Leadership Slideshow: Ten Ways to Reenergize IT WorkersBy 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.
Focus on people, not numbers.
"Culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits drive results."
Model good behavior
Actions rather than words set the tone for employees.
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."
Practice positive leadership
Remain purposeful. "Negativity and fear are probably knocking your people off balance."
Fill the void
Uncertainty breeds fear. Be transparent. Communicate.
Put energy vampires on notice
"If your biggest complainer happens to be your highest performer, his negative energy outweighs his positive contributions."
Forbid complaints without solutions
Identifying problems: good. Proposing ways around them: better
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."
Focus on small wins
Reward incremental progress, and the leaps forward will take care of themselves.
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."