How to bring out the best in your Employees?

Time and time again we see leaders on conference platforms and town hall sessions urging their employees to strive for excellence and to outperform their goals.  Some of these speeches are inspiring. Others fall way short of the mark.   The better ones set out a clear vision and inspires employees to strive towards these goals.  Depending on the leader, the culture and employee motivation the organisation sees differing levels of success. There are so many articles on leadership and culture on the web and platforms such as LinkedIn.  I don’t wish to bore you with just another sermon on sound leadership and the right culture. I would like to give you an insight into employees perspective of what makes them strive for success.  I hope this is a catalyst to get you thinking differently and ultimately acting differently.   What do employees need? Feel the connection and care Some leaders talk only about the the company’s or their own achievements and what their expectations are for the coming year.   “We have achieved the stretch sales targets for the last three years.  I have come to expect this, year on year double digit growth.  Make sure you don’t let me down” “We have to keep our operating expenses stable for this year.  Looking at the last few years I am sure this is not going to be a problem for us” While the leader is feeling the top of the world, the employees are thinking: “We have been killing ourselves to achieve these results.  You want to make us work harder!” “What else will they find to automate or...

Have you found Balance in your Career?

  “I am the pack horse of the office.  They just give me the hard projects knowing that I will get it done.” “I am the anchor for our department.  My boss relies on me to make sure things get done and we weather any storm that comes at us.  He has no interest in promoting me as he likes me where I am” These are some of the comments that I have heard over the years. If we are saying things like this to ourselves, it is time to reflect on where we are in our career.    If we don’t have the awareness of what we are doing, we will not realise that we are falling into set patterns.  These patterns then become the norm.  It is important to achieve the right balance in key areas of our life. This way we will be empowered and in control of our life and our career.  After some  thought I have come up with the following topics that we need to strike the right balance.  I would love to hear of others that you have encountered over the years. The balance between adding value and being taken for granted I am great believer in mastering our jobs and adding value to the organisation that we belong to. This will take us far in our career. However,  if we find ourselves in a situation that we constantly are fighting fires or doing thankless projects, it is time to evaluate our position. Ask yourself these questions Am I learning new skills or building on my strengths by doing these projects? Am I...