At this time of year thoughts often run to New Year’s Resolutions. People seek to make changes in their lives; turn things around in the health, wealth and happiness departments. Succeed or fail; win or lose, they draw up a list of good intentions and at least make a start at changing their lives.
Commercial organisations see this time of year as an opportunity.
A chance to sell the old stock; to piggyback on the festivities for marketing purposes; to gain new customers and to tie the existing ones closer to them with gifts and giveaways.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong or reprehensible about this behaviour. It makes perfect economic sense and should be applauded.
However, if we were to take a corporate lesson from the personal world around us we might find that we could reap benefits far beyond those of a winter sale.
How about making a resolution to seek out and fix the parts of our businesses that create conflicts within it?
Where’s the downside in taking more time to listen to what our staff want to say about their work, their environment or their view of management?
What does it cost to engage in better internal communication?
How much could we gain if we were to make a resolution to just be a little better at what we do?
Small changes in our business behaviour and our attitude to both our clients and our stakeholders can create a disproportionately large effect, and if those changes are made with an open mind then surprisingly beneficial effects can result.
So…how would it be if you could take the turning of the year to be something more significant than just another page in the calendar?
How would it be if you could make 2015 the year when decided to explore and implement a coaching culture?
How would it be if you could look back on 2015 in a year’s time and say “That was a good year” and know that your view is shared not just by your clients, but also by your shareholders, your staff and your colleagues?
Find out more about the coaching culture concept at unlimitedpotential.co.uk