It Is People’s Problem, Not A Technology Issue


Posted on April 21, 2017 in Innovation, Leadership, Team Efficiency and Effectiveness, Transformational Leadership

Are you one of the leaders or managers that need to address major challenges like:

  • Transform your team or company to succeed in the 21st century
  • Implement a digital transformation to counteract a disruption
  • Address dysfunctional TEAM or organizations with many blocking factors
  • Motivate and empower TEAMs to be creative and breakthrough in results
  • Improve Trust and create a culture of Empowerement
  • Identify and generate ideas for business development or transformation which are sustainable, scalable and profitable
  • Innovate as your core business is disrupted

         If you resonate with any of them then you are at the right address.

What would you do? The answer is not one. There are many solutions and different leaders will do different things.

I have been CEO or Managing director for 20 years and all of the above challenges have occurred many times. The solutions include downsizing, to process re-engineering, to relocation to another continent, to team building, to add new people, to become more digital and adapt new technologies, to focus more on the customer and market, to change business model, to acquire companies, to partner with new companies, to set-up a separate organization for innovation, apply anticipatory planning,….

At the same time we forget the most important. Evaluating the past I realized that during and especially after transformations utilizing more the power of the individual and the power of the TEAM(s) has not received enough attention. Team buildings based on experiential learning need to be followed up from understanding the potential of individuals and teams structurally and in depth. Many leaders are absorbed from the day to day challenges and forget the continuous attention as well as to leverage Individual and Team(s) competences.

So what is the solution? My answer is applying Transformational Leadership.

Transformational leadership is essential for addressing any organizational challenge and it is not only about having a great vision and being inspirational. It is much more and it relates a lot on how you inspire and mobilize your Team(s) to embrace the vision and execute together. The top 3 characteristics of Transformational Leadership are:

  1. Connect with your feelings and with others
  2. Be curious and open minded
  3. Be inspiring through telling relevant stories

So the Question is how do you address effectively all of the above challenges and how do you use transformational leadership?

The most of the people on planet earth learn in school and in work environments to improve their weaknesses in order to succeed in life. In this way by focusing on weaknesses they weaken their strengths! The same applies to a TEAM of people that instead of the individuals to focus on their strengths they are asked to do tasks related to their weaknesses. What do you think is the impact of such practices in the Personal and Team Productivity?

“Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses” and Increase Trust, Flow, Productivity and Results.

The word Trust is related to Value delivery. The more you or a company delivers consistently Value (something that customers pay for) the more is trusted. Consequently Trust is a measure of Value.

What about Flow? The most of us if not all have felt moments or periods of our working lives that we have experienced similar states like Flow where we enjoyed what we did, the time was going faster than normal and we produced excellent results.

So how can transformational leadership be applied to address organizational or business challenges?

Based on learning from failures and successes of multibillion businesses transformations which I participated or lead, I have concluded the following steps to be effective:

   1.Create an inspiring Purpose/Mission

   2.Ensure people in the Teams know their strengths and best roles in life.

   3.Ensure people understand well others in the teams.

Everything starts with knowing yourself and others.

   4.Ensure people understand the basics of Team Flow and identify/address any blocks.

   5.Create Team  Flow and ensure people understand each other’s challenges or successes

   6.Understand well the shared vision, objectives/goals and work together in multifunctional teams to create a strategy and action plan to deliver the planned results.

“Business Dynamics” is the methodology/system summarized above that ensures Transformational Leadership is understood and implemented consistently and effectively across the organization

Can you imagine if you could create Flow in the work place with “Business Dynamics”? The productivity and results will skyrocket!

People that participated in Business Dynamics workshops said:

– “Open Eyes to See, Open Ears to Listen and Open Mind to Share

– “Helped us to move to the next level”

If Interested to apply “Business Dynamics” in your Team or Company please email contact@businessdynamics.hk

Thank you very much.

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Mike Mastroyiannis is Business, Management & Executive Coach and Management Consultant for among others business transformations and business innovation. He has served as CEO of business units in Multinationals, founded or lead start-ups and serves in advisory boards. He can be reached through LinkedIn

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