“An employee is far more likely to be engaged when they have clear performance expectations, the tools to do their job well and a manager who cares about them as a person (rather than just an ‘economic unit of production’) and communicates effectively with them.” – Ross Clennett, High Performance Recruitment Coach
Managing people has evolved from command and control to more about development and empowerment in this new millennium. A simple and inexpensive way to improve employees or your children's competencies is through regular coaching sessions
Here are five propositions about people development:
1. GIVE THEM TOOLS
“You’re only as good as the tools you use." When Gallup researchers went in search of the aspects of work life that are most important to performance, one that emerged earliest was measured by the statement "I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right."
2. GIVE THEM TRUST
For a team to be unified, everyone within it must trust each other. You can promote trust by modeling the behavior you want to see – this will help it to permeate throughout the organization. You can also deliver trust-building exercises, inspire your people to be honest and encourage everyone to be accountable for their actions.
3. GIVE THEM TIME
According to a new study “Optimal Hours with the Boss” from Leadership IQ, people who spent an optimal number of hours interacting with their direct leader (six hours per week) are 29% more inspired, 30% more engaged, 16% more innovative and 15% more intrinsically motivated than those who spend only one hour per week.
4. GIVE THEM TRAINING
All development is the result of learning. The most effective way to motivate people is by investing in their continued development. When you focus on training and investing in your people’s futures, they will return the favour by demonstrating improved skills, increased motivation and better performance.
5. GIVE THEM TRIALS
One of the most important things you can do to nurture and retain talent is provide them with personal development opportunities. Employees need to constantly be challenged to keep them engaged.
"Champions are not the ones who always win races - champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. 'Champion' is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes." - Simon Sinek
Fred Toké aka Tokémon