Location, location, location — environment is often overlooked and yet is hugely important to enabling flow in your team.
I was surprised recently to meet with a team who confessed that they only meet once a month. They told me that the meeting, whilst it had a structure and lots of detail, focused on sales figures and profitability mainly, (which is of course hugely important to review!) Its purpose was to highlight where team members were being ‘effective’ or ‘ineffective’ in meeting their targets. This meeting was always held in the board room, a very dark and clean cut room
Whilst the meeting worked well for checking hard measures and performance, (the company was profitable with a solid performance record) the creative members of the team were struggling with this very ‘Steel’ based meeting and had no place to express their new ideas or innovations. In fact, when new ideas were raised at this meeting, they were cut off immediately as being, not well enough thought through. Innovation as a result was very low in the company.
The most productive environment for one Frequency can be counter-productive for another. This was certainly true for the innovators in this team. The Steel based environment was great for checking the monthly measures against and certainly has a place as part of the monthly routine.
We shared with them however, the importance of setting specific environments for specific Frequencies to flourish. To encourage Creativity and Innovation for example, the environment requires to be quirky and constantly changing. This really helps to spark creativity and bold action. Each of the frequencies requires a different environment.
- Have a think about the meetings you hold with your team.
- Be clear in establising what is their purpose and try to stick to one outcome per meeting.
- Check which frequency the meeting relates to on the Talent Dynamics Pathway and choose an appropriate environment to suit.
Let us know the results you see, when you make some changes with where you do it…