Written by Guest Blogger Ramona da Gama.
The last 3 months has been devastating for most businesses, a situation no one could have planned for. The emotions being experienced by this community are confusion, fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, exhaustion, loneliness and failure. In many cases, our own political leaders have not been in control of the situation, creating even more confusion. Now we are easing out of it. After the lockdown we have to face the new challenges ahead. What are they?
How has this impacted on our employees? Our Customers? Our share Price/Balance sheets? Our Investors? Our Suppliers? Our Business?
AND, how do you ‘hit the ground running’ whilst ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees, creative cost cutting, retaining customers, looking for new markets, investing wisely and delivering on our promises?
Being Transformational means that your vision for the business must be aligned with the values and behaviours of the organization’s culture. That must be effectively communicated to all stakeholders, in order to get buy-in and have everyone working with passion towards a common goal.
How to be transformational? Sports has always been my benchmark. Business Leaders need to think like sports coaches. Whether you are coaching in The NFL ( The New York Giants), UK’s Premier League ( Manchester United), The Rider Cup Teams, or tennis greats like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Even our Olympic heroes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, they (together with their coaches and their teams) have a long-term strategy.
Whether the goal is to be No. 1 in the world, win an Olympic medal, win the league, or just become the best in their field, it’s all about the strategy – long- and short-term goals and objectives, planning, training, practice coaching, good nutrition, health & safety, and mitigating & managing risk.
Transformational leaders make sure it’s all about ‘Team’ not individuals.
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