How to Motivate your Teams to Collaborate - Tips for CEOs
You can spend months defining your team’s core values, articulating your Mission and Vision, and fashioning a flexible, up-to-the-minute strategy — but your whole tower will crumble if your team members don’t feel motivated enough to execute rapidly and consistently. If their collective attitude boils down to “Who cares?” then you’ve lost the game before you’ve even begun. Well, you can blame your team if you like. You can even punish them for being unmotivated - a dangerous form of self-sabotage that will most likely force you farther toward failure. Or you can decide to shoulder the responsibility and work to engage your team and rev their motivational engines.
Know here about the potential ways of motivating your employees:
Embrace a Tactic Philosophy
When striving to deliver high-quality care, it's important to keep focused on the actionable tactics. What is the desired outcome? Leaders must communicate the desired outcomes to their team in order to keep everyone on the same page and drive positive results. Also remember to take a look at the language you use when communicating to your team. It's important to keep in mind that hope is not a strategy.
Your Employees Should Comprehend the Big Picture
If your team isn’t already familiar with the organization’s main goals, then lay them out in plain language. Show them where they fit within the organizational structure, and why their work moves everyone toward those goals. Make them feel valued, so they’ll have reason to engage with and “own” their jobs.
Use the Power of Careful Planning
Because long-term strategies rarely survive their first brushes with reality, you’ll need to collaborate with your team on how to best achieve them, because they probably know best. Review the plans and get everyone involved in how to proceed. Give them active, important roles in building those plans, as well as controlling deadlines, scheduling, project management, and scope creep.
Give them the Confidence of Doing Tasks
If team members lack the right tools or training, they may not feel capable of or confident about doing the tasks you’ve assigned them. Whether they need training, a new computer, a smartphone, or a better printer, make it happen, so they can move forward with confidence. If they express a need for something to help them be more productive, and you fail to provide or approve it, they soon will stop coming to you with improvement ideas.
As it becomes more difficult to lead in this rapidly changing environment, our capacity to be resilient is a key indicator of how effective we will be as a leader. In the midst of caring for others, you must take time to care for yourself to avoid burnout. Find one thing that refreshes you each day and prioritize it. Doing so will ensure you're able to tackle the most difficult challenges with a high energy level and clear mind.
Keep up the Spirit of your Employees
Take note of leaders you've encountered who have experienced success in encouraging and motivating people to work at their top potential. Seek them out to talk through their best practices and begin putting them into action.
The Bottom Line
You’ll notice that many of the motivational tips I’ve outlined here are intrinsic: the rewards are internal, based on taking pleasure in achieving results and receiving recognition for them. You already know that dangling the carrot of a bonus, raise, or promotion works wonders for some people. But those are individual prizes, not team ones. When facing a challenging patient or situation, remember to take a step back and assess. By assessing the situation, you're able to develop the best plan of action for the patient or to conquer a challenge.