The secret to getting better performance out of yourself and others?
Breaking news: The Carrot and Stick method doesn’t work for attaining peak performance.
So what does?
Trust your team and give them the freedom to be self-directed. To own decisions and direction of projects. Empower them to experiment and create their roadmaps, for them to make changes based on the new knowledge they’ve acquired. You should have hired people better than you, and if that’s true, than why are you still telling them how to do it?
Autonomy also applies to you. Give yourself the freedom and get out of the “should” and “shouldn’t” dos of life.
Traditional notions of management have utterly failed at giving autonomy. For example, look at the brain drain that’s happening in government departments.
You like getting better at what you do. So does your team. You have fun learning and growing and mastering your craft. Growth mindset teams perform the best. You like a challenge, something that’s just out of reach, where you’ll have to grow to reach it.
Inherently peak performers want to be the best, and the simple act of getting better keeps them motivated. Create room for growth. Create an opportunity for learning. Learning requires the chance to experiment with new ideas and that inherently means failing.
The mastering of their craft is how you help create peak performers.
You’re about to tell me that you’ve heard this one before. You probably have, but what have you done about it?
Adding meaning and purpose to your work allows you to integrate your work with your life, instead of seeking ‘balance.’ Seeking time away from work continually shows that it may not necessarily be aligned with your life purpose.
Your team wants to feel that work is personally important to them. Team members must think that their work matters and creates change and impact.
It’s surprising what can happen to average teams who put in place these three simple rules.