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The Future is in Your Hands

April 26, 20237 min read

The Future is in Your Hands

The Critical Role of Team Leaders: Empower Your Team to Thrive Now

In today's dynamic ever-changing workplace and business environment, leaders have never needed to be more agile and adaptable to drive success. Team leaders find themselves caught in the middle, not only focusing on the bottom line and on the wellbeing and growth of each individual employee. It is essential for team leaders to empower their teams to thrive. 

But how do you keep your team motivated, engaged, and focused in such an environment? How do you enable them to thrive and contribute their best to the organization? 

The answer lies in F.R.E.S.H. Now methodology. Working on five essentials, F.R.E.S.H. now team leaders work together with their teams to be ready for what lies ahead in the dynamic and uncertain future. Yes, F.R.E.S.H. is an acronym! Let’s explore them with a short description, the leaders’ responsibilities and what it looks like when a team is ‘fresh’.

F.R.E.S.H. now is accessed on an engaging, customizable learning platform that equips team leaders with actionable resources to invite their team's energy and performance, unleashing each employee's wholehearted contribution and transforming the business and all humans involved.

We believe it is the team leaders’ responsibility to create the space for teams to thrive; actually, it might be their primary responsibility. Then together all team members, leaders included, are radically responsible for the team’s experience and results.  

F.R.E.S.H. stands for Futurize, Realize, Energize, Systemize, and Harmonize, is a powerful framework for achieving these goals.

Futurize

Futurize involves setting a compelling vision for the future of the organization, outlining what success looks like, and how each employee can contribute to achieving it. A clear and compelling vision creates a sense of purpose and direction, motivating employees to strive for excellence and alignment with the organization's goals and values.

To Futurize effectively, leaders need to involve their team in the process. Soliciting their input and feedback enables them to feel valued and invested in the organization's future. Leaders can also leverage technology and data to gain insights into market trends and customer needs, aligning their vision with the evolving business landscape.

A team is futurized when it is prepared and ready for what is emerging next, they have their eyes on the horizon to what could be coming, have a shared purpose and shared values and are actively accessing their collective wisdom to fuel all their choices and actions.

Realize

Realize involves identifying the skills, knowledge, and resources required to achieve the vision and developing a plan to acquire or develop them. It also involves setting clear goals and metrics to track progress and ensure accountability.

To Realize effectively, leaders need to create a culture of learning and development within their team. Encouraging employees to pursue continuous learning and providing opportunities for personal development and skill-building. Ensuring that all team members are personally and collectively aware of their current capabilities and challenges and are equipped and ready to contribute their full potential. 

A team is realized when they are aware of where the team is now, has collective awareness of the current capabilities and challenges, they are ready, resourceful, and resilient. The team is committed to learning together with a progress over perfection mindset, choosing and taking fresh action to iterate to awesome.

Energize

Energize involves creating a culture of positivity, innovation, and collaboration. A positive work environment that fosters innovation and collaboration motivates employees to give their best and contribute to the organization's success. It also enhances employee engagement and retention, reducing turnover costs.

To Energize effectively, leaders need to lead by example. They need to exhibit positive behaviors and attitudes, inspire innovation and creativity, and foster a collaborative work environment. 

A team is energized when team members are engaged, inspired, and moving forward collectively with courage, competence, and connection.  All team members accept radical responsibility for the energy and effort they contribute to create a thriving team experience and are ready to pivot and perform.

Systemize

Systemize involves developing processes and systems that support the team. It also involves automating repetitive tasks and streamlining workflows to improve efficiency and productivity.

To Systemize effectively, leaders need to involve their team in the process of developing processes and systems. Soliciting their feedback and input ensures that the systems developed are user-friendly, efficient, and effective. Technology can be leveraged to automate tasks and streamline workflows, reducing the time and effort required for repetitive and manual tasks.

A team is systemized when the team builds fit for purpose processes and ways of working designed for the team’s uniqueness.  When all team members appreciate, value and utilizes their build for purpose ways of working and processes, the team in systemized. A commitment to perpetual improvement is a cornerstone of being systemized.

Harmonize

Harmonize the fifth essential, involves having all team members playing their part in the team’s opus, together harmoniously, playing their own part and creating the desired production together. This involves creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that fosters a sense of wholehearted belonging.

To Harmonize effectively, leaders need to create a culture of openness and transparency, where all employees feel valued, respected, and heard. Leaders need to be fully aware of their own biases and blind spots, they are humble and appropriately vulnerable to show the way and set the path for others.  

A team is harmonized when they appreciate the collective journey of the diverse and unique humans, they have the privilege to work with. Team members have authentic connections that fosters whole-hearted contribution, where everyone belongs, is accepted, and valued.

The F.R.E.S.H. now methodology is not only effective but also actionable, with specific strategies and tools for each of these areas. By accessing the F.R.E.S.H. now leader platform and engaging with the team in activities provided in F.R.E.S.H. now toolits, team leaders can create an environment that enables their team members to perform at their best, achieve their goals, and feel fulfilled in their work.

One of the critical roles of the team leader is creating a positive experience for employees. When team members feel valued, supported, and empowered, they are more likely to be engaged, productive, and committed to their work. This not only benefits the individual employees but also the organization, leading to better results and higher morale.

However, many organizations fail to recognize the critical role that team leaders play in creating a positive employee experience. Too often, team leaders are seen as interchangeable, with little attention paid to their capacity and competence. This can lead to a lack of support and resources for team leaders, and ultimately, a disengaged and demotivated workforce.

They say employees don’t leave companies they leave managers/leaders; well maybe there is another way to look at this.  Employees leave companies who don’t support and develop their leaders! And Employees leave companies who don’t respectful and honestly deal with leaders who are not living their values and leadership expectations.

To address this issue, organizations need to value and invest in the development of their team leaders. This means providing support and resources to help them build the skills and competencies they need to create a positive employee experience. It also means recognizing the important role that team leaders play in shaping the future of the organization and appreciating them accordingly. And it means putting in place means to support leaders who are not making the grade or are undermining your company leadership expectations, values and culture.

As an executive, senior leader, talent director or learning development professional you hold the key when it comes to developing leaders' capacity and competence. The future is in your hands, as you play crucial role in identifying the skills and competencies that team leaders need to succeed and providing them with the resources and support, they require. By partnering with you, together we can ensure that your team leaders are equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to empower their teams to thrive, starting now to transform your business and the way you and your teams work together.

In conclusion, the F.R.E.S.H. now methodology provides team leaders with a powerful framework for empowering their teams to thrive. By focusing on Futurize, Realize, Energize, Systemize, and Harmonize, team leaders can create an environment that enables their team members to perform at their best, achieve their goals, and feel valued and fulfilled in their work. 

It is crucial for organizations to recognize and value the role that team leaders play in creating a positive employee experience and invest in their development accordingly. By choosing to do so, organizations can build a thriving, engaged, and motivated workforce that drives success and growth. By choosing not to, you are making a strategic choice to not get the full potential from your team leaders, teams and employees.

The future is in your hands!

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