The clock strikes 6 PM and you’re finally ready to wind down your workday, only to see an email that includes a project that just can’t wait. Instead of shutting it down, you grab a coffee and hunker down for the next couple hours.
This situation happens in almost every organization on a daily basis. Not only am I not here to bash it, but I am guilty as charged. In today’s fast-paced business world time and urgency are of the essence. Instead of trying to change the tides or institute a 30 hour work week, there is a different strategy you can implement that the best leaders know.
Give your team a greater purpose to come into work every day.
If you want to energize your team on an ongoing basis it’s time you connect them to a purpose deeper than making money. Put in the work and effort to understand what your team does, why they do it, and for whom it is done.
When you understand this and communicate it to your team on an ongoing basis, the energy will go up, and the willingness to knock out those important projects at 6 PM won’t be in question.
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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company which exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training Industry.com. John is also the author the upcoming book Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.