patrick leddin

Taking Employees from Disengaged to Fired Up

When you look across your organization, do you see anyone that you consider disengaged, perhaps a bit lazy, lacking in motivation, or somewhat unreachable?

Odds are that the person you just thought of has more passion, creativity, or excitement within him than you can imagine. The problem is that for some reason, he is not bringing it to work each day.

Check out this two-minute video in which I share a thought on how a leader’s mindset goes a long way in taking employees from disengaged to fired up.

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FOCUS

It sounds obvious, but most of us have a way of piling up “must-do” priorities, making it impossible to do a very good job on any of them. One recipe for disengaging people is to overwhelm them with things to do, all of which are “Job 1” and “key priorities” and “top-of-the-list.”

But if you unleash people to focus on one, two, or three wildly important goals—no more—they will sense the significance of what they’re doing and they’ll have a chance to win. There is tremendous power in focus. As you prioritize your goals, think about those things that must be done or nothing else matters, focus on those true priorities, and move lower priorities to the back burner.

Scientist Call It “Exhaustion Syndrome” and It’s Killing Your Team

All too many of us suffer from a personal energy crisis. We no longer work a standard eight-hour day. Our minds are constantly churning trying to make high value decisions, virtually twenty-four hours day. Our mode of life today—constant stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise and sleep—leads to what scientists call “exhaustion syndrome.”