Day 7 – Be a boredom fighter for your people

Oct 11, 2016

21 Days of Leadership

I have a team that people envy. I know this because they tell me. ;-)

My team is 100% committed to the business and our vision. They are trustworthy and reliable. They show up. Do great work. Bring ideas. And they stick around for years.

What am I doing as a leader to help encourage this?

Simple – my #1 goal with my team members is to ensure that they get to GROW. They get to do work that allows them to expand and become more of who they really want to be.

I used to work as a recruiter in Calgary years ago, and part of my work entailed interviewing people who were looking for new jobs. The #1 reason they wanted to leave their current job?

They were bored. They didn’t see any room for advancement and learning, so they choose to leave.

If you want to attract and KEEP the best people, part of your job as a leader is to make sure that they don’t get bored. That they always have room to grow and expand in the work that they are doing.

Now it is important to ensure that their growth path matches what the business wants and needs from them. When that is no longer true then it may be time for that person to move on. (The only time any of my team members have left in the past 5 years was when their growth path was no longer something they could do in my business – so it was time to move on.)

Do you know what your team members long-term goals and aspirations are? If not now is the time to ask.

What can you do to help your team members grow and expand? Is there another role they could take on (and likewise an old role to let go of?) Is there any training or additional support that would help them on their path?

Give your team opportunities that they won’t find elsewhere and they will stay for the long run.

I’m gathering together a group of women for my new LEAD Mastermind – where we are going to explore this and the other facets of leadership. Message me if you are curious to learn more.

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