Dream of Extraordinary Results
You need extraordinary results – results that make you an achiever, but everyone in your team is not the same. With just average employees, can you really achieve outstanding results? Yes, you can. A good leader can achieve extraordinary results by bringing ordinary people together.
Many organizations lack the financial muscle required to hire the best talent. To hire the best people, you will have to pay much more than what your competitors pay. A better and more practical strategy is to employ hardworking people and provide them with the right training and tools. Here is how to achieve stupendous success with a team or hardworking, yet ordinary people.
YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE NOT MACHINES
They are unique in many ways and don’t necessarily fit into cute little boxes. If your team consists of several people who look and act similar, it probably means that they were forced into tiny boxes that limit their performance.
KNOW WHAT MOTIVATES YOUR PEOPLE
People are motivated by different things. To bring out the best in your employees, you should know what motivates each one of them. Most organizations do not bother to do this. That is the main reason they fail to achieve great results.
SHOW THEM THE PURPOSE
Money is the biggest factor that motivates most people. After all, everybody must make a living. But money isn’t everything. Your people will work harder and better if you show them the purpose of their work. The purpose must be meaningful and substantive, and it must reflect the values that represent your organization.
GIVE THEM A VOICE
The loudest voices are not necessarily the wisest ones. If you want to bring out the best in each one of your employees, you should let them express their views publicly as well as privately. Let them speak at a meeting or post their views on your company website. Let them contribute in whatever way they can.
LET THEM BE THEMSELVES
Leaders who lack strength and imagination want their employees to behave like them. They fail to understand that there are several paths to success. Your people do not have to dress, talk, or work like you.
TREAT YOUR PEOPLE WITH RESPECT
Show faith in their capabilities. When the organization trusts their skills, they will feel more confident.
RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
When your expectations are high, your team will rise to meet them. On the other hand, if your expectations are low, they will only sink. But do not raise them to unattainable levels.
Show loyalty even when the business is going through a bad phase. Do not assume that loyalty is dead. It is not. If you are loyal to your employees and show it, they will show the same loyalty to you. An organization that understands loyalty has an unfair advantage over other organizations that do not understand it.
Do not set contradictory goals. You cannot seek excellence when your systems are sub-par. An organization that seeks excellence should invest in state-of-the-art tools and systems. If your employees have access to the right tools, they will be able to keep your customers happy.