- 16th September 2013
- Posted by: Rosalind Howard
- Category: NL Week
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The most mis-used two word phrase in the business world
Last week I wrote about the single most boring word in HR – “Competency.”
Forgive me, I nodded off just writing the word…and this week we go for another major award – ladies and gentlemen, I give you….the most mis-used two word phrase in the business world:
OK – in sports, I get it – the best of the very best
In business and organisations, this definition is becoming rather…familiar.
It’s the one plastered with promises, adverts and hype around those two words – world-class has become the new norm.
True, inside your organisation, every single person will have a unique gift, skill or passion that may indeed be the best of the very best (see video!), however as an overall, we need a more helpful definition…
Taking the phrase literally, “world-class” = works anywhere in the world, with everyone in the world.
Chances are, your organisation is global – i.e. you have a website, or you have people from different cultures, with different customs and of different religions – so, being a truly global leader is rather important.
How do you do this?
Ensure that every single person in your organisations knows where to go to, to find something out or ask for help.
Is free, and feels free to say what they think, without fear or favour.
You respect, embrace and celebrate people’s differences.
Your leaders are role models for the respect they show to everyone.
We live in a truly diverse world, and that world is reflected in your organisation, your teams and your people right now. Value them all in this way and they will return and deliver that value, tenfold. Yes, as I always say, some will choose not to go on the journey (in which case, they exit), however, the vast majority will.