So, now I know how my cell phone must feel every time I plug it in and give it some juice. There is no use in having all of that new power if there isn’t a phone call to be made, an email to retrieve and respond to, or directions to be mapped out. All I’m saying is that when you get recharged, you want to do something.
Well, it was not easy, but all of the people that touch our clients were certified in a new tool over the past two days. We all left there feeling like the wheels were spinning and we just needed to gain that small bit of traction to propel us forward at an intense velocity.
I imagine that phenomenon occurring with any team. Something new that helps them to be better at their jobs comes along and, when the boss feels compelled to make sure they get it, they receive both the new tool or skill set and new motivation.
Our new tool is a product called RightPath. While we love Myers-Briggs, DiSC, and Social Styles, it’s always been a struggle for us to help clients turn that into sustainable action. They’d always leave with knowledge and awareness–which is important–but it was hard for people to see what they should be doing. RightPath is truly a “Hired to Retired” set of tools that has application for every stage of a person’s career and every level of an organization. It was created specifically for business and it heavily draws upon Emotional Intelligence (how we deal with ourselves and others) which is important. It cannot be “gamed,” meaning that a person cannot take this assessment and project what they’d like to be or what someone else wants them to be–it has a great “safety net” that prevents this type of manipulation. Best of all, it is a great tool for one-one-one executive coaching, teams, succession planning, promoting, hiring, conflict management, change management, assembling committees or teams, and a slew of other applications. It’s not a magic bullet, but it is enough to get us all excited a fired up.
One thing I’ve learned from the past couple of days is that enhancing the team’s ability to do their jobs affects confidence and competence. It affects both willingness and ability.
If you haven’t tried it in a bit, you should. Get your employee or team that shiny new multi-tool to put into their toolkit and, if it really helps, watch the dynamics change.