This past New Year’s was a first for me. It wasn’t the first time I fell asleep before midnight on New Year’s Eve. (That’s the norm since children became a part of our family.) It wasn’t the first time I’ve been out of town over New Year’s Eve.
At times we can be tempted to rely on organizational systems that bestow recognition, champion accountability, and censure poor performance as key motivational drivers. While such systems are required for nearly any professional organization, we need to recognize that they fail to acknowledge one of the most important factors in motivation: the individual being motivated.
Are we leading our teams to become so good at what we do that everyone sees us as the measuring stick? Are our organizations becoming so effective that even our competitors say out loud, "We want to be like them"? As leaders, these are important questions for us consider because their answers tap into deeply seeded energy within those we lead.