I must admit I use the word “inspired” quite a bit. When I Googled the definition I liked the word that much more:
Of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.
Imagine applying that definition to your work relationships. It’s like a gold standard. It may be tough to live up to, but why not lean into it?
Now some of you may be thinking, “I just want to come to work and get my work done, and then leave. Relationships are nice, but not a big motivator for me at work.” You wouldn’t be alone in this. A recent study from Training magazine in partnership with The Ken Blanchard Companies found that relationship factors had the lowest influence in employees’ decisions to stay in the job.
The rub is that for employees to contribute their gifts, you know do their best work, they must work along side others. No matter our preference, working with others is a reality for organizational life.
So, I go back to the gold standard. Why not lead in such a way to create an environment that causes inspired relationships? Here are my gold standard ideas.
Create mutually beneficial relationships. Extraordinary quality, as the definition expresses, is created when employees work to help each other accomplish each other’s needs. Enablers like respect, reciprocity, candid conversations, and belief in others’ abilities help us work together fluidly.
Play to strengths. You can express you ideas and show your talents when you can do what you do best. A group of people brought together can feed off the “external creative impulse” and pull out the best aspects of each other.
Get your hands dirty. The Blanchard research found that meaningful work was most important to Senior Leaders, employees’ managers, and employees. Bottom line: when we’re at work we want to do work that personally satisfies and has some affect on the company and/or on others.
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