Consider the Word “Engagement”
When you engage and empower your employees, partners, and customers, magic happens! People are more likely to work harder and invest in something if they feel that they’re apart of the design and development stage. It provides a much-needed sense of accomplishment and more personal interest than when they are spoon-fed other peoples’ ideas.
Imagine what heights of success your company could achieve if you had 70-80% (or more) actively engaged in every initiative instead of the typical 20-30%?
We are big fans of Patrick Lencioni’s “The Advantage”
and do suggest picking up this book to get an expert opinion on organizational health and the thing you should consider “why organizational health trumps everything else in business.”
In the interim we’d like you to consider the word “engagement.” So how does one truly “engage” your employees, partners, customers, et cetera? Well that’s simple. There are many ways, but here are my three favorites:
- Motivation and Recognition: A great leader will motivate and influence others, not make demands and tell people what to do. Set a good example for your employees on what engagement looks like and they will follow. Work together in order to motivate your team. Following that motivation is the recognition phase. Inside each person is someone who wants that pat on the back. Communicate when people are doing well and more will follow. It is important not to take your team for granted.
- Collaboration: Honestly, this is one of the most important ways to engage people. Actively working together as a team will do wonders for increasing creativity, progress, and so on. People like knowing that they’re being heard. When you provide an open space for communication and teamwork, employees, partners, and customers are much more likely to be engaged. They want to be an integral part of the process. As a leader, you have to make sure other voices and opinions are being heard.
- Innovation: Sometimes, all it takes to engage someone is to listen to their ideas. Everyone wants to be heard. Start embracing change and adapt to the new ideas flowing. Innovation comes from trying something new. This will not only engage your team, but keep your company relevant as well. This will ultimately help everyone, including the organization as a whole, grow and flourish.
There, see how easy that is? Engaging your team can be so simple. All it takes is a little bit of TLC and some open communication