Are your people cogs in a wheel?
Employees are still worried about losing their job. Teams are stretched to fit a mountain of work unrealistically paced and planned. The pressure to perform, produce, ship is ratcheted up a notch or two. What we have is a revving up of output-energy that cannot be sustained.
The outcome: people will fail. Projects will fail. People will burn out.
As a leader your response to these failures is vital. Punish people for failure and watch the pressure-cooker combust. Watch talented employees leave. Watch profits calcify. Watch progress become mediocre.
Without a doubt the pressure to perform, excel, grab market share is topic du jour in boardrooms. Let us not forget that performance, excellence, new products and services are not possible without the talents of people.
Your people are not replaceable cogs in a mechanistic wheel. They are not easily replaceable in today’s job market.
In this era, we need leaders who take to heart the importance of creating an environment of optimism, of possibility. We need leaders who value people first. In such an environment people’s talents and ideas are revealed, applied and shared. Second and third chances are available. Organizations chances of thriving are greater. Period.
Contents of this post original appeared in Shawn’s previous blog, Achieved Strategies.
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