March 1, 2012
In your business or organization, teams and units work to find effective and efficient operations, methods and procedures. Most of the time through the normal course of business evolution, teams find brilliant solutions. As a leader it is in your realm to bring teams together to encourage them to share best practices, to bounce great ideas off each other, and to create a constructive learning environment.
The sharing of best practices across multi-functional teams is one method of implementing continuous learning and improvement processes. Success is achieved at many levels when best practices are shared and implemented across business units.
Identification of Best Practices
As a leader in your business you may note differential results between units that do the same work. In your regular meetings and briefings, investigate the methods and successes that are isolated or behind the scenes. Best practices may be revealed from frequent communications and engagement with individual staff members and with teams.
Great work and efforts should be recognized. Incorporate recognition in your organization as a way to illustrate appreciation across colleagues. Promote an environment where teams can openly share what works well for their units. Promote an environment where teams can learn. The combination of sharing best practices and open learning environment spells potential success broadly across the organization.
Best Practices Forums
If your organization is large, establish a formal setting for the sharing of information and effective practices. Forums or working group meetings assist in bringing large groups together to share a broad array of topics. Structured, these forums can result in improvements to cross-functional units that are not related, such as an administrative efficiency that improves the general operation of all units.
As a leader ensure you identify any process, product or design that may fall into your business’ intellectual property rights. Pay close attention to the best practice or method as it may warrant protection of intellectual property. Investigate whether patents, trademarks and copyrights should be filed with your Federal Patents office.
A very effective way to improve your organization across individuals and business units is to share and implement best practices. Allow your professional teams to help others be successful with results-based best practices.
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