Let’s Have a Look Inside

Have you ever taken a really deep look inside yourself…what did you see? Did you like what you saw?

I know that a lot of people – myself included – need to do this more often. Lately, I have been trying to consciously develop and improve my awareness – especially my self-awareness. I decided to start by taking a deep look within.

In order to make room for growth and positive change, I need to be sure that I do not ignore things in my past, but rather look to see if things from the past might be showing up in the present, and what kind of impact they are having. Are they hindering me from moving forward in some areas? Are they having an impact on my current behaviors?

Taking a look at the present, I need to see if what I am doing now is working towards where I want to be. Are my actions and thoughts furthering my development? Are they balanced? What do I have now that needs improvement? Extremely important to me – do my actions and what I present to the world align with my core values?

Now, I need to take a look at me from a different perspective; be someone else for a bit. What do others see? I think that this is important because it reflects what I think that others perceive. I can use this as a metric when I ask someone else what they see – was their answer what I thought it would be?

I can learn a ton from examining myself in detail. Afterward, if I look for reflections of myself in others, I can see if my core values are properly embedded in the messages that I am communicating, and how effectively I am communicating. I will also be subconsciously more aware – this will affect my actions and decisions in a more positive and balanced way.  I can do this because I am now equipped with some inner knowledge.

Shared Team Values for Support

When you first set out to build a lean, mean productivity machine in the form of a team, start out on the right track. You have a great set of people, a great set of skills, and now they all have to work together. Easy, right?

It is far more efficient to start out on the right foot, than to try and make foundational corrections later on down the road. While not impossible, dealing with this in the future, in an already established team, almost always takes far more time to correct. In the beginning, an observant leader may even be able to identify potential “issues” right up front, and either prevent them from happening in the first place, or at least be better equipped to deal, and not be surprised later on. Take some quality time to get to know each other, and feel out each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

One good policy at the outset would be to immediately establish a set of shared team values in order to support each other. Here are just a few examples:

Open communication

Place a strong emphasis on honesty. Individuals need to know that they are kept in the know as much as possible, and that nothing is a secret. They should be confident that if they ask, they will always get a honest answer from any one of their team mates. They should know that they always have the ability to ask for, and to receive help when needed.

Frequent communication

The more the merrier. Always keep each other informed. No one should ever feel left out. Everyone should be able to answer to any of the actions taken by the team.

Respect

Everyone should know that they are a valued and respected member of the team. Their opinions and insights are important. We never want to discourage input – it can lead to not getting it in the future.

Accountability

We hold ourselves accountable and we hold each other accountable. It just works this way to keep us all going forward. Just remember, everyone has a bad hair day! Stay positive.

Forgiveness

Everyone makes mistakes – and it’s always okay, just take ownership, we’ll fix it, we’ll support you, and we’ll move on. Again, stay positive.

The establishment of trust is a very important, and a good set of shared support values are a good way to start out.