That’s really the wrong question. Just like the old saying, “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink” there is really no way of truly making others on the team more effective. Yes, you can make systems better. They can cut out steps and make it easier to do a task or job.
But the truth is – The only person that you really have control over being more effective is you.
The real question is – How do I be an even more effective manager?
In 2004, CLC did a study to understand what really drives engagement. After surveying 50,000 people they found 50 key drivers and broke them down into six categories:
- Company culture and recognition
- New starter/new role training
- Personal and career development
- Quality of the senior executive team
- Manager behaviors
Manager behaviors was the overwhelming driver of engagement. It accounted for 72% of the levers of employee commitment and engagement.
But engagement alone does not make performance great. Results and productivity are what matters, right? Well, managers have an impact there too.
“A recent study from Stanford University demonstrated that replacing a poor manager with high-performing manager increases a team’s productivity by 12%. In contrast, adding a new employee to that team only increases productivity by 11%, and at much greater expense.”
Just by being a better manager, a team’s performance can be increased with the same number of team members!
The answer to the question “ how do I make my team more productive?”
Be a better manager.
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