121s and Reducing Interruptions

 If you have recently been to one of the PMN training sessions on introducing 121s you will know that I reckon by committing to weekly 121s with all direct reports you will actually save time.  I amsure this is the case from my own observations and reports from people that have tried them.  But if you are the kind of person that needs more data to be sure then have a look at these two blog posts here and here from the wonderful Slow Leadership blog

Building An Outstanding Organisation

This post was inspired by something Tom Peters’ wrote in his blog.

“In business, you reward people for taking risks. When it doesn’t work out, you promote them because they were willing to try new things. If people come back and tell me they skied all day and never fell down, I tell them to try a different mountain.”

Mike Bloomberg – Mayor of New York City

Steps to being outstanding?

  1. find something useful that turns people on – a cause that is worth working on
  2. give people a lot of room to try their own ideas and plans in pursuit of the cause
  3. offer them the respect they deserve for participating in the cause with commitment and determination
  4. provide the most powerful relationship that you can to support their development (121s, feedback and coaching…)

By nurturing passion for the cause, and enabling people to try things, the journey to high performance can begin.

It takes courage and excellent management skills – but it works – in for profits, non profit distributing and third sector organisations.

Not sure the recipe can get any simpler?