Humans want to be recognised for their contribution, valued and respected for what they offer and how they can make a difference.
A unit of a team has more power than the individuals within in. Yet every single person within the team needs to feel they are making their own contribution, and understand why they are on the team and what they are bringing to the party. We all need to think and feel: “This is my space – and I know the reason why I am here.”
To achieve that high performance and get closer to a flow state, every single person needs to feel they are making their own unique contribution and understand what they are bringing to the team. They need to understand their own knowledge, skills and strengths and have clarity on how that contributes to team performance and overall organisational purpose
Achieving unique contribution brings a host of benefits. People are more likely to be respectful of others’ contributions and less likely to step on other people’s toes or unknowingly duplicate work.
It also allows people to have a voice and be authentic, bringing their whole selves to work.
According to the CIPD, effective voice contributes toward innovation, productivity and organisational improvement for organisations, and results in increased job satisfaction, greater influence and better opportunities for development for individuals.
And when everyone understands their own unique contribution – and respects and values those of others –collaboration becomes seamless. Additionally individuals who know their contribution is valued are more confident to take accountability and stretch and challenge themselves to use skills in new ways.