EN­COUR­AGE EM­PLOY­EES TO TAKE THE

CityPress - - Oppurtunity Index - A good plan to­day is bet­ter than a per­fect one to­mor­row

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.

GO-GET­TERS

Team mem­bers need to feel com­fort­able in their workspace and know that their ideas will be heard

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