PEOPLE solutions for a changing & unpredictable world
Helping business leaders create environments that enable people to adapt, thrive and perform in times of change
What’s top of your performance agenda right now?
Business leaders and their people are dealing with an increasing pace, unpredictability and complexity of change at work today:
- Digitalisation, AI and automation mean that new or different skills, such as collaboration, adaptability and creativity are at a premium
- Increasing diversity of needs and expectations among employees means that leaders must flex and drive inclusion
- The fight to attract and retain talent is placing a greater focus on the employee experience and its impact on wellbeing
While at the same time being accountable for results, managing efficiently and staying compliant. The “new” demands on managers and leaders are in addition to and in tension with the “old”.
This means that whatever your role, the ability to adapt your state of mind to perform in different situations has never been more important.
And for leaders it also means creating environments in which people can adapt, thrive and perform in times of change.
Our work: Changing mindset to transform performance
Mindset drives performance, acting as a lens through which we perceive events, influencing our emotional experience and, consequently, our behaviour. These relationships form the basis of our work.
Our map of this motivational system helps us diagnose issues and create strategies to align mindset, experience and performance – how we think, relate, feel and act – to strategic objectives.
A shared experience of our work environment, climate influences mindset. Shaped by many factors, but most of all by leadership, we see climate as the starting point for cultural change.
Mindset is a basic building block of performance. Dynamic and changeable, it acts as a lens through which we perceive our environment and influences emotions and behaviour.
We all experience emotions and they have a powerful effect on performance. Directly linked to mindset, emotions are brilliant for diagnosing performance issues and for designing impactful engagement strategies.
Behaviour is the part of the system that is easiest to see, the tip of the iceberg. Behaviour change of some kind is normally our goal, with climate, mindset and emotion the means to that end.
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8Connect Consulting works with mindset to help businesses unlock change, ignite engagement and enable performance.
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