How to Stop De-energizing the team

It takes a miracle to re-ignite a fire once you’ve hosed it down.

Skillful leaders use words to energize and release. Foolish leaders rein in and control.

Everyone has a fire inside. Leadership’s role is throwing gas on it.

 fire quote

10 principles of energy:

  1. Leading is easy when teams feel energized.
  2. Energy levels are leadership’s responsibility.
  3. Untended fires go out.
  4. Energy is a gift. You can’t buy it.
  5. Energy indicates love. High energy says people are doing what they love.
  6. Everywhere you see energy follow it, study it, and fuel it with words.
  7. Progress and success energize. Create and celebrate wins.
  8. Excellence energizes. Mediocrity deflates.
  9. Failure deflates. Evaluate failure and move forward quickly.
  10. Remove wet logs. Energy is contagious but, one wet log cools the whole fire.

7 questions:

Ask seven questions to explore, ignite, maintain, and fuel energy.

  1. Your eyes just lit up, what energized you?
  2. What was energizing about that? (The second question is the most important.)
  3. How might we focus your energy to accomplish our mission?
  4. What cools your energy?
  5. How can I fuel your energy?
  6. How can you monitor and maintain high energy?
  7. Who on your team loves to do what you hate?

Tip: Explore low energy when energy is high. Don’t bring it up when people are down.

5 things energizing leaders never say:

  1. “Do it my way.” Every time someone does it your way they lose energy.
  2. “It doesn’t matter.”
  3. “Do it or else.”
  4. “I sure told them what to do!”
  5. “Just do your best.” Fuzzy expectations never energize.

It’s easier to throw wood on a fire than to start one from scratch.

6 ways to energize teammates:

  1. Clarify focus. Wandering in the weeds drains energy.
  2. Simplifying next steps.
  3. Keep people in the loop.
  4. Respect their talent and contribution.
  5. Solve meaningful problems together.
  6. Finish something today.

What do leaders say that de-energizes?

What can you add to any of the lists I’ve offered?