When polled, 99.999% of people will tell you that they want to succeed. They are doing everything they know how to do in order to achieve excellence, gain approval, make friends, and get picked for advancement and opportunity.
So, what gives? Why do certain members of your team continue to let you down?
It’s clear— they are loaded with potential, and yet they keep falling short. They miss deadlines, turn in half-hearted work, and lack personal initiative.
If they would just listen better, focus more, and take initiative your team would surely reach beyond your established milestones. Problem is: They are not focusing their talent.
This problem makes me think of a quote by James Allan in As A Man Thinketh,
“…nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. [We] understand this in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though it’s operation there is just a simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it.”
If you want your team to care about their results, you must take care in understanding the results that matter to them. Removing obstacles to their success is far easier when you understand what success means to them.
Once you understand what they’re striving to achieve, and why it’s important to them, helping them gain opportunities and experiences will become your main focus. Who doesn’t want to work hard for someone who’s working hard to help him succeed?
If your team is letting you down, hold them up—look to see what’s important them, and help them reach their goals.