Just last week I presented to a large group of people in the construction industry who were grappling with how to attract and retain workers in a boom cycle.
As I was preparing for the talk, I kept coming back to the only real controllable factor we have as leaders when it comes to staff.
I think, no, I believe, the most important lever leaders have is relationships.
What I’ve always loved about industrial relations and human resources is that the right answers to any challenge are always anchored by common sense. If the solution is not anchored in common sense then it simply won’t work.
Back to the attraction and retention challenge at the start. Imagine a business that is known for great relationships and one that is known for crap relationships and then think about yourself, who would you want to hang around with? It’s common sense.
We often think about relationships at work as the relationships we have with other people.
But…I’ve come to understand that the there are 4 relationships that are in the mix for leaders (well everyone really) and they are:
· the relationship you have with yourself
· the relationship you have with people and them with you
· the relationship among the staff, and finally
· the relationship everyone has to the business or organisation
There is a recent sporting victory that really brings this home. Last year the Richmond Football club were on the bottom-ish of the AFL ladder. At the start of this season they were being written off because history would suggest that it takes years to recover from such poor performance. But they astounded everyone by winning consistently through the season and gettign themselves to their first grand final in 35 years. A feat that had never been accomplished before.
They didn’t change coaches, or players, or game strategy. Instead, the coach went to the USA to Harvard in the off season and learned about creating deeper relationships with himself, among players, coaches, staff and the club which lead to victory.
The moral of today’s blog is to nurture your relationships. All four of them. Seek out a deeper understanding in your relationships, encourage people to share their stories and create better connections through relationships. It’ll take courage to do this, but I know many of you reading this, and you’ve got courage in spades.
I’m planning a short workshop in Cairns in mid November on Building Leadership Confidence. The workshop will focus on improving your relationship with yourself and your leadership role. The reason I’ve chosen this topic is because we simply can’t effectively lead others and our business and organisations until we master leading ourselves.
As Richmond coach Damien Hardwick recently said “I looked inward and set about changing aspects of my coaching before looking after the team. I asked myself what I could do better and ironed out those things that weren’t allowing me to the be the best coach I could be”.
I’ll also be running and online workshop / webinar on Building Leadership Confidence for all of you that are not in Cairns or can’t make it to a workshop.
If you are keen to build your leadership confidence, or want more information send me an email or give me a call and I’ll update you as I work through the details. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week,
I’m a Human Resources strategist. I solve workplace issues quickly and positively and I coach leaders on how to do the same