I talk with a lot of leaders who tell me about their challenges at work. Almost always it comes down to people issues.
I ask two questions...
1. How many people on your team probably shouldn't be there? (hiring mistake to begin with, they've allowed their skills to stagnate or degrade, the need for their role has changed over time, they've mentally quit, their attitude has soured, some combination of a few of these)
2. What are you doing on a consistent basis to cultivate a better environment? (consistent = every day or every other day)
Both questions usually make people a little uncomfortable. Which is good, of course. Being uncomfortable leads to growth, right?
An important part of leading is creating and developing a special team of people who trust each other and are highly committed to the objectives of the team.
If you're a leader, you need to hold yourself accountable to that if you really want to solve your people challenges and make things more enjoyable for everyone. (You do, don't you?)
If you've got challenges with your team, let me encourage you to do the challenging work...
1st If you've got people on your team who shouldn't be there and/or are keeping others from doing great work, ask yourself why you're allowing that. Then stop allowing it.
2nd Embrace your day-to-day opportunity to cultivate that special team of people and special environment you wish you had. Realize that it's in your hands and if you continue to do what you've done (or not done), it's really unreasonable to expect a positive change.
Model the behavior you want to see.
Connect with the people you lead.
Involve them as much as possible.
That's it. Wonderfully simple.
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