See Anything RED?

Look around for something red right now in your environment.  As you focus your search, you might be surprised how many red things there are around you right now…things you didn’t see a minute ago!

What we choose to focus on changes what we give attention to in the world.

In some ABA agencies, the focus on billable hours causes people to neglect their direct reports or supervisees.

In other organizations, leaders focus on looking productive or have a hard time saying “no”, and so they are in constant meetings…too busy to pay attention to their teams who need them. Too busy to even think very much.

The results are damaging to relationships and the work culture.

Twenty-five percent of people report feeling ignored at work.

Those people who feel ignored are twice as likely to actively oppose any change initiatives you are planning.

People hate being ignored so much that they would rather be criticized than ignored!

It’s true. Our septic focus on efficiency sometimes has the opposite effect of what we had hoped.

Focusing on finding positive and productive things that people are doing and recognizing those things can counteract the effects described above. However, as we all know, this is a difficult approach to teach and implement throughout your organization.

What are you doing to counteract an environment in which your leaders over-focus on the results to the exclusion of the people around them?

One way we have found to get both is to teach everyone to get results through relationships. We teach them how to use behavioral science (or, for the BACBs out there…OBM) at work and home.

I’ve been doing this work for 30 years and have taught courses on this to leaders around the world, helping them spread this approach throughout their organizations and producing massive improvements.

This approach is described in my new book. (Keep on the lookout for the free audio version, coming soon!)

We also published a peer-reviewed article showing the approach works to improve quality in ABA agencies,

safety in manufacturing organizations,

…and a case study documenting the surprising effects of 500 leader improvement projects across the operations of a chemical company.

There is so much more to it than what we can put in the articles, though!

Teaching the people in your organization to approach challenges using behavioral science and OBM properly

…improves relationships, 

…increases positive reinforcement and attention that your teams receive, and 

…gives people more control over their environment 

…which improves all kinds of outcomes for the worker.

Every week I write about how to create improvements like these, so stay tuned for more tips, articles, and videos.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can improve results while also improving relationships and creating a psychologically safe workplace, let’s talk.

-John

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