Some days you wake up and feel almost unstoppable, as if no hurdle is too high and no goal too lofty. You feel like Superman. On those days finding ways to motivate yourself and others isn’t difficult, in fact it’s not even necessary because it just comes naturally.
You’re going to miss another important conference, and that meeting with your accountant had to be moved yet again all because you were entering orders and answering customer service inquiries.
Most small businesses have at least a couple of “Type A” personalities. While these employees tend to be hard working and passionate, they also tend to butt heads with other similarly-minded employees and managers.
Running a business is tough, and you’re constantly juggling priorities. But, it’s important to understand that nothing is more important that your employees. Engaged, effective employees build winning businesses. Demoralized, disengaged employees drag the business down.
Nothing is worse than walking into your office and realizing that none of your employees want to be there. Motivation is the key to an effective workforce—if your employees don’t care, they are not going to get the job done right.
People are complex, and managing them isn’t easy. Over the years I’ve spent running businesses and coaching business owners, I’ve seen that managing employees effectively is a constant challenge for the owners.
“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own set of laws.” – Douglas Adams
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its pants.” – Mark Twain
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw
Can you trust your employees? Can they trust you? Can they trust each other?
If you can truthfully answer each of those questions with a “yes”, I’m willing to bet that you’re going to be successful.