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January 4, 2011 / Astor ICS

Engaging Your People To Produce

It’s commonly thought that if someone tells you what to do, you just do it and that’s the end of it. But over time, the real truth to came through, it just had to. People need to feel their work, not merely do it. They want to have a reason that compels their nature, goals, dreams and abilities.

This is where engaging and mobilizing comes in. There has been a lot of talk about how these are soft skills, but nothing could be further from the truth. The only thing soft about it is that it’s not dictatorial and tyrannical.

Think of it this way; you have a good job, but you just do it and come home. What happens is that it will be repetitive and not very inspiring and thus you will basically be asleep at the wheel. In today’s world, an organization must be dynamic, agile and highly inspired to move things forward and give the customer (everyone has a customer in this scenario) what they want and more.

Here it is in a nutshell; know your employees. Find out what they dream of, what they’d love to accomplish, what makes them excited, what you can do to be more of a resource and most of all you should care about what they are thinking of the whole picture. Without knowing the basic elements of who these people are and how you and your colleagues can help, you’ll end up having them sit and doze in their office. If you’d like to use fear and threats, then they will feel scared and threatened and look for another job.

You’ve got to try to keep your people. It’s not as difficult as it appears. It just takes a concerted effort on your part and talk about raising the standard of you company’s culture, you will see that bee hive really start to buzz.

It’s simple, but it must not be a one-time event. It has to be part of your overall internal strategy (external too) that livens up the daily routine. If your people come to the same looking office everyday and do the same things, you better get working on building their internal power and will to do great things for your organization. But you must really know them first; actively and emphatically know them.

This is not soft, but a continuous social resource sense that builds powerful relationships.

You may need some help with this so contact me at Astor ICS

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