Are You a Motivator?
Itís All About Leadership
by Dan Warren
Hopefully by the time this article is published the weather
we currently are experiencing nationwide will have dissipated. The destruction
seen from coast to coast borders on unbelievable. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to the people who have been affected by blizzards, tornados, floods
or drought all over our great country. It seems weather records are recorded
to be broken and this year has been a record-breaker in a number of categories.
"We as leaders have
the ability to motivate or un-motivate our people."
Is Relief Coming?
Look at what has happened worldwide; earthquakes have occurred on a number
of different continents, which have caused tsunamis that have affected
even more continents. The loss of life is beyond comprehension, and no
price can be placed on those losses. The property that was damaged or
completely lost seems to be insurmountable. Every disaster has an effect
on various commodities throughout the entire world. Lumber, oil, transportation,
foodóit ripples through and trickles down to everyone.
What about our countryís economy? The terms fragile, frail, weak or feeble
come to mind. Soaring oil prices, high food prices and shortagesówhere
does it end? You canít pick up a newspaper or watch network news without
more distributing news. We are involved in two wars and many other military
operations worldwide. Our borders continue to be unstable and vulnerable.
Fuel prices have approached and passed the $4 mark in some areas and seem
to be headed for $5. I remember when my monthly vehicle payment was cheaper
than it is today to fill the tank.
Depressed yet? Itís easy to get that way but your depression (or should
we say, lack of enthusiasm) is not going to help motivate your company
and your co-workers. A less than confident owner or manager can have devastating
consequences on your company environment and ultimately your success.
Am I suggesting ignoring the depressing news? You canít, but you can talk
with your people about it and at least try to offer a positive outlook.
Your actions (or lack thereof) can set the tone for your entire operation.
Granted, I have a small operation and can converse with all my employees
daily. That may or may not be true for you but the bottom line is we,
as leaders, have the ability to motivate or un-motivate our people.
People right now are concerned and wondering what the future holds. I
wonder also, but if my company is going to succeed, not only do I have
to put on a happy face, but I also have to encourage my people to do the
same. Donít avoid talking with your employees about the issues facing
our country and world. Listen to their concerns and reassure them that
they will be okay. We should all be concerned about what is happening
nationwide and worldwide but crawling under a rock and avoiding the issue
is not the answer.
If we work together as a country and in turn work together as a company
we will succeed. Are there going to be tough times? Absolutely. Can we
work through them? Absolutely. Great leaders create great companies. Depression
or motivation? Itís up to the leadership. Itís up to you!
Dan Warren serves as president of Warren Window & Supply Inc.
and past president of AMD.
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