Are you one of those people who steal your team’s energy?
Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown, authors of the HBR blog-post “Managing Yourself: Bringing Out the Best in Your People”, provide three tips for making your team shine.
Here are the bullet points:
- Don’t play “the hero”
You don’t always need an answer. Give your people the opportunity to think things through themselves. Too much dependence of you will ultimately jam them down.
- Don’t make hasty decisions
If possible and appropriate – allow people to participate in deciding – or at least allow for a debate BEFORE the decision is made. On a personal note, I would like to add: Let them know HOW you’re going to decide beforehand. Are YOU going to call the shots (are you just consulting them?), is it a decision that needs, will there be voting… or whatever other way you make up your mind… clarity rules
- Don’t talk too much
Energy and initiative on your part is necessary, but not in all situations. From time to you should try to say nothing, so that your employees are allowed to exchange ideas. Free flow of ideas and oppnion is of course a complex issue in and of itself, but from time to time you need to remind yourself to just shut up.