“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.” James E Faust
Much is written about the importance of creating honesty in teams, but knowing how to do this effectively can be challenging. In this blog our facilitator and coach Helga Davies looks at some practical questions teams can ask themselves to help them create a culture of “truth speaking”
A few months ago I was working with a senior team who had been through a buy-out, a restructure and redundancies all within 9 months. Now that things had begun to stabilise the team knew they had to do things differently. The new vision had higher expectations of performance, more focus on monitoring and measuring how things were being done as well as what was achieved. The challenge for the new team was how to hit these targets given:
In this dynamic and competitive age, these challenges are not unusual – although all 3 at the same time on the back of already significant change was disconcerting and unsettling.
The business leaders knew working harder was not an option. The top team and supporting teams were not slackers. The fact they had survived the restructure was testimony to the skill set, attitude and resilience of each leaders. And yet, doing more of the same would not cut it.
It’s a situation I’ve seen before. The key to their success was not in working harder, but in working smarter through strengthening honesty with each other and the business. And this is how to achieve it:
Take a look at how things work within your team and your business. How would you rate the level of honest conversations you have right now? How safe does it feel to say what you need to in order to make things better? What gets in the way of deeper, more honest conversations? What could you achieve personally and collectively if you could make this happen?
If you would like more information on how we can help your teams create the right culture call us on 01903 732 782 for an exploratory chat, email us or take a look at the work we have done with other organisations to help them create open, honest working environments.
My field of expertise is influence and impact. I work nationally and internationally coaching and training leaders to strengthen their ability to influence effectively and to align their desired impact with their actual impact. By so doing the leaders become more credible, more efficient and more able to promote good quality relationships at work. Outside of work you may find me in the gym, walking the dog or reading a book but rarely in the kitchen - I’m a terrible cook!