Are You Inspiring Your Employees?

Subscribe to Dave's Blog!

Get Dave's weekly blog post delivered to your email inbox.

Are You Inspiring Your Employees?

Encourager-In-Chief: May 20th, 2020

Keep your employees pumped!

One of the biggest dilemmas business owners who have employees face is keeping them inspired enough to give their best to their customers. This is where true leadership comes in. It’s up to you as the owner, department head, or leader to make sure that people understand that they have a purpose and what it is. They also need to see how it fits into the big picture.

Employees are usually the most motivated when they first start a job because everything is new and their enthusiasm level is high. It’s our job as leaders to make sure that we keep it high. The way you do this is by challenging people. Help them to grow personally and professionally and they will do a great job for you. The key is to make sure you explain how what you’re asking them to do for you will somehow benefit them to get what they want…and we’re not just talking about money either.

The key is to understand what motivates your employees. Most business owners haven’t the slightest idea. However, there is one tried and true method that has never been known to fail. Ask them. If your employees trust you, they’ll be honest enough to let you know what they want. Some might be unreasonable, but people are usually pretty straightforward about what’s important to them — especially if they believe you’re interested in helping them get it.

One of my first coaching clients told me that he had a bookkeeper who was doing a great job for him. It was just the two of them at that point. He wanted to give his bookkeeper a raise, but he was afraid if it was too big, he couldn’t afford him and if it was too small, the bookkeeper would be offended and leave. I suggested that he just ask the bookkeeper what he wanted. I’ll never forget the answer. He said, “I’d like to get a birdbath outside of my window so I could watch the birds when I work.”

If you really want to find out what motivates your employees, ask them and see if you too can figure out a way for them to get what they want while working for you.
The sheep are not there for the benefit of the shepherd. The shepherd is there for the benefit of the sheep.
- Ken Blanchard

This excerpt is taken from my Inspired Leadership II: How to Retain and Inspire Employees seminar.I encourage you to register for this seminar to be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the Comfort Suites in Manheim, PA, which covers this lesson in much greater detail.

Inspired Leadership II: How to Retain and Inspire Employees


Let me hear from you!