devote time and energy without constantly measuring the balance between what is given and what is received.
And also the vulnerability of sharing from authenticity and naturalness, with transparent communication and without hidden agendas, to express the ideas and feelings that, as human beings, constantly visit us.
When there is a connection between people everything is easier, and even the most uncertain challenges can become adventures to enjoy.
So when there is chemistry with other professionals it is good to explore new collaborations although there is still no project or activity defined initially. In any case, the need will be already specified and will be covered later, but the united and cohesive team will be ready.
- Check whether decisions and actions are creative or reactive
Entrepreneurs, like any professional, and as any human being, is not foolproof and constructive in everything he or she does. On the one hand, they have their most positive, creative and expansive version, creating benefit and well-being for themselves, and also for others.
But, on the other hand, they have their most reactive version, creating a negative impact around them that, although very often unintentional, can create confusion or toxicity.
It is the law of life, and all people need to understand that our actions transit through a threshold, formed by many factors, which determines when they end up being creative or reactive.
The professional entrepreneurs are the ones who learn to distinguish and to become aware of their actions to the point of promoting their creative activity to the detriment of their reactive ones.
Doing this is not easy, because being reactive often seems to be the only option we have left to solve very complex and even challenging situations. That is why we need to understand that reactivity is a way of using resources that solve us, if only in the short term, important necessities that we must cover.
The problem is that being reactive, we are delaying the problem in the future, at the same time that we are causing pain, not just ourselves, but also the people of our environment.
When we are part of an organization, there are moments that the environment is so hostile that we end up using all the «weapons» we have in our hands to get out of some situations. And, in these cases, we know that we are not doing it with a win-win approach, which generates positivity around us, but rather we are paying a price that can be very high, deteriorating alliances and plans for the future.
So it is important to realize what reactive attitudes generate, and if we really want to undertake, we must know that it is not all worth it if we want to build a successful future. Since, if not done from a good base, sooner or later the foundations will not hold and the project fails.
- Be aware of the degree of current satisfaction
Finally, it is also important to realize that we will not be able to undertake successfully, if we don’t enjoy doing so.
For my professional dedication, I see many professionals who are suffering a lot in their current working time. They are people who, in the best of cases, do an activity that they like and that have the responsibility to carry out very interesting projects, and of great value added to stop the organization where they serve. But, still, they’re not happy and suffer more than have fun.
They have reached a point of physical, mental fatigue, or both, who want to change roles, organization, interlocutors, or wait for a long time to get their retirement.
The entrepreneurial professionals of the organizations need to feel happy and fulfilled, while executing their activities, feeling at the same time that the benefits and physical and psychological rewards are much higher than the disadvantages, frustrations, or discomforts that the same entrepreneurship of its function implies.
Only then will they be able to continue to fight their day to day to undertake new actions of value for the future of the organization.
Asking ourselves, now and then, if I’m enjoying more than suffering, it’s a good way to check our energy and inner peace, which will help us make important decisions for the benefit of ourselves as individuals, of us as a team, and also of us as an organization.
I hope that having read these 8 keys to undertake within the Organization have served you to reflect on your current professional moment and that, as a result, you can make some decisions, however small.
What’s the point of reflecting if you don’t generate an impulse to action?
We usually associate the word «entrepreneur» to professionals who initiate projects as self-employed. But it is also very lawful to use this word to refer to the same professionals who work for someone else’s account in any organization. Today we will see what it means to undertake from within the organization
To undertake means to start an activity, from the initiative and the will to achieve a purpose that increases value to the environment.
Companies need people who, from proactivity and commitment, have an entrepreneurial character that makes organizational projects a reality.
To undertake a task involves putting into practice a series of competencies that, by challengers and sometimes also by strangers, require much training and energy.
If we can improve our ability in each of these competencies, we will be able to increase exponentially our contribution of value in the organization in which we belong.
8 Keys to undertake within the organization
- Put the energy in the right place
One day, a prominent executive of a multinational told me that his way of working was based on focusing on the Pareto principle when he had to organize and distribute his time and resources.
