Every leader needs to engage others in order to maximize the potential of the other person and their commitment to the organization. This week, we're beginning a series on how to engage the people that you lead.
My apologies for not airing a show last week, but it was for a very good reason. Bonni and I welcomed our son into the world on February 2nd. Luke David Stachowiak is his name and both him and his mom are doing wonderfully well, now that we are home. I've attached a photo for those who'd like to see his adorable little face. We are very blessed indeed.
This week's show begins with a quote from Teresa Amabile, author of The Progress Principle. In a recent commentary on Marketplace, she states, “The single most important thing that can keep workers deeply, happily engaged on the job is moving forward on work they care about — even if the progress is an incremental “small win.”
Drive by Daniel Pink is an excellent read on how to engage others.
In this book, says there are three things that Pink suggests we focus on the engage others: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.
Autonomy – Do I have the ability to have control over my life and career?
Poor leaders say – “This is the way this has to be done.” [My way is best.]
Effective leaders say – “What's the best way for you to reach this objective?” [My way is best for me.]
Mastery – Can I become better at something that's important?
Aerospace workers constantly demonstrate their commitment to master something important.
WordPress is probably the most popular website platform today and is built by people who get paid little or nothing. It's not about just the money.
Purpose – Does what I am doing matter?
I give an example of the custodian at our church – he has purpose in what he does and shows it daily.
Do you as leader talk about why what you are doing each day matters? Why do you do it? What's the reason you or your organization do what you do?
If you don't, you should!
We're thinking of changing the name of this show to Lead with Coaching instead of Coaching Skills for Leaders. Why?
1) The web domain for the show title is owned by someone else.
2) The name is a bit too specific and long term we intend that the show will be broader in scope.
Do you like the new name? Do you hate the new name? Have another suggestion? Send feedback to us!