Innovation is an organisation’s greatest competitive advantage. Great organisations are those that recognise that ideas come from their talented, engaged and motivated workforce, and indeed often invest substantially in attracting and maintaining the best people. However, simply having a talented workforce is not enough. It is what engages and motivates people and how they relate together that makes the difference between a good and great organisation.
- Self-referential – going within to determine how I think, feel or orientate to a situation
- Relational – understanding how you are related to an entity, and how it is related to you
- Engaged – bringing your energy, motivation, and active participation to any situation
- Being choiceful – moving from `autopilot` to conscious decisions and actions
- Skillful action – actions that move us towards systemic and sustainable performance
- Finding meaning – aligning what motivates me and what I care about to the organisation’s goals
- Holding boundaries – having the ability and courage to say “yes”, “no”, “maybe
- Self-Mastery – continuously seeking to generate proficiency, excellence and continuous learning”
It is this approach that underpins our consultancy, interventions and development programmes. We are curious about what motivates the whole person – what they really care and are passionate about, as this is what keeps them focused on their end goals despite any challenges, and how they can align this with how they occupy their time.
So too, we say that meaningful and productive relationships are about how well people blend together. Blending enables us to work with others, systems and processes, as well as our context, to ensure that the needs of all parties are taken care of. It goes beyond preconceptions, compromise or empathy, to where we see the world from a different point of view, thus enabling new ideas, new possibilities and innovation.
This approach is illustrated by the above model, which depicts how we are part of many systems that shape and mould us (both historically and current). Recognising this, and making their effects more visible helps us to see and understand the larger context of any situation, thereby making us more resourceful, more empathetic and more motivated towards finding systemic solutions. Learning not to fight something, thereby wasting energy, but blending with the current momentum enables a smoother and quicker way to engage and evenly move forward.
Developing our capacity to skilfully blend within all our relationships, we employ a multifaceted and dynamic approach.