When people feel committed to achieving results, they work whole-heartedly and do their best. Low or no commitment yields the bare minimum that comes from half-hearted effort.
Here are the important To Dos to increase people’s commitment:
- Paint the ‘big picture’ so they can share your vision.
- Help them see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ and involve them in helping you work out how to get there. (These first two To Dos are known as ‘engaging people’ in the jargon.)
- Match the work needed to reach the goal suits their skill set and personal inclinations.
- Next, ‘energise’ them. How does achieving the goal help others? (I posted about this 2 weeks ago.)
- Provide the resources – the time, effort, information, etc. – they need to achieve the goal; without this, they’ll feel like they’re beating their head against a brink wall – a sure way to sap the energy you’ve summoned.
- Show your appreciation for their contributions. Make it clear you prize what they’re doing because it’s helping to bring that light at the end of the tunnel ever-closer.
So there we have it, a simple enough formula that you can put to work tomorrow to bring out the best in your team:
Engage – Match – Energise – Provide – Prize