One of the greatest challenges, and opportunities, on any team is to create synergy among team members with different backgrounds, styles, and preferences. Organizations that miss the mark on this often end up either enduring their diversity in hopes that someday it will work for them, rather than against them, or deliberately or subconsciously opting to create a homogeneous team where conflict does not exist. Unfortunately, both of these options rob the team of the synergy and the ensuing extraordinary results that could come from people of different talents and backgrounds working in concert.
The sad truth about the state of the American workforce is that a large portion of employees are disengaged, and the statistics are not much more positive, globally. According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workforce Report, only 30% of employees are engaged, 52% are not engaged, and 18% are actively disengaged. The AON Hewitt 2014 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report shows that only 22% of employees are highly engaged, globally. If you can’t relate to this, you are extremely fortunate and a member of a very small group. The multi-trillion dollar question is, “Why is that so, and what can be done about it?”
I don’t claim to know the truth about too many things, but I am very convinced that you will agree with what I’m about to reveal to you as the truth, and be liberated and energized by it.
Why don’t we do what we know we should do? Before I give you the answer, I’d like you to think of one aspect of your career or life that is not going as well as you want it to. Are there some things you know you should be doing to achieve your goal but you are not? Of course! It happens to the best of us. It could be that you want to get in shape. You know you should eat better and exercise more, but you aren’t doing it. Or it could be that you want to restore a relationship. You know you need to apologize, but you have been putting it off. Why do you think that is? If you’re like me, you can probably think of many reasons for not doing what you know needs to be done. I have been writing for years but kept putting off publishing my book because… I had a full-time job, I was busy, I didn’t know how to go about publishing a book, and believe me, the list goes on.
Bear with me as I set the stage to reveal the truth that will set you free. Think of the reasons why you are not in action on what you know you should do. Obviously, I have no idea what your reasons are, but I can say with certainty that they have nothing to do with you not doing what you know you should. Let me prove it to you.