7 Compelling Ways To Get The Best From Your Employees To Boost Your Business- Part 1

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‘Management, above everything else, is about people.

It is about the accomplishment of ends and aims by

the efforts of groups of people working together.

The people and their individual hopes and skills are the

greatest variable and the most important one.

…….SIR JOHN HARVEY-JONES

 

Getting the best from your employees

There are seven important strategies you should consider and put into practice if you want to get the best out of the people who work for and with you. By using these seven strategies you will have a clear sense of direction towards creating a high-performance team. You will also be better equipped to help your organization transform itself into a stimulating and motivating place to work.

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Let’s look at each of the seven strategies in turn.

 

  1. Be motivated yourself :

You will never be able to inspire others if you do not feel inspired

yourself. Enthusiasm is infectious, and when it’s combined with

commitment and trust it’s a great example as a motivator to others.

 

To be able to be a good example to others you should be:

  • Public: make sure you act in the open so those around you can see where you are coming from and where you are going
  • Spontaneous: do not appear calculated, act naturally, show people your genuine character
  • Expressive: do things because they are natural to you, not for effect as this can be counter-effective
  • Self-effacing: setting a good example is not glory-seeking,you shouldn’t expect attention from it.

In terms of motivating others your own commitment is paramount. Showing and practising commitment to the task, the team and each individual will get you results. As Ghandi once said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”.

Motivation is contagious so you should be infectious! If you are not motivated yourself, you cannot motivate others and you should examine the reasons why you lack motivation. Symptoms include:

• Having little or no interest in the job

• Having a sense of not fitting in and being out of place

• Avoiding talking about your job

• Wanting to arrive late and leave early

• Wanting to leave the job and having an active dislike for it.

You should feel that you have found your vocation and the best way to put your talents to good use. You will have a sense of enjoyment and fun in doing your work, not of toil or drudgery.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter problems but you

will have lots of motivation to overcome them.

 

Checklist: Are you doing the right job?

• Do you enjoy the majority of your work?

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• Do you have one outstanding talent that you can name

without thinking too hard?

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• Has that talent been recognised by others around

you, by reward or promotion?

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You can strengthen your motivation by reminding yourself:

A. To feel and act enthusiastically and in a committed way in your work

B. To take responsibility when things go wrong rather than blaming others

 

• Did you discover it in your early years at work?

(Specific talents usually become known quite early on.)

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• Can you identify the key talents of those around you?

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• Does you work continually stretch your abilities?

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• Would you consider taking a cut in pay to do a job

which used your specific talents?

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• Would you pay for a training course to help develop

your natural talents?

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C. To identify ways you can lead by example

D. Act on the 50:50 principle

E. To motivate by word and example rather than manipulation

F. To set an example naturally rather than in a calculated way and never ask someone to do something you would not do yourself

G. Not to give up easily

H. To ensure you are in the right job for your own abilities, interests and temperament

I. To be able to cite experiences where what you have said or done has had an inspirational effect on individuals, the team or the organization

J. That the three badges of leadership are enthusiasm, commitment and perseverance.

 

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