Published on May 4th, 2013 | by Jose Vasquez0
10 Ways Startup Tech Companies Can Truly Inspire Their Teams
Inspiration can be hard to come by, but with the right motivation your team can take ordinary work to the next level.
Your team is responsible for making your vision a reality. But you’re responsible for keeping your team motivated.
In startup tech companies, it’s sometimes easy to lose focus. Everyone is working long, tough hours pouring effort into a relatively risky idea. Without a fire backing that effort, the productivity of your operation might stagnate or worse—you could lose one of the team members you worked so hard to find.
Glenn Llopis, an entrepreneurial Forbes contributor, explains that to truly inspire your teams as a leader, you have to leave behind your personal agenda. You can’t simply regurgitate some tired motivational speech—you have to reach your team members personally.
Llopis lists these top 10 ways startup tech entrepreneurs can inspire their teams:
- Stop Selling to Them. You don’t need to feed them a sales pitch to convince them what they’re doing is worthwhile… show them the power of their efforts every chance you get.
- Build Purpose. Let them know the bottom line isn’t necessarily profitability. Explain the impact of your work and what’s really important for your company and your community.
- Spend Time with Them. Get to know your team on a personal level and know what motivates each of them individually.
- Don’t Lecture. Give feedback and direction, but don’t bog it down with excessive preaching or corporate buzzwords.
- Allow for Innovation. Give your employees the time and resources to pursue innovation in their work—the final product might be just what your technology needs.
- Emphasize Significance. Congratulate employees on jobs well done, but go beyond that acknowledgement by explaining why it was significant.
- Ownership Over Accountability. Accountability is important, but when you can let your employees take ownership of their work, they’ll have the opportunity to really exceed expectations.
- Cultivate Respect. At every possible level.
- Focus on Personal Growth. Encourage and facilitate your workers’ natural growth as professionals and as people.
- Build Trust. Mutual trust is what fuels teams to become extraordinary. Trust your workers with big tasks, and they won’t ever want to let you down.
Focus on your team, not on your own ego or your own agenda. With a happy, inspired team, there’s nothing stopping you from finding success.
Find the original story by Glen Llopis on Forbes.com