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Creating “Your I.D.E.A.L. Small Business Work Environment” – Step 2

Step 2, the “D” in Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment System is to “DETERMINE” what is getting in the way.

This is the step most business leaders are afraid of.

(If you’d like to read the original article with the complete overview of the concept of Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment, go here to read the article titled, “Does the IDEAL Small Business Work Environment Exist?)

This Step 2 process has the potential, if not facilitated properly, to devolve into a cesspool of blame and negativity.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Since everyone participated in Step 1 to IDENTIFY the characteristics of the desired work environment, they are aware of what’s been preventing it.

So, those things are already impacting your work environment.

If they are not brought to the surface, they will remain roadblocks to success regardless of application of the other four steps.

The fear at this step is getting into blaming specific people for their attitudes, behaviors and performance.

That fear is misplaced.

This process can be done without any specific names being shared.

The group process focuses on past behaviors, attitudes and performance that everyone has experienced in the workplace.

These are things everyone usually agrees is the exact opposite of what they just identified as the IDEAL attitudes, behaviors and performance desired for their work environment.

Often, this first two steps can be done within the same session, one right after the other.

Since no one’s name is identified, only the specific observable attitudes, behaviors and performance, if anyone gets their feelings hurt or feels singled out, they need only look inside themselves as the perpetrator being caught.

A good facilitator can make this activity safe for everyone by setting guidelines at the begininng of the session.

The entire purpose for this activity is two-fold:

  • Use it as a contrast between what is desired among everyone and what is experienced by everyone, and
  • Decide to focus only on the future desired behaviors, attitudes and performance identified in Step 1.

It’s a pretty simple process to this point, isn’t it?

Next is Step 3 at this link.

This is the “E” in the I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment System.

If you’d like to have the playbook on creating Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment you can request the free report titled, Your I.D.E.A.L. Work Environment Manifesto at

Be sure to leave a comment below about what you think so far?

’til next time, Communicate with Power,

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