Results for Managers and their Teams
What Cognitive Training Will Do for You
One of the greatest payoffs of a workforce which actively works on its cognitive skills is one of the least expected: it’s a huge morale booster.
Well-supported studies show that in jobs which require some, even very minimal, thought, individuals are more motivated by self-improvement, solvable challenges, and increased independence than by monetary gains.
With cognitive training you will be addressing each of these needs and, at the same time, you will be developing a team that is capable of doing more and doing it better. The benefits that you will receive personally, as a manager, are related.
Being a manager is challenging for many different reasons — you have to bring people with different abilities and inclinations together for a unified purpose, you need to be responsible for how quickly and how well others are completing their work, and you need to deal with personality conflicts on a regular basis while at the same time rising above your own. But perhaps more difficult than any of this is the recognition that the buck stops with you. No matter how many people you may have working on the task at hand, ultimately the responsibility for the final product rests with you and you alone. This means that when your people do a subpar job, you will be the one staying up late into the night fixing it.
Much of the anxiety that managers feel on a daily basis stems from this lack of control, this ever-present worry that their employees won’t be up to the task, that they won’t produce a finished product that will be good as is. Now imagine the ideal — you put a problem to your team and you feel confident in each and everyone’s ability to work together and get the job done well; you receive reports from your group that need no editing; when you leave work for the day or the weekend, you do so feeling relaxed and assured that everything is under control. In short, as the abilities and morale of your team improve, so do your own.
Here is a breakdown of what you can expect for your team and for yourself after participating in some Do It Better workshops:
Consequences for your Team
- Independence: Your team will complete projects with little guidance.
- Creativity: Your team will discover novel, practical solutions to challenging problems.
- Effectiveness: Your team will implement solutions in an optimal and timely fashion.
Consequences for You
- Productivity: The less time you spend micro-managing, the more time you have for your other work.
- Power: With a strong team that can take on tough projects, you more of an asset to the organisation.
- Control: With a more effective team you gain control over what your unit can accomplish.