The greatest struggle to success isn’t a bad vision, its poor buy-in to the vision that has been proposed. No vision is perfect. With more lessons and experiences we mold and shape the vision into something that best defines our future successes. Getting people to choose to capture the vision you as a leader propose can be tough. Everyone has their own dreams, their own ideals, their own path to success. These can be great qualities of good team members, and they can create chaos if not aligned with your vision.
STIRing up Success is a system that allows you as the leader to define what success looks like and create supporting ligaments all the way through your team. Here is what STIR is:
SHAPE the Culture of the Organization: Much like beginning with Play-doh, you are casting an image of what the culture will look like. Everything is not fully formed, there is still a lot of work to be done, people are not fully aware of what this thing is going to be, but the idea has been produced. It is taking SHAPE. And most importantly, while your team’s help is invaluable, they know you are the one shaping the culture to fit the vision you have in mind.
TRANSLATE Learning into Action: Here is where things begin to get tough. While the culture is taking shape everyone else is trying define that shape through the lens of their knowledge, their experiences, and their interests. You as the leader should regularly decide if their actions fit the shape you are trying to develop. Ask them to change their behaviors, but in doing so tell them why with encouragement. This is new for them too. You don’t want to discourage great ideas because they fear they are disappointing you or doing something wrong. You also don’t want to hand over the direction of your organization just to be nice to everyone.
INFUSE the Culture: You must say it repeatedly. Having healthy conversations with those in your organization will feel tedious after a while. They are not used to being in your mind. They don’t always know what you are looking for. If better hasn’t been clearly defined for them, telling them to do better doesn’t work. You infuse through modeling, building trust, encouragement, repetition, and consistency.
REINFORCE the Culture: Reinforcing means to support the structure that already exists. Describe the culture and have your team repeat it back to you. Maybe you have regular gatherings where you simply discuss the culture of your organization. It is far too easy for people to begin working in silos. They will shift back into what they feel comfortable doing and that may not look like what you desire. Get them to define the culture so well they can teach it to the new people just as well as you would.
In cooking, when we stir something up we meld the favors together that the new form takes on a flavor of its own. The parts, while recognizable, become indistinguishable from the whole. This is what will create a great organization that will bring lasting change.
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