Maximize Employee Productivity
A few years back (1999) Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman and the Gallop organization wrote and published a book- First Break All the Rules. The book was a culmination of research on “What Great Managers Do” to be recognized as such, “A Great Manager.”
First, I view this book as one of the Classic books that should be in every Manager’s / Leader’s library, for a number of reasons. The authors were brave enough to state things, like they really are, i.e. everyone can’t be anything they wish. We are all somewhat limited by the natural talents we have been given. They stated, however, what I believe to be a lasting truth.
People don’t change much.
Don’t waste time trying to put in what is not there.
Try, instead, to draw out what is already in.
That is hard enough.
Second, it is important that we all recognize that everyone does not have unlimited potential. In these days and times, when we are pressed to consider what makes a difference it is important to recognize that it is a waste of time to attempt to make a “Silk purse out of a Sow’s ear.” Our natural, “God Given” talents are often different and have been assigned, to us, at varied levels. Identifying the strengths, therefore, of an employee is of equal, maybe even of greater, importance than knowing the weaknesses.
What steps can your company take to bring your hires to a higher level of productivity? Here are six questions that, when answered in the affirmative, by your managers would get you off to a great start:
1. Do my people know what is expected of them?
2. Do my people have the materials and equipment they need to do their work right?
3. Are my people doing what they know how to do best?
4. Have I given praise or recognition to someone on my team for doing good work?
5. Do I show care and appreciation on a regular basis?
6. Do I take interest in the development of others on my team?
There is a real difference in the function of a Manager and Leader. Learn what they are!
For more information: Contact Stephen J. Blakesley, 281-444-5050