The powerhouse employee is highly capable in the work he does, motivated, and engaged. Capability is something you can either hire for or develop. An investment in skill-building is never wasted unless those skills become obsolete very soon after the investment. Most people come to anew job full of motivation and engagement. 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, commitment can take a bid dive.
As a leader, spend time this week thinking about where your team’s capability, motivation, and engagement levels are. How are you increasing them or decreasing them? As you do this week’s thinking, take money out of the motivation and engagement equation. Money is the cheap and easy way to try to create commitment and one that really doesn’t work for anything but short bursts. Over and over again, research shows that long-term motivation and engagement at work come from being able to make progress and feel competent in doing something that is meaningful. Many things, such as those listed below, can get in the way of generating long-term motivation and engagement. Have you been guilty of any of these?
- Assuming that making a profit is motivating enough for anyone to inspire performance
- Giving someone a project, allowing them to move forward with it, and just before it’s completed telling them priorities have changed.
- Consistently setting goals that are so much of a stretch they are viewed as unrealistic in any time frame.
- Shifting priorities again and again and again.
- Promoting people or moving them into new roles while providing little to no direction regarding your expectations for them.
- Telling someone they own the project, then advising them in a way that makes them feel yo are controlling every aspect.
Take Action! Real Change Accelerator
Examine your efforts with your team, then answer this question.
What are you really doing, really putting effort into, that’s building a powerhouse team?