By clearly communicating an inspiring mission, a leader can tap into a great source of energy and motivation for employees. A solid mission communicates why employees are doing something, not just how.
The irony is clear: the fear of underperformance can often lead us to push ourselves so much that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Managing energy, one of the core components to addressing this challenge, requires us to set boundaries that are counterintuitive to most.
Kids used to intrude on work. Now work intrudes on kids, and also on us, with burning emails, bleeding projects, and broken people.
The first step in her process was to reflect on her values and her behavior in order to uncover a gap. The next step was to notice when she fell short of her values and ask herself the question, “What is going on with me that I am defaulting to talking negatively about someone else?”
For too long, the primary value exchange between employees and their employers has been time for money, and not much more.