Recently, I’ve been thinking about accountability a lot. What is it that inspires teammates and vendors to WANT to be super accountable? Of course, we can easily say that they get PAID to do a great job and that should be reason enough. But if you’ve been in business for a while, you know that isn’t true. Team members need to have an emotional investment in the product, the company, the idea, and yes, even in you. So here’s three profoundly simple steps to consider when you’re building, keeping and inspiring your own rockin’ team.
2. Never praise and criticize in the same discussion. It just mucks up your message. At best, they’ll be confused. At worst, they’ll be fearful. And neither of those things inspires emotional investment.
3. Life equals the people you meet and the things you create together, so be sure that you’ve chosen the RIGHT people. But once you HAVE that, once you’re team is rockin’ the results and showing up and knocking it out of the park, remember to express appreciation every day. They need to know that you SEE their work and it matters. THAT builds ties that bind.
Christine Comaford, Business Accelerator
CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc.
NY Times Best Selling Author