Last night I was honoured to be a discussant at the Transformation for Growth Event held by Aston Business School.
With two fantastic speakers, Prof. Adrian Furnham from University College, London, and Jamil Qureshi, a practitioner of performance enhancing psychology, the event was designed to apply positive psychology to SME’s.
Change in the workplace hurts, but giving people the self belief that they can change – and a reason why this will benefit the, and the organisation – can be done. Obviously different approaches work in different environments, and with different individuals but that fact is we have to practise continuous change and improvement to achieve growth and success.
We all, employer and employees, work based on our head and our heart. Change is not just cerebral but emotive, and will have positive and negative emotional impact.
One of the ways to harness the positive impact is to focus on the strengths of individuals rather than their weaknesses. By doing this the individual will feel more empowered and more likely to consider and work with you on change, rather than passively resisting.
For the leader, the one with the visions, we must be motivated by moving toward greatness rather than focusing on moving away from failure. This way our positivity towards this enhanced success will optimise talent, growth and an excited attitude towards the future.
We can’t just tell individuals that there is change and expect them to embrace it, we need to influence the way we get them to think about their role within the organisation and be excited about the vision we have of the future.
By changing just one percent of how we work we won’t have a dramatic immediate impact, but down the line this will exponentially widen and enhance a basis of confidence and ambition.
Change for changes sake is dangerous and should be avoided, but change to reflect our attitude for ambition and growth can give us rewards that we won’t achieve if we are simply running from the possibility of failure.