The NFL season is here again and you can already feel the excitement amongst the fans as they hope their team performs and makes it to the Super Bowl. After moving to Dallas six years ago, I am personally watching the behaviors of the Cowboys and still waiting for the team performance to improve. It makes no sense: they have some of the best resources and facilities in the NFL, yet every year their performance gets worse and worse. What is it about the behaviors and coaching of one of the most recognized brands on the planet that continues to inhibit their success of getting even close to the Super Bowl?
The IT organization is typically focused on skill-sets as a strategy for success. However, practical experience shows that the team dynamics and behavior are at least as important and provide a new strategy that has dramatic impact. The CIO looking for the next level of productivity and cost savings, should invest in behavioral analysis as a quick win.
A recent report by the Vitality Institute highlights the need for preventative measures to increase the well-being and productivity of individuals. At Shadowmatch, we fully support this initiative, but also see that the match (or mismatch) of individual’s working behaviors and their environment also play a big role in employees stress, health, and presenteeism.
Most companies focus on candidate skills during the hiring process vs. their behavior and working actions required for the role. Because the match between candidate and company culture is so critical, those very same candidates often get walked out of the door later for poor performance, despite having the perfect set of skills.
Management style is driven by preferences in behavior, and overall team performance is impacted by whether the working actions of the manager are more or less intense than the rest of the team. The result is that managers are working “inside-out” or “outside-in” as they try to achieve team goals.
To reduce turnover and increase quality or hire, companies need to get out of the transactional “forest” of constant recruiting and sharpen their strategic “axe”. Many applications exist to help companies increase the effectiveness of hiring and interviewing.
Independence is a tenant of what made America so great. It’s also a behavior that can drive success for individuals, but sometimes is misunderstood or actually rejected by teams. Embracing independent behavior can be highly valuable in key roles.
The success of top performing individuals and teams can be strongly linked to their behaviors and working actions. In their September webinar, ICF International invited Shadowmatch USA to discuss how behavior impacts performance, and what coaching strategies can be deployed to help individuals and teams be successful. Listen to the replay using the link in the post.