Gaining Respect: Setting Standards for Self and Others

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Lately, you’ve noticed that your team seems to be dwindling a little.

As the weather gets nicer, you’re worried your team’s productivity is heading downhill – with vacations, moves, and even some more “sick days” popping up on your calendar.

You know that your team has some deliverables that you’ve got to meet this summer, so how are you going to inspire them to hit all those with excellence?

We’ve got some tips:

First, identify specific deliverable you’d like to hit along the way.

Maybe you have a huge project that could be broken up into 3 parts or maybe you’ve got four different projects all happening at the same time. Either way, identify a few places to celebrate the accomplishments along the way.

Next, write out exactly what you’d like to see from each team member (including yourself!)

Each person on your team has different strengths and different tasks to focus on. Clearly identify what role you want each member to play.

Then, hold one-on-ones with each team member.

Share with them the role you want each of them to play (setting the standard for them) and the role you are going to play (setting the standard for you).

You may be surprised how much more engaged each person is when they know what is expected of them and the standards you are holding for yourself.

Last, celebrate your wins!

 Once you hit one of those milestones, gather your team together and honor those who worked on that part of the project!

Showing your team that you want to show them respect for the jobs they do will usually makes them want to continue!

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