0861 THEBEMED [email protected]

0861 THEBEMED

Thebemed Logo

Accessible Care . Affordable Prices

Thebemed Wellness Cafe’

What’s love got to do with management culture?

Jan 24, 2020 | Blog, NEWS2USE

Thebemed Wellness Cafe’

Tina Turner’s number one hit asks: ‘What’s love gotta do with it – what’s love but a second-hand emotion?’  Remember the song? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

As a matter of fact, love plays an increasingly important role in creating an empowered culture.  Especially in these times of rapid change, employees must learn to adapt and acquire new competencies quickly and continually. Building ongoing learning into team culture requires managers to nurture their people through the process of acquiring confidence in their new capacities. Nurturing is, therefore, not only an expression of kindness, it is a real strategy for team empowerment. Studies from neuroscience show how those areas of the brain, like the hippocampus which enable faster learning, are stimulated when employees work in a team with a culture of kindness. So, managers, be smart and create a loving and mutually supportive team that will enjoy learning.

Converting short -term memory into long-term memory is a function of a healthy hippocampus. This part of the brain is responsible for remembering instructions, the details of a meeting, learning new facts, recalling revised plans, and so forth. However, in people who experience continued stress and unhappiness the hippocampus shrinks, with a resulting decline in function. That is why research shows that when people are happy and relaxed, they are more able to engage enthusiastically with their work, and more readily learn and adjust to change.

 

Tips for leading from the heart

The best leaders are those who lead from the heart, those who have the ability to inspire others through kindness, flexibility, support, and empowerment.

  • Pay attention to people’s behaviour and language; when they show signs of low confidence, step in and offer support
  • Be free with compliments and offer praise as people show positive signs of adjusting, experimenting and learning
  • Hold  ‘team learning meetings’ to regularly encourage the sharing of experiments, learning and successes
  • Watch your words and actions – be aware they will generate a reaction in your team, ensure the effect is positive

What else can you do?

  1. Recruit one or two willing and enthusiastic ‘kindness champions’. Remember, when creating a team culture you as a manager should rather not act alone. Identify some big-hearted souls – they are always there. But since they might not be the most forthcoming you need to seek them out.
  2. With the support of your kindness champions, compose a message to the team. Encourage them to post on a notice board, around their work stations, or any specific place, quotes that relate to the impact of love and kindness in the workplace. Have post-its on hand.
  3. Convene a special team meeting, preferably on a Friday afternoon when folks might be more relaxed. With your champions design the meeting format. It could be something like: Ask everyone to bring the quotes to the meeting and pin them up on the walls. Break up into smaller groups of  2 or 3 and discuss these quotes:
    • How would any of the quotes impact on work performance?
    • What role does love and kindness play when we are learning, and sometimes make mistakes?
    • In the light of these insights, how would we like to change the way we behave towards each other?
    • What specific new behaviours would we like to track?
  4. Management tips for facilitation:
    • Hold an attitude of there being no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ immediate answers – just encourage participation – let the team’s wisdom emerge through conversation.
    • Provide encouragement to anyone showing a willingness to take the lead with follow-up questions, such as: ‘Tell us more about that?’ ‘How do you see that working?’ ‘Who would take a lead on that?’
    • Encourage feedback on the kindness conversation process itself: ‘Does this make sense?’ Would you like to continue?’

Latest Posts

Seeing the light in the darkness

Seeing the light in the darkness

Start your day by scrolling through your Newsfeed and you’ll probably have at least 10 reasons to roll over and hide under the covers. There’s lots of suffering and struggle in the world, not to mention your personal challenges. Although you can reduce your exposure to news of suffering (actually don’t start your day with your newsfeed), suffering is still inevitable.

Respect your body

Respect your body

It’s safe to say we’ve all been there, you are tired, so you skip making dinner and eat an unhealthy snack instead. You have a night out with friends and skip the gym the next morning. When work piles up, the first thing that suffers is sleep. The problem is, the more often this happens, the more your health is affected.

Cultivating self-respect through gratitude

Cultivating self-respect through gratitude

R.E.S.P.E.C.T! Yes, it’s a well-known song and a word often used when it comes to teaching children how to interact with adults, but there is more to it than just being a catchy tune. Respect is effectively the glue that holds relationships together. It can be defined as “esteem for, or a sense of the worth, or excellence of a person, a personal quality, or ability”.

Nurture your inner child, no matter your age

Nurture your inner child, no matter your age

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ A cliché? Yes, but there may just be a dot of truth to it. Everyone knows that play is good for kids. It promotes physical and mental development and provides an opportunity for healthy social interaction. But as kids get older, time for free play gets less, until adulthood, when it just about disappears altogether.

Is addiction ruining your family?

Is addiction ruining your family?

We usually think of addiction as something extreme; associated with drugs, alcohol or substances, but you can become addicted to many different things.
For many years experts believed that only alcohol and certain drugs could lead to addiction.

You May Also Like:

Seeing the light in the darkness

Seeing the light in the darkness

Start your day by scrolling through your Newsfeed and you’ll probably have at least 10 reasons to roll over and hide under the covers. There’s lots of suffering and struggle in the world, not to mention your personal challenges. Although you can reduce your exposure to news of suffering (actually don’t start your day with your newsfeed), suffering is still inevitable.

read more
Respect your body

Respect your body

It’s safe to say we’ve all been there, you are tired, so you skip making dinner and eat an unhealthy snack instead. You have a night out with friends and skip the gym the next morning. When work piles up, the first thing that suffers is sleep. The problem is, the more often this happens, the more your health is affected.

read more
Cultivating self-respect through gratitude

Cultivating self-respect through gratitude

R.E.S.P.E.C.T! Yes, it’s a well-known song and a word often used when it comes to teaching children how to interact with adults, but there is more to it than just being a catchy tune. Respect is effectively the glue that holds relationships together. It can be defined as “esteem for, or a sense of the worth, or excellence of a person, a personal quality, or ability”.

read more