The key would be to devote himself to 20% of issues or matters that are responsible for 80% of successes and expected productivity levels.
For this to be possible it is entirely necessary to know how to identify the really strategic and decisive aspects to achieve the challenges established for the organization, and put all the energy and dedication there.
It is like knowing how to choose the battles to fight, and leave those that will take away energy and that are not approaching our goals.
The enterprising professionals are the ones who are dedicated to understanding what the specific contributions that the organization expects from them and from their areas, and establish plans of action to concentrate in an intensive way, avoiding to fall into the dispersion.
Any self-employed knows the high price paid for the sake of scattering, or losing focus.
This, unfortunately, often happens to many professionals on behalf of others, including managers and directors, which subtracts a lot of productive and organizational capacity for the company.
The problem is that this, if it is large, has such cruising speed that can nuance or camouflage such inefficiency, reducing the creative force of the Organization.
To come out of this perverse spiral involuntarily generated by the great systems, is obligation, and individual commitment, of all the enterprising professionals.
- Being in continuous motion
The handbook of any survival expert knows that the risk is multiplied when the person remains static in a prolonged way in hazardous environments. To be able to have options to save oneself, it is necessary to move from one place to another, with meaning and planning.
Organizations are active by nature, because, if they are not, the market sooner or later will end up cornering them.
Being in motion does not mean turning reckless and stressed, but being in tune with what’s going on around. If the environment moves, it would be irresponsible to remain anchored in the status quo.
In a current environment so uncertain and complex it is easy to fall into the trap of trying to plan very well not to make mistakes. Moreover, there are so many variables to consider, that we succumb to paralysis by analysis easily.
We still find it hard to understand that it is often better to do well enough but on time, to do it brilliantly but out of time or when the opportunity has already passed.
The enterprising professional acts fast, committing to do any action before making it in time. Its key to do this, is to get to work as soon as possible, although the lead time would allow it to postpone it for a while.
Although there are aspects or situations that require a deep and calm reflection, the truth is that in today’s business environments is more priority the need to decide quickly, than to take it easy.
- Rebrand ourselves systematically
Another executive manager commented me the great competitive advantage that brings starting to change when the things are going well. Yes, when the things are going well, because if something is true is that the economic, productive or social situation can make that sooner or later the blue numbers will become a little orange if there is no misfortune to get to see them red.
When the sailboat goes to full sail, with no resistance and with the wind in favor, it is time to make some adjustments in the boat for when the storm and the wind do not allow.
If an organization wants to make changes when things twist, it is very possible that neither time nor economic resources exist to be able to address them.
So very often, the belief that when something works very well it is better not to touch it, is more than questionable, especially in the field of business.
The professional entrepreneur knows that it cannot live on rents and although celebrates its successes achieved, will also devote time and resources to make the necessary changes to ensure a successful future.
- Release to be able to flow more
To undertake also means to get rid of habits, activities or resources that increase the resistance to change, or to achieve the personal goals of team and of the same organization.
Perhaps in the past all these things helped us to achieve the challenges of the moment. Perhaps they made us stronger, or allowed us to defend ourselves from obstacles and risks.
But it is imperative to be clear that it will hardly help me for the future what served me for the past.
Leaving behind and banishing some habits are nothing simple, as we come to feel that they are part of ourselves.
But it is also true that our common sense, or sometimes through our intuition, is telling us that it is necessary to start abandoning everything that will not help us to undertake and achieve the goals that are marked.
The entrepreneurial professionals of the organizations are those people who know how to change strategy, criterion, and methodology, every time the purpose requires it, disregarding the above, and unlearning what no longer helps us.
They are not professionals of binary approaches, of white or black, but rather of a unique and inclusive approach, where everything has its partial truth, and everything is relative and therefore, everything is susceptible to change of focus.
So far the first 4 keys to undertake within the organization. I hope you will be served to reflect on your current situation on a professional level.
In the next article I’ll explain the other four.
Until then, I encourage you to start doing, if you think fit, some adjustment in your day to day as an enterprising professional you are, to increase your personal satisfaction, as well as the contribution of value you make in your team and your organization.
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