You’re not going to get where you need to go if your team is running on empty. Leaders need to know how to create the energy that will fuel their teams.
Occasional team celebrations and motivational events provide energy spurts but they don’t have staying power. Energy that carries a team the furthest is created when members know they are a part of something special and feel good about themselves and one another.
At your next team meeting distribute the handout on the following page and follow these steps:
1. Introduce the exercise by explaining to your team your reasons for conducting it, for example: You are asking your team members to share what motivates them at work so that you and the team as a whole can better understand and meet each other’s needs.
2. Ask each team member to complete the exercise (3 minutes)
3. Ask each team member to share their number one response. Note: as the leader it would be helpful for you to keep note of each individual’s number one priority so that you can make it your priority to address their needs on a regular basis.
4. Capture each response on a flip chart.
5. After each individual has shared their response, review each item on the flip chart and ask “How are we doing with this?” and “What can we do to ensure we are more regularly/effectively?” For example, “What can we do to ensure we are asking for each other’s input more regularly?”
6. Capture responses on a flip chart.
7. Identify commitments to action – the items/next steps the team agrees to live up to going forward.
8. Recap and ask for agreement on commitments to action.
WHAT FUELS YOU AT WORK?
Choose the three of the following that are most important to you and place them in priority order.
It’s important to me:
- To be asked for my input on issues.
- To be given regular feedback on my performance.
- To receive pats on the back, even if little ones.
- That others hear about my successes.
- To be kept informed about important issues, decisions or happenings.
- To work in a positive climate in which people enjoy one another.
- To socialize with my colleagues.
- That my manager/leader shows interest in me personally.
- That I be treated with respect.
- That I be helped to grow professionally.
- That I have challenging work to do.
K&Co. to exceptional results
© Leslie Bendaly, K&Co. Inc.