"It’s easy to believe Millennials are arrogant and delusional. Their ambitions and needs often seem far too grandiose. But that stereotype ignores the fact that our youth are smarter and more talented than ever. There are plenty of Millennials that are worth their weight in gold, and it simply takes an open mind to encounter and engage those that would be exceptional players on your team."
When it comes to garnering commitment and engagement from employees, there is one thing that leaders need to demonstrate: Respect. That’s what we saw in a study of nearly 20,000 employees around the world (conducted with HBR and Tony Schwartz).
In fact, no other leader behavior had a bigger effect on employees across the outcomes we measured. Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development.
From the article: If you believe in something, keep trying. Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter. Take action instead. And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.
Whether you’re directing a small team or an entire company, you already know that one of the most persistent challenges of leadership is motivating people. You’ve probably experienced a host of universal frustrations: “Why do they lose steam when I’m not here? Why aren’t they pushing themselves more? I know they can do better.” Here’s a secret: they know this too.
90% of your job as a leader is relentlessly encouraging people to do the things they already know they should be doing. Sure, leadership requires strategy and vision, but truly successful leaders also develop their ability to inspire, push and motivate their team in countless, imaginative ways.
To help you in this quest, here are a few simple motivational techniques based on scientific studies, some of which had rather surprising results. These tactics can have lasting effects on the productivity and happiness of your team—and maybe even yourself.
Leaders are readers of people. They study a person like they would a book, by paying careful attention to words. If you listen careful to the words someone says, you will learn a lot about that person. Specifically, you’ll discover the person’s attitude toward life, which reveals his or her gratitude for life.
Do you know—for certain—what the first day of work is like for your employees? Is there a chance you're frittering away orientation–a key part of building your corporate culture–on inconsequential details? (‘‘This is the break room. We clean the employee fridge out each Friday.’’) Each day, all around the world, careless orientations like this one are [...]
The other day I got the kind of feedback that kicks you in the gut and makes your brain hurt for days. I'm sure you know the kind, it stings with truth, but you've got a gazillion counter points yo...
Amy Melendez's insight:
From the article:
Sure the system is imperfect. People are imperfect. There are good guys and bad guys at every level. I’ve learned a heck of a lot about getting unstuck on both sides of the equation. I must help, and will do everything in my power to help you, them, and the guys in the middle.
We must work together to create the conversation that will build better organizations through meaningful visions, great cultures, and brilliant execution. Such results come from imperfect, inspired people who care for the big picture – at every level.
I’m not ready to pick a side. The best good I can do is right here, stuck in the middle – with you.