The Ability to Motivate Employees When Strategy Shifts Matters
There are all kinds of internal and external reasons to purposefully shift your strategy. But they all involve reacting to a major change in your business typically driven by new leaders, new technologies, new markets, new competitors, or new disruptions. Regardless of the cause, the best leaders know how to motivate employees when strategy shifts occur.
The Need for Strong Leadership
When a shift in strategy is required, leaders need to handle the change with clarity, skill, and confidence. While employees want leaders to be open to feedback and to making adjustments, employees do not want to see leadership anxiety or indecision. Employees want leaders to be well prepared, clear on priorities, decisive, and focused on the path ahead.
In other words, leaders need to do their job — to lead and to lead well. They need to keep their teams motivated and on target even when the strategic plan shifts.
5 Steps to Motivate Employees When Strategy Shifts
In order to keep your team motivated and engaged, you need to:
Aligning capabilities to goals is one of the best ways to motivate employees when strategy shifts.
A meaningful purpose is one of the best ways to motivate employees when strategy shifts.
Active involvement is one of the best ways to motivate employees when strategy shifts.
Ownership is one of the best ways to motivate employees when strategy shifts.
Open communication is one of the best ways to motivate employees when strategy shifts.
The Bottom Line
When you must change the strategy for the sake of the business, stay focused on how this will affect your workforce. Position your team for success and then give them the support they need to get the job done and stay motivated. You can’t execute the strategy without them.
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