Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Getting things done - how to motivate people by relaxing

Baseball night. The team is losing by a run; the bases are loaded. Two outs. The third-base coach calls time, meets the batter halfway down the baseline, puts an arm over the batter's shoulder and says quietly, "Just relax up there. Take it easy. Don't squeeze the bat so hard. Don't worry, you'll be fine." The coach knows that acting nervous or pressuring the batter would be counterproductive.
Such behavior could convey anxiety to the batter, who might then fail. The same principle applies to
the workplace. Nervous employees probably will not achieve maximum productivity. But employees who see that their manager is relaxed and patient may well adopt the same attitude. To motivate your team, be positive and calm.

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