THURSDAY THOUGHTS! - What's your allergy?

Posted by | June 21, 2012 | Thursday Thoughts | No Comments

I’m back from holiday and it’s time to get right back to business.  Short interlude last week due to the lack of broadband service at Aresko HQ.  So here we go with some deeper thinking this week ……..

“Can you spot your allergies and what are you going to do about treating them?”

It is commonly recognised that five fundamentals matter in becoming a High Performance Organisation: quality of management, openness, readiness to take action, long-term focus and continuous improvement of employees. All that sounds great, but real life organisations often look a lot different to that don’t they?  Why?  Well, a big part of becoming a high performance organisation is about developing new behaviours, and that is neither easy, nor a very quick task.

The majority of organisations have managers and leaders who display two strong competencies and have 2 allergies.  Yes you heard me correctly, 2 competencies which they find challenging to themselves or when they see them in others.  So what are these 4 competencies:

  • Business and goal oriented competencies (wanting to win. Market culture);
  • Planning and procedure competencies (wanting security. Hierarchy culture);
  • Self organising and creative competencies (wanting to learn by trial and error and improvising. Adhocracy culture); and
  • People and motivation competencies (wanting to relate. Clan culture)

One or two of these will be present by nature in most senior managers. These are their comfort zones – everyone has one!

The other two are developmental – this is the hard work!  For many, they feel like an allergy, you may well want to overcome them but the process of doing so won’t feel natural.  You might even need a bit of medication (training and development) to unlock them a bit.

High performing individuals are those folk who can switch between the four, almost seamlessly, in any given situation and they are known as the “four of a kind” folk.  It therefore follows that highly performing organisations have developed all four of these cultures and competences in their staff.

Now you know a little bit about Mssrs Cameron and Quinn’s theory of diagnosing and changing organisational culture …

“Can you spot your allergies and what are you going to do about treating them?”

We’ve had a week off so no excuses for not contributing this week 🙂

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  • Peggy Edwards says:

    After a bit of naval gazing (and a bit of bullying on facebook) I came to the conclusion if I have to pick anything my allergies would be leaning towards People and motivation competencies – wanting to relate. As I am an ESTJ I do tend to ignore my affect on others I feel no real desire to ‘relate’. I think I can motivate people with my enthusiasm – but we will have to wait for my 360 degree appraisal to see if that is true.

  • Aresko says:

    I like to think of it as positive encouragement 🙂

    No “F” – classic lack of empathy and appreciation of how others see/feel what you say and do around them. The good news is that you can learn behaviour in this area, and indeed, should prioritise it if you want to be seen as a high performing leader.

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