Interdependent Excellence

February 17, 2011

Interdependent people work well autonomously as well as with others when necessary. The rewards of the pinnacle of partnership will remain elusive unless you can create a thriving culture of interdependence in your workplace.

Your work will be easier, more enjoyable, and much more effective when those you have been given the privilege to lead think, speak, and act like this when things go wrong at work:

“This does not seem to be working and I think we can do better.  Have you considered these alternatives/options?  Here is what I would be willing to do to help.”

Instead of like this:

“This sucks and so do you.”

Want your people to be more interdependent?

Then make it your goal to become the single most interdependent person at work. You must both set the personal standard for interdependence and also create the system where it can flourish in others.

Resolve to be the hardest working person in the organization. Surround yourself with people that will tell you what you need to know, not what they think you want to hear, and create a system where their voices are expected and rewarded. Encourage them to have high expectations of themselves and each other, and then enable them to enable each other to achieve those expectations.

Model the way by always assuming full responsibility for all of your behavior.  Eradicate the blame game and instead divert all your energy and focus to fixing the crappy systems that are driving the bad behavior and poor performance you rightly detest.

Change the way your people think and talk about challenges at work by changing the way you do the same. Invite and expect your folks to hold you accountable for your own interdependent behavior.

Stop supporting a culture of excuses and complaints by first confronting your own excuses. Make sure your people can daily see in you what you want them to be – truly interdependent.

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  1. Somer Lyons says:

    I enjoy your posts. “This sucks and so do you” not the best motivator? Go figure! 🙂

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Somer! Hard not to take it personal when our employees talk like that, but we can work to change it. That involves improving ourselves and our system of management. Not as easy as firing someone, but a much better alternative. Thanks! Bret

  2. Frankie Coleman says:

    Hello Bret,
    I stumbled across your site while researching interdependent people for my communication course. I am a line supervisor with asperations to advance in the field of HR and I am currently attending a local college. The information you have provided is very insightful. I will be using this information to improve my management style.
    Thank you

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Frankie. Hope it helps. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the kind words. Bret