ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEES TO TAKE THE
Yes, it seems strange for a leader to discourage staffers from working too hard to perfect something. And in certain situations this does not apply. But it’s important to remind team members that tomorrow might never come. What you are capable of doing today should be done today.
In essence, taking initiative means fighting procrastination. One tip I’ve heard from many others (and the advice works for my team) is to tackle first the task that you are least excited about. Nothing kills initiative like anxiety or dread.
Prod staffers to recall what exactly they’re working for
It’s important for employees to understand why they do what they do and what consistently motivates them to achieve more. Showing initiative is not a one-day mind-set. It’s an everyday process that needs continual inspiration.
Encourage team members to bring personal objects into their workspace as a physical reminder of why they should want to take initiative. Give workers the freedom to spark their motivation in a personal way with things like a family picture, a motivational quote on the bathroom mirror or vision boards on the wall.
Let history speak for itself
Looking back on the past, one can find evidence of great things coming from those who take initiative. Breakthrough ideas, inventions and processes exist today because someone recognised a problem and sought a solution.
Your employees might not change the face of the future with their work, but there’s a message to be learnt from history: no matter how worthy the goal, a person might be unlikely to succeed on the first try.
In sharing stories of people in a similar industry or job position who eventually succeeded after many attempts, you might be providing the encouragement members of the team need. It might not negate their risk of failure, but this human spin might shift their mind-set towards taking action versus sitting back.
Team members need to feel comfortable in their workspace and know that their ideas will be heard