Leadership Slideshow: Ten Ways to Reenergize IT Workers

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 12-15-2009

Ten Ways to Reenergize IT Workers

Workforce motivation expert Jon Gordon, a consultant for the NFL and numerous Fortune 500 enterprises, and the author of The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change, has ten recommendations for reenergizing and engaging employees in the face of economic turmoil.

Ten Ways to Reenergize IT Workers

Focus on people, not numbers.

"Culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits drive results."

Focus on people, not numbers.

Model good behavior

Actions rather than words set the tone for employees.

Model good behavior

Lead from the front

"Now is not a time to be barricaded in your office. Now is a time to be in the trenches with your people, leading, working, and building a successful future."

Lead from the front

Practice positive leadership

Remain purposeful. "Negativity and fear are probably knocking your people off balance."

Practice positive leadership

Fill the void

Uncertainty breeds fear. Be transparent. Communicate.

Fill the void

Put energy vampires on notice

"If your biggest complainer happens to be your highest performer, his negative energy outweighs his positive contributions."

Put energy vampires on notice

Forbid complaints without solutions

Identifying problems: good. Proposing ways around them: better

Forbid complaints without solutions

Mold heroes, not victims

"Choose faith over fear. The two share a future that hasn't happened yet. And the main thing that separates them is hope."

Mold  heroes, not victims

Focus on small wins

Reward incremental progress, and the leaps forward will take care of themselves.

Focus on small wins

Put go-getters in key positions

"People who aren't in the right positions won't thrive-and your organization will constantly find itself struggling."

Put go-getters in key positions