How does a company create added value

This is how you create added value for your colleagues

A few years ago I took part in an interesting workshop on leadership behavior in which we were asked, among other things, to identify the 3 most important things that we would like to work on in relation to ourselves. This did not necessarily mean work quality. In my case, I listed interpersonal skills: 1) appreciating others, 2) creating value for others, 3) spending time with others (and not using technological means of communication). I also asked the other participants and the question that most of them asked was: How do you create added value for others?

I have taken these three points to heart over the past six months. However, it is often not easy to stick with such ideas and implement them directly. I often fail with it, but I don't give up that easily. Creating added value for others is certainly the most abstract of these ideas, and I've always misunderstood them. I have never looked at them in the context of work and the business world, but rather focused on reality and my relationships. But we also have relationships in our workplace and relationships mean work - also and especially working together in teams. And this work can be very dragging.

Fast Company suggests 3 ways you can create value that lasts for others.

Fast Company mainly related to the industrial sector, but I took the liberty of adapting the ideas to the way employees interact with one another. And that came about from it:

  • New added value: Even if team settings can gradually create added value, why shouldn't you try something new? Facebook & Apple recently had an idea for this. These measures certainly appear very one-sided, but they still create added value and can ensure that employees stay with the company.
  • Additional added value: Most companies and executives believe that by hiring them you are doing the employee a favor. However, this is a relationship that both can benefit from and every company should keep this idea in mind. We have a few tips for you on how to create a satisfied and happy work environment, and I never tire of stressing the importance of this.
  • Better added value: Added value also means offering the other party more quality. However, this is only possible if a manager or supervisor knows and understands the way his employees work. What is it that drives you? Why do they come to work every morning? What motivates you How do you prefer to communicate? These are the questions you need to ask yourself if you want to create value for others.

As a professional with many areas of responsibility in personal life, I have more than enough to worry about. So I cut corners. This made me think: I cut back on precisely those people who do not offer me any added value. However, this means that I myself do not offer these people any added value and therefore they see no reason why they should make an effort. Most people pay only 25% of their attention to a conversation. So if I'm not a good listener, then I'll be off a person's radar relatively quickly - and that's only fair.

Back to my workshop: I used a method for part of my assignment. In general, I think relationships are very intuitive. However, I admit that I also like to use an aid from time to time. I used the books “Managing from the heart” by Bracey and Sanford “Creating Value” by Havens and Paul as a guide. The main thing is to show empathy, which in my opinion is one of the most important leadership qualities, especially when it comes to higher hierarchies and the management area. I like this guideline, even if it's a bit cheesy.

It's just a small tool. The emphasis is on the ideals of listening, internalizing a problem, and respecting and appreciating others. This is a prerequisite for being empathetic towards others. It is easiest for anyone to simply pass difficulties on to team members. It takes a lot more courage to confront and take on the perspective of others.

A friend once refused to show up for a meeting because she didn't think it was a top priority. I like their directness. But I would have liked her to have known that this phrase got her off the radar of many people. As a result, she has lost the opportunity to broaden her horizons and to relate to others or to get to know their perspective. Of course, the people who really like my girlfriend won't care, but you should be aware of it.

At least it made me think why I felt so uncomfortable. I wasn't 20 years old when indifference was cool. At least that is not the ideal I am striving for.

Note: You can find the original ideas here.