MT Expert: The six habits of super-successful organisations

Habits form and shape the culture of an organisation. They become 'the way we do things around here'. Does your firm practice the six traits common to high performance organisations?

by Campbell MacPherson

Changing organisational habits involves changing the habits of many individuals and takes significant effort, time and committed leadership. But this investment in achieving high performance can deliver a substantial return.

These habits need to become so deeply engrained in the organisation’s culture and DNA that they literally become the organisation’s new way of life. These new habits will impact every facet of the organisation, make it a better place to work, increase employee engagement and drive high performance.

So, what are the top seven habits of high-flying firms?

Habit 1: Leaders must be inspirational figures

According to research from Insync Surveys, which polled over 100,000 employees in over 200 organisations, 54% of employees in high performance organisations believe that their senior leadership team has an inspiring vision for the organisation. Keeping cool under pressure, behaving courteously towards everyone in the company, and developing a reputation for fairness are all key to being an inspirational leader.

Habit 2: Be clear on your strategies and goals

If your team understands what's expected of them, and where the company is headed, they are more likely to perform as desired. Fuzzy company vision, undefined goals and an overabundance of 'priorities' leaves staff unfocused and can often lead to the development of an unhealthy blame culture in organisations, with everyone pointing fingers and saying, 'So and so didn't tell me I had to do that'.

Habit 3: Develop your people

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