Your company is only as good as the inspiration you provide.
When you can develop synergy, cooperation and confidence in your employees, they will always go above and beyond to work hard for you. You will also be able to unlock their biggest talents and get on the same page with long-term goals and initiatives.
To make sure you're keeping everyone on the same page and helping your team live up to their greatest potential, for the betterment of your business, read on.
#1: Learn Your Employees and How to Praise and Challenge Them
No two employees are alike, so learn the different ways to inspire and challenge them. This boils down to personality and past, so take time out to continuously learn the psyche for employees.
While employee recognition gifts might inspire one employee, another employee might respond better to lofty challenges and direct criticism. To learn your employees, regularly go on lunches, hold meetings and ask questions of them. Let them get a feel for you and what you see in them, and open the door for all of your employees to communicate honestly.
One thing you can do to inspire your employees is giving them a book to read that you feel resonates with them. NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson was known as the "Zen Master" for his ability to read his players and know just how to give each what they need to thrive. This is a sign of good leadership and will carry your company far.
#2: Create Opportunities and Put People in a Position to Succeed
It's important that you create motivations and incentives for employees that produce quality work. Rewarding those efforts is a necessity and not a luxury because employees are more likely to respond when they know there's a positive on the other end of it.
Be fluid with the way that you operate your business, and don't shy away from creating new positions for employees that show themselves valuable. When your team sees that new opportunities are possible, rather than a linear ladder to climb, you're always more likely to get your best work out of them.
#3: Set the Tone Through Leadership
Without question, your leadership is the most important piece of the puzzle.
Carry yourself as a leader and always make sure you're the first to show up and the last to go home. If your employees feel that the boss is also the hardest worker, they will rise to the occasion and elevate their own games. Make decisions that allow everyone's individual talents to shine and provide maximum contributions to the team.
Follow these tips will keep your team thriving and on the same page.
I'm a standup comedian and freelance writer based in Los Angeles, CA.