“I can’t motivate people because I don’t control how much they make.” “People have to be self-motivated.” “The work ethic is dead.” “Kids these days…”
Managers often complain about being unable to motivate or get the best out of people. It’s not always easy, but let’s turn it around and think about it a different way.
Is there anything that you could do right now that would demoralized, demotivate, and disengage your employees?
Could you easily lead in a way that would cause them to not want to give their full effort?
If you really wanted to, could you communicate in a way that resulted in confusion, misunderstanding, and mixed messages?
The answer to all these questions is: absolutely YES!
Take a moment to think about all the easy, simple, and inexpensive things you could do to destroy performance. Got it? Good, now go do the opposite.