We get so stuck on stretch goals, which have been proven to reduce performance and morale, that we don’t focus enough on normal goals that can easily be achieved. No one likes to feel like a failure or that they’ve been tasked with a mission impossible. A very quick and easy way to give your team or members of your team a boost is to create wins for them.
Wins will create confidence, boost momentum and inspire action. A better boss will queue up wins for their employees and then help them toot their own horn after the achievement. This goes a long way in helping them to grow as a professional by instilling confidence in them and their work. If they don’t or won’t toot their own horn, as many employees seldom do, toot it for them.
Spend more of your time highlighting the wins, no matter how small, rather than dwelling on mistakes. Berating your teams performance doesn’t help and it is not a motivator. Many bosses seem to think that the more they harp on mistakes or yell and beat their chest works as a motivator. I’m not sure how we got to that point as it couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you are unable to create a win, make one up. There is always something great that someone has accomplished.
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