The Super Chicken Model: A Flawed Way Of Organizing For Success

Margaret Heffernan: Super Chicken Model and Work Culture – Ted Talk 2015

The super chicken model is a term that MIT coined in order to describe the way most organizations and societies are run. The super chicken model is based on the idea of picking the brightest men or women in the room and giving them all the resources and power. This approach has been used for years but is no longer effective. As your business companion, we will explore how to identify if you are running the super chicken model and what you can do to improve your team dynamic and build a for the future of work culture.

Do You Have Favorites In The Office?

The super chicken model is often used in organizations by picking favorites. This can be detrimental to work culture because it creates an environment of competition instead of cooperation. If you have favorites in the office, ask yourself why. Is it because they are the brightest? Most talented? Hardest working? Do they brown-nose you? Even those bringing no progress to the business can be kept around because they are a favorite.

Then ask yourself how your team can become your favorite instead of individuals. Everyone should matter in your organization; if you have favorites, it’s time to reevaluate your team dynamic.

What is Your Communication Style?

Are you the type of leader who has an open-door policy? Do you listen to your team and value their opinions? If you answered yes to both, then you’re on the right track however, if you find yourself communicating primarily through email or only talking to your team when there’s a problem, then maybe it’s time to bust out the team happy hours.

Teams get segregated into favorites and non-favorites because leaders communicate through email or other forms of text instead of face-to-face. This can create a disconnect between the leader and the team. You need to understand and connect with your team on a personal level to create a cohesive work environment. Yes, this will require more work on your end as a leader, but that is what being a leader is all about- being able to put in the extra effort for your team.

Do You Have A Good Base Of Operations?

How easy is it for your team to succeed in your organization? If you have a good base of operations, then your team should be able to succeed without too much difficulty. However, if you find that your team is constantly struggling or if they are always asking for help, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and evaluate your work environment.

Most studies show that people who struggle in teams don’t grasp workflows and processes well. This may include their roles and expectations when working with the team. As a leader, you need to be able to provide your team with the tools and resources they need to be successful. Here are some ways you can improve your operations

  • Ask your team to review processes and documentation relating to their roles and responsibilities.
  • Have project reports that outline any hiccups in the process
  • Let your team get creative and allow them to help build processes and scopes of work for projects
  • Encourage collective feedback. Not just 1-on-1 but in group sessions.

Do You Encourage A Work/Life Balance?

This is a big one. If you want to create a work environment that supports your team and has everyone engaged, then you need to encourage a work/life balance. This means not working your team to the bone and expecting them never to take a day off. It also means creating an environment where people feel comfortable taking a vacation and sick days without feeling like they will get penalized or miss out on work. This means you need to know your team’s schedule and needs. Know when their birthday is coming up, and let them know that you plan on working around them so they can take that time off.

Are You A Leader That Listens?

Remember, your teammates are humans that have feelings, bad days, and lives outside of work. To create a super team, you need to listen to your team. This includes when they are feeling burnt out, need help with a project, or just want to talk about their weekend—emphasizing again that you also need to allow your team to provide feedback on projects and, in general, about the company culture. Listening doesn’t mean you have to take every suggestion they make, but it does mean that you value their opinion and what they have to say.

Make sure you show them you considered that feedback. Often, people will give feedback and never feel like their voices are heard. As a leader, you need to be able to listen to your team and show them that you are considering their suggestions. This doesn’t mean that you have to take every suggestion they make but I,t does mean that you value their opinion and what they have to say

How Transparent Are Your Workflow And Teams?

Are you the type of leader that is always in the know? Do you discuss with your team the incoming projects, budgets, and reports? The old way of business is not letting your team know what’s happening in the organization. This can create a feeling of disconnect and uneasiness in your team. In order to create a super team, you need to be transparent with your workflow and teams. This includes letting them know about the budget for upcoming projects and being open about any changes in the company that may affect them.

Do You Encourage Team Collaboration And Connection?

This is the final question you need to ask yourself when evaluating if you have a super team. Do you encourage team collaboration and connection? If you answered yes, then congratulations! You are on your way to having an awesome team. If not, don’t worry. There’s still time to change that.

Encouraging team collaboration can be as simple as setting up weekly or monthly meetings where everyone gets together to brainstorm ideas or work on projects. This is a great way for people to get to know each other and build relationships outside of work. It also lets people see that everyone is working towards the same goal. You can also encourage team connection by creating social events related to everyone’s interests. Get creative! Although most people like to keep their work life and “fun” life separate. It doesn’t mean you can encourage a “fun” work environment.

How to Deal with Change in the Workplace: Tips for a Daily Balance and Healthy Life

We live in a time where change is the only constant. Technology, trends, and even our ideas change frequently. This can be unsettling for some people, but it is essential to remember that change is a natural part of life. As your business companion, I will discuss how to deal with change in the workplace and maintain a healthy balance in your daily life. We will also share some tips for maintaining productivity and collaboration during times of change.

If the crazy few years haven’t taught us how to adapt to change, then I’m not sure what will. In the workplace, change is inevitable. Change can be a good thing, whether it’s a change in management, company culture, physical office space, or even home life. Your body likes changes.

Your Body Evolved to Handle Change

The body likes change because it is essential to the process of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body’s process of maintaining equilibrium or a state of balance, which is what we are programmed to do.

Have you ever felt stir-crazy? That is the psychological response to needing change.

Change can be just as essential in the workplace to maintain a healthy balance between your goals and those you collaborate with. Change can bring new challenges and opportunities, which can help us learn and grow. It can also help us become more adaptable and resilient to future scenarios.

Change is Inevitable

Something will always change no matter how much you prepare or steady your work-life or personal life. Change can come in many forms, and it is important to be ready for it.

I’m sure you have experienced any or all of them:

  • Team members coming and going
  • Client growth and decline
  • Changes in company policy
  • Economic change
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • New technology
  • Positive and negative feelings about career goals
  • Life Circumstances

The list goes on…While some of these changes may be out of your control, there are ways that you can adapt to change and maintain a healthy balance in your life. Here are some tips for dealing with change in the workplace:

Accept change, talk about change, reflect on change, and create change.

Accept Change

One of the most important things you can do when dealing with change is to accept it. This may seem obvious, but it is often easier said than done. Acceptance does not mean that you have to be happy about the change, but it does mean that you are willing to work with it.

Talk about Change

Another helpful tip is to talk about change. Discussing change can help you, and your team members understand the change and how it will impact your work. It can also help you develop a plan for dealing with the change.

Reflect on Change

Reflecting on change can help you understand your reactions to change and how you can improve your response in the future. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn from your mistakes.

Create Change

If you are feeling stuck, try to create change. This may mean taking on a new project or task, starting a new hobby, or even changing your routine. Creating change can help you feel more in control of your life and work.

Know Your Limits

When it comes to change, it is important to know your limits. Change can be difficult, and it is important to remember that you cannot change everything all at once. You may become overwhelmed and stressed if you switch up your routine or process too much. This can lead to burnout and decreased productivity.

Understand How The Change Effects You and Everyone Connected To That Change.

To make a change in the workplace, you need to be realistic about what you can change and what you need to keep. For example, if your company is going through a merger, you may not be able to change the fact that the merger is happening, but you can change how you react to it. You can also change how you work with your team members during the transition.

If the change comes from your home life, understand how you can handle that change without bringing the reaction to your career. You can change how you approach your work, but try not to change the people or places that make up your support system.

Be Patient

Change can be difficult, and it often takes time to adjust to new circumstances. It is important to be patient with yourself and others during this time. Remember that everyone deals with change differently, and it may take time for everyone to find their footing.

Take a Break

If you are feeling overwhelmed by change, take a break. This may mean taking a few minutes to yourself to clear your head or taking a vacation. Taking a break can help you recharge and return to the change with fresh eyes. It can also help you avoid burning out.

These are just a few tips for dealing with change in the workplace. Change can be difficult, but it is also a natural part of life. You can maintain a healthy balance in your work-life by accepting, talking about, reflecting on, and creating change.

Best Way To Make Changes…Start Atomic Habits

An atomic habit is a small change that you make to your routine. It is something that is easy to do and does not require a lot of willpower. Atomic habits are beneficial because they are easy to implement and can help you make more significant changes over time.

When it comes to change, atomic habits can be helpful because they allow you to make small changes that can lead to big results. If you are looking to make a change in your workplace, start with an atomic habit. Try something like setting a goal for yourself each day or week.

Find Systems That Adapt With You

Find apps, tools, routines, and other methods to help you adapt when needed. I use ClickUp as my complete tool for doing everything in my life. From running a business that has needed to adapt constantly and living a moment-to-moment life.

I change my routine, my goals, and even how I work regularly. What doesn’t change is the fact that I need to get things done or properly react to that change, and ClickUp helps me do just that.

The key is not to find a perfect system but rather one that you can change as your needs change.

Embrace the change in your life!