In life we are surrounded by many different things that depend on trust; relationships, economics, politics. Society is built upon what trust we place in others; without it, nothing works. It is even at the core of any well run business. However, we all struggle sometimes to trust that another person will do what we ask of them. It is this that can have the most devastating effect on a team’s performance.
Just think of a time when you have asked someone in your team to complete a task. You then allow them to begin and take things forward. However, just as things are getting going you start to wonder if that person has got things “right”, so you begin to question what they are doing. They mention a few things that you don’t believe will work or you wouldn’t necessarily use yourself. You then let them know how you would do it, you tell them that their way is wrong and they should do it this way or that way. Although this situation alone may not cause too much damage the cumulative effect of this happening again and again will be that it really dents a team’s confidence. Also, it can have devastating effects on a team members ability to think for themselves or produce results based on initiative. It is a true waste of an individual’s talent.
By continually “correcting” or diminishing a team’s or individual’s ideas you are slowly but surely saying to them that you don’t trust their ability. You hire people based upon what you perceive to be skills or attributes that they have; they then use these to successfully fill a role for you. It is then your job to provide them with the freedom, safety and trust for them to fully realise their potential.
By doing this you will allow them to grow at their own pace, take advantage of their ideas and creativity but more importantly retain a highly motivated and engaged workforce, which will help you achieve the goals and aims you set for yourself and your business.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? (It is something we all do from time to time) why not try and change it up? Just try and let go a little bit at a time. You will be amazed by the results. Although a bit of a cliché, your people really are your greatest asset; the things they can achieve are incredible. You just have to trust them, and let them be in control of their own destiny.