Most CEOs I talk to are clear about what they want to achieve and some are a little disappointed when their employees do not appear to be as focused and motivated as they are. Very often this is due to the CEO failing to include the third and most important tip in this simple list. People perform best when they know:-
1. What they are expected to do. The goals and their roles are clear and SMART.
2. How they are expected to undertake them. The degree of detail on the how may vary dependent upon the employee and their length of service. The How is more than just the approach to their tasks. It also includes behaviours, competencies and the values that are important to the business and people.
3. Why what they do matters. If there is a line of sight between the business, the goals and the person’s role, the employee sees how it fits together and understands their important role in that dynamic. The why may also be personal. The role may lead to more experience, a new skill or simply a promotion that means more income for them and their family. Connecting to the why is the real key to high performance.
Future Forum Events
The Leadership Forum, 29th January, Stock, Essex, hosted by Soundfp. We now have over 20 owner/managers registered and are looking forward to an informative and useful Forum. This event is specifically for business founders who are also owner/managers with at least 5 employees. I am launching a new Forum at this event which will focus on connecting, sharing and supporting business owner/managers to get the most from their business, both now and in the future. There will be sessions from professionals in:-
1. Getting the personal financial lifestyle you want and need from your business (now and in the future)
2. Planning now for the end game – developing your exit strategy from growing its value to finding and securing the best deal for you
3. Preparing yourself and your people for the change – succession planning, moving away from the business
This Forum is free, so come along to connect, share and learn with other owner/managers.
If you cannot attend any of these events, then why not join our LinkedIn Group/s to share ideas, learn new insights and network with other business leaders?
Highflyingdivas, 26th February, London, hosted by Pritchard Englefield
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This week I reflected on how every animal is a creature of habit, as I trundled back and forth between the front and back doors of our house, courtesy of our demanding pets. Our cat is convinced that the way out to the garden is through the front door and the return is via the back door. We can carry her to the back door to show her the way out but she steadfastly refuses to exit the house that way. The dog, on the other hand, exits and enters via the front door. The back door can be standing wide open (yes even in this weather if the cat is out) and yet he will bark at the front door to be let in. I have plodded through the snow around the back of the house to show him that, if he were truly cold, he could always look and see if the back door was open but no, he continues to bark at the front door. I know some of you will be thinking – just let the cat freeze and collect the snow statue when you’re ready or watch the tv in the warm until the neighbours complain about the dog barking, but I guess we are also in the habit of looking at our pets as family. Would I leave my son out in the snow? well, I might first think about how much trouble he’s been that week!