I read the article in the link below during the holiday break and since then it keeps popping up in my thoughts. I keep going back to comparisons between it and some of the groups and people I’ve worked with. I’d like to share an example and the article with you.
Years ago I had a manager who could get our entire team to do most anything and she did it with a smaller budget than you would believe. We’d walk into meetings with her prepared to say no to working late or taking on another task. Somehow we’d always walk out excited and ready to work late on that new task. The entire team joked and came up with theories about how she could do that to us all but none of us said it as clearly as this article does. In retrospect what it really came down to was this. She made us all masters of our specific areas with membership into a group where we were frequently shown how accomplishing projects benefited the entire company. The managerial techniques discussed in the article below combined with a few others that we will discuss in later blogs motivate us to continuously improve ourselves and work harder than we thought we could.
She did this by forming us into a new team for each major project. When the new project came down from above she would bring us together and encourage us to take part in the development of the action plan. By giving us all ownership over our mastery areas it encouraged us to speak up and volunteer when we saw a task that was in our area. If no one spoke up she assigned the task. The separate pieces of the project were usually inside of our mastery area and yet were usually challenging enough to keep us interested. There were many times when we would be assigned pieces that we felt were over our heads but just knowing that she had confidence that we could accomplish our piece reassured and motivated us. We also all knew that if we did have difficulty all we had to do was ask for help and if she couldn’t do it herself she would get us the support we needed. During the late nights and travel that these projects demanded we developed a camaraderie that you normally don’t see in an office environment. After quarterly meetings she would bring us back together and point out how our projects had impacted the companies mission.