Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
SEPTEMBER 2013 | BY TOM GILLETT
I recently had a conversation with a young soldier, a paratrooper with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. I asked him about his future plans and if they included reenlisting and making the Army his career. He shared with me this story.
“I usually don’t think I am going to make it a career, but then something happens to make me rethink. Recently we had a command ceremony and had a two-mile run to the parade grounds to hear a speech. It was hot, humid, and the soldiers were tired and sweaty. We waited in formation for the ceremony to begin and I was thinking to myself, ‘What am I doing here and what can I do to make it end?’ The keynote speaker was introduced and he was amazing! He spoke of honor, integrity, commitment, and courage. By the end of his speech, I was so pumped up I would have reenlisted for the duration! I was truly inspired. But then we had a two-mile run in the heat and humidity back to the barracks, and I was again saying to myself, ‘What am I doing here, and what can I do to make it end?’”
This story got me thinking about ways to keep a team motivated. How does a leader inspire his or her charges to be all that they can be, at all times? Here are some thoughts.
Be a communicator.
Learn to listen to your instincts while listening to your team. Being a good communicator is as much about what is done with the ears as it is about what is done with the mouth. Let your team members have their say and make sure they understand that they are being taken seriously. Nothing is more discouraging than feeling like you are not being listened to or that your opinion does not matter.
Know your style and the style of your team.
It is sad to watch a person try to be someone they are not. If your natural style is to be a nurturer and pull people to the destination, intimidation and pushiness will not work for you. On the other hand, if your personality is more that of a challenger, it is going to be difficult for you to cultivate a nurturing bedside manner.
You also have to possess the ability to adapt to your team members. Some will respond more to the push and others will need the nurturing. The most successful leaders exploit their own strengths while at the same time adapting to the personality traits of those who look to them for guidance.
In political campaigns, it is not an uncommon tactic to attempt to paint the opponent as insincere, as one who is not committed, as someone who will do and say whatever they must to win favor. Yes, they are painted as a flip-flopper. It is inspiring to the team when the leader is consistent in process and execution. Be thoughtful, then firm in your decisions. Accept responsibility if proven wrong but until that time, have the consistent commitment to the goal. It is a big demotivator to be charging up the hill only to see the leader reverse course.
Include others in your dream.
Your team is more likely to follow you without hesitation if they know the destination. Take the time to explain, encourage, and include team members. Help the team to see the big picture and sell them on the value, both for the team as a whole and for them as individuals. Have short, impromptu team and individual meetings to keep the members fixed on the objectives.
Train, train, and then train some more.
Few things will add to a person’s confidence more than knowledge and few things will add to a person’s motivation more than confidence. Take every opportunity to train your team and make them more capable today than they were yesterday but excited about being even more capable tomorrow.
Don’t resist the temptation to offer training in a nontraditional sense. That impromptu moment on the spot, spending 15 minutes to explain and demonstrate when the opportunity is present, may have lifelong implication.
If it is not natural for you, make a concerted effort to learn to be happy and grateful. People tend to be motivated when they are happy and they tend to be happy when they are in a happy environment. Remember, you are the leader; you set the tone. The speed of the group is never faster than the speed of the leader. It can also be said, the motivation and happiness of the group is never greater than the motivation and happiness of the leader!
So what is the key to motivating your team? The secret is that there is no secret. True and lasting motivation comes from within. Some will have it; some will not. Some can develop it; some will not. As a leader, you can create an environment that makes it easier for motivated people to stay inspired. You can maintain an environment which will help, rather than hinder, the development of personal motivation. In short, you can lead with an attitude of gratitude.
It would be remiss of me if I did not close with a message to that young soldier who was the inspiration for this writing. Thank you. Thank you to you, your brothers, and your sisters for your commitment. It is your selfless sacrifice that motivates and inspires the American public to try to be worthy of your loyalty. And call your family often; they miss you terribly! From me, suffice it to say… “HOO-AH!”
a little about me and my expertise – video
Feel free to contact Walter regarding any of these stories, the current market, distressed commercial real estate opportunities and needs, your property or your Investment Needs for Comercial Investment Properties in Phoenix.
View my listings and my profile at:
Please go to my web-site and get all the newsflashes and updates in Commercial Investment Real Estate in Phoenix and Commercial Investment Properties in Phoenix daily
Follow me on Facebook:
Follow me on Twitter:
Follow Me on Linkedin:
Follow Me on Google+
Walter Unger CCIM, CCSS, CCLS
I am a successful Commercial Investment Real Estate Broker in Arizona now for 15 years and I worked with banks and their commercial REO properties for 3 years. I am also a commercial landspecialist in Phoenix and a Landspecialist in Arizona.
WHETHER YOU LEASE OR OWN
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO EXPAND, UPGRADE OR INVEST.
we are at on the a rise of the cycle in Commercial Real Estate. so there is only one way and it’s called we are going up and now is the time for you to expand, upgrade or invest in Commercial Properties in Phoenix. The prices on deals I may get you will not be around forever.
WAITING TO SELL YOUR LAND ? TIMES CHANGE / IT’S TIME
We barely could give land away the last few years, but times are changing. Even in those meager years, I sold more land across the state than most other brokers. Before the real estate crash I was a land specialist in Arizona with millions of dollars of transactions, but then I had to change and also sell other commercial investment properties, which was fun, but I am a Commercial Landspecialist in Arizonal, a Commercial Land Specialist in Phoenix and love to sell land, one acre to thousands of acres.
If you have any questions about Commercial Investment Properties in Phoenix or Commercial Investment Properties in Arizona, I will gladly sit down with you and share my expertise and my professional opinion in Commercial Properties in Phoenix or Commercial Properties in Arizona with you.Obviously I am also in this to make money, but it could be a win-win situation for all of us.
Please reply by e-mail email@example.com or call me 520-975-5207 (cell) 602-778-5110 (office direct).
Walter Unger CCIM
Kasten Long Commercial
2821 E. Camelback Road, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Office : 602-445-4141
Delivering the New Standard of Excellence in Commercial Real Estate
- Commercial Real Estate Scottsdale
- Commercial Real Estate Phoenix
- Commercial Real Estate Arizona
- Commercial Investment Properties Phoenix
- Commercial Investment Properties Scottsdale
- Commercial Investment Properties Arizona
- Land Specialist Arizona
- Arizona Land Specialist
- Land Specialist Phoenix
- Phoenix Land Specialist
- Land For Sale Phoenix
- Land for sale Arizona
- Commercial Properties For Sale Phoenix
- Commercial Real Estate Sales Phoenix
- Commercial Properties Phoenix
- Commercial Properties Arizona
- Commercial Land Specialist Phoenix
- Commercial Land Phoenix
- Multifamily land Phoenix
- Retail Land Phoenix
- Industrial Land Phoenix
- Land Commercial Phoenix
- Land Retail Phoenix
- Land Industrial Phoenix
- Land Multifamily Phoenix
- Industrial Land for sale Phoenix
- Land Industrial
Disclaimer of Liability
The information in this blog-newsletter is for general guidance only, and does not constitute the provision of legal advice, tax advice, accounting services, investment advice, or professional consulting of any kind. The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional tax, accounting, legal, or other competent advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser who has been provided with all pertinent facts relevant to your particular situation. Tax articles in this e-newsletter are not intended to be used, and cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding accuracy-related penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. The information is provided “as is,” with no assurance or guarantee of completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.