A couple of weeks ago, I defined the Powerhouse Employee as one who’s highly capable and highly committed. Capability is something you can hire for or develop. An investment in skill-building is never wasted unless those skills become obsolete. Commitment is something most people come to a new job full of. They are ready to go, excited to be there and committed to success. The ironic thing is that, after a period of time in the job or with the company, you find commitment takes the big dive.
As a leader, spend time this week thinking about where your team’s capability and commitment levels are. How are you increasing them or decreasing them? As you do this, take money out of the commitment equation. That’s the cheap and easy way to try to create commitment and one that really doesn’t work for anything but short bursts. What are you really doing, really putting effort into that is making a difference in how people feel about working for you?