Every organisation wants to be successful and deliver results. Right? While they may well say this, sometimes there is often a huge gap between what is desired and what is achieved. So what are some of the most common reasons why organisations don’t deliver results?
Reason 1: Too Much In Fighting
When organisations are small everyone is generally heading in the same direction. People go out of their way to deliver great results. They take pride in their work and keep a very strong focus on the client or customer. As the organisation grows it can be difficult to maintain this. It is easy for personal agendas or the agendas of the different parts of the organisations to become the focus rather than on working together to achieve results.
Reason 2: Too Much Telling Not Enough Listening
Leaders and managers have access to a great repository of ideas through employees, suppliers, customers, focus groups and other stakeholders. Trouble is that it is all too easy to fall into the trap of telling others what is going to happen and not listening to their ideas or input.
Reason 3: Too Much Complacency
When all is going well it is easy to become really complacent. When you rest on your laurels before you know it someone has come along and taken your best customers or clients.
Reason 4: Too Risk Averse
Now don’t get me wrong I am never in favour of people being complete mavericks and doing what they like. At the same time if you are ever going to make progress you have to be willing to take what might be best described as calculated or balanced risks.
Reason 5: Too Quick To Blame
People are our greatest asset is often trotted out by senior leaders. There is a lot of truth in that statement in my view. At the same time people will never push the boundaries if they think they will be made scapegoats if things don’t go to plan.
The Bottom Line: There are always going to be demands on organisations to deliver results. At the same time often a small shift in focus can yield big results.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps organisations to get great results through leadership, management and team working. You can learn more here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.