Notes

Energize Your Team: “At the end of the day, everyone is a volunteer”

Highlights of Michael Hyatt, “6 Ways to Energize Your Team.”

As a leader, you have an effect on people. When you leave the room, people either feel taller or smaller. This is an almost super-hero power, but, unfortunately, leaders are often unconscious of it…

[A]t the end of the day, everyone is a volunteer. People will only go so far in the performance of a duty. If you want their very best, you have to have their hearts. You can’t demand this or even buy it with a paycheck. You have to earn it.

In my experience, there are six ways to do this:

  1. Assume others are smart and working hard.
  2. Listen intently and ask thoughtful questions.
  3. Acknowledge the sacrifices others have made on your behalf.
  4. Express gratitude for their effort and their results.
  5. Remind them why their work is so important.
  6. Put slack in the system.

… [C]onsider, How do I want people to feel when the meeting is over? Begin with the end in mind.