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Saturday, December 27, 2014

It's Your Ship


Encourage and Respect Your Staff:
A challenge for every organization is to attract, retain and motivate employees. If a company succeeds in doing so, employees work with more passion, energy, and enthusiasm. This translates to an increase in productivity and more profit for the company.

Research indicates that low pay or salary is only the fifth on the list of reasons why employees change jobs. The top four reasons are:
1. Not being treated with respect or dignity.
2. Prevented from making an impact on the organization.
3. Not being listened to.
4. Not being rewarded with more responsibility.

You must assume that everyone wants to do well. It is then important that you give your employees the space and confidence they need to do their jobs. Do not just bark out orders and expect them to follow. Give everyone the trust and respect they deserve.

Leadership focuses on encouraging people not only to find better ways to do their jobs, but also to enjoy their work. A leader's “job” is to create a climate that enables employees to unleash their potential. If you give your people the right tools and the right environment, they can achieve wonders.

A good leader knows when to stand up and be accountable for his mistakes. If your crew sees that you take responsibility for your actions, they too will follow suit. It is far more beneficial to make sure that a mistake never happens again, than to find someone else to put the blame on.

Communicate Purpose and Meaning:

One of the factors to being a great leader is that he must listen to people. If someone approaches you, give him your full, undivided attention. Doing so tells the person that you respect him and that he is important.

The secret to a successful management of any organization is to be able to articulate a common goal that inspires people to work hard together. Proper, effective and open communication of goals, rules, instructions and expectations can spell a difference. The more people know what your goals are, the better results you can achieve.

Freedom Creates Discipline:
Silence, lies and arrogance creates an atmosphere that poisons creativity and productivity. Give your people the freedom to speak up. If they fear that you will shoot down their suggestions or that you are not open to criticisms, they will be afraid to give you their suggestions or point out mistakes and problems that can prove to be costly to your organization. Empower your crew to take action and to think and act on their own. Teach them that they should not afraid to speak up.

Book Title: It's Your Ship
Author: Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Publisher: Warner Books
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0-446-52911-7

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