I know, just last week I said you had to sell and now you have to be a pom pom girl too? YES. Become the cheerleader, save the…project. (You know what I mean). And let me be clear, when I say “energy” I mean two things: (1) the raw enthusiasm you bring when you walk in the door and (2) the energy you and the team get from doing meaningful things. This can be a potent mix to help you create excellence (and have more fun while you’re at it).
Check out this amazing illustration of what motivates us as knowledge workers:
It is not your sole responsibility to keep the team engaged, but you are one of the ‘spiritual leaders’ of the team and you must help them connect their work to the value it will provide to your end users. Hopefully, you are working on a project that actually DOES provide value and that is something to be excited about. If the project has no value, you need to escalate that and help your steering group understand this is not the best use of the team’s time. If the team is not engaged, they will not do their best work.
I am not above being a bit over-the-top with my energy (as I am sure my teammates will tell you!) You have to find your comfort level here (and then push a little higher) but please bring a high level of excitement. People will appreciate it if you are sincere. Likewise, they will all sense immediately if you are not sincere.
So do you bring this kind of energy to your team now? And whether you do or don’t, what practical steps can you take to get better?
- Go buy something from Tony Robbins or another success coach you like. (Yes really!)
- Read a (good) book on leadership.
- On your VERY NEXT engagement with your team, make sure your focus is not only on the “what” we have to do but also on the “why” we should do it.
- And this may sound odd, but…exercise. It takes energy for a while but sure does give it back later!
As always, love to hear your experiences with this and any advice you have on the subject!
And for next week, I am very excited to talk about Super Power #4 – Scope Negotiation. It will be good fun.