A Year in Review: Borrowing the Wisdom of Your Peers

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when you’re surrounded by organizations who have solved the excellence challenge. Top workplace publications are packed with examples of strategy that anchors recruitment and retention, promotes employee engagement, supports creativity, and embraces change. There is no shame in borrowing from the best practices of your peers. Below are a few highlights showcasing some of the original approaches we’ve observed over the past year.

Vision Checklist: In an effort to improve collaboration between senior leadership and middle management, managers designed a simple filtering tool to ensure major initiatives were true to a clear, cohesive, consistent, and customer-informed vision.

Conflict Ground Rules: Recognizing that differences eventually fuel innovation, a set of guidelines was established to promote, mature, respectful, and professional exchange during periods of disagreement.

Challenge Agenda: To promote diversity, an opportunity to question perspectives was built into the routine staff meeting itinerary.

Obsolescence Review: Rather than continuing to add capacity to deal with increasing complexity, inefficient or obsolete tasks were subtracted when they were no longer justified.

Change Criteria: A set of mission-aligned standards was built into the change process to safeguard stakeholder interest, business sustainability, and positive culture.

Protected Time: In the face of increasing demands and diminishing resources, a triage system was established to protect primary tasks.

Old Baggage Amnesty: Teammates committed to identify three conversations that would address lingering unresolved problems and find an appropriate time and place to move these issues forward.

Strengths-based Coaching: Employee growth tactics were tied to strength and competency assessment results to enable purpose-driven professional development.

Strong and healthy organizations are always looking for new ways to enhance the workplace so top talent can thrive. Perhaps the lessons from others’ 2015 success informs the direction for your 2016.