The static organization is stuck. They may appear to just be stalled, yet soon they will be falling behind. Information flow helps keep the organization alive, breathing, and moving, what are you sharing?
Direction of Momentum
We have some choices about what we share. Here are a few of many possibilities:
Intelligence research on the competition
New age marketing and the video bait click
The shipping record that was broken last month
The newest large customer and what they’re about
What was learned at the recent conference
The blog that provided an inspirational message
Recent resumes and who is interested
Why this year will be better that last year
Identification of commonalities in our teams
Insights for new methods or for refreshing old
Every day what is shared happens by choice. It is culture driven, sometimes conscious, sometimes not so much.
When you are building an organization, information flow means something might be happening. Will it be productive conversation or something that slows things down?
Momentum can build both ways. Information keeps organizations from becoming stalled or stopped. Do you have good information flow?
Considering what you choose to communicate each day, which direction are things most likely headed? Reliving past bad experiences doesn’t have much value. A lesson learned is good, tragedy emotionally repeated, not so good.
Communicate organizational values, beliefs, and stretch goals. Communicate inspiring stories, winning moments, and positive insights. Replace stories of doom and gloom with something new and refreshing.
Static and stuck is a choice, it’s not an inheritance, irrevocable trust, or voodoo spell.
What you say next will determine where you are going.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.