I am a business owner now for over 23 years in the same field, and I have a dozen employees that I can’t seem to motivate to do better or do more for the company. It seems like the whole team is in a rut and I do fear for the future of the company. Is it because of my leadership skills or the lack thereof? Any suggestions?
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
As a fellow entrepreneur I can definitely relate and it so happens that I was in a similar situation not too long ago. First, you are a good leader because you would not have made it in business for over 23 years. Having said that, times have changed the way we think and do business these days.
My suggestion to you is: Look at your day-to-day actions and see if they are worth mimicking by your staff. If the answer is yes, then by all means continue. If the answer is no, then get them all into a meeting and ask them to write on a piece of paper what they would do differently in the company in order to have more success.
Put them in the “Owner’s Seat” and ask them to come up with three challenges that they see at the moment, and how they would rectify those challenges. In order to make them feel safe, tell them not to put their names on the paper and guarantee that you will be the only one to read the suggestions.
People need to feel that they are not a part of the problem, but a part of the solution. Michael, you will be surprised at what you find out from this exercise. Good Luck!
All for the Best,