How to Get People to Show Up at Work Ready to Go
Suppose that Woody Allen got it right: that 90% of success is showing up. His insight has two major implications for you. First, you need to create a place where people (including you) want to be. and when they (and you) show up, they need to be engaged meaningfully in what they do.
Encouraging people to turn-up raring to go and engaging them meaningfully when they arrive is relatively straightforward. all you need are the 'right' Resources and your Resourcefulness. and resources like those mentioned below have been developed to help you to become even more resourceful.
Your resourcefulness needs more than access to the right resources only.
Think about your last 'Rubik Cube' moment-when everything clicked into place leaving you feeling proud of your accomplishment. Chances are three things (enablers, if you like) were present:
1. You had autonomy. 2. You were able to influence outcomes. 3. You derived a sense of meaning from what you were doing.
This is hardly 'new-age' information. From around the time of Epicurus, philosophers emphasized the importance of personal freedom, autonomy, and a sense of meaning. and more recently, after 3 years research and 350 interviews in 20 countries, Harvard's Rosabeth Moss Kanter concurred. Moss Kanter (in SuperCorp) found also that the expected pay-offs were lower stress and fewer work-related illnesses, regardless of hours worked.
As the enabler (boss, leader, manager) there are (at least) four things you need to do on a daily basis:
1. Stay positive 2. Keep communicating 3. Create opportunities for everyone (including you) to experience Rubik Cube moments. 4. Acknowledge and celebrate each Rubik Cube moment.
When Woody reads this article, expect him to upgrade his '90%'. getting the best from others and yourself is easy when you know how.