As I write this post the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are wrapping up. In pairs competitions, such as figure skating, commentators consider the degree of chemistry between the skaters, because intense chemistry enhances the quality of the performance. Similarly, in movies chemistry (or lack of it) between two actors is often cited as a very important factor in the movie’s quality. We know when chemistry is present and when it’s not. When it’s intense, it’s almost tangible.
Pushing employees outside their comfort zones is often necessary to move toward a desired future state for your organization. For instance, if you’re leading a process improvement initiative you’ll push many people outside their comfort zones. The more significant or fundamental the change, the more uncomfortable people will be. If you see yourself as a change agent, expect to spend a lot time in this space.
There’s an interesting concept in the field of human resources that we at Talent Plus try to positively impact each day. According to “You Join the Company, but you Quit your Boss,” an article posted on the Center for Sales Strategy blog,
“The most common reason that employees give for quitting their last job is that their boss didn't care about them…if an individual does not believe they can trust their manager to have their best interests at heart, they usually can’t keep doing the job.”