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Here are four daily habits that will have such a positive impact on your team, it will function like a well-oiled machine, even without you.
Recognition is typically given after a job well done, but what happens if you reverse the order?
When you were learning to ride a bike, it didn’t matter what happened the first time you removed the training wheels. Mom or Dad was there to steady you, encourage you, cheerlead you. You rode on their confidence to step into the unknown, give it your best and test yourself. You had support before you even got started.
Although your team members are not children, this approach still works as an adult. As opposed to providing support remedially when something goes wrong, could you inspire them to more confidently charge out of the gate at the beginning of the day?
Leaders and managers who are best at solving their team’s problems and driving high performance know their team well. They can empathize strongly, appreciate what rejection feels like, and stand up for those who feel disrespected, harassed, or bullied.
When you are prepared to declare your values and ethics to defend your people and their values your team members will remember how you made them feel. In the future when you ask them to participate in a particularly grueling challenge, they will willingly feel indebted to go to battle for you.
Without oversharing, be wise and consider sharing what frustrates, upsets, and saddens you just as much as what pleases you. Don’t just share your insights, ask for and listen to theirs.
Be wise about how and when you are transparent. However, let people see and feel that you are human and accept them as human. Allow them to relax and feel less worried about being themselves in their work. When they feel freer, they perform better.
Investments in learning opportunities and training that are not a suitable fit, not well planned, nor timed well, can actually be a waste of time and money. Assigning people to training when their motivation and desire to improve is not present is unwise.
Not everyone desires to improve their intellectual assets and technical skills. Some people simply don’t have workplace goals, let alone goals at all. At the end of the day, try to review three things they know today that they didn’t know yesterday. Encourage employees to think this way and they’ll start enjoying this expanded way of thinking.
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