All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.Leonardo da Vinci
There is a perception and attitude to work that encourages and drives productivity and there is that drives negativity and poor work ethics.
The key question, what is your focus in business? Profit? Adding Value? Following the grind?
If we can safely identify where we want to play in our business focus, one would drive the influence the kind of people, attitudes, and perceptions we tolerate, create and nurture.
Foremost, what structure do you run in your organisation? What strategy? Do you run the Hyena Strategy or the Strategy of the lion?
The Hyena Strategy
The Hyena is led by a queen who exerts dominance throughout her reign and all other hyenas serve her and her offspring until there is a change of guard or overthrow. Now in that kingdom, once a kill is spotted, they all rush in for the kill, most times feasting on the kill before it’s dead…yes still alive. A times, they feast on carcass, stealing unashamedly from other animals, and do solo runs because they often don’t want others in on what they are trying to do…essentially distrust runs in their midst and will only work together if it would favor or be beneficial to them.
How many businesses run thus model? Only the MD benefits and runs a unitary system or in the well-known parlance, a one-man business. This kind of business runs with people who are only interested in their own progress to the detriment of others, and they ensure they dance and sing praises around the point man to be in his favour always. The point man in this business is the anchor man who does all things, and all revolves around him. If he crumbles, the business does likewise. If he rises, likewise the business as well. And if he is stagnant, so is the business. Loyalty does not exist, everything revolves around the one person, no structure, and no corporate governance. The people who work in this organisation or entity have a perception to work as indicated earlier, and when they come into a structured setting, they get to be wary of decision and processes put in place to guide operations of a company or organisation and they tend to play politics. It’s a dog-eat-dog world to them…anything goes everything is a meal…fresh, stale, rotten.
The only thing that makes life unfair is the delusion that it should be fairSteve Maraboli
The Strategy of the Lion
I have written about this in an earlier post and you can read more about it here. But will do a summary of the Strategy. The Lion operates as king indeed delegating tasks to his various team members. Their hunt is strategic and involves team effort, and the Lion King does not participate in every hunt except the big kills where he brings in his experience and brute strength. Mind you, no animal bothers the king even if alone, but they may be seen harassing the lioness and others Cat family as its the case with Hyenas and wild dogs.
Now the people who operate this strategy think teamwork and always have the big picture in view. Their mindset and perception are, one for all, all for one. They possess an ownership mentality and take their responsibilities with strong conviction of been responsible to a higher unseen authority versus the authority they can see and touch.
To be profitable, successful, and sustainable in business, you need to decide early the kind of perception and attitude you want within your organisation. And it depends on the big picture you see and what you want to achieve. Do you want an enduring legacy that does not require your presence to continue or a legacy that wanes once you are not on ground?
To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptionsStephen R. Covey
The choice is yours to make and it would determine the kind of team you would assemble for your success story.
And I must point out, irrespective of your choice, there would always be a mix of individuals who operate on this perception strategy…The Lion or Hyena. What is crucial is how you make use of the best of your team to achieve the long-term goal you want to achieve.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.Henry David Thoreau.