One issue that many leaders and companies deal with is how to get good work done by their people. Great companies produce great work. They select people that are focused on doing good things and getting great results completed for the work that they are engaged in finishing.
Elbert Hubbard once said, “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” Every day provides an opportunity to do good work. However, I find that many people waste their days at work producing nothing of value and therefore leaving no legacy.
The 4 Attitudes That Stop Productive Work That Leaders Must Correct
1. Some people think that their work is not important. When an employee believes this, this is an attitude of Avoidance.
Many people get used to doing the same tasks over and over again. They never look beyond their current reality to see the possibilities of the work that they could complete. It is the leader’s responsibility to communicate the “why” behind the tasks and the work that is given to the employees to complete.
Coaching Question: As a leader have you described the value of the work that you are asking your people to complete?
2. Some people feel like that they are too important to do the work. When an employee believes this, this is an attitude of Arrogance.
Many people are hired to do a task, and they feel like they are too important to do work that others in the organization could perform. These individuals become silo thinkers. Here is an important point. Some people miss out on the wonders of work because they let other people do the work that they are called to do. Organizations need everyone to be involved and engaged. The attitude of a great worker is to do the best work that they see in front of them.
Coaching Question: As a leader have you released your people to do their best work, by doing the work that is in front of them?
3. Some people feel like they have more important work to do. When an employee believes this, this is an attitude of Ambition.
Many workers don’t complete good work because they feel like they have more important work to finish. Sometimes the best work is the simple work that needs to be mastered. In an organization, all work is important work. Laura Ingalls Wilder reminds us that, “Every job is good if you do your best and work hard. A man who works hard stinks only to the ones that have nothing to do but smell.”
Coaching Question: As a leader, have you communicated that every task in your organization is essential to the overall mission of the organization?
4. Some people feel like they know better what work is important. When an employee believes this, this is an attitude of Authority.
These employees have a disconnect between the leadership and the leader’s perspective. These workers think that they know better than the leader. They believe the leader is wrong to place a higher value on some work then what the employees feel. These individuals wrestle with who is in charge. In every organization, the work of the leader is of most importance. The leader sets the agenda and communicates the value of work. Every organization needs to be about the most important task of serving the customers and producing results.
Coaching Question: As a leader have you communicated that you clearly see the most important work and have created a compelling case for why the work you value is most important?
Every great organization produces great work. The great Samual Johnson reminds us that, “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Every job and task have the potential to produce great works, and it is the leader’s responsibility to call out employees to create that great work that transforms the organization and the world.