Inspirational Infusion

#102 — September 1, 2017

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.

— Stephen R. Covey

Greetings, Inspired Travelers!

The fall is upon us and business is kicking into high gear. As the summer vacations fade into the background and we return to the workplace, hopefully renewed, leaders need to capitalize on the refreshed energy of their high performers.

How do you encourage and inspire your high performing employees to channel that energy and leap into innovative and creative operations?

Well, here are some hints:

• Be direct! They want to succeed and to please. Assign the job. Provide the resources. Clarify outcomes. Acknowledge their success. Repeat.
• Stop! The mistake leaders make is they reward their high performers with more work. Why not …they get it done. And, if you continue, they will burn out and reward you with their resignations. Really reward them. Really. Repeat.
• Shelter! Everyone wants to get their hands on the best team members. And high performers hate to say no. Find that space where they excel and build a shelter around it, free from distractions. Find their lane. Let them go. Repeat.
• Reward! Did I say that already? Here's the deal - reward them in a way that is meaningful to them - not you! What makes them tick? What gets their juices flowing? What makes them smile inside and out? That's what you give them in order for them to see you as the rock star you are and to prevent them from jumping ship. P.S. A paycheck is not a reward. Repeat.

High performing team members are worth their weight in gold. We all know that and yet, at times, we end up extinguishing that flame of passion and excitement. Use these ideas as a springboard for nurturing those you would like to clone!

Next month, we will tackle the other end of the spectrum - those team members you would really like to release to the wider world!

Be magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!


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