Jesse and Marty discuss five common mistakes leaders make that steal most people’s intrinsic motivation to be fully engaged in their work. These are not simply based on opinion; the five points are based on decades of empirical research with hundreds of thousands of people by Burnham Rosen Group:
1. Make all decisions yourself (To motivate people, flip it: Keep authority at the appropriate level.)
2. Insist that everything is black and white (Flip it: Be flexible, and acknowledge when you or others have conflicting feelings about something.)
3. Find someone to blame for every mistake Even better, second-guess every decision and work product — in other words, consider everything they do is a mistake. (Flip it: Accept that not all mistakes will negatively affect the outcome; and treat mistakes as learning opportunities.)
4. Think “I” rather than “we” (Flip it: Think mutual respect and involvement … “we”.)
5. Keep people putting out fires (Flip it: Plan for longer-term outcomes the team will be proud of. Instead of being a firefighter or firestarter, be a cultivator.)
Are you making common mistakes that de-motivate the people around you? Check out this week's Engaging Leader to find out!…
— Jesse Lahey, SPHR (@JesseLahey) November 29, 2012
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