A Bold Question for Employee Engagement
by Kate Nasser |
Long before employee engagement became a management trend, one very effective leader (who prefers to remain anonymous) was asking employees and teams a bold question to understand and engage them.
What’s in it for you?
By admitting a human truth, this question:
- Grabs attention.
- Provokes thought.
- Unearths motivation.
- Discovers the potential and uncovers the warts.
When used by a great leader, this question, starts the necessary discussion of balancing “I” and “we” and keeps this delicate balance on everyone’s radar.
This bold question sends a bleep every day asking employees to find something that motivates and engages themselves to contribute at their highest potential.
When used without connection to this delicate balance of “I” and “we”, it can spiral into a horrible case of entitlement and “me-itis — what will you, the leader, do to motivate me?”
The key difference:
Do you inspire employees to engage themselves?
Do you think employee engagement is primarily your job as the leader?
Leaders, who inspire employees to engage themselves deliver something very valuable to the organization — unlimited possibilities from sustainable talent.
Even during critical changes in direction, these employees will still be thinking:
- Here’s what I bring to this new initiative and what I will get out of it to keep me going.
- How can I improve to contribute to the whole?
- How can I manage my extremes and best fit my strengths to the new order?
Employee engagement that creates an entitled workforce is a disaster you can avoid. Ask a bold question to inspire employees to engage themselves and keep the balance. The results are startling.
What type of responses do you think you will get to this bold question?
What would you learn about potential hires, current team members, and potential leaders from asking it? Please add your voice in the comments section below.
From our shared experience to mutual success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach
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