If ever there was a million dollar question, this is it.
How do I motivate my people?
Clearly we all wish that all the people working for us were energetically and diligently figuring out how to do better every day, both on the job and off the job. We want 110% put forth with the best interests of the company on the top of everyone’s mind.
So you must get out there and “motivate your people to do more, better!”
For many years, I ran around telling the people that worked for me what to do. I was very good at it. Considered great at my job. Promoted early and often.
Then I discovered it was absolutely the wrong thing to do. It was a big mistake.
I knew this because after I stopped – and instead began listening and responding to the complaints, suggestions, and questions of my people – performance shot up!
“Trust in the workplace is like lube oil. Without it, nothing runs.” – Ben
The thing about trust is that it is totally under your control, as the boss. You have the power to cultivate it and ensure its existence and you have the power to create an environment of distrust.
To say a team or organization can’t run without trust, is an understatement. How do you develop trust in the workplace? (more…)