The Agreed Upon Work Approach is one of the most underestimated, and yet easiest modes of building trust. Teams that talk about operating principles and ground rules for their behavior get results 80% faster than the teams who don’t. Sadly, 80% of teams never bother to have the conversation. This explains why 80% of exceptional results only come from 20% of the organization… everyone else is just filling space to maintain the status quo. It is pretty sick when you think about the amount of value and opportunity being left on the table!
Effective managers and executives have two key characteristics behind their authenticity:
Trust creates mutual support between you and your team. Mutual support gets you
Successful executives know:
As a manager, you know you want to be an executive too.
But most managers still place themselves higher on the importance scale than the teams they lead and the business. Consider your impression of most of the bosses you have had since your career started. How many of them:
Aspiring executives are around every corner. Look in every office and cubicle around you, and chances are you will find someone who has ambition and aspiration to make it to the top. The sad news is, not all of you will make it. Only those who know how others got there will even stand a chance.
Ignorance isn’t Bliss
I grew up in an average middle class Greek-Canadian family. My childhood was extremely normal. My older brother and I had the same healthy privileges as many Canadian youth - we went to Marineland in Niagara Falls, we endured road trips to Clearwater Beach in Florida, we saw Disney World. We were, by all accounts average. I was the whiny little sister, and he was the protective big brother. We had two happily married parents who love each other to this day.
Not all of you had such a charmed childhood. You grew up with a depressed or alcoholic parent - or maybe even two. You may have been depressed as a child or teenager. Maybe your family experienced a member with severe mental illness - Schizophrenia, bipolar, or something else.