By Bob Maksimchuk
Empowerment is a word we hear bandied about freely. But what does this mean? Most people struggle to explain it. When asked the more important question of how you empower people, you usually hear a very short, shallow answer such as you just give them a challenging assignment. Either that or you hear crickets.
However you want to define it, it’s more important to understand how you empower people. Empowerment is a process and this process has four mandatory components. If any of these are missing, the result will simply be failure. Here you see the Empowerment Cycle.©
It’s the repetitive, iterating, full cycle process for enabling people to incrementally increase their autonomy so that they can independently and responsibly achieve their goals. Now let me repeat that.
Empowerment is the repetitive, iterative, full cycle process for enabling people to incrementally increase their autonomy so that they can independently...
By Bob Maksimchuk
If you want high performing teams, they have to be built first and foremost on a foundation of trust. Patrick Lencioni cites the lack of trust as the first (of five) dysfunctions of a team. The team members must feel that their other teammates will “have their back” when things get rough. And as a manager or leader, that includes you too. In fact, if you want to shift your organizational culture to a more empowered, trust-based culture, management must lead the way by demonstrating (not just talking about) the values and behavioral norms you want for the organization.
One key factor that trust is built on is consistency. Are you consistent in your behavior? Are you complimentary one moment and then arrogant or dismissive the next? Are you puerile? Vindictive? People trust their leadership when the feel they know how you will react in various situations. With trust they will feel they can bring...