Make Time to Grow
When I look back from the beginning of my career and compare it to now. There is a vast change in my thinking and behavior, and the quote “the only constant thing in life is change” comes to mind as I write this about learning attitude and why it is so important to be part of a learning organization and pursue continuous improvement.
I believe individuals we strive to be better than we were yesterday. We are curious about new ways of doing things and we are learning something new every day, knowingly or unknowingly. So, if that is the case with most of the individuals than why not adopt this concept in our organizations.
The Same Old Story
There have been many times that I have participated in discussions regarding how teams are struggling and are blocked in certain areas and could perform better if they implement the solution. When asked why they cannot find or develop the solution, Consistently the response has been, “it’s nothing new, we been having these issues for past year but because other high priority items and trying to meet the dates and timeline we need to put these issues as low priority but this topic comes back in most of our meetings”.
Invest in Improvement
I am sure, you have faced or heard similar discussions in your organizations. As I have seen and observed, organizations
want to compete in the current world, they mostly focus on delivering faster but with less focus on quality products. The dates and timelines are set long before the teams are involved, and there is little time allotted for innovation, research, and collaboration. Little is done to building or providing tools that can enable teams to perform better and produce higher quality work.
As leaders, we need to recognize that improvement is part of everyone’s job description, and we need to invest in those activities as part of the plan. This means building that into the timeline and budget.
Reaping the Benefits of a Continuous Improvement Culture
The way we work in today’s world, pursuing continuous improvement and creating a learning organization is essential. Given the time and space for teams to innovate and collaborate, the teams will have the following attributes:
- Uplifted morale and engagement due to the sense of empowerment
- Sense of pride in ownership towards what they deliver
- A sense of collective success and esprit de corps
- Improved skills that benefit the current and future work
- Happy and more satisfied customers
It seems common sense when one looks at the benefits and impact of fostering a culture of learning and continuous improvement. What prevents organizations from creating that culture? What can be done to make that change?
About Nidhi Sharma
Nidhi is a Transformation Consultant at Mindset180 LLC. She has 15 years of experience working in agile and has been engaged in agile transformation and agile coaching with various organizations for 6years. Helping clients in their agile journey by establishing agile frameworks and developing agile mindset.