The Secret To Making Continuous Improvement Successful at Work

Adriana Girdler

Our hearts are the key One of the ways I introduce continuous improvement at work is via Heart-Based Coaching.  As an efficiency expert, I’m always …

Our hearts are the key

Heart based coachingOne of the ways I introduce continuous improvement at work is via Heart-Based Coaching.  As an efficiency expert, I’m always looking for ways to improve how businesses do their work. The belief that everything can be improved and nothing is off the table, including my own ideas and work, is a strong belief of mine. In the Lean world, it’s referred to as continuous improvement. However, continuous improvement is not limited to tasks and how we get things done at work, it’s transferrable to individual behaviour and beliefs. Every individual in an organization benefits from coaching that focuses on continuous improvement philosophies. Heart-Based Coaching is the newest method of continuous improvement to be introduced in the workplace.

What is Heart-Based Coaching?

It goes beyond the traditional goal-directed surface level behaviour strategies and addresses patterns that stop us from reaching our greatest potential. It connects us to our true beliefs that open us to vulnerability and fear (in a good way!). By addressing these issues we address the root cause of our behavioural patterns that keep us from growing. 

Combining improvement in the organization and the individual is a powerful combination.

4 benefits of integrating Heart-Based Coaching in your organization to encourage continuous improvement:

  1. Move from a ME to WE culture. A lot of our “issues” in organizations are based on individuals driven by ego. When we’re ‘me’ focused we can misinterpret things, become easily offended and react in a defensive manner, which leads to more issues. It’s a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. When we’re connected to our heart and live from a place that honours our deepest needs but done in a way that is respectful to others, we respond in a different manner to the same issues because we can see the bigger picture. We make better choices, are more conscious of our behaviour and as a result react differently. This personal improvement leads to better and stronger teams that are built on trust and a knowing that everyone is performing their tasks for the greater good of the organization purpose and not just someone’s own personal agenda.
  1. Behaviours are heart driven, not fear based. Fear is powerful. It can lead to decisions that truly don’t resonate with our true inner being. This can cause us to feel bad. It also makes us mistrust our teams and leadership. Using Heart-Based Coaching to improve behaviours takes a deeper look at our fears, our mistrust and barriers we put up around ourselves. By breaking these down and replacing them with behaviours that come from our heart, our truth, and respect for others we are changing how we react and start to look at our interaction through the lens of compassion and greater good for all.
  1. Greater connectivity to the purpose of the organization. When we shift from a Me to We perspective we start to understand how we impact our organization’s purpose. We all have an important role to perform. There becomes a greater connection to why we do what we do and start to ask ‘how can we be of assistance to help achieve and maintain the organization’s vision?’ This collective connectivity creates a positive vibe that can be felt by everyone.
  1. Greater team collaboration and exploration of ideas. Trust and feeling safe to collaborate and brainstorm is the key to coming up with new and innovative ideas. If there’s resistance to this then either fear, ego or lack of connectivity to purpose is at work. When individuals look to improve themselves by using Heart-Based Coaching, it’s easier to collaborate and explore new ideas. We’re not worried with how it will impact us, we understand our value. We are willing to suggest things that challenge the status quo.

Continuous improvement is not just for how we work but how we behave at work. Our behaviour and beliefs have a great impact on our experiences. By improving ourselves at work, we improve our working conditions which lead us to great opportunities. In the famous words of Alvin Toffler, former associate editor of Fortune Magazine, writer and futurist:

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Heart-Based Coaching is the tool for those who are courageous enough to step out of the box, and relearn new behaviours to become continuously better individuals.

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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