A few weeks back, I met some of my team members from one of my previous organizations. They were reminiscing about the “Good old times, the high energy environment and the real work” they did. “It is not the same anymore … “ they lamented.
It made me ponder. I always thought that I was a very lucky one to get such hardworking, talented, energetic, enthusiastic people working for me who took so much of initiative. What was different, I thought …
- Delegate Power : It is important not only to delegate work but also delegate power ! Only then your team will take the full ownership and initiative. The team will know the importance and repercussion of the work delegated to them and believe me , will go all for it!
- Make them feel proud : When your team does big work and takes big decisions, they feel amazing ! The more you trust them , they respect you more and work harder. A sincere pat on the back, a few words of appreciation and giving them the credit for their accomplishments works wonders. When they feel good and proud about their work, they will move mountains. I have seen my team working day and night without any complaint when they had to deliver a piece of script which they owned. Making them feel amazing makes them super humans. The business booms. Delivery happens on time . Customers are delighted. All this - without micromanagement !
- Foster positivity : Negative criticism and unproductive arguments create a vicious environment. Eliminate it. Encourage people to come up with solutions to their problems when they complain. Do not let the negativity sap away the trust and energy of the team. Remember, one rotten apple spoils the full basket. So remove the bullies and foster positivity and harmony in the team.
- Communicate Effectively : The communication from the leader should be clear, crisp , precise and concise. The team should understand the plan, have clarity about the decisions being taken and the direction in which they have to proceed. They should be aligned with the overall goals and objectives of their project and it should be clearly communicated to them how they are contributing to the end result. Clarify any question that come from them as early as possible. There should not be any ambiguity about the project priorities.
When you do these, your team thrives. They are energized. They move mountains for you.
And whenever your paths cross ,they will always remember how they felt like superheroes when they worked for you !