I noticed an upcoming conference titled ‘humanification – focus on people. Now and always.’ Too often the focus of leaders continues to be on structural organisations – not empowering those who actually make up those organisations. And data backs this up.
Recent Gallup Reports highlighted that only 13% of the workforce were engaged at their workplace worldwide, and only 24% of the workforce were engaged in Australia.
Research by Gallup indicates that business units that are engaged experience:
- 41% reduction in absenteeism,
- 17% increase in productivity
- 20% increase in sales.
The Carnegie Management Group stated that in the Australian industry alone, the cost of having “presenteeism” a concept that describes people being present at work but not productive” is $33 billion.
The missing link to team performance and engagement is ‘mindset’.
Think about these 4 elements of mindset. Do you:
- Believe innovation is important to the organisation?
- Recognise the multiple roles and strengths needed in the innovation process?
- Recognise the positive behaviours that contribute to innovation?
- Use tools and techniques that contribute to maximise the innovation in ideas?
Mindset is not new. Henry Ford famously said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
The validity of mindset has been scientifically proven in many studies. In this brilliant TEDx talk by Dr Alia Crum, Dr Crum says the biggest game changer is “YOU, by harnessing the power of your mind.” She explores scientific results that show the influence of the mindset on the body, and how changing the subjective mindset produced different outcomes. Dr. Crum’s work is inspired in part by the placebo effect, and has implications that stretch far beyond the realm of medicine.
A leader in the field of mindset is Carol Dweck who researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In her TEDx talk, Carol describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.