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How winners behave

There are three winning behaviours and three responses that’ll sink your team.

Are you living above the line? If not, you need to get there, as it’s the easiest way to transform workplace culture and team performance. Here’s how, using the OARBED behaviour model:

The acronym starts with OAR - when behaving above the line, one takes: 

Ownership
Accountability
Responsibility.

Below the line, BED, is defined as: 

Blame
Excuse
Deny

No matter what, reacting in these ways is below the line.

You can see this behaviour in both adults and children. The likely reaction of a five-year old getting caught pulling his sisters hair would be to default to "below the line" behaviour. 

Blame: 'She made me do it.' 
Excuse: 'She pushed me first.' 
Deny: 'I didn’t even touch her.'


Adults don’t typically pull hair, but BED behaviour could look like this in your office:
Someone misses a deadline and they blame an internet dropout, make an excuse about not having the necessary information, or deny the project was their responsibility in the first place. This behaviour alienates oneself, while hurting team performance and morale.



On the other hand, paddling with our OAR means, regardless of our initial thinking, we must take ownership, accountability and responsibility. When we live above the line a resolution is found faster, individuals feel more supported and we’re more likely to learn from our mistakes.


OARBED has no hierarchy. Would your team be comfortable calling you, or anyone else, out on below the line behaviour?


Remember, thinking below and acting below are not the same. It’s human nature to dip below the line in our minds, but it’s how we act that matters. Staying in BED is easy, but paddling with your OAR is much more effective and in time the whole team will be paddling in sync.


"The best apology is changed behaviour." - Anon


Contact us for a copy of our OARBED resource to further understand how you can implement this in your business.