Thursday, March 17, 2016

Energy-givers, energy-wasters and energy-takers in the workplace

Look around you and you’ll see three kinds of people – those who hate their work, those who just tolerate their work, and see it only as a paycheck, and finally, those who love their work, and relish it. See also the website

I am sometimes struck by how lazy people are when you ask them to read, say, a management book or two a year. What has also impressed me is the statement that 50 per cent of all development is self-development.

This is why I believe in a culture of learning and self-development.
Don't send anyone on a course/programme if he does not take self-development seriously. Also, let him answer the following question: As a result of attending this self-development programme, what do we as an organisation or a team and me as an individual have to do more of, less of, differently, faster and better?

Do a real-time, fine-tuning session with your team. See the examples on the following link

The purpose of the “heartbeat” exercise REAL-TIME, FINE-TUNING TEAM conversations is to understand the real concerns of key team members, obtain insight into and clarity on the organisational situation, as well as the team effectiveness of the management team. The “health” of a senior team is critical for the future success of any organisation.

So twice a year, ask two questions as a manager to the rest of your team: What would you do if you were in my position? And what is stopping you from delivering your peak performance? Then ask yourself: Did you accomplish most of the goals you set at the beginning of the year? What’s holding you back?  You may do your own analysis, because you know yourself better than anybody else.

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