Empowering Your Workforce Using 360-Degree Assessment Software
Several months ago I was asked to give an internal presentation on the topic of empowerment as a part of the Ascentis culture series. It was a fun topic to develop and I really enjoyed learning all the different ways that people can feel empowered at work. In the early stages of presentation research I ran across HumanWorkplace.com and all the work CEO Liz Ryan is doing with her organization, including her idea of “Team Mojo.” This concept spoke to me not only as a leader within my organization but also a person who wants to be part of tight-knit team doing great work where people can thrive.
So what is that I like about Team Mojo™?
First of all, the word — mojo. It is a great word. It makes you feel happy just to say it. My team has Mojo! Merriam-Webster defines mojo as “a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc.” With a definition like that, who wouldn’t want mojo?
The Human Workplace describes Mojo as “energy, or the life force… It gets us out of bed in the morning and gets us to work,” and their workplace mojo guide breaks it down into some simple straightforward activities:
- You talk about Team Mojo™
- Keep people in the loop
- Thank your coworkers
- Keep it fun
- Involve everyone in your planning
- Assume people know their jobs
- Communication about the stuff that matters
- Empathize with your team members
- Honor your employees
- Look past the numbers
- Allow people to be human
These concepts and activities are grounded in fundamental theories of leadership. Effective leaders drive people toward a goal, and those people follow. Why? Gallup has done some great research on what creates a follower. The primary results of this research are presented in Part Three of Strengths Based Leadership. Based on Gallup’s study of more than 10,000 people, four key themes emerged:
- Trust (other words cited by followers included: honesty, integrity, and respect)
- Compassion (other words cited by followers included: caring, friendship, happiness, and love)
- Stability (other words cited by followers included: security, strength, support, and peace)
- Hope (other words cited by followers included: direction, faith, and guidance)
These themes closely are aligned with Team Mojo™ and they resonate with what I believe most employees desire.
I want Team Mojo™. I want to be a leader that people want to follow. I’ve discussed this with my team, as Liz Ryan suggests, but how will I know how I am really doing? How can I know what my team really thinks about me? A good place to start is by doing performing a review using 360-degree assessment software. A great 360 software solution should allow organizations to deliver feedback quickly, easily and correctly from the people who work around you. In my pursuit of Team Mojo™, I’ll use Ascentis 360 Degree Assessment software.
Do I really want to know how I am performing? Yes, I really truly, do. To have a high performing team, feedback needs to go both ways. And as I move this process forward, I’ll tell you about the results!