Provoke Their Greatness Tip #8
Our DNA is already wired for success. While their performance and perceived attitude might not always be up to par, remember they are wired for success. Sometimes fears (humanity) get in the way of asking for help, which leads to underperformance and attitude problems. Fortunately, this is where tip 4 comes in handy. If their performance isn’t up to par, work with them (get your hands dirty) to find out what you can do to help them get better results.
Provoke Their Greatness Tip #9
Authentically caring about their success gives you permission to provoke. You know that quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” If you’re going to challenge (provoke) your team to do meaningful work—to care about their results—you have to care about them. One leader told me about his frustration with a handful of executives on his team who were demonstrating a lack of care about their results. When I asked him if he cared them, I wasn’t surprised when he said, “No.” If you don’t care, why should they?
Provoke Their Greatness Tip #10
Appreciation and acknowledgment are like candy to the soul, regardless of generation. Once you find out how your team members enjoy being appreciated and acknowledged (some thrive on public announcements—others get embarrassed), look for areas where they shine and let them know. No, it won’t blow up their head, but it will open their heart and keep them focused doing excellent work, raving about your leadership, and encouraging customers and colleagues to buy into your product, service, or team.
So, what’s a high-stakes leadership challenge you’re working on right now? How are you going to provoke greatness, earn trust, and achieve your strategic goals?
Want more tips on how to overcome irritation and get any employee to care about their contribution? Check out this The Power of Love at the Office post.
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