According to the Corporate Leadership Council's (CLC) study on High Performance, the conventional approaches to managing/leading performance have delivered gains of about 1% per annum since 2002. Yet on average, Executives and Managers estimate they will need to lift employee performance by a whopping 20% to meet their organisation's goals over the next few years!
By analysing what the best performing organisations are achieving, they say this is possible. And the key to unlocking this 'Breakthrough' performance? Increase the 'Network Performance' of employees.
Network Performance is defined as...
"employees effectiveness at improving others performance and using others contributions to improve his or her own performance".
At this point you might note that this is quite a different approach to traditional organisational development programmes which have typically focused on 'Individual Task Performance' i.e. an employee's effectiveness at achieving his/her own tasks and assignments.
Network Performance is essentially about the ability of everyone to freely and willingly transfer knowledge to the benefit of everyone. It includes things like:
On a related note, this insightful article by Soren Gorhamer 5 New Paradigms for a Socially Engaged Company explores how "companies are realising that it is not enough to get people to show up to work; the real challenge is creating cultures that enhance creativity and innovation" and that's all about getting them working together better.
The article reinforces a number of really important points about why the concept of ‘Network performance’ is so important.
Soren finishes his article with this powerful statement...
"The old paradigm was individualistic and focused on thriving to be personally brilliant; the new one is much more social, and it involves creating cultures that enhance innovation in all those present".
Brilliantly said. It's clearly time for everyone in an organisation to be brilliant together.
If your company culture doesn't support an integrated network approach to work, the team at ON-Brand Partners would love to talk about how we can help you build a culture that does.