Slaying the Giants
After years of success, a multi-location service business’ progress ground to a halt. Despite their success, infighting, employee disengagement, and consistent turnover were significantly undermining their development. In desperation, they reached out to a brilliant business coach. He quickly identified three giants in their land.
The business coach surmised that there were three E’s that must be addressed—and slain—for the company to move forward.
These oppressive giants were elephants, egos, and expectations.
- Elephants—progress stopping issues, in the room, that no one wanted to address.
- Egos—crippling mindsets of those who only valued and respected their own perspective, at the expense of devaluing the brilliance of others in the company.
- Expectations—intentions that were unreasonable, unexamined, and unhelpful in attaining what was truly best for the company and its employees.
So, how do you slay the giants that loom within your company? Answer: We at DRYVE Leadership Group use three foundational principals that are consistently effective giant slayers. Each DRYVE Leadership principle directly counteracts one of the three giants mentioned above, and they are the foundation for real success.
TOOLS FOR SLAYING GIANTS
The three DRYVE Leadership Foundational Principles:
- Meaningful dialogue
- Mutual respect
- Shared purpose
Mutual Respect views everyone’s contribution as important, which empowers your people. This principle addresses individual egos and gathers everyone into a collective ego. Great leaders leverage this opportunity to implement the best decisions that are backed by a collective buy-in from your team.
Shared Purpose slays individually distorted and unexamined expectations. Too many teams, cohorts, companies of people, relationships, etc. fail to live up to their potential because many of the participants are looking primarily to advance their agenda. Interestingly, most of these people are just playing by “the rules of the game” that have unknowingly been established. The only antidote for this is a co-created shared purpose for “why” they are all there and what they seek to accomplish together. This collective purpose creates an unstoppable force for good that also inspires the ultimate feeling of good in its participants and customers.
If Elephants, Egos, or Expectations are some of the giants you currently face in your organization, contact us now to discuss how we can customize the DRYVE Leadership foundational principles to create a lasting, healthy, high-performance culture for your organization.