Habits are often associated with negative behaviors. In order to challenge the thoughts we have about habits, we must be open-minded and willing to see the other side of the proverbial coin. Another point worth mentioning is that many people associate involuntary behaviors with habits. That misperception will be challenged in this article as well.

Simple put, habits are behaviors that repeated. Habits include patterns of predictable and consistent behaviors that are observable to others. Behaviors are actions that are demonstrated in our environments such as the workplace or home. We become known and associated with our behaviors and habits. They support our identity in an y of the roles we have in life.

Behaviors have a very wide range of actions and within those behaviors, we develop our habits. While many people think that they take on a habit involuntarily, the reality is that people unconsciously adopt habits which means there is a cognitive connection. Given that there is a cognitive connection between how we habits and decisions, we can decide to take on or let go of them when we out our mind to it.

When we put our mind to deciding our behavior patterns, which lead to our habits; we are intentionally impacting how we show up with others. With that in mind, we can take full responsibility for our actions when we know that we had a part in deciding on them. Performance in the workplace becomes easier to manage when we work with people who own their ability to make decisions on their habits and behaviors.

Leaders who work and coach others on their performance are essentially looking for them to be high performers. High performance is all about repeating the behaviors that create the best outcomes. When this is achieved, you are more likely to achieve more successful results.

As a leader, when you begin to look at the potential for behaviors to be habits, you can see the possibilities of achieving high performance outcomes. When you coach others on achieving outstanding results and they connect that to the patterns of behaviors and habits that are required, why can make the decision to perform accordingly. When leaders and employees are on the same page about the behaviors and habits needed to be successful, there is a synergy that must create a successful result.

Companies invest a significant amount of resources which includes time and money, in getting people to perform in ways that drive successful outcomes. When the company shifts its culture to include holding everyone accountable for the habits that always produce successful outcomes, high performance seems like a more likely result.

The key foundational point to getting people to decide to incorporate habits into their performance is having clearly defined roles and responsibilities in all of the processes and workflows in your company. There is a requirement to organize and standardize the steps in any of the processes in order for people to decide to form the habits intentionally. Keeping in mind, they will look for some recognition for taking on the habits to make themselves and the company successful. When you customize the rewards and recognition, you are morel likely to reinforce the habits.

Integrating habits into your company’s culture is a way of reducing your company’s excessive spending on performance management and progressive discipline. When conversations are focused on supporting people learn the habits that they can adopt to be successful, they are more likely to divide to take them on and demonstrate them.

A key to establishing a culture of habits in your company, is the coaching process. When the leaders in your company are skilled and equipped to coach effectively, they are creating the predictive and consistent behavior patterns to achieve outstanding results.
Phil focused on leadership development throughout his 35 year career and as a result of that focus, he is a skilled and proficient coach who offers his support to leaders all around the world. To schedule a call to talk with Phil about what is possible when you work with him, send an email to phil@seedandlead.com

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