While there many ways if you can think creatively, there are two time-tested strategies leaders can employ to add value to their organisations. Developing people and driving organisational learning. I see them as two sides of the same coin.
Yes, I’ve gone at lengths to harp about developing people but that wouldn’t stop me from saying it again. Leaders must embrace people development as one of the core growth strategies for themselves and the ones around them. And if they do this bit well, the organisation can’t help but grow! Of course, like most challenging aspects in life, developing talent around you takes courage, discipline, and humility. But in 2020 and beyond, it isn’t optional but a strategic imperative.
Organisational learning on the other hand isn’t restricted to buying a company-wide license for Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, or the like. I mean come on! How can learning and binge-watching informational videos aren’t the same thing? Driving organisational learning means cultivating the habit of solving root problems. This will require leaders to closely monitor operations, understand the challenges at bay, give the team enough autonomy to determine and evaluate possible solutions before implementing them without missing a beat. And then you rinse and repeat.
The Japanese call this process “Kaizen” or constant and never-ending improvement. I know what you’re thinking — “Sunil, this sounds great but it isn’t easy to focus on just these two aspects when there’s so much to do.” And I totally get it. The ask isn’t to just focus on these aspects but to include them as part of your overall strategy. It’ll be difficult, yes, but remember that the beauty of combing people development and organisational leadership is that you end up creating an organisational culture that is constantly striving to be the best.
Now, think of all the other aspects that you constantly worry about and how having an outstanding culture could fix all your woes? Isn’t that something worth investing your time in? Like I always say, “if this was easy, everybody would be doing it!”