When you lead a team full of employees who feel a sense of responsibility for reaching the organization’s goals, productivity and performance improve. Tips to encourage employees to act like they run the place:
• Tie every position to the vision. Regardless of a person’s level or role, explain how what he does affects the organization’s goals.
• Assign specific measurable goals. “Do better work” won’t suffice. Provide them with hard numbers or other tangible goals that they can work toward. Measure their progress, and reward them when they hit benchmarks.
• Make idea generation a priority. Some of the best ideas come from staff. If possible, offer incentives for sharing feedback and ideas. For example, at Alterra Pest Control, employees are rewarded $100 for every idea they generate that the company implements.
— Adapted from “4 Tips for Training Your Employees to Think Like a CEO,” David Royce, Entrepreneur, www.entrepreneur.com.