Wk 6: Getting Noticed, Motivating Employees and Picking Your Social Network

 

1. HOW TO PICK YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK

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A study by Nick Christakis, Harvard Professor, discovered that your chances of becoming obese was 57% higher if you had a friend that became obese in that same time period.

 

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with”  – Jim Rohn

 

The harsh reality of life is that someone who may have been a good fit in your life months or even years ago may not be helping you get any closer where you want to get to now. In fact they may even be holding you back.

Robin Sharma explains in his podcast that our standards, habits, expectations and behaviours are all dramatically affected by who we spend the most time with.

Sharma advises that whilst you may want to become a success, not everyone is interested in being anything other than average.

You may want to improve but a large chunk of society are more interested in gossiping, watching TV and complaining. It’s no wonder we are often misdirected in an attempt to reach a higher level.

Who is that person or people that find the negatives in what you are trying to do? Who are the people that are pushing for you to do more and push you to higher levels?

No one achieves great things on his or her own. Robin Sharma advises to take care picking your social network as they will heavily influence your ability to reach your full potential.

 

Practical: Write down your 5 values that mean the most to you.

Think who is in your life right now. Who is pushing you towards those values? Who is pulling you away?

It may be time to cut some people loose if you want to get where you want in life.

 

2. HOW TO GET NOTICED

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Lachlan Wilmot, of GWS Giants performance team, was featured on the Physical Preparation podcast when he mentioned this quote as the number one piece of advice he would give to those with aspirations of success.

“Be in a hurry to be great, not successful” – David Joyce

Lachlan went on to explain that ‘hurrying to be great’ is far more effective long term.

Regardless of what level you are aspiring to, it’s essential to focus on being the very best you can be at the job you are currently in. This is how you get noticed and how you will move on to bigger things!

 

Practical: Often we let our emotions get the better of us. We become frustrated, bored or annoyed when we are in a job role we dislike. This often leads to sub-par performances.

Average or inconsistent performances in work don’t get you noticed. Greatness does. Perform great work where you are now and success will come.

Keep this quote in the back of your mind when you feel your standards slipping.

 

3. CAN YOU PASS THESE FOUR BASIC STRENGTH TESTS?

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Performing some form of strength training, regardless of your exercise goals, is absolutely essential for maximising health, human performance and longevity.

However, before you think you get ahead of yourself planning your gym session, elite-level trainer Dr. John Rusin suggests you ensure you can pass these four basic relative strength tests.

  • 25 Unbroken Reps Goblet Squats with 50% Bodyweight
  • 8 STRICT Pull-Ups
  • Carry 2x your bodyweight for 30 seconds
  • 10 PERFECT Push Ups.

 

Practical:

– Pass Test 1 Before Barbell Squatting

– Pass Test 2 Before Doing Too Much Direct Arm Work

– Pass Test 3 Before Doing Too Much Direct Core Work

– Pass Test 4 Before Bench Pressing

 

4. ARE YOU LEARNING FROM MISTAKES?

We all know that failure and experience are very beneficial in the path to success.

Whilst it’s all-good to know that, just how often do we assess what our failures and experience has taught us?

The U.S Army are an extremely efficient organisation who are known for regularly completing an ‘After-Action-Review’. Additionally Forbes wrote an article here, on how it can also help in business.

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Practical:

Look at the process in the image above that is used in military culture.

Whether you are in business, sport or in every day life. Use these questions to actually benefit from your failures and experience.

 

5. MOTIVATING EMPLOYEES

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Contrary to modern belief, motivation doesn’t come in the form of an inspirational quote on Instagram.

In fact, Daniel Pink, in his New York Times Bestseller ‘Drive’ writes extensively on what motivates us in business and in life.

The big three elements for successful motivation in work are:

  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose

In the case of autonomy, a popular strategy in business to motivate employees is rewards.

However Daniel Pink suggests that all rewards do is motivate people to get a reward.

The problem is this actually undermines any intrinsic motivation someone may have for the task.

In fact, once that reward is removed in future, the quality of work is dramatically diminished (unless it is a monotonous dull task – where rewards may be needed).

 

 The best use of money as a motivator is to pay people enough to take the issue of money off the table. – Daniel Pink

 

Why Are ‘If-Then’ Rewards Not The Answer?

Well, extrinsic rewards interferes with a key element previously mentioned; autonomy.

Furthermore, to optimise creativity and great work, it is intrinsic motivation people must have, not extrinsic.

How do you achieve this?

Providing employees, co-workers or teammates with more autonomy enables them to feel like they are in control of the task and more importantly, their own life.

With less micromanagement and more responsibility for each person in the development process, people begin to feel like they have decided to do the work for different reasons other than – if I complete this task for someone else then I will receive a reward.

People naturally want to do a good job, have a purpose and perform quality work. Trust them to do just that.

 

Practical: If you are someone who regularly has to motivate others then read Daniel Pinks book ‘Drive’ and learn about providing workers with Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose for a motivated workforce!

 

Week 6 Practical Review:

  • Write down your 5 values: Does you social network get you closer or further to them?
  • To get noticed, do an excellent job where you currently are before worrying about where you want to get to.
  • Can you pass the 4 strength tests?
  • Complete an ‘After-Action-Review‘ to learn from your mistakes.
  • Provide your employees with the tools to have intrinsic motivation for a happy and productive workforce!

 

